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Single-Season 2,000-Yard Rushers

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Larry Johnson Penn State

Larry Johnson rushed for 2,087 yards in 2002 for Penn State.

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Only 14 running backs in college football history have rushed for more than 2,000 yards in a single season.

This distinguished group is led by the spectacular Barry Sanders, who ran for an astounding 2,628 yards for Oklahoma State in 1988.

Other high-profile backs to pull off the feat include Marcus Allen, LaDanian Tomlinson, Ricky Williams and Larry Johnson.

Barry Sanders Oklahoma State (1988): 2,628 (7.64 yards per carry)
Kevin Smith UCF (2007): 2,567 (5.70)
Marcus Allen USC (1981): 2,342 (5.81)
Troy Davis Iowa State (1996): 2,185 (5.44)
Ladainian Tomlinson TCU (2000): 2,158 (5.85)
Mike Rozier Nebraska (1983): 2,148 (7.81)
Matt Forte Tulane (2007): 2,127 (5.89)
Ricky Williams Texas (1998): 2,124 (5.88)
Larry Johnson Penn State (2002): 2,087 (7.70)
Byron Hanspard Texas Tech (1996): 2,084 (6.15)
Rashaan Salaam Colorado (1994): 2,055 (6.90)
J.J. Arrington California (2004): 289 2,018 (6.98)
Ray Rice Rutgers (2007): 2,012 (5.29)
Troy Davis Iowa State (1995): 2,010 (5.83)

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