Oklahoma State’s Hubbard eclipses 2,000 rushing yards

Field Level Media

December 28, 2019 at 2:15 am.

Oklahoma State All-American running back Chuba Hubbard became the second player in school history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season when he went over the mark in the first half of Friday’s Texas Bowl against Texas A&M.

Hubbard went over 2,000 with a 16-yard run late in the second quarter.

Hubbard, a third-year sophomore, rushed for 78 yards on seven carries in the first half to raise his total to 2,014 yards to join the legendary Barry Sanders, who rushed for an NCAA-record 2,628 yards in 1988.

Bowl game stats didn’t count in official totals at the time, and Sanders added 222 more in the Holiday Bowl. Oklahoma State lists Sanders’ 1988 Heisman Trophy-winning total as a school-record 2,850.

Sanders was quick to welcome Hubbard into the exclusive club.

“Congrats to Chuba Hubbard and Oklahoma State football on reaching the 2000-yard club,” Sanders wrote. “I know the team effort it takes to get there. Go Pokes.”

Oklahoma State is the seventh school to produce multiple 2,000-yards rushing seasons.

Wisconsin has four such seasons with two from Ron Dayne (2,109 in 1996, 2034 in 1999) as well as Melvin Gordon (2,587 in 2014) and current star Jonathan Taylor (2,194 in 2018).

Schools with two include Southern California’s Charles White (2,050 in 1979) and Marcus Allen (2,427 in 1981); Iowa State’s Troy Davis (2,010 in 1995, 2,185 in 1996); Texas’ Ricky Williams (2,124 in 1998) and D’Onta Foreman (2,028 in 2016); Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey (2,019 in 2015) and Bryce Love (2,118 in 2017), and San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey (2,133 in 2016) and Rashaad Penny (2,248 in 2017).