Running wild: Auburn registered historic performance against Kent State
Auburn has a proud rushing history, but the Tigers have somehow reached a new stat for the first time in 36 years.
Auburn had three players with at least 100 rushing yards for the first time since Tommie Aggie (219), Lionel James (115) and Bo Jackson (105) did it against Maryland on Nov. 5, 1983. This time it was JaTarvious Whitlow (135), Joey Gatewood (102) and Shaun Shivers (102).
Overall, Auburn rushed for 467 yards on 62 carries for a 7.5 yards-per-carry average in the 55-16 win over Kent State.
Whitlow also eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career, the 47th 1,000-yard rusher in Auburn history, according to the school. The sophomore now has 1,128 career rushing yards, and has surpassed Corey Grant (1,040 from 2012-13), Charlie Hataway (1,055 from 1951-53), Peyton Barber (1,071 from 2014-15), Bobby Hoppe (1,078 from 1955-57), Tucker Frederickson (1,079 from 1962-64) and George Peoples (1,085 from 1978-81) on the Auburn career rushing list.
Auburn is second in the SEC in rushing with 845 yards and nine touchdowns, and averaging 281 yards per game.
The Tigers travel to Texas A&M this week, and the Aggies have the No. 3 rushing defense in the SEC.
The game is set for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff on CBS.
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