MIAMI -- Oklahoma tailback Adrian Peterson broke the NCAA
record for rushing yards by a freshman Tuesday with an 8-yard run
on the second play of the second quarter of the Orange Bowl against
Peterson needed 21 yards entering the game to surpass the record
of 1,863 yards rushing set by Wisconsin's Ron Dayne in 1996, and it
took nine carries for him to get them. After the run, Peterson had
1,869 yards on the season.
Earlier in the season, Peterson tied the NCAA mark by reaching
1,000 yards in his seventh career game. Florida's Emmitt Smith
established the record in 1987 and San Diego State's Marshall Faulk
matched it in 1991.
Peterson had at least 100 yards rushing in all but one of the
Sooners' 12 games this season. He had 58 yards on a season-low 15
carries a week after dislocating his left shoulder against Texas