Thursday, February 28, 2013
Top performances of 2012: Bishop Sankey
By Kevin Gemmell
We're looking at some of the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2012.
Up next: Bishop headlines in Vegas (Sankey, not Joey)
Who and against whom: Washington running back Bishop Sankey looked unstoppable against Mountain West rep Boise State in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. The same couldn't be said for the rest of his team, as we honor yet another outstanding effort in a losing performance.
The numbers: Sankey rushed for 205 yards on 30 carries (6.8 yards per) and a touchdown. He also caught six passes for 74 yards -- giving him 279 yards of total offense.
A closer look: Things started poorly for Sankey when he fumbled on Washington's opening drive. He'd rushed for 16 yards on the first three plays of the game -- but coughed it up, which led to a Boise State field goal. Things got worse for the Huskies, but better for Sankey, who put the fumble behind him and powered through. He gutted the Boise State defense with five runs of 10 yards or more, with a long of 33. When the Huskies fell behind 18-3, it was his 26-yard touchdown run that turned momentum and allowed the Huskies to add one more touchdown before the half. The lack of a first-down measurement and a final defensive breakdown (along with two Keith Price interceptions) all contributed to the 28-26 defeat. But Sankey flourished against a top-10 defense and appears ready to step up as one of the league's elite backs in 2013.