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NEWS AND NOTES:
- Myles Gaskin surpassed Napoleon Kaufman to become the leading career rusher in Husky football history. Gaskin now has 4,130 career rushing yards, breaking Napoleon Kaufman’s record of 4,106 set back in 1994.
- Senior defensive lineman Shane Bowman and junior cornerback Myles Bryant both recorded the first sacks of their Husky careers.
- The following Huskies hit career-highs in the tackle column: Ben Burr-Kirven (13), DJ Beavers (8), Jaylen Johnson (7), Shane Bowman (4), Amandre Williams (3), Ariel Ngata (2), Kyler Manu (2).
- Even more impressive for DJ Beavers, all eight of his tackles were solo tackles.
- The Husky defense did have a propensity for giving up conversions on third and long. Auburn’s offense actually had a higher conversion rate on 3rd and 6+ (6 for 10, 60 percent) than they did on 3rd and less than 5 (4 for 8, 50 percent). 18 of Auburn’s 21 points came on drives where they converted at least one 3rd down play with seven or more yards to gain for a first down.
- Aaron Fuller’s seven receptions and 135 yards receiving were both career highs. His 135 receiving yards were the 12th most in a non-conference game against a Power 5 opponent in Husky history.
- Ty Jones snagged three catches for 77 yards, both career high numbers. Jones caught seven passes last year as a freshman, with two a piece against UCLA, Washington State and Penn State.
- Since the start of Myles Gaskin’s sophomore season, the Huskies are 11-1 when Gaskin runs for 100 yards or more. UW is 11-5 when he doesn’t. It’s clearly not do-or-die, but Washington’s chances of success are much higher when they can establish a strong ground game.
- Maybe Quinten Pounds is developing a knack for spectacular touchdown catches. His 43-yard score last year against Colorado was a leaping grab where he outdueled two defenders on a long ball. His catch against Auburn was equally highlight worthy, when he snagged a fade route with his left hand while falling out of bounds.
- The Huskies were only able to get Chico McClatcher two touches in the game. He had a catch for four yards, and a jet sweep run for a loss of four.
- Penalties really hurt the Huskies in the 4th Four of Washington’s 10 violations came in the final period of the ballgame.
- Washington’s offense was best in the middle quarters last year, and that trend is continuing through the first game of 2018. The Huskies managed just 90 yards of total offense in the first and fourth quarters, while totaling 308 yards in the middle frames. Last year, UW scored 192 points in the bookend quarters, while combining for 279 in the second and third.