Running back Leonard Fournette wasn't invited to New York for this year's Heisman Trophy ceremony, but LSU's sophomore standout didn't let that snub deter him from shredding Texas Tech's defense and making history during Tuesday night's AdvoCare Texas Bowl.
After rushing for a two-yard touchdown in the first quarter, he added an untouched 43-yard rumble to the end zone in the third quarter to break LSU's single-season rushing-touchdown record with 20 scoring scampers.
Here's how the new leaderboard looks, according to ESPN Stats & Info:
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Most Rushing TD in Season - LSU History 2015 Leonard Fournette 20 (2 today) 2001 LaBrandon Toefield 1912/30/2015, 4:36:51 AM
ESPN CollegeFootball showed the record-breaking play:
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Here's how Leonard Fournette broke the LSU single-season TD record: A 43-yd TD run. Nice. https://t.co/LqeRxj3uYv12/30/2015, 4:48:40 AM
LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette relayed a picture of the record-setting pigskin:
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The ball that Leonard @_fournette used to break the @LSUfball record for rushing TDs in a season (20). https://t.co/IyAB9PrJX612/30/2015, 4:44:30 AM
Fournette tacked on a three-yard score in the third quarter to push his touchdown total to 21.
And based on the way head coach Les Miles talked about Fournette's Heisman snub entering Tuesday's bowl game, it's not surprising the Tigers fed him early and often.
"There may be a piece of his personal game motivation like that," Miles said prior to the game, according to the Advocate's Marcus Rodrigue. "I think there's a response and a responsibility to our team that he plays his best. And I think he really gets that. I think he's a team guy first."
With at least one more collegiate season left under his belt, Fournette should continue etching his name into the program's record books with ease as the Tigers try to move up in the SEC hierarchy. And if that happens, he should have no problem receiving an invitation to the Big Apple.
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