Melvin Gordon over 2,000 yards in 2014; Sanders' mark within reach

Melvin Gordon surpassed 2,000 yards quicker than any other back in college history
Melvin Gordon surpasses 2,000 yards quicker than any other back in college history. (USATSI)

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon may have seen his single-game rushing record erased after only a week by Oklahoma's Samaje Perine, but he responded to that loss with another milestone.

NCAA: Most Rushing Yards in Season
Player, Team Yards Year
Barry Sanders, Oklahoma St. 2,628 1988
Kevin Smith, UCF 2,567 2007
Marcus Allen, USC 2,342 1981
Troy Davis, Iowa St. 2,185 1996
Andre Williams, Boston College 2,177 2013
LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU 2,158 2000
Mike Rozier, Nebraska 2,148 1983
Matt Forte, Tulane 2,127 2007
Ricky Williams, Texas 2,124 1998
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin 2,109 2014
Larry Johnson, Penn St. 2,087 2002

Gordon broke free for an 88-yard run during the third quarter of Saturday's game against Iowa, and though he didn't score a touchdown on that play, he did eclipse the 2,000-yard mark on the season. While rushing for 2,000 yards in a season is a major accomplishment by any running back, Gordon just happened to do it quicker than any other back.

Gordon passed the 2,000-yard mark on his 242nd carry this season.

The 88-yard run gave Gordon 2,050 yards, and he finished the day at 2,109 yards. That means that it's possible Gordon could set the single-season NCAA FBS rushing mark. That record is held by Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders, who rushed for 2,628 yards in 1988. Gordon would need another 520 yards to break that mark, which is entirely possible.

Gordon still has next week's regular-season finale against Minnesota, and if Wisconsin wins that game it'll play in the Big Ten Championship before going to a bowl game. If Gordon plays three more games, he'll need to average 173.3 yards per game to do so.

Including Saturday, Gordon is averaging 191.7 yards.

CBS Sports Writer

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