By Rich Myhre Herald Writer
SEATTLE — On a day of disappointment for the University of Washington football team, tailback Bishop Sankey provided some of the team’s biggest highlights in a 45-24 loss to Oregon at Husky Stadium.
Early in the third quarter, and with the Huskies facing a fourth-and-1 at their own 40-yard line, UW coach Steve Sarkisian rolled the dice and called for Sankey to carry the ball around left end. Sankey got a block at the corner and was suddenly in the clear, on his way to the end zone for a 60-yard touchdown.
“All I saw was daylight, so I just ran,” Sankey said.
Later in the period, on a first-down play from the Ducks 25, Sankey started right, shot through a seam in the Oregon line, slipped a tackle and again broke free for a touchdown.
When it was over, the junior from Spokane had 167 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, a 6.0 average.
“I thought he was tremendous,” Sarkisian said. “He ran hard.”
“He’s relentless in the way he carries the ball,” said UW tight end Austin Sefarian-Jenkins.
Though it was scant consolation in a one-sided defeat, Sankey moved from 11th to seventh among Washington’s all-time rushing leaders. His total of 2,358 allowed him to pass Rashaan Shehee (2,381), Rich Alexis (2,455), Louis Rankin (2,480) and Hugh McElhenny (2,499).
Saturday’s game was also Sankey’s 12th 100-yard game, tying him for fourth in UW history. He was the first player to reach 100 yards against Stanford last week (125) and the first to do so against the Ducks.
The streak grows
Saturday’s loss was Washington’s 10th in a row to the Ducks. The Huskies have not defeated Oregon since a 42-10 home victory in 2003, Keith Gilbertson’s first season as UW head coach.
Some Oregon fans taunted their UW counterparts late in Saturday’s game with the chant, “Ten more years, ten more years … “
Added first-year Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich, “(The string) is a great achievement. For the fans, for the alumni, it’s huge. It’s a big deal.”
Price plays hurt
UW quarterback Keith Price injured his thumb on his right (throwing) hand in last week’s game at Stanford.
Against Oregon, Price said, “it hurt, no doubt, but it’s football. You’re going to end up banging it up. I’ll probably bang it up again, but I’ll be ready to go next week (at Arizona State).”
Price practiced during the week and “I knew I was going to play,” he said. “I understood that I probably wasn’t going to be able to throw the ball the way I’m capable of throwing the ball. But like I said earlier in the week, I wasn’t going to use that as an excuse.”
He finished 19-for-32 for 182 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
UW offensive guard Dexter Charles, a Stanwood High School graduate, left the game with “a sore shoulder,” according to Sarkisian. There was no word after the game how serious the injury is.
He was replaced by Erik Kohler, a onetime UW starter who missed the first five games of this season with a foot injury and the last 11 games of 2012 with a leg injury.
Everett native Jim Lambright, a former Washington player, assistant coach and head coach, was honored Saturday with the Dave and Ruth Cohn Award for contributions (non-monetary) by a former letter-winner to the UW athletic department.