Leonard Fournette has broken LSU’s single-season rushing record. The sophomore eclipsed Charles Alexander’s record of 1,686 yards during the 1977 season on his third carry during the third quarter of Saturday’s game against Texas A&M.
Fournette hasn’t finished the season as well as he started it, but this accomplishment will cement him among LSU’s legendary tailbacks. Fournette was the leading candidate in the Heisman Trophy race before a three-game slump diminished his Heisman hopes drastically.
Fournette entered Saturday as the nation’s leader in rushing with an average of 158.2 yards per game. He was named as a finalist earlier in the week for the Doak Walker Award for the nation’s best running back.