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This day in college football history, Ricky Williams runs in to the NCAA record books

On this day in 1998

With College Football Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett looking on, Texas running back Ricky Williams burst through the No. 6 Texas A&M defense on a 60-yard first quarter touchdown run to break the 22-year old NCAA all-time rushing record. The run put the Longhorns up 10-0 on their way to building a 23-7 fourth quarter edge. The Aggies responded with 17 unanswered points, capped by a one-yard quarterback sneak by Randy McCown to put Texas A&M ahead 24-23 with 2:20 to play. Freshman quarterback Major Applewhite led the Longhorns back, accounting for 63-of-70 total yards on the ensuing drive and setting up Kris Stockton’s 24-yard field goal with just five seconds on the clock to give Texas a 26-24 upset. Williams rushed 44 times for 259 yards on the day, sealing the Heisman Trophy in the process.

Source: National Football Foundation

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