Dec 27, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Huskies running back Bishop Sankey (25) rushes for a touchdown against the Brigham Young Cougars during the first half at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Washington pulls away in 2nd half to beat BYU 31-16

In what is expected to be the final game for Bishop Sankey in a Washington Huskies uniform, the junior running back went out with a bang as his two touchdowns and 96 yards rushing on 21 carries paced Washington past the BYU Cougars 31-16 in the 2013 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Washington finishes with a 9-4 record while BYU falls to 8-5.

Sankey started the scoring with his 11-yard run with 8:55 remaining in the first quarter and the score would remain unchanged until BYU’s do-it-all sophomore quarterback, Taysom Hill got them on the board with a one-yard TD run at the beginning of the second.

Hill’s score got the ball rolling for a quarter that saw 30 combined points scored between the two teams who jockeyed for the halftime lead. BYU added three field goals from Justin Sorensen and Washington countered with a 100-yard kickoff return from John Ross and Sankey’s second 11-yard TD of the evening.

Washington led 21-16 at halftime and BYU didn’t score for the rest of the night as the Huskies defense would bend but not break. BYU outgained Washington 473-316 but the HUskies were stout when they needed to be late.

In the losing effort, BYU receiver Cody Hoffman has 12 receptions for 167 yards and Hill led all rushers and passers with 143 on the ground and 274 through the air.

In addition to Sankey, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins likely played his final game for Washington and finished with three receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown.

Marques Tuiasosopo coached the game for the HUskies after Steve Sarkisian left to take the head coaching job with the USC Trojans. Chris Petersen was hired to replace him, but Tuiasosopo looked like a guy who will be running his own team someday, and perhaps sooner rather than later.

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