USA Today/Derick E. Hingle

Leonard Fournette became the fastest LSU RB to reach 1,000 rushing yards

Leonard Fournette set yet another school record this weekend.

Leonard Fournette continues to add his name to the LSU record books.

The Heisman favorite eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season Saturday against South Carolina. He became the fastest player to reach that milestone in LSU history, needing only five games to do so.

The previous mark was held by Charles Alexander, who hit the 1,000-yard mark in the seventh game of his record-setting season in 1977.

Fournette acheived his milestone two plays into the second half. He took that handoff 87 yards for his 12th touchdown of the season. He now has three runs this year longer than 70 yards. He's scored six touchdowns more than 20 yards and three longer than 60.

Though Fournette did have his streak of consecutive 200-yard games snapped Saturday, he did extend his string of 100-yarders. Saturday marked his seventh straight, and he's now two shy of setting Alexander's school record.

Fournette finished Saturday's game with 158 yards rushing. That puts him at 1,022 for the season. He needs 664 more to tie Alexander's single-season record.

With six games left in the regular season, Fournette would have to average just 110.7 yards-per-game to reach Alexander's mark of 1,686.

Saturday's game actually brought Fournette's average down about 14 yards to 204.4 per game, but if he maintains anything close to that pace, he should surpass LSU's single-season record.


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