Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Top 5 moments: Sophomores put on show
By Mason Kelley
Editor's note: Throughout the week, HuskyNation will look back at the top 5 moments of the 2012 season. Here is No. 3:
SEATTLE -- Washington needed a win on the road.
Sophomore running back Bishop Sankey scored two touchdowns against California to give Washington its first road victory of 2012.
When the Huskies traveled to California in early November, they had lost seven straight outside of Seattle. It had been more than a year since they picked up a win in a hostile environment.
The program was looking to build on an upset win over Oregon State and to do that, Washington turned to its sophomores. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins powered the passing game, while running back Bishop Sankey took care of things on the ground during a 21-13 victory.
Sankey gave Washington an early lead with a 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter -- he rushed for 95 yards in the first quarter -- but Cal held a six-point lead late in the third.
It was Seferian-Jenkins who helped the Huskies take control of the game, catching a 29-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal with 41 seconds left in the third quarter.
Seferian-Jenkins’ leaping grab was one of eight catches for 152 yards -- a career-high. His performance made him the program’s all-time leader in receiving yards by a tight end.
After a strong freshman season, Seferian-Jenkins’ performance didn’t come as much of a surprise. But for Sankey, his performance showed what the Huskies saw when they made him a priority while recruiting their 2011 class, when the coaching staff convinced him to flip from Washington State.
Sankey finished with a career-high 189 yards on 29 carries. He scored twice.