TUCSON, Ariz. – Washington’s Bishop Sankey broke the school record for rushing attempts with 40 as he ran for 161 yards and a touchdown to lead the No. 16 Huskies past Arizonam 31-13, on Saturday.
Junior running back Ka’Deem Carey led the way for the Wildcats, tallying 132 yards with one of Arizona’s two touchdowns on the night. Despite Carey’s groundwork, the offense struggled to establish a rhythm against an airtight Washington secondary.
Washington only needed 1:11 to get on the board in their opening drive, coming off a B.J. Denker interception. Arizona took advantage of a broken PAT though, leaving the Huskies with a 6-0 lead.
After an Arizona punt, the offense quickly got the ball back, thanks to a Shaquille Richardson interception, but then ended the drive with a punt of their own.
The Huskies closed out the first quarter with a safety on a Drew Riggleman punt attempt, as the rain-covered ball slipped through his hands into the back of the end zone.
After the safety kickoff, UA managed to hold the Huskies to a 42-yard field goal by Travis Coons to extend Washington’s lead, 11-0.
As the second quarter came to a close, the Wildcat offense came alive. Denker led the Cats to a 14 play, 84-yard drive culminating in a three-yard touchdown run by Carey to reduce the deficit to 11-7.
To start the third quarter, Washington marched 95 yards down the field to score a touchdown on a one-yard pass from Keith Price to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
The Wildcats found themselves in a fourth-and-10 situation for their first possession of the second half, but Denker hit Carey for 24 yards on a wheel route to keep the drive alive. Two plays later, Denker faked a reverse before running a seven-yard touchdown to bring the score to 18-13.
The Huskies responded with a touchdown drive of their own that included a 49-yard connection from Price to Kevin Smith. The touchdown was scored on a 1-yard run by Bishop Sankey.
The final score of the game came on a two-yard touchdown rush by Washington’s Jesse Callier, giving a final score of 31-13.
The Wildcats will face Southern California on Oct. 10 for a 7:30 pm MST kickoff. The game will be televised by Fox Sports 1.
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