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Andre Williams Rushes For Record 339 Yards

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Andre Williams is a bruising runner, but he shows defenders his back often enough. Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images.
Andre Williams is a bruising runner, but he shows defenders his back often enough. Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images.

Boston College running back Andre Williams broke the school's single-game and single-season rushing records Saturday, toting the ball a workmanlike 42 times.

Williams, who leads the nation with 1,810 rushing yards, broke 100 yards in the first quarter against North Carolina State, secured his fourth 200-yard game of the season early in the final quarter and made sure the Eagles cruised to a 38-21 win.

The 6-foot, 227-pound back ran for more than 20 yards five times and added a 17-yard touchdown, though he did fumble twice. Williams, a Doak Walker Award semifinalist, now averages 181 rushing yards per game, also best in the nation. At that rate, Williams would finish in the Top Five all-time for single-season rushing yards, well above 2,000. Only 18 backs have reached that total since 1970, according to TotalFootballStats.com.

BC (6-4, 3-3) earned a bowl berth with the win. Williams also rushed for 295 yards last week against New Mexico State and 263 yards and five touchdowns against Army earlier this season. He's the only back to rush for more than 100 yards against Florida State (149) and Virginia Tech (166) this season.

Williams has carried a back-breaking 286 times this season.

All-Time Single-Season Rushing Totals (Since 1970)

Name School Year Total
Barry Sanders Oklahoma State 1988 2,628
Kevin Smith UCF 2007 2,567
Marcus Allen USC 1981 2,427
Andre Williams* Boston College 2013 2,353
Troy Davis Iowa State 1996 2,185
LaDainian Tomlinson TCU 2000 2,158
Tony Dorsett Pitt 1976 2,150
Mike Rozier Nebraska 1983 2,148
Matt Forte Tulane 2007 2,127
Ricky Williams Texas 1998 2,124
Larry Johnson Penn State 2002 2,087

*Projected total, including bowl game