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Jake Browning becomes Huskies’ all-time passing leader, breaking Cody Pickett’s record

Browning breaks the record with a 9-yard completion to tight end Drew Sample against BYU.

Adam Jude

Add another milestone to Jake Browning’s resume.

The senior quarterback became the Washington Huskies’ all-time leading passer Saturday night at Husky Stadium, breaking Cody Pickett’s 15-year-old record with a 9-yard completion to tight end Drew Sample in the second quarter against No. 20 BYU.

Browning started the game 11-for-11 passing for 154 yards, helping the No. 11 Huskies build a 14-0 lead.

After UW’s Ben Burr-Kirven forced and recovered a fumble at the BYU 24, Browning scored on an impressive 9-yard touchdown run with 5 seconds left in the first half. It was Browning’s 14th career rushing touchdown, and it gave the Huskies a 21-0 halftime lead.

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Browning was 14-for-15 for 176 yards in the first half.

In the third quarter, Browning connected with Sample again for a 15-yard touchdown, extending UW’s lead to 28-0. That was the 100th touchdown Browning was responsible for in his career, becoming just the sixth player in Pac-12 history to do that.

Browning came into the game needing 150 yards to catch Pickett, who from 1999-2003 threw for 10,220 yards on 1,419 pass attempts (821 completions).

The Huskies’ first four-year starter in modern history, Browning broke the record on 208 fewer pass attempts than Pickett.

He entered Saturday having completed 776 passes on 1,210 attempts, for 10,070 yards.

Last year, Browning broke Keith Price’s school record for career touchdown passes, now at 86. Browning’s 43 touchdown passes in 2016 are a UW record (and are tied with Jared Goff for the Pac-12 record), and his .641 completion percentage is second in program history (behind Cyler Miles’ .656).

Browning also holds UW records for total offense (10,170 entering Saturday), passing efficiency (152.6), passing yards per attempt (8.97).

Bowman out

Senior Shane Bowman, a starting defensive lineman, was out Saturday after sustaining a left leg injury in practice this past week.

It is not clear for how long Bowman will be out. He was seen on the UW sideline with a large boot on his left foot.

A Bellevue High product, Bowman had the best game of his UW career in the season opener against Auburn, posting four tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.

In his place, sophomore Levi Onwuzurike made his first career start Saturday.

Wellington returns

Junior linebacker Brandon Wellington made his first appearance for the Huskies since have ACL surgery late last season.

That’s a positive development for a line linebacker corps that was again without junior DJ Beavers on Saturday.

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