Stanford football fans had more than one reason to be happy on New Year’s Day, as their Cardinals team won the 102nd Rose Bowl over Iowa by a score of 46-16, and a new Rose Bowl record was set. Running back Christian McCaffrey ended two records in one game with a combined 368 yards. This Rose Bowl record and the win could help Stanford get up to a second or third place ranking in the nation when the final polls come out. Before the New Year’s Day game, the Cardinals were in 5th place.
McCaffrey’s Rose Bowl Record
McCaffrey, who is a sophomore originally from Colorado, and who was already The Associated Press national player of the year, set the Rose Bowl record by running for 172 yards, as well as getting 105 yards receiving, and then added 91 additional yards via kick returns. This made him the very first player to get over 100 yards in both rushing and receiving in the history of the Rose Bowl game. McCaffrey is also an Academic All-American and the winner of the Hornung Award, which is given to America's most versatile player. He finished his year of football with 2,109 rushing yards, which breaks Toby Gerhart's school record for rushing yards in one season.
McCaffrey known for breaking multiple records
McCaffrey, who is also the son of a former Stanford and NFL wide receiver and a former Stanford soccer standout, claims that the opening game play happened just like it did in a dream he had the night before the game. He caught a pass from quarterback Kevin Hogan on the first snap of the game and raced down the field for a 75-yard touchdown. He averaged 9.6 yards for each carry with an average of 26.3 yards for four catches. He has already broken other records, having broken Barry Sanders' 3,250 all-purpose yards, and ended up at the end of the season getting 3,864 all-purpose yards (well surpassing) Sanders' record. He also broke a record in the Pac-12 title game against USC by getting 461 yards, and yet he didn’t get the Heisman trophy, finishing second to Derrick Henry, the running back for Alabama.