Perine sets NCAA rushing record in OU win

Freshman RB becomes single-game record holder as Sooners bounce back at home

Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine is the new NCAA single-game rushing champion.

Perine rushed for 427 yards, breaking a one-week old record set by Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, and five touchdowns to pace Oklahoma to an 44-7 victory on Saturday against Kansas.

The records are starting to falling like defenders.

Perine rushed for 222 yards in the first half, the most yards in an single half, and scored his 16th touchdown – a new Oklahoma freshman single-season record.

Oklahoma snapped a two-game home losing streak in the Big 12 against the Jayhawks, who have now lost 28-straight Big 12 games away from home.

Oklahoma, which won its 10th straight game against Kansas, gave the ball to Perine early, and behind an offensive line that allowed him to score two of his three first-half touchdowns without being touched, the freshman rolled to 157 yards in the third quarter.

On the record-setting run, Perine broke two tackles and ran away from the linebackers before being dragged down after the 42-yard carry.

His teammates swarmed him, the rain-soaked ball was pulled off the field and rushed to the Switzer Center and Perine, who had 12 carries of 10 or more yards, was lifted into the air by left tackle Tyrus Thompson.

In a rain storm, it was obvious that Oklahoma (8-3, 5-3 Big 12) would go to the ground especially after starting quarterback Cody Thomas started 1-for-6 – with the only completion coming on a screen pass to Perine.

Thomas threw for just 39 yards for Oklahoma, which finished with 510 yards on the ground.


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