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Sunday, September 15, 1991 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Aztec Runs For Record 386 Yards -- San Diego State's Faulk, A Freshman, Gets 7 Tds

AP

SAN DIEGO - Freshman Marshall Faulk set an NCAA record with 386 yards rushing on 37 carries and scored seven touchdowns last night in San Diego State's 55-34 victory over University of the Pacific.

Faulk, given increased playing time when starting running back T.C. Wight was injured in the first quarter, broke the Division I-A single-game record of 377 yards rushing. Anthony Thompson of Indiana set the old record in 1989 against Wisconsin on 52 carries.

Faulk's seven rushing TDs were one short of the record by Howard Griffith of Illinois in 1990 against Southern Illinois, a I-AA team.

The old mark of 322 yards by a freshman fell in the third quarter as Faulk ended the period with 323 yards on 27 rushes. It was set by Florida State's Greg Allen in 1981.

Faulk also had three straight touchdowns midway through the period to lift the Aztecs (2-0) to a 33-21 lead.

He eclipsed the San Diego State one-game record of 271 yards rushing, set by Jim Allison in 1964 against San Francisco State, and topped the former mark of five rushing touchdowns in one game.

With a two-point conversion after his sixth touchdown, Faulk totaled 44 points for a Division I-A freshman record.

Faulk had scoring runs of 61, 7, 47, 9, 5, 8 and 25 yards.

------------------------- SINGLE-GAME RUSHING HIGHS -------------------------

-- Top 10 one-game rushing performances in NCAA Division I history:

386 - Marshall Faulk, San Diego State vs. Pacific, Sept. 14, 1991.

377 - Anthony Thompson, Indiana vs. Wisconsin, Nov. 11, 1989.

357 - Mike Pringle, Fullerton St. vs. New Mexico St., Nov. 4, 1989.

357 - Reuben Mayes, Washington St. vs. Oregon, Oct. 27, 1984.

356 - Eddie Lee Ivery, Georgia Tech vs. Air Force, Nov. 11, 1978.

350 - Eric Allen, Michigan St. vs. Purdue, Oct. 30, 1971.

349 - Paul Palmer, Temple vs. East Carolina, Oct. 11, 1986.

347 - Ricky Bell, USC vs. Washington St., Oct. 9, 1976.

347 - Ron Johnson, Michigan vs. Wisconsin, Nov. 16, 1968.

343 - Tony Jeffery, Texas Christian vs. Tulane, Sept. 13, 1986.

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