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Christian McCaffrey breaks Barry Sanders’ all-purpose yards record

Christian McCaffrey breaks Barry Sanders' record
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Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders’ NCAA record for all-purpose yards in a season in the first half of the Pac-12 championship game.

McCaffrey, a Heisman trophy candidate, tied Sanders on 31-yard punt return with 7:16 remaining in the first half, giving him 3,250 yards. Three plays later he broke the record with a two-yard run.

Sanders set the record with 3,250 yards in 11 games for Oklahoma State in 1988, when he won the Heisman.

McCaffrey entered the game with an NCAA-best 3,035 all-purpose yards. He is playing in his 13th game.

Sanders averaged 295.5 all-purpose yards in 1988.

McCaffrey entered the game averaging an NCAA-high and Pac-12-record 252.9 all-purpose yards. McCaffrey’s average is the second-best in NCAA history.

McCaffrey had 155 yards rushing and 244 all-purpose yards at halftime of the Pac-12 title game, when Stanford held a 13-3 lead.

On top of everything else, McCaffrey showed his versatility by throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Kevin Hogan on a reverse-pass on the first play of the second quarter to give the Cardinal a 10-0 lead.

Passing yards do not count in all-purpose yardage, according to the NCAA. The NCAA counts yards accumulated on rushing, receiving and kick return yards.

Sanders’ son, Barry, is McCaffrey’s teammate at Stanford.

McCaffrey’s father, Ed, played 13 seasons in the NFL as a wide receiver.

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