Samaje Perine Rushed For 427 Yards in 2014 Game Against Kansas

Published on December 20th, 2023 5:29 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

The holder of the college football rushing record is Samaje Perine of Oklahoma. On November 15th, 2014, Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin broke the record for most rushing yards in a college football game.

This record, which had stood for years, was broken precisely one week later by Samaje Perine.


Was Perine trying to break the record when he stepped onto the field against Kansas on November 22nd, 2014? We'll never know.

By the end of the game, however, Oklahoma's Perine had the record comfortably in hand, as he had just rushed for an eye-popping 427 yards against the helpless Kansas defense.


The #23 ranked Oklahoma Sooners were way too much for the 3-8 team from Kansas, as Oklahoma ended up winning by a score of 44-7.

Perine got the party started early, as he took in a 49-yard touchdown run to give his team an early 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Perine's onslaught continued, as he added another two touchdown runs - 33 yards and 34 yards, respectively.

At the start of the third quarter, Perine broke another run loose, as he took it 66 yards to the house.

With six minutes left in the third quarter, the overwhelmed Kansas running defense let Perine take another run to the house, as Perine scored from 27 yards out.


In total, Perine rushed 34 times for 427 yards and 5 touchdowns.

As if that weren't enough, Perine also caught one pass for 19 yards, for a total of 446 scrimmage yards.

Oklahoma only completed three passes over the course of the game, and why not? Perine was absolutely unstoppable.


The list of top 5 single game rushing totals in the history of college football looks like this:

1. Samaje Perine, 427 yards
2. Jaret Patterson, 409 yards
3. Melvin Gordon, 408 yards
4. LaDainian Tomlinson, 406 yards
5. Tony Sands, 396 yards

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