With 3,957 yards rushing, Gaskin will enter the Huskies' bowl game just 149 yards shy of matching Napoleon Kaufman's UW career rushing record.
Washington running back Myles Gaskin was as good as he’s ever been in the Huskies’ 41-14 thumping of the Cougars in Saturday’s Apple Cup. He might have been better than ever.
The junior running back from Lynnwood rushed for 192 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries, showing off the kind of patience, footwork and vision that has made him one of the most productive running backs in UW history.
“It really came down to everyone else tonight, man,” Gaskin said. “I may be the guy carrying the ball, but it’s the line and wide receivers blocking that are all the hard work.”
Of Gaskin’s 192 yards Saturday, 133 came after contact, according to Pro Football Focus. He also created 11 missed tackles. In his 26-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, he cut inside to make one WSU diving defender miss at the line of scrimmage, then made another miss at the 5-yard line before making a Superman dive to the right pylon.
This season, Gaskin has rushed for 1,282 yards on 208 carries (6.16 yards per carry), and his 19 rushing touchdowns are more than anyone from a Power Five conference. Nine of his 19 rushing touchdowns have come in UW’s last three games.
“He’s a heck of a running back,” UW coach Chris Petersen said. “He’s underrated, not in our opinion. We know if he’s covered up, he has that unique, patient style where he can find creases and he’s strong and fast. He has a great combination of all of those things.”
With 3,957 yards rushing, Gaskin will enter the Huskies’ bowl game just 149 yards shy of matching of Napoleon Kaufman’s UW career rushing record. Kaufman set the record of 4,106 yards between 1991-94.
Chris Polk (2008-11) is second with 4,049 yards.
Gaskin’s career average of 5.9 yards per carry is the best in UW history.
In the Huskies’ Nov. 18 victory over Utah, Gaskin broke school records for career rushing touchdowns (now with 43) and total touchdowns scored (now 47).
Gaskin is one of a handful of UW underclassmen expected to consider early entry into the NFL draft.