Washington defeats Arizona, improves to 4-0
Seattle • Bishop Sankey carried a school-record 40 times for 161 yards and a touchdown, and Keith Price threw for two touchdowns to help No. 16 Washington beat Arizona 31-13 on Saturday night.
Sankey outperformed Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey, the NCAA's leading rusher in 2012. Sankey surpassed the school record of 38 carries set by Corey Dillon in 1996 against Washington State as stormy conditions forced both teams to limit their passing games.
Meanwhile, Sankey, who entered as the country's No. 2 leading rusher at 148.7 yards per game, continued to be brilliant for the Huskies. He carried for 101 yards on 23 carries in the first half alone as Washington built a 11-6 lead.
Arizona quarterback B.J. Denker struggled to cope with the wet conditions. His first pass was intercepted by Sean Parker as it sailed high over Johnny Jackson.
Four plays later, Keith Price connected with Kevin Smith for a 7-yard touchdown to give the Huskies a 6-0 lead after a botched extra point attempt.
The rain intensified and both offenses struggled to move the chains in the downpour. Arizona failed to convert a first down on their first five possessions of the game against Washington's stifling defense. After a safety on a punt snapped through the endzone, Kasen Williams returned the ensuing free kick 48 yards to the Arizona 28-yard line. Travis Coons converted a 42-yard field goal to take an 11-0 lead.
After their fifth straight three-and-out of the half, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez visibly chewed out Denker along the sidelines. Denker and the Arizona offense responded with a touchdown drive to end the half. Facing 4th and 2 at the Washington 36-yard line, the Huskies sold out to stop Ka'Deem Carey and Denker kept for a 33-yard gain to the UW 3. Carey hammered home for a 3-yard touchdown to pull Arizona within 11-6 at the half after a failed PAT. Carey ran for 132 yards and a touchdown for the Wildcats.
The rain lessened after the break, and Washington needed to convert just one third down as the Huskies marched on a 95-yard scoring drive to open the third quarter. Price capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins to give Washington a 18-6 lead. Price was efficient in throwing for 165 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Oregon St. 44, Colorado 17 • In Corvallis, Ore., Sean Mannion passed for 414 yards and a school-record six touchdowns and Oregon State won its fourth consecutive game.
Brandin Cooks caught nine passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns for the Beavers (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12), and had five carries for 47 yards.
Mannion battled gusty wind conditions to complete 27 of 52 passes. The OSU junior leads the country with 2,018 passing yards.
Colorado (2-1, 0-1) played its first game in three weeks. Flooding postponed the Buffaloes' Sept. 14 game against Fresno State, and they had a bye last week. Colorado quarterback Connor Wood connected on just 14 of 34 passes for 146 yards. Paul Richardson, who came into game as the country's leading receiver averaging 208.5 yards per game, was held to five receptions for 70 yards.
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