It’s probably a safe bet that Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine hasn’t watched highlights or film of his record-setting performance against Kansas last year very much. It probably wasn’t intentionally more than twice – immediately after the game with the team to breakdown film and this week to review some of Kansas’ tendencies.
He didn’t care much about the record after the game last year. He didn’t care much this week as he prepares to face a defense similar to the one he torched for 427 yards in 2014.
“Records are made to be broken,” Perine said, leaning on a cliché when describing his own record.
In his five touchdown runs against Kansas last year, Perine gained 209 yards – a 41.8 per carry average.
Perine doesn’t think about the game last year very much, when the offensive line opened such gaping holes that Perine set it was easy to become the most prolific single-game runner in FBS history.
“I really didn’t care about it too much at all,” Perine said. “Even after, I still don’t really care much for it. I guess it’s good to have on your resume and it’s great.”
Instead, Perine enjoyed it more for his offensive line, which took great pride in setting the record. Perine just didn’t care about the record, even in the days leading up to a game that will no doubt feature replays of his exploits from a year ago.
He doesn’t care about the record. He doesn’t care about carries. He doesn’t even care about touchdowns – as long as someone on the team is scoring.
All Perine seems to care about is winning.
“He's been a strong role model for all of our guys on our team,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “Samaje handles his business in every part, his academic part and every part of his life in a really mature, positive way and he's everything you want from a student athlete. “