Robbie Rouse took the ball at the 6-yard line, ran past the Colorado Buffalo defense, and became Fresno State's all-time leading rusher on a 94-yard touchdown run. The record breaking run came in the first quarter of Fresno State's dominating 69-14 victory over Colorado on Saturday, September 15th.
Rouse entered the game only needing 79 yards to break the record of 3,473 career rushing yards set by Ron Rivers (1991-1993). Earlier in the 2012 season, Rouse had already climbed to the top of the career carries list, and he still has at least 9 games to add to both records.
With the current offensive scheme and workload, Rouse could end up with somewhere around 4,500 yards, 1000 yards more than Rivers total. Some notable names that Rouse could catch this year include, Adrian Peterson (4,045 yards), Matt Forte (4,266 yds.), and Bo Jackson (4,303 yds.)
Fresno State has had its share of impressive running backs, so for Rouse to be at the top of the list is no small feat. Rivers was a solid back for Fresno State and enjoyed a career in the NFL as well. Third on the career list behind Rouse and Rivers, is Ryan Mathews, a super-talented back that was a first round pick of the San Diego Chargers following his junior season at Fresno State. Former NFL running back, Michael Pittman, is fourth on the Bulldogs career rushing list.
Looking at the 5'7", 190lb Rouse you wouldn't expect a work horse running back with the ability to pick up yards between the tackles, but that's exactly what he is. He uses his small stature to hide behind the linemen while he patiently picks his hole. He doesn't have elite speed, but he does have the ability to change directions quickly and make defenders miss. Rouse has great lower body strength, and with such a low center of gravity, he is a lot tougher to bring down then you might expect.
Due to his size, Rouse may not project to be an NFL running back, but there are several successful backs in the pros with a similar skill set. Saints running back Darren Sproles and Jacquizz Rodgers of the Falcons are both only 5'6", but have made a name for themselves and perhaps set a blue print for Rouse.
The NFL may come calling following this season, but for now, Fresno State Bulldog fans should enjoy watching Robbie Rouse rack up the yardage and add to his record breaking career.
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*Daniel is a Fresno State alumni and loyal Bulldog supporter. He is currently a Featured Contributor on the Yahoo! Contributor Network.
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