BY Steve Rudman 05:35PM 11/28/2010

Numbers Crunch

Numbers can fascinate and amuse, and be used to start and settle all manner of sporting debates. But numbers can also tell stories. Here you’ll find the numbers that best reflect the pulse of sports in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest .

Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2010

  • 4
    Number of last-minute wins for Steve Sarkisian’s Huskies during the 2010 season, including three last-play wins: Beat USC on Oct. 2 when Erik Folk nailed a 32-yard FG with 0:00 on the clock; beat Oregon State in two overtimes on Oct. 16 when Cort Dennison harrased a Beaver receiver into dropping a two-point conversion; beat Cal on Nov. 27 on Chris Polk’s one-yard, fourth-down TD run with 0:00 on the clock; beat Washington State on Dec. 4 on Jake Locker’s 27-yard TD to Jermaine Kearse with 44 seconds left.
  • 9.8
    Yards per carry for Washington’s Chris Polk in his near-record, 284-yard rushing performance Saturday in the Apple Cup. Although Polk came within 12 yards of matching Hugh McElhenny’s school-record, 296-yard performance set 60 years ago against the Cougars, he came nowhere close to McElhenny’s yards-per-carry effort. In his 296-yard game, McElhenny averaged a school and NCAA record 14.8 yards per carry (20 attempts), and scored five TDs, one from 84 yards.
  • 45
    Number of points that UW’s Isaiah Thomas needs to supplant Nate Robinson as the 22nd-leading scorer in school history. Robinson tallied 1,283 points from 2003-05. After scoring 16 in Washington’s 108-79 win over Texas Tech Saturday, Thomas has 1,239 points.
  • 6
    Number of times the Seahawks have lost to teams with 10 or more losses (Seahawks play 1-10 Carolina on Sunday at Qwest). The last time the Seahawks sucked the gaspipe to a 10+-loss team: Dec. 20, 2009, when 1-12 Tampa Bay throttled the Seahawks 24-7 at Qwest Field — a loss that cost Jim Mora his job.
  • 1
    Times the Huskies men’s basketball team made more than 10 3-pointers last season in 36 games. They have done it twice already this season, first with 17 makes against Virginia, then 14 more against Long Beach State.
  • 3
    Times this season that the UW basketball team has scored 100 or more points in a game after a 102-75 rout of Long Beach State. Last season in which UW scored 100 points in a game three times: 2007. Last time with four 100-point games: 2005. Most 100-point games in a season: 4, 2005 and 1972.
  • 2
    Number of University Washington running backs — Greg Lewis and Napoleon Kaufman — who have rushed for 1,000 yards in two separate seasons (Kaufman did it three times). Current UW soph Chris Polk can become the third by rushing for 46 yards in the Apple Cup.
  • 0
    Through 11 games, the Seahawks have yet to feature a 100-yard rusher. Last season in which Seattle had no 100-yard rushers: 1982, 28 years ago.
  • 7
    When Earl Thomas scored off that blocked punt against Kansas City Sunday, it marked the first time in seven years the Seahawks had accomplished that feat. Last to do it: D.D. Lewis vs. Pittsburgh on Nov. 22, 2003.
  • 325
    When Kansas City DT Shaun Smith scored on a one-yard run against the Seahawks, he became, at 325 pounds, the heaviest player ever to tally a touchdown against the locals. He also became the first NFL player since William Perry on Nov. 24, 1985, to score a TD and record a sack in the same game (Perry ran one yard for a TD and had a sack in a 36-0 Chicago win over Atlanta). BTW: Perry topped out a 325 pounds in his heyday, and both Smith and Perry are South Carolina natives.
  • 162
    The Seahawks have allowed 162.0 rushing yards per game over their past six games. In their first five, they allowed 70.4 rushing yards per game.
  • 58
    Percent of Jake Locker’s rushing attempts that came in just two drives in the fourth quarter against California last Saturday. Locker carried 12 times, seven in the final quarter.

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