It was the first fumble (period) by a UW running back since 2015. Yes, the Huskies went the entire 2016 season without a running back dropping the ball (much less turning it over to the other team).
Start with this: Myles Gaskin had a heck of a game Saturday night.
The standout junior running back scored three touchdowns in the first half of No. 6 Washington’s 48-16 rout of Fresno State, and with 27 career rushing touchdowns he is now tied for No. 8 on the school’s list in that category. Impressive, indeed.
But none of that was as impressive as Gaskin’s fumble — a lost fumble — in the third quarter. Better put: None of that was as impressive as the realization that that lost fumble was the first — the first! — of Gaskin’s collegiate career.
It came on his 488th career carry.
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Even more: It was the first fumble (period) by a UW running back since 2015. Yes, the Huskies went the entire 2016 season without a running back dropping the ball (much less turning it over to the other team).
Gaskin, though, was particularly hard on himself after the game. He said he should never fumble.
“That hurts,” he said. “It kind of overshadows everything else.”
The junior from Lynnwood had 56 yards rushing on eight carries, moving him past Vince Weathersby into sixth on UW’s career rushing list with 2,828 yards. Up next: Greg Lewis (2,903). Napoleon Kaufman holds the school record with 4,106 yards.
Gaskin on Saturday scored on rushing plays of 28 and 7 yards in the first quarter, which moved him into a tie with Jacque Robinson for No. 8 on UW’s career rushing touchdown list with 27.
Next up: Rich Alexis and Hugh McElhenny, who are tied for sixth on the career list with 28 touchdowns. Bishop Sankey holds the school record with 37 career rushing touchdowns.
Three starters out
The Huskies were without three offensive starters against Fresno State.
Wide receivers Chico McClatcher and Andre Baccellia and tight end Drew Sample did not play Saturday.
Washington coach Chris Petersen said he was optimistic McClatcher and Baccellia would be available for the Huskies’ Pac-12 opener against Colorado. Sample is expected to miss at least a couple weeks with a lower-leg injury.
In their places, true-freshman tight end Hunter Bryant and redshirt-freshman wide receiver Jordan Chin made their first career starts Saturday.
On the game’s first snap, Bryant hauled in a 36-yard trick-play pass from Dante Pettis. Bryant also hauled in a 50-yard pass from Jake Browning later in the half, finishing the game with three catches for a game-high 99 yards.
• Ty Jones, a 6-foot-4 wide receiver from Provo, Utah, made his UW debut in the second half, becoming the seventh true freshman to play for the Huskies this season.
• Defensive back Austin Joyner returned from a two-game suspension and tied the team lead with six tackles.