Christian McCaffrey breaks Barry Sanders’ NCAA record

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey surpassed Barry Sanders’ NCAA single-season record for all-purpose yardage in the second quarter of Saturday night’s Pac-12 championship game, a 41-22 win over USC.

McCaffrey eclipsed the record of 3,250 yards on a 2-yard plunge.

That’s a huge honor. It’s a huge honor,’ McCaffery said of breaking Sanders record.  “I know he did it in a couple less games. I don’t know if you take that into consideration or not, but that’s a huge honor. That’s a guy I have posters on my wall growing up. So to have my name mentioned even in the same category as him is definitely an honor.”

McCaffrey surpassed 3,250 all-purpose yards in his 13th game of the season, while Sanders’ Oklahoma State team played only 11 games in that 1988 campaign.

Christian, whose father is former Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, racked up 461 all-purpose yards — 207 rushing, 105 receiving, 120 kick return and 29 punt return — and three touchdowns.

McCaffrey is expected to be a finalist for the 2015 Heisman Trophy.

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