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November 3, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Assorted numbers and notes from a crazy night in Berkeley


Longtime fans who know the history of the UW-Cal series probably weren’t surprised by the way the game went Friday night.

Crazy things often seem to happen against Cal.

And lots of crazy things happened again last night, though the Huskies could mostly just smile at a lot of the oddities since they Escaped from (close to) Alcatraz with a 21-13 win.

Here’s a look at few notable numbers and notes from the night that was, in no particular order. …

Bishop Sankey (pictured above in an AP photo) finished with a career-high 189 yards. That was also the fifth-highest total for a Husky since 1996 and second-best of the Steve Sarkisian era, behind only Chris Polk’s 284 at WSU in 2010. It tied the 189 Polk had last year at Utah — and yes there’s a trend there as that also marks three of the five road wins UW has under Sarkisian. And if there’s a real magic number for UW in its history, it’s 171 — UW has never lost a game in which a running back gained more than 171 yards (the Huskies lost to Notre Dame in 1995 despite 171 yards by Rashaan Shehee.

— Conversely, UW allowed 249 yards rushing, yet won, which is also pretty rare. As far as I can tell, UW has won just three other times since 1995 when it has allowed that many yards — a 32-31 win at USC in 2010 when the Trojans had 298, a 16-13 win over USC in 2009 when the Trojans had 250, and a 35-32 win over Arizona in 2000 when the Wildcats had 263. UW is now 4-43 since 2000 when allowing 200 or more yards rushing — 3-15 under Sarkisian.

— UW has now lost 10 fumbles this season after not losing more than eight in any of Sarkisian’s first three years. Back in the days when teams ran a lot more, teams also fumbled a lot more so the records on this are pretty out of sight — UW somehow went 8-3 in 1972 despite losing 30 fumbles, so if you think last night was ugly.

— UW also now has 72 penalties for the season and on a pace to “top” the most of the Sarkisian era, which was 83 in both 2009 and 2010. UW had 78 last season. Looking through UW’s history, lots of penalties doesn’t necessarily mean better records, and vice versa — the lowest penalties of the last 30 years is 58 in the 0-12 season of 2008.

Percy Allen detailed well all of Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ exploits. What is next for him to do is set the all-time single-season reception record for a tight end after tying it last night, and also break the career record for receptions and the single-season record for yards — he has 632 and the record is 795 by Dave Williams in 1965. ASJ is also now the team’s leading receiver in yards (Kasen Williams has 547). The last UW tight end to lead the team in receiving was Mark Bruener in 1993 (30 catches for 414 yards).

— Sarkisian noted that the game was among the most physical UW has played this season, and the area of the team that might have taken the most toll for the Huskies was the defensive line. Josh Banks, Talia Crichton and Pio Vatuvei all left with injuries, though unclear the nature and severity. That had guys like Sione Potoa’e, Jarett Finau and Tani Tupou seeing some of the most significant of the season (or careers in the case of the latter two). Potoa’e finished with three tackles and a quarterback hurry.

— Cal has gained 907 yards on UW the last two seasons, but lost both games a combined 52-34.

— UW is now 4-0 against Cal under Sarkisian, his best record against any opponent — he’s 3-0 against WSU, which UW plays in three weeks.

— For all the questions on the start time for the Utah game, it could come tomorrow. If not, then it will come on Monday.



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