Imagine attending a college football game to see a team that in previous years had been mediocre at best, playing aginst another team that was far below that. Next, the star running back of the game goes down to injury in the first quarter. This seems like it is setting up to be a long afternoon of lackluster football. That is until an 18-year old freshman out of New Orleans stepped onto the field to fill in for the injured T.C. Wright. To describe what happened next can only be summed up as football lore.
Marshall Faulk literally rewrote the record books against the University of Pacific racking up 386 yards on 37 carries while adding a ridiculous seven touchdowns. The performance broke the Division I-A single-game record which was previously held by Anthony Thompson of Indiana with 377 yards in 1989 against Wisconsin on 52 carries.
Faulk had scoring runs of 61, 7, 47, 9, 5, 8, and 25 yards. That performance sparked one of the greatest freshman seasons in NCAA history, gaining 1,429 yards rushing with 23 touchdowns (21 rushing), and 140 points scored.
After three seasons, Faulk left San Diego State with many of the school's offensive records, among them 5,562 all-purpose yards and 62 career touchdowns, which is 8th most in NCAA history.