San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey made history Saturday when he broke the FBS career rushing record.
Pumphrey reached this milestone early in the fourth quarter of San Diego State’s victory over Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl.
The star rusher racked up 115 rushing yards, bringing his career total to 6,045. The former FBS rushing record was held by former Wisconsin star Ron Dayne with 6,397.
Although Pumphrey deserves this great merit after the stellar season he just had, there is somewhat a caveat to this accolade. During Dayne’s time, the NCAA didn’t credit yards accrued during bowl games; Dayne ran for 728 yards over four bowl games, which would have brought his total up to 7,125 yards.
Nevertheless, Pumphrey’s milestone is a huge one, as he was able to gain so much yardage despite the emergence of his teammate Rashaad Penny. Both running backs were so dominant this season, they are the first pair of teammates to rush for 2,000 yards and 1,000 yards each in the same season.