Myles Gaskin, running back
Junior running back Myles Gaskin has been remarkably consistent during his three-year career. Each season he’s averaged no fewer than 98 rushing yards per game, 16.6 carries per game and 5.7 yards per attempt. In each of his previous two seasons, he’s finished with at least 1,300 rushing yards and this year he has 1,090 and is on pace to finish with 1,288, including a bowl game.
Gaskin also owns UW’s record with 39 rushing touchdowns. He has 15 this season.
Senior Lavon Coleman hasn’t been as effective this season (378 yards and four TDs) as he was in 2016 when he finished with 852 yards and seven TDs while averaging 7.5 yards per carry. The Huskies uncovered a potential star in freshman Salvon Ahmed who has 305 rushing yards.
Legend vs. Legend
QB Warren Moon
The future Pro Football Hall of Famer had two his most memorable wins as a Husky in the Apple Cup. His 78-yard TD pass to Spider Gaines helped UW win 28- 27 in 1975 as the Huskies overcame a 13-point deficit in the final 3:01. As a senior in 1977, he led a 35-15 win that sent UW to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 14 years.
QB Jack Thompson
The Throwin’ Samoan played for four different coaches in four Apple Cups (1975-78). Although Thompson was 0-3 as a starter against the Huskies, it certainly wasn’t his fault the Cougars lost 51-32 in the 1976 Apple Cup. He was 24 of 42 for 311 yards and five touchdowns, the most in the history of the series.
Washington ranks fifth in the Pac-12 with a 177.3 rushing yards per game average that far surpasses last-place Washington State at 80.4.
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But the disparity in rushing production between the teams is the result of their differing offensive philosophies. The Huskies aim for a run-pass balance (they average 36.5 runs and 27.5 passes) whereas the Cougars rely heavily on their vaunted Air Raid attack.