CONWAY, SC – Camerun Peoples will now be mentioned in the same sentence as Barry Sanders and Kareem Hunt.
The Lineville, Ala., native had 29 carries for 317 yards and five rushing touchdowns in the 56-28 win over North Texas at Brooks Stadium. Peoples set the all-time NCAA bowl record with 317 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. He scored on runs of 3, 64, 62, 4, and 11 yards for the Mountaineers.
Peoples broke the single-game bowl record for most rushing yards, previously held by Georgia Tech’s PJ Daniels, who had 307 rushing yards against Tulsa in the 2004 Humanitarian Bowl.
“It is a surreal feeling, I could not thank God enough,” said Peoples. “It was good to be back here; I feel like I had some unfinished business left on this field and going into the game plan was set for me to get to that 1,000-yard mark. I am grateful for my teammates to help me get there and I feel like this is more of a team award. I could not do it without my offensive line.”
People also became the seventh player in NCAA history to score five rushing touchdowns in a bowl game. Toledo’s Kareem Hunt (2014 GoDaddy.com) and Barry Sanders (1988 Holiday Bowl) are two of the notable names on the list.