Rainey has milestone day in WKU win

Senior running back Bobby Rainey finished with 227 yards on 43 carries Saturday in WKU’s win over Troy.

Brad Stephens

Senior running back Bobby Rainey set the school records for both single-season (1,695) and career (4,542) rushing yardage on Saturday against Troy. 

But those weren’t his only accomplishments of the day for Rainey, who carried 43 times for 227 yards and three touchdowns.

On Saturday Rainey also:

—Became the first player to rush for 200 yards against the Trojans since 1994.

—Leads the nation in rushing yards this season while ranking second in the nation in rushing yards per game (141.3).

—Ranks No. 42 on the NCAA’s all-time rushing list, and has passed former Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson and Earl Campbell, as well as NFL Hall of Fame member Eric Dickerson in the past two

—Ranks No. 11 in NCAA history with 6,906 career all-purpose yards.

—Holds the WKU record with 22 100-yard rushing games.

—Is the fifth player since 1980 to lead the nation on rushing attempts in consecutive seasons.

When a reporter asked Rainey about breaking the Toppers’ career rushing record, Jakes interrupted and answered on behalf of his running back.

“This is just the type of player Bobby is,” Jakes said. “He probably wasn’t aware of the record during the week because I didn’t hear him speak on it… He just wanted to come out and win, and I’m happy for him. His mindset as a Topper, he thinks about the team first.”