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That at least is debatable. The only thing about Sanders is that we will never know what his real numbers would of been. I can guarantee that Smith sure as heck wouldn't be even close to holding any records.

Barry Sanders final season at Oklahoma State, while sharing the backfield with HOF running back in Thurman Thomas, is the most dominant individual statistical season in the history of college football. He had, I believe, an other-worldly 37 touchdowns and four 300-yard rushing games. How he did not go #1 is a travesty.

Barry Sanders' 1988 Game-by-Game Rushing Stats

Date

Opponent Result

Att.

Yards Notes

Sept. 10

Miami, Ohio W 52-20

18

178

Returned opening kickoff 100 yards for TD. 2 TDs rushing, including an 89-yarder

Sept. 24

Texas A&M W 52-15

20

157

2 TDs rushing, including a 58 yard score. Also had 61-yard punt return for TD

Oct. 1

Tulsa W 56-35

33

304

5 TDs; broke school record for yardage for the 1st of three times in '88 season

Oct. 8

at Colorado W 41-21

24

174

4 TDs including 65-yard TD run

Oct. 15

at Nebraska L 63-42

34

189

4 TDs; at the time, the 4th-most rushing yards against any Nebraska team.

Oct. 22

Missouri W 49-21

25

154

2 TDs including 45-yard score

Oct. 29

at Kansas State W 45-27

37

320

3 TDs; the 2nd best rushing tally in Big Eight history at the time.

Nov. 5

Oklahoma L 31-28

39

215

2 TDs; Mike Gaddis gained 213 yards for the Sooners.

Nov. 12

Kansas W 63-24

37

312

5 TDs; broke single-season TD record with 31 for the season at this point.

Nov. 19

at Iowa State W 49-28

32

293

4 TDs including an 80-yard TD run; broke Big 8 season rushing record with this game

Dec. 3

vs. Texas Tech (in Tokyo) W 45-42

44

332

4 TDs. Heisman was awarded at 8am Tokyo time the day of the game.

Regular season total:

344*

2,628 39 total TDs; 238.9 yards/game average

Dec. 30

vs. Wyoming (in San Diego) W 62-14

29

222

5 TDs, a Holiday Bowl record. Also completed 1 of 2 passes for 17 yards.

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May have been worse if Roddy was full health and ATL didn't sit on the ball to end the game.

Easily could have been 50+ points. Atlanta left some points on the field to be sure...

However, people look at the rushing yardage as a total and think ATL sucks.

It's SIMPLY a function of having allowed big runs. It's a scheme problem. Teams don't just line up and RUN OVER the Falcons.

In my observations, it is simply a learning curve with all of the pre-snap movement Nolan's defense does to keep guys in the right gap.

When the Falcons get out of position, the let the other guy go untouched for nearly 10 yards. When our front 4 and front 7 overall are in their correct assignments, Atlanta is hard to run against.

Adjust to Nolan's system and avoid being out of position, cut down on that overall yardage since so much has come in big chunks.

Nice points. We have proven we can shut down the strength of teams. Whichever facet we're focusing on usually struggles against this defense.

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