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College Football's All-Time Leading Rushers

Wisconsin's Dayne Tops the List


2 Nov 1996: Running back Ron Dayne #33 of the Wisconsin Badgers keeps his focused upfield at a pursuing defender from the Purdue Boilermakers while running with the football during a carry in the Badgers 33-25 victory over the Boilermakers at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Ron Dayne put Wisconsin back on the college football map during a spectacular career in Madison. Between 1996 and 1999, the bruising Dayne ran all over opposing defenses, amassing 6,397 rushing yards to break the NCAA career rushing mark previously held by Texas' Ricky Williams.

Dayne's record was most recently challenged by fellow Wisconsin alum Montee Ball, who rushed for 5,140 yards between 2009 and 2012.

The top 15 all-time leading rushers in college football history are listed here.

Ron Dayne, Wisconsin (1996-99) 6,397 career rushing yards
Ricky Williams, Texas (1995-98) 6,279
Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh (1973-76) 6,082
DeAngelo Williams, Memphis (2002-05) 6,026
Charles White, USC (1976-79) 5,598
Travis Prentice, Miami (Ohio) (1996-99) 5,596
Cedric Benson, Texas (2001-04) 5,540
Damion Fletcher, Southern Miss (2006-09) 5,302
Ladainian Tomlinson, TCU (1997-00) 5,263
Herschel Walker, Georgia (1980-82) 5,259
Archie Griffin, Ohio State (1972-75) 5,177
Avon Cobourne, West Virginia (1999-02) 5,164
Garrett Wolfe, Northern Illinois (2004-06) 5,164
Montee Ball, Wisconsin (2009-2012) 5,140
LaMichael James, Oregon (2009-11) 5,082

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