Oklahoma's Samaje Perine sets FBS single-game rushing record
The true freshman from Pflugerville, Texas, carried 34 times for 427 yards (12.6 yards per carry) and five touchdowns, breaking the record set by Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon last week against Nebraska. Gordon rushed for 408 yards on 25 carries (16.3 yards per carry) in three quarters of a 59-24 rout.
Perine broke the record on a 42-yard run early in the fourth quarter. After recording 222 yards in the first half, Perine ripped off a 66-yard touchdown scamper on his first carry of the third quarter.
Prior to Gordon's performance last week the FBS record was held by former TCU and NFL star LaDainian Tomlinson, who amassed 406 yards and six touchdowns on 43 carries in a game against Texas El-Paso in 1999. The NCAA all-division single-game record is 455, set by Division III Western Connecticut State's Octavias McKoy in October 2013.
Perine was rated the No. 13 running back in the recruiting class of 2014, according to Rivals.com. The 5-foot-11, 243-pounder rushed for 213 yards and three scores in last Saturday's 42-30 win over Texas Tech, and 242 yards in a a 45-33 victory over West Virginia on Sept. 20.
Oklahoma is 8-3 (5-3 Big 12). It was ranked No. 21 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday night. The Sooners host rival Oklahoma State on Dec. 6 to close the regular season.