Gaskin carries five times for 30 yards on the Huskies’ opening drive, helping UW build a 7-0 lead over Stanford.
Reinforcements finally arrived for Washington’s battered offense.
Senior running back Myles Gaskin and sophomore tight end Hunter Bryant both returned to game action Saturday night against Stanford and, boy, did the Huskies need them.
Gaskin, out with an apparent shoulder injury the past two weeks, got the start Saturday night and ran nine yards on his first touch. He had five carries for 30 yards on the Huskies’ opening possession, an efficient eight-play, 73-yard drive capped by Jake Browning’s designed two-yard TD run.
That gave the Huskies a 7-0 lead. UW’s defense had forced Stanford into a three-and-out on the game’s opening drive.
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Early in the second quarter, Gaskin took a handoff from Browning and ran six yards for a touchdown, extending the Huskies’ lead to 21-0.
Gaskin had carries for 65 yards in the first half.
Without Gaskin, the Huskies managed a season-low 91 yards rushing in last week’s 12-10 loss at California.
The Huskies’ all-time rushing leader, Gaskin came into the game ranked sixth in Pac-12 history with 4,678 yards rushing in his career.
Bryant, out all season since having knee surgery in early June, played one snap on that opening drive. The 2017 ESPN Freshman All-American tight end was one of the Huskies’ best offensive weapons before he suffered his initial knee injury in late October 2017.
Late in the second quarter Saturday, Bryant had his first catch of the season on a nine-yard pass from Browning.
McIntosh ejected for targeting
Washington senior safety JoJo McIntosh was ejected in the second quarter after being flagged for a targeting call.
McIntosh led with the crown of his helmet while assisting on a tackle of Stanford receiver Trenton Irwin. A replay review of the play confirmed the targeting call.
It’s the second targeting call of the season against the Huskies. Senior defensive lineman Jaylen Johnson was called for targeting in the second half against Oregon on Oct. 13. Because that ejection occurred in the second half, Johnson also had to sit out the first half of UW’s next game, against Colorado.
After UW’s bye week, McIntosh will be available for the start of the Huskies’ game against Oregon State on Nov. 17.
Brandon McKinney, a second-year sophomore, replace McIntosh after the ejection.
McIntosh’s ejection was another shakeup for UW’s secondary.
The Huskies were already without senior cornerback Jordan Miller, who missed his second game in a row with an apparent leg injury.
Keith Lewis, a 6-foot-2 second-year sophomore, started for the second time in Miller’s place, and Lewis lined up opposite Stanford’s J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, one of the nation’s top receivers. Lewis was called for one pass-interference penalty in the first half, but Arcega-Whiteside was held to only one catch before leaving the game with an ankle injury.
Another second-year sophomore, Elijah Molden, made his first career start at nickelback in place of junior Myles Bryant. It wasn’t immediately clear if the change was related to injury or performance.
— Junior left tackle Jared Hilbers, who missed the Cal game with an undisclosed injury, returned to the starting lineup against Stanford. Redshirt freshman Henry Bainivalu also saw some time at left tackle in the first half.
— Gaskin’s second-quarter touchdown was the 51st rushing TD of his career, putting him one behind USC’s LenDale White for fourth place on the Pac-12’s career list.