Johnathan Taylor moves to 7th for most rushing yards in a season

Jonathan Taylor went over the 2,000 yards rushing mark for the season on Thursday. [Image Source: Flickr | Bin Bug]
Jonathan Taylor went over the 2,000 yards rushing mark for the season on Thursday. [Image Source: Flickr | Bin Bug]

He became the 3rd Wisconsin running back to go over 2,000 yards rushing in a season.

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In Thursday’s Pinstripe Bowl, Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor rushed for 205 yards in a 35-3 blowout victory over Miami. That gives the sophomore 2,194 rushing yards for the season. According to ESPN, he became the third Wisconsin player after Melvin Gordon and Ron Dayne to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.

That is the seventh-most rushing yards in a year by a player in FCS history. Here are the six players that ended a college season with more rushing yards than Taylor.

(Note: Bowl stats did not count towards a player’s stats until the 2002 season.)

1

Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State - 2,628 yards (1988)

Sanders' historic season saw him average nearly 239 yards rushing an outing. He rushed for no less than 154 yards in every game and scored 37 touchdowns on the ground. His incredible season culminated in his winning of the Heisman Trophy.

2

Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin - 2,587 yards (2014)

The 2014 season saw Gordon take home Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors. His 408 yards rushing on November 15 of that year against Nebraska was a FBS-record until it was broken the following week by Oklahoma's Samaje Perine who finished with 427.

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