Running Duos

Florida State's tailback duo of <b>Leon Washington</b> and <b>Lorenzo Booker</b> both rank among the Atlantic Coast Conference's top 10 in rushing yards per game. FSU is one of 10 Division I-A schools to have two players average 70 or more yards per game rushing. The Seminoles' Gator Bowl opponent -- West Virginia -- also has a pair that falls into that category in running back <b>Kay-Jay Harris</b> and quarterback <b>Rasheed Marshall.</b>

Saturday's Gator Bowl could be heavy on the run.

Both Florida State and West Virginia are ranked in the top 10 among Division I-A schools with duos averaging 70-plus rushing yards per game.

The Seminoles' Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker also both rank among the ACC's top 10 in rushing yards per game.

Washington is third with an average of 84 yards per game while Booker is ninth at 71.5 yards per game.

The last time FSU had two backs average 70-plus yards per game on the ground was 1984 with Greg Allen (107.9 yards per game) and Roosevelt Snipes (75.6).

Booker, the Seminoles' leading rusher with 786 yards, and Washington currently rank as one of the most productive sets of rushers in the Bobby Bowden era.

The duo is on pace to rush for 1,698 yards this season, a mark that would put them fourth among running back tandems at FSU since Bowden took over in 1976 behind Sammie Smith and Dexter Carter (1,909 total) in 1987, Allen-Snipes (1,763) in 1983 and Allen-Snipes (1,727) again in 1984.

The Mountaineers also have a pair that falls into the 70-plus rushing yards per game category in running back Kay-Jay Harris (82.5) and quarterback Rasheed Marshall (71.8)

Duos Averaging 70-plus rushing yards per game

Texas: Cedric Benson (160.4) and Vince Young (80.6)
Northern Illinois: Garret Wolfe (157.2) and A.J. Harris (70.2)
Minnesota: Laurence Maroney (113) and Marion Barber (98.4)
Navy: Kyle Eckel (96.5) and Aaron Polanco (76.7)
Auburn: Carnell Williams (92) and Ronnie Brown (76.8)
Virginia: Alvin Pearman (89.6) and Wali Lundy (72.8)
FSU: Washington (84) and Booker (71.5)
Tennessee:Gerald Riggs (83.8) and Cedric Houston (78.6)
West Virginia: Harris (82.5) and Marshall (71.8)
Georgia: Thomas Brown (76.4) and Danny Ware (70.1)

Note: Young, Polanco and Marshall are quarterbacks.


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