Before he became a superstar in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, LaDainian Tomlinson was setting the world on fire as the feature back for the TCU Horned Frogs. His greatest moment may have come in 1999, when he rushed for 406 yards against UTEP—setting the NCAA record for most rushing yards in a single game.
In recent years, nobody has come close to matching Tomlinson’s record. In fact, the most recent challenge came all the way back in 2002, when Robbie Mixon of Central Michigan rushed for 377 yards against Eastern Michigan.
Below is the list of the top 10 single-game rushing performances in college football history.
LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU: 406 yards vs. UTEP (Nov. 20, 1999)
Tony Sands, Kansas: 396 yards vs. Missouri (Nov. 23, 1991)
Marshall Faulk, San Diego State: 386 yards vs. Pacific (Sept. 14, 1991)
Troy Davis, Iowa State: 378 yards vs. Missouri (Sept. 28, 1996)
Anthony Thompson, Indiana: 377 yards vs. Wisconsin (Nov. 11, 1989)
Robbie Mixon, Central Michigan: 377 yards vs. Eastern Michigan (Nov. 2, 2002)
Travis Prentice, Miami (Ohio): 376 yards vs. Akron) (Nov. 6, 1999)
Astron Whatley, Kent State: 373 yards vs. Eastern Michigan (Sept. 20, 1997)
Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona: 366 yards vs. Colorado (No. 10, 2012)
Rueben Mayes, Washington State: 357 yards vs. Oregon (Oct. 27, 1984)