Washington Huskies sophomore quarterback Jake Browning tied the Pac-12 record with eight touchdowns on Saturday night in the team’s blowout victory over the Oregon Ducks. The mark was also met earlier this season by Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage. At the time of his eighth touchdown, Browning was 22-for-28 with 304 passing yards and six touchdowns through the air, and six carries for 21 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
For the first time in 12 years, the Washington Huskies have toppled Oregon. The key cog in that victory is the second-year quarterback Browning, who in just his second season on campus, has helped transform the Huskies into the No. 5 ranked team in the nation.
A four-star recruit out of Folsom HS in Folsom, California, in the 2015 recruiting class, Browning chose Washington over national powerhouses such as Alabama and Michigan, and Pacific Northwest hot-beds, Boise State and Washington State.
As a true freshman, he appeared in 12 games for the Huskies, tossing 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, while completing 63.1 percent of his passes. But to start the 2016 season, he’s gone wild, having thrown for 23 touchdowns and just two interceptions, while completing 70.7 percent of his passes. His three rushing touchdowns already have exceeded the one he got on the ground last year.
The Huskies have routed Stanford and Oregon in back-to-back weeks on the arm of Browning. The team will enter their bye week 6-0, with their only remaining game against a ranked team coming on Oct. 29 when they travel to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Utes.