On November 15, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon rushed for 408 yards in a defeat of Nebraska. This performance earned Gordon the FBS record for most rushing yards in a single game. The previous record of 406 yards was set in 1999 by LaDainian Tomlinson of Texas Christian University.
It certainly did not take another 15 years for the next record holder to step up. Just one week after Gordon broke the record, Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine rushed for 427 yards against Kansas.
Gordon broke the record in only three quarters of play while Perine needed two downs in the fourth quarter to break the record before sitting down for the day. Perine is still not as big of a candidate for the Heisman Trophy as Gordon due to Gordon’s continuous success. Gordon broke the Wisconsin school record for rushing yards in a season and is on pace to break Barry Sanders’ FBS all season rushing record.