Melvin Gordon sets FBS single-game rushing record with 408 yards

Step aside, LaDainian Tomlinson, Melvin Gordon has taken your place in the college football record books.

NCAA Most Rushing Yards Game (FBS)
Yards Player, School Opponent (Year)
408 Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin Nebraska (2014)
406 Ladainian Tomlinson, TCU UTEP (1999)
396 Tony Sands, Kansas Missouri (1991)
386 Marshall Faulk, S.D. State Pacific (1991)
378 Troy Davis, Iowa State Missouri (1996)
377 Anthony Thompson, Indiana Wisconsin (1989)
377 Robbie Mixon, C. Michigan E. Michigan (2002)

The Wisconsin back set a new FBS single-game rushing record Saturday, breaking Tomlinson's mark of 406 yards against UTEP in 1999. Gordon finished the game with 408 yards rushing, setting the record on a 26-yard touchdown run, in Wisconsin's 59-24 victory over Nebraska.

That touchdown run was the final play of the third quarter.

Gordon's mark is a bit more impressive than Tomlinson's back in the day and not just because of the yardage total. Tomlinson set the record against a mediocre UTEP team, while Gordon did so against a Nebraska program that entered Saturday with an 8-1 record and a top-20 run defense nationally.

At least it was before Saturday.

Gordon used plenty of big plays to get there, too, as he had six rushes of 39 yards or more in the first three quarters. Nebraska had only allowed three rushes of more than 35 yards all season.

"Yeah, I didn't even know I was close to the record," Gordon said, via the AP. "I was kind of just running away."

Tomlinson congratulated Gordon for his performance on Twitter.

It turns out that rushing records are just a thing that Wisconsin does. As former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball pointed out on Twitter, Wisconsin backs now on the records for rushing yards in a single game (Gordon), rushing yards in a career (Ron Dayne) and career rushing touchdowns (Ball).

In a game built up as a duel between Heisman candidate running backs between Gordon and Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, Wisconsin's star runner delivered a major statement. Abdullah finished with 69 yards on 18 carries.

Melvin Gordon only needed three quarters to set a single-game rushing record.
Melvin Gordon only needed three quarters to set a single-game rushing record. (USATSI)
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