WKU's Antonio Andrews Wraps Up Record-Breaking 2012 Regular Season

By: Kyle Allen - WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: Kyle Allen - WKU Athletic Media Relations

WKU junior running back Antonio Andrews jumped up to third place all-time in FBS history for all-purpose yards in a single season, rushing ahead of names such as Chris Johnson, Jeremy Maclin and Darren Sproles following his 323 all-purpose yards against North Texas in the regular season finale on Saturday.

The performance gave Andrews 2,977 all-purpose yards on the year, sitting just 274 yards away from breaking Barry Sanders’ record set back in 1988. Andrews has already shattered both the WKU and the Sun Belt Conference records for all-purpose yards in a season.

A good chunk of Andrews’ 323 all-purpose yards on Saturday once again came on the ground, as the junior racked up his third 200-yard rushing game of the season, piling on 230 yards on 25 carries. Andrews became just the third player in the nation this season to rush for 200 yards on three different occasions, including back-to-back games.

Andrews finished the regular season ranked fourth in WKU single-season history with 1,609 yards rushing in 2012, which is just 86 yards less than Bobby Rainey’s 2011 school record total. Andrews has averaged over five yards per carry this season, including averaging nearly 10 yards per carry on Saturday against North Texas.

The performance on Saturday moved Andrews up to sixth in the nation in rushing yards per game, and extended his national lead in all-purpose yards. Andrews currently leads the nation by nearly 400 all-purpose yards, averaging 248.1 all-purpose yards per game, which is ahead of Southern California’s Marqise Lee and West Virginia’s Tavon Austin. Andrews’ average is third in FBS history for all-purpose yards per game in a single season, sitting just behind Barry Sanders and Ryan Benjamin.

Andrews’ 2012 season has been nothing short of spectacular, especially down the stretch. Over his final four games, Andrews has averaged 349.3 all-purpose yards per game, racking up 1,397 all-purpose yards during that stretch. All four of those performances rank near the top of the nation for single-game highs this season, as he is currently the only player in the nation to have over 300 all-purpose yards four different times in 2012.

The do-it-all athlete is the only Paul Hornung Award candidate to be named to the Weekly Honor Roll four different times in 2012, while also being honored by the College Football Performance Awards eight different times this season.

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