Bishop Sankey rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns to lead Washington to a 69-27 shellacking of Oregon State in Corvallis on Saturday night.
It was the Huskies’ biggest margin of victory over the Beavers since winning 58-6 in 1991. UW is now 7-4 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-12 while OSU is 6-5 and 4-4.
Washington has been nothing if not consistent this year. The Huskies have lost to all four ranked teams they’ve played and beaten all the unranked teams they’ve played. OSU was unranked, so a win was seemingly in the cards. But the tremendous offensive explosion on this occasion was, perhaps, a bit unexpected.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Cyler Miles made his first start for the Huskies and performed admirably, passing for 162 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 26. But the UW ground game should get most of the credit as it gained 530 yards and scored seven touchdowns. Besides Sankey, the Huskies got 100 yards from Deontae Cooper (166) and Dwayne Washington (141).
This game was never in doubt as Washington jumped out to a 48-0 lead. Oregon State didn’t get its first score until early in the fourth quarter when Sean Mannion found Brandin Cooks on a 29-yard touchdown pass. Cooks was the only bright spot for the Beavers, catching 10 passes for 117 yards as he continued his march to the Biletnikoff Award.
A once-promising season has fallen apart for OSU, which has now lost four in a row after starting out 6-1. With the annual Civil War still to come, the Beavers will need a huge effort to avoid finishing 6-6.
As for Washington, it’s trying to avoid its fourth-straight 7-6 record (again, UW is nothing if not consistent). To do so, it will have to escape an upset at the hands of Washington State during next week’s Apple Cup and then win its bowl game. Otherwise, head coach Steve Sarkisian could find himself on the hot seat come late December.
Baylor’s on-going scandal over reported sexual assaults looks like it is about to get even uglier.
Former head coach Art Briles has filed a lawsuit for libel and slander against three school regents and a vice president, according to the Associated Press, accusing them of falsely stating he knew of sexual assaults by players and didn’t report them.
Perhaps most eyebrow-raising is that the lawsuit also accuses the officials of conspiring to keep him from getting another coaching job. Briles has been connected to openings such as the one at Houston but school officials quickly denied reports that he was formally considered for the vacant head coaching spot.
Briles was fired in the spring by Baylor after an investigation from law firm Pepper Hamilton determined the school mishandled reports of alleged sexual assaults, some of which involved numerous football players. The coach denied he knew about the alleged assaults but several regents — including the three named in the recent lawsuit — told the Wall Street Journal on the record that Briles failed to report alleged assaults.
While the football team may be looking to move on from all of this with the recent hire of Matt Rhule as the new head coach, it appears the school itself will continue to deal with the fallout from one of the worst scandals in college football history.
College football recruiting has kicked into full gear the past few weeks and one of the more interesting decisions this month that could have a big impact on next season is finding out which school former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham will be playing for in 2017.
The signal-caller threw for 12 touchdowns and over 1,200 yards after taking over as the Bears starter midway through last year but he opted to transfer away from the program this summer when Art Briles was fired as the result of a sexual assault scandal at the school. While many have considered SEC schools such as Auburn, Texas A&M and Florida to be the favorites to land the coveted junior college QB, there may be another school that is in the running too: whichever program hires Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles.
“KB is my dude,” Stidham told ESPN.com. “I’m super tight with him. I still talk to him all the time. I’m still waiting to see what happens with him and where he might go and just take it into consideration.”
It remains to be seen if new head coach Matt Rhule will retain the younger Briles but it seems unlikely given the events in Waco the past six months and the school likely wanting a complete divorce from the previous regime. Kendal Briles own job prospects seem a bit unknown given everything at play but it could be an interesting combination for a head coach looking to jump start an offense.
There’s always talk of package deals in college basketball but this would be a potential one in football that may draw some interest.
And that’s the way it was, at least as it pertains to the Florida portion of Jordan Cronkrite‘s collegiate playing career.
Thursday, the Gators announced that Cronkrite has been granted permission to pursue other opportunities. The release from his scholarship will afford the running back the opportunity to transfer elsewhere.
If that elsewhere is at the FBS, the sophomore would have to sit out the 2017 season. He’d then have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018.
Cronkrite was a four-star 2015 recruit who was rated as the No. 34 player at any position in the state of Florida.
As a true freshman, Cronkrite ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries. This past season, he carried the ball 31 times for 145 yards and a touchdown. His 20 receptions were fourth on the Gators.
Brady Hoke had a miserable one-and-done at Oregon, and this piling on just adds to it.
Brought in to turnaround the Ducks’ defense, Hoke instead was in charge of one of the worst units in the country. Their play, in very large part, helped bring an abrupt end to Mark Helfrich‘s three-year tenure in Eugene.
Helfrich was officially replaced by USF’s Willie Taggart earlier this week. The boss of Taggart’s boss, UO president Michael Schill, had one piece of advice and one piece of advice alone for his new head football coach.
Can we take that as confirmation that Hoke won’t be retained by the new regime? At least statistically, though, the president has a point, no matter how clumsily or ill-advised it may have been.
Out of the 128 teams listed on the NCAA’s official stats website, the Ducks were 126th in scoring and yards allowed; 121st in third-down percentage and rushing yards allowed; 117th in turnovers forced; and 114th in passing yards. Last season, the Ducks were 114th in scoring and 116th in yards.
And Taggart’s defense this season? The Bulls were 86th in scoring defense and 120th in yards allowed. So, there’s that.