Browning took over the top spot on a 9-yard pass to Drew Sample late in the second quarter of the Huskies' 35-7 victory over BYU, nudging him past Pickett's career mark of 10,220 yards. He now has 10,347 yards with at least seven regular-season games left in his career.
"I think it's cool to be along with some of the names of guys who've accomplished great things here," Browning said. "But my thing with records is: I hope some other Washington quarterback comes along and breaks my record, too."
He had one of the best games of his career Saturday night, going 23-of-25 for 277 yards with a touchdown in the blowout of the 20th-ranked Cougars. He also ran for a 9-yard touchdown seconds before halftime that gave Washington a 21-0 lead.
"I think 16 wanted to come and kill me," said Browning, referring to BYU linebacker Sione Takitaki. "So I made a really unathletic move and was able to score."
Barring injury, Browning will almost certainly own every significant passing record in school history -- quite the accomplishment at a program that boasts former stars such as Warren Moon, Jake Locker, Brock Huard and many others.
A four-year starter, Browning already owns the marks for career touchdown passes (86) and total offense (10,451 yards) and seems poised to pass Pickett on the career completions list. Browning also moved to No. 15 on the Pac-12 career passing leaders list, surpassing USC's Cody Kessler (10,339).