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Washington’s Browning making noise; will East Coast notice?

Cool Hand Jake still a QB in charge

The Bee's Joe Davidson on former Folsom High School Bulldogs quarterback Jake Browning's collegiate game and his chances as an Heisman candidate.
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The Bee's Joe Davidson on former Folsom High School Bulldogs quarterback Jake Browning's collegiate game and his chances as an Heisman candidate.

Washington quarterback Jake Browning continues to put up big numbers and is among the leaders in the Heisman Trophy race.

One problem for the Huskies sophomore out of Folsom High School: Will East Coast voters notice?

Browning threw for 378 yards and six touchdowns to set Washington’s single-season record for touchdown passes with 34, and the Huskies beat Cal 66-27 on Saturday night in Berkeley. However, the game didn’t end until after 11 p.m. Pacific time – that’s 2 a.m. Eastern, not including the hour applied for turning back the clock.

Another problem for Browning: Heisman front-runner Lamar Jackson of Louisville also had a stellar game Saturday.

The sophomore quarterback for the fifth-ranked Cardinals passed for four touchdowns and ran for three in a 52-7 victory at Boston College. In all, Jackson amassed 416 yards (231 passing, 185 rushing) in a game that started at noon in the East, which likely meant more Heisman voters watching.

Coming into Saturday’s action, ESPN and SI.com had Browning ranked second in the race behind Jackson and in front of Clemson junior quarterback Deshaun Watson. The Associated Press’s Heisman Watch had Browning third and Watson second.

Browning’s performance at Cal boosted his quarterback rating to 202.8 and gives him a shot to destroy the record held by current Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seattle Times reports.

HOW THEY FARED

Here’s how the Heisman favorites looked Saturday:

Jake Browning, So.

No. 4* Washington

Lamar Jackson, So.

No. 5* Louisville

Deshaun Watson, Jr.

No. 3* Clemson

Passing yards

378

231

169

Passing TDs-INTs

6-0

4-1

2-0

Completion pct.

19/28 (67.9)

12/17 (70.6)

13/16 (81.3)

Rushing yards

14

185

39

Rushing TDs

0

3

1

Team result

W, 66-27 at Cal

W, 52-7 at Boston College

W, 54-0 vs. Syracuse

* Associated Press rankings

SEASON STATISTICS

Here’s where they stand after nine games this season:

Jake Browning, So.

No. 4* Washington

Lamar Jackson, So.

No. 5* Louisville

Deshaun Watson, Jr.

No. 3* Clemson

Passing yards

2,273

2,753

2,497

Passing TDs-INTs

34-3

26-6

24-10

Completion pct.

67.7

59.0

64.4

QB rating

202.8

164.9

149.2

Rushing yards

77

1,181

370

Rushing TDs

4

19

2

Team W-L

9-0 (6-0 Pac-12)

8-1 (6-1 ACC)

9-0 (6-0 ACC)

* Associated Press rankings

UP NEXT

Browning’s next game will be played in prime time as the Huskies host USC on Nov. 12 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific on Fox. Before Washington’s game kicks off, Clemson hosts Pitt and Louisville hosts Wake Forest.

The Bee’s Jon Schultz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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