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.
As if this day wasn’t busy enough, Ole Miss announced late Monday evening star-crossed offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil‘s suspension has been capped at seven games, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s trip to Memphis but return in time for Texas A&M visit to The Grove on Oct. 24.
From the university:
The University initially withheld Tunsil from competition at the start of the season as both the NCAA and the University examined several alleged improper benefits. During the course of the process, it was determined by the NCAA that Tunsil received impermissible extra benefits that included the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate, and one day use of a rental vehicle. In addition, it was determined that Tunsil was not completely forthcoming when initially questioned by NCAA investigators regarding the loaner vehicles. He later corrected his account and since apologized.
As part of his reinstatement conditions, the NCAA imposed a seven-game suspension, ordered Tunsil to pay the value of the extra benefits to a charity, perform community service, and he will also make the vehicle down payment.
Said Tunsil: “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made and want to thank everyone for their continued support. I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and the entire Ole Miss family for how my choices affected our program. This was a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to being back on the field with my team and redeeming myself. The last 10 months have been a physical and mental battle for me, but I love playing this game more than anything else. I want to be here for my teammates who are depending on me to finish what we started together.”
The news is, obviously, great for Tunsil and head coach Hugh Freeze personally, as well as the entire Ole Miss football program. It’s also a nice plus for NFL scouts, as it means Tunsil’s first live action of 2015 will come against possible future No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett.
Hope he’s been practicing.
Say it ain’t so, Steve.
According to a report from Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated Monday evening, Steve Spurrier is set to retire.
Spurrier, 70, is a legend the likes college football has never seen before and never will again.
He was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida, then returned to his alma mater and turned the program into a juggernaut, leading the Gators to 122-27-1 record from 1990-01 and a national championship in 1996. After a stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier landed at South Carolina, where since 2005 he’s racked up a school record 86 wins.
But those wins slowed down of late. After an SEC East championship in 2010 and three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13, the Gamecocks fell to 7-6 in 2014, and are off to a 2-4 mark this fall. With the possibility of losses to nemeses old and new like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson ahead, Spurrier, it appears, would rather fade away quietly to the putting green.
Perhaps no two sentences summarize Spurrier, then and now, more precisely than this:
Combined with his three years at Duke, Spurrier closes up shop with a 228-89-2 mark, and a bust in the coaches’ wing of the Hall of Fame waiting for him.