Frank Gore Jr. Told Dad 'I'm the Best in the Family' After Breaking NCAA Bowl Record

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVDecember 18, 2022

MOBILE, ALABAMA - DECEMBER 17: Frank Gore Jr. #3 of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles celebrates with his father, former NFL running back Frank Gore, after winning the LendingTree Bowl against the Rice Owls at Hancock Whitney Stadium on December 17, 2022 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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Frank Gore ranks third in NFL history in rushing yards, but his son Frank Gore Jr. might now be the superstar in the family.

The younger Gore set an NCAA bowl record Saturday with 329 rushing yards to help Southern Miss earn a 38-24 win over Rice in the LendingTree Bowl. After the game, he let his father hear it with some trash talk.

"I told him (about the record) when he came on the field and let him know that I'm the best in the family," he said, via ESPN.

The sophomore topped the previous record set by Appalachian State's Camerun Peoples in the 2020 Myrtle Beach Bowl.

"Thanks to my O-line, they opened up a lot of good holes and got me into the secondary," Gore said. "As Coach (Will Hall) said, the first person could rarely tackle me. And if you're able to get down the field untouched, that leads to a lot of big plays."

Frank Gore Jr. was a 3-star recruit out of high school, receiving few scholarship offers from big-time programs. He has proved doubters wrong in his three collegiate seasons, totaling 2,891 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns for Southern Miss.

His 1,382 rushing yards in 2022 ranks 13th in the country.

The senior Gore struggled with injuries during his college career at Miami and never reached 1,000 yards in a single season. He totaled 1,975 rushing yards across three seasons with the Hurricanes.

The 39-year-old was much better in the NFL, reaching 1,000 rushing yards in nine different seasons. The third-round pick earned five Pro Bowl selections with the San Francisco 49ers and finished his career with 16,000 yards on the ground.

It creates a lot for Gore Jr. to live up to, but he's already off to a great start.