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This day in college football history, Northern Illinois back sets NCAA record

It was a day Northern Illinois fans will never forget. Photo: Northern Illinois Athletics

On this day in 1990

It was a day Northern Illinois fans will never forget. Photo: Northern Illinois Athletics

Northern Illinois tailback Stacey Robinson set an NCAA record with 287 first-half rushing yards against No. 24 Fresno State in DeKalb, Ill. In 20 attempts, Robinson gained 114 rushing yards in the first quarter and followed with 173 yards in the second quarter. Robinson finished with 308 yards, a school record at the time that ranks fourth currently.

The Huskies defeated the Bulldogs, 73-18, setting off a rushing of the field and tearing down of the goal post. It is still regarded as the best win in program history.

Robinson’s record was passed twice by running back Garrett Wolfe.

LaDanian Tomlinson currently holds the FBS single-game rushing record, rushing for 406 yards on 43 rushes in a 1999 win against UTEP. The NCAA record is currently owned by Dante Brown of Division III Marietta. Brown rushed for 441 yards against Baldwin-Wallace on October 5, 1996.

Robinson and Tomlinson are tied for most rushing yards in a half at the FBS level.

 

Source: National Football Foundation

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