Jaydon Mickens has a season-high eight catches and a highlight-reel touchdown run to cap his UW career with a win over Southern Miss.
Senior receiver Jaydon Mickens wrapped up his UW career with a season-high eight catches for 95 yards, giving him 203 career receptions, second-most in UW history.
Mickens also had an electric 29-yard touchdown run in the second quarter Saturday to give UW a 21-10 lead. Ending his UW career with a victory was meaningful, he said.
“Man, I just can’t explain it,” Mickens said. “When (UW) lost last year (in the Cactus Bowl), it felt terrible, seniors crying. They still talk about it this day. … But now we have something to talk about at the 20-year reunion.”
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True freshman Myles Gaskin finished the season with 1,302 yards rushing, good for No. 8 on UW’s single-season rushing list, where he’s sandwiched between Napoleon Kaufman’s senior season in 1994 (1,390 yards) and Kaufman’s junior season in 1993 (1,299 yards).
True freshman Jake Browning is No. 5 on the school’s single-season passing list with 2,955 yards.
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Junior place-kicker Cameron Van Winkle converted all three of his field-goal attempt — from 24, 21 and 23 yards — and finished the season converting 16 of 20 attempts.
In his career, Van Winkle has made 36 of 44 field goals — an accuracy rate of 81.8 percent that nudges him ahead of Chuck Nelson (61 for 75) for the best conversion rate in school history.
>>>> Injury updates
Left tackle Trey Adams (back spasms), nickelback Kevin King (concussion) and linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven (concussion) watch the game from the UW sideline because of injuries.
Sophomore Andrew Kirkland made his second straight start at left tackle in Adams’ place.
Senior tight end Joshua Perkins, sophomore receiver Dante Pettis and sophomore cornerback Sidney Jones all left the game with various injuries, but Petersen didn’t expect them to be long-term ailments.