Nick Fitzgerald breaks Tim Tebow's long-standing record
Nick Fitzgerald needed 144 rushing to unseat Tim Tebow and hold the record for most rushing yards for a quarterback in the SEC.
He did it late in the fourth quarter as the Mississippi State quarterback ran for 39 yards on one play against Auburn, and later topped 170 on 27 carries with a little more than three minutes remaining. On the same day Tebow was honored and added to the Ring of Honor at Florida, Fitzgerald single-handedly got the stagnant Mississippi State offense going.
Entering the Auburn game, Fitzgerald had 318 rushing yards this season and five touchdowns on 70 carries.
In his career, Tebow ran for 2,947 yards for Florida from 2006-09. After he ran for 127 yards in 2015 as Dak Prescott’s backup, Fitzgerald rushed for 1,375 yards in 2016 and 984 in 2017.
With plenty more games remaining for Fitzgerald, he should easily pad his margin for the next person to challenge the record.
Nick Fitzgerald just became the @SEC's all-time leading rusher among QB's… breaking Tim Tebow's record.
— Dari Nowkhah (@ESPNDari) October 7, 2018
Nick Fitzgerald has done it!
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 7, 2018