Byron Hanspard became the sixth major-college player to run for 2,000 yards in a season, rushing for 257 yards and four touchdowns Saturday in Texas Tech’s 56-21 victory over Southwestern Louisiana at Lubbock, Texas.
Hanspard, a junior, established school career and season rushing records in the process. Two of his scoring runs came in the decisive second quarter, when Tech scored four touchdowns.
Hanspard left the game early in the fourth quarter with precisely 2,000 yards.
“The Lord blessed us today,” said Hanspard, a licensed minister. “We were kind of rocky at first, but we finally got things going. The 2,000 yards were a goal that I set at the start of the season.
“I didn’t know what I needed until the coaches told me to go back out there and try to get five yards. I did that for my big babies (Tech’s offensive line). That put a smile on their faces.”
Division II mark falls
Jarrett Anderson of Truman State set a national Division II single-season rushing record in a 36-7 win over Southwest Baptist at Kirksville, Ohio.
Anderson, a senior from Chicago, rushed for 232 yards to raise his season total to 2,140 yards. The previous record of 2,011 was held by Johnny Bailey of Texas A&M-Kingsville; in 1986.
Brian Shay of Emporia State, Kan., also exceeded Bailey’s old mark in a 32-22 win over Central Missouri State. Shay, a sophomore from Edgerton, Kan., rushed for 305 yards in the victory.
Division III player sets records
Marietta’s Dante Brown broke NCAA Division III single-season records for rushing yards and all-purpose yards as Marietta defeated Muskingum 30-3 at New Concord, Ohio.
Brown had 205 yards on 36 carries, and finished the season with 2,385 yards on 314 attempts. Carey Bender of Coe College was the previous record holder with 2,243 yards in 1994.
Brown also had 41 yards in punt returns and returned a kickoff 86 yards for a score, giving him 332 total yards in the game and 2,967 yards for the season, breaking Bender’s all-purpose mark of 2,656.
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