D-III RB breaks NCAA rushing record
Brooks, who stands at 5-foot-8 and a generous 190 pounds, took 38 carries and found the end zone on runs of 81, 41 and 13 yards. The Mansfield, Ohio native finished the regular season with a school-record 1,704 yards—56 yards short of a mile, as the athletic department's Twitter points out—and scored 23 times from the ground.
"We had a good game today," Brooks told the school's website. "This could be our last game, so we wanted to play well for our seniors. I just followed my blocks."
No kidding. In the given highlight tape below, Brooks is seen going mostly untouched until at least 10 yards upfield from the line of scrimmage. He definitely has the God-given speed to find holes and ability to make defenders miss, but he was right to give some credit to his big hefties up front.
Brooks broke Western Connecticut running back Octavias McKoy's record of 455 yards, which stood for just three weeks. I'm sure he was thinking he'd have a little more glory time, considering the previous record (441 yards) was in place since 1996.
Heidelberg finished the regular season No. 18 in the country with an 8-2 (7-2 OAC) record, but a blowout loss to conference foe John Carroll in Week 10 closed the book on its playoff hopes.
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