Austin R. Vaughn | NCAA.com
Ron “the Great” Dayne of Wisconsin broke away on a 31-yard run in the second quarter against Iowa to become the NCAA’s all-time major college rushing leader on Nov. 13, 1999.
Just a year earlier, Texas’ Ricky Williams broke Tony Dorsett’s career mark, which stood as the all-time rushing record for 19 years.
Dayne, the 1999 Heisman Trophy winner, finished his career with 6,397 rushing yards, which still stands as the NCAA major-college record.
Wisconsin finished 9-2 in the regular season to win the Big Ten outright for the first time since 1962, although the Badgers shared Big Ten titles in ’93 and ’98. The Big Ten Champions started the new millennium in Pasadena with a 17-9 Rose Bowl victory over No. 22 Stanford. Dayne won a host of post season awards, most notably the Heisman Trophy, and was drafted by the New York Giants with the 11th overall pick of the 2000 NFL Draft.
Here are the top 10 all-time college football rushing leaders
1. Ron Dayne, Wisconsin 6,397 yards
2. Ricky Williams, Texas 6,279 yards
3. Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh 6,082 yards
4. DeAngelo Williams, Memphis 6,026 yards
5. Charles White, USC 5,598 yards
6. Travis Prentice, Miami (Oh.) 5,596 yards
7. Cedric Benson, Texas 5,540 yards
8. Damion Fletcher, Southern Miss. 5,302 yards
9. Ladainian Tomlinson, TCU 5,263 yards
10. Herschel Walker, Georgia 5,259 yards