Donnel Pumphrey explodes vs. Cal, breaks Marshall Faulk's rushing record

If you don't know the name Donnel Pumphrey, now's a good time to familiarize yourself. Numbers-wise, he's better than the great Marshall Faulk.

In Saturday night's game against Cal, Pumphrey broke Faulk's career rushing record of 4,589 yards. The new record came late in the fourth quarter when Pumphrey broke a run to the left side.

In the 45-40 late-night win, Pumphrey finished with 281 yards on the ground, bringing his career total to 4,651.

Pumphrey entered the game with 4,370 yards -- 219 behind Faulk. Getting the record on Saturday was a tall task, but the senior showed he was up for the challenge. It helped, too, that Cal has one of the worst run defenses in college football.

Still, Pumphrey had a huge night, and now he stands as the most prolific running back in Aztec history.

San Diego State has now won 12 straight games dating back to last season.

CBS Sports Writer

Ben Kercheval joined CBS Sports in 2016 and has been covering college football since 2010. Before CBS, Ben worked at Bleacher Report, UPROXX Sports and NBC Sports. As a long-suffering North Texas graduate,... Full Bio

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