Nov. 24, 2007
Rankin returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, the first kickoff return for a TD of his career. It was also the first Husky kickoff return for a score since Roc Alexander went 95 yards vs. Idaho on Sept. 22, 2001, and the first time the UW returned the game's opening kickoff for a TD since Ja'Warren Hooker went 89 yards to open Washington's 58-28 win at Arizona on Oct. 18, 1997.
Rankin's 89-yard return tied for 16th-longest kick return in UW history and longest ever by a Husky against Washington State.
Rankin became the fifth Husky to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for career kick return yards. He has 1,106.
Rankin closed in on the UW single-season all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, all returns) record. With 184 today, he has 2,146 for the season, only 210 shy of the Husky record of 2,356, set by Corey Dillon in 1996. For his career, Rankin has 3,691 career all-purpose yards, placing him eighth on the UW list.
Senior Anthony Russo has now caught a pass in 36 consecutive games, a streak that dates back to the 2004 Apple Cup.
Jake Locker's 12 rushing touchdowns are tied for most ever in a season by a Husky quarterback. Mark Brunell shares the record with 12 in 1990. The 12 TDs are also tied for sixth-most in UW history by any type of player (tied with Brunell and Hugh McElhenny in 1950). The record is 24 (Corey Dillon, 1996), but second on the list is only 15 (Rashaan Shehee, 1995).
Locker, who entered the game already holding the UW single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback, broke the modern Pac-10 record tonight as well. With 910 rushing yards this season, he moved past UCLA's Jeff Dankworth, who ran for 815 yards in 1976.
There was one addition to the list 21 Washington seniors in the UW press release. Offensive tackle Sir Aaron Mason opted not to return for his fifth season and joined the seniors in pre-game introductions.