NCAA Rushing Record Broken: The Perine Effect


I mentioned young Samaje(Sa-mah-jay) Perine(Pee-rhine) this past summer as the OU Sooners were preparing for the 2014 season.

He’s big for a RB at 5’11” and 245lbs, and also has excellent speed in the 4.4 to 4.5 forty yard dash range.

Not many had heard of the young man before his breakout game at WVU. He had offers from every D-1 school, but finally committed to OU over Bama during his Senior year of high school.

On Saturday November 22, 2014 in a driving rain at OU’s historic Owen field he set a new NCAA rushing record of 427 yards that I hope can last longer than the seven days the previous record stood.

Here are the records that he set on Saturday:
1. FBS Single-Game Rushing Record: previously held by Melvin Gordon, 408 yards
2. FBS Single-Game Rushing Record by a FRESHMAN: previously held by Marshall Faulk, 386 yards
3. Big 12 Single-Game Rushing Record: previously held by Troy Davis, 378 yards
4. University of Oklahoma Single-Game Rushing Record: previously held by Greg Pruitt, 294 yards
5. University of Oklahoma Rushing Touchdowns by a Freshman(19): previously held by Adrian Peterson, 15 TDs
6. University of Oklahoma Rushing Record In One Half: previously held by Adrian Peterson, 210 yards

It was truly an historic day, adding to the legacy of great RBs at OU, who now hold the single game rushing record in the NCAA(Perine), the NFL(Adrian Peterson) and the NFL RB with the most 100 yard games to start a season(Demarco Murray).

Congratulations to Perine, his blocking fullback Ripkowski and the entire offensive line for making this game historical.

**See also**
A fanstastic collection of photos from the day HERE.

3 Responses

  1. you were telling me about Perine before the season started. He is the Real Deal™ Congratulations to this young man. He wears the Crimson and Cream proudly.

  2. Not only is he a magnificent athlete, he is an even better person.
    When word started spreading along the side line in the third quarter that he was only 30-40 yards away from the record he went up to his RB coach and said “I don’t care about the record” and encouraged his coach to let the other guys get the carries. His OL found out what he said and as a unit said NO, that he was getting the record.
    They love the guy and his quiet humility.
    When asked what he was going to do after the game he simply said hang out with his parents and sisters who were in town and then watch cartoons.
    Not only proud of him but for him, as well.

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