Pumphrey surpassed ex-Wisconsin star Ron Dayne's mark of 6,397 yards early in the fourth quarter against Houston during the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday.?
The record does come with a caveat: Dayne rushed for 728 yards over four bowl games in his career, but the NCAA doesn't credit those yards to his total because it didn't start counting bowl games toward records until 2002. Dayne played for the Badgers from 1996 to '99. His career rushing total including bowl games stands at 7,125 yards.
As a result, Pumphrey is now technically the FBS all-time rushing champion. He got there despite the emergence of teammate Rashaad Penny, who had taken away carries from Pumphrey this season. In fact, Pumphrey and Penny are the first pair of teammates to rush for 2,000 yards and 1,000 yards, respectively, in the same season.
Pumphrey broke the mark on a 15-yard sweep to the right side in the fourth quarter. His San Diego State teammates briefly paused to mob him, while family and friends in the stands relished the emotional moment.
The Aztecs went on to win the game 34-10.?