Reggie Bush Likely Takes The Cake With His 2005 Performance Against Fresno State

Published on September 22nd, 2021
Written By: Dave Manuel

Reggie Bush while playing at the University of Southern California. There have been some terrific single-game performances in college football history.

Who can forget Vince Young's performance in the 2006 Rose Bowl?

Or Doug Flutie's Hail Mary throw against Miami in the 1984 Orange Bowl?

These were just a couple of examples of big-time performances in high-pressure spots.

For this article, however, we are focusing on some of the greatest statistical performances by a player in a single college football game.


There are three performances that really stand out above the rest in my mind.

To start, on October 22nd, 2016, Patrick Mahomes completed 52 passes and passed for 734 yards when Texas Tech took on Oklahoma.

Mahomes and his team would end up losing the game, but not before he put up one of the most ridiculous passing lines in the history of college football:

52 completions
734 passing yards
5 passing TDs
2 rushing TDs


Next up? Barry Sanders and his performance in the 1988 Coca Cola Classic.

Heisman Trophy winner Sanders, who would go on to have an illustrious career in the NFL, would break the single-season rushing record on that night, rushing 44 times for 332 yards.

Sanders would rush for 2,628 yards in the 1988 season, which was easily one of the greatest single-season performances in the history of college football.


The greatest single-game performance in the history of college football, however, almost certainly belongs to Reggie Bush.

On November 19th, 2005, Bush put together one of the most ridiculous performances in college football history, as he combined for over 500 all-purpose yards. Here was his stat line from the game against Fresno State:

294 rushing yards
2 rushing TDs
3 catches
68 receiving yards
135 kick return yards
1 kick return TD

It's tough to top the 2005 epic game put together by Reggie Bush against Fresno State.

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