San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey named Maxwell Award POTW

Last Saturday, the San Diego State Aztecs pulled off a big upset over the Cal Golden Bears. One of the reasons for their big win was running back Donnel Pumphrey’s career day on the ground.

Not only did Pumphrey break the school’s record for most rushing yards in a game, he also surpassed NFL great Marshall Faulk for most rushing yards in San Diego State history when he went for 281 yards and three scores. He was named the Maxwell Award Player of the Week for his dominant performance.

His 281 yards are the most by a current Group of Five player against a Power Five team since former East Carolina running back Scott Harley’s 361 yards against North Carolina State in 1996. It was also the most rushing yards by a single player in the FBS this season.

On the year, Pumphrey has rushed for 379 yards on 50 carries and has a good chance of continuing his climb up the NCAA all-time rushing list this season. Pumphrey is averaging 189.5 yards per game and he could easily break more records before the season is up if he continues to do just that.

The Aztecs next face off against Northern Illinois on Saturday in DeKalb, Illinois at 3:30 p.m. EST on CBS Sports Network.

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