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Duke Johnson breaks Miami Hurricanes' All-Time Rushing Yardage Record

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In just his 32nd career game, Duke Johnson broke Ottis Anderson's career rushing yardage record against Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

Your new all-time leading rusher in Miami Hurricanes history: Randy "Duke" Johnson, Jr.
Your new all-time leading rusher in Miami Hurricanes history: Randy "Duke" Johnson, Jr.
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With 3,298 yards entering tonight's game against Pittsburgh, Duke Johnson stood a mere 34 yards short of becoming the All-Time leading rusher in Miami Hurricanes history. And, with an 11 yard scamper on his 2nd carry of the 3rd quarter, Johnson did just that, breaking Ottis Anderson's record of 3.331 yards.

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Johnson is already well established in the Hurricanes' record books, having broken Santana Moss' all-purpose (returns/rushing/receiving) yardage mark of 4,394 with a 17 yard run against Cincinnati earlier this season. Johnson entered tonight's game with 5,106 all-purpose yards.

With 2 records to his name so far, Johnson can add to that total before the season is over. He entered tonight with 26 rushing touchdowns, leaving him just 6 TD's short of Edgerrin James' record.

Johnson, a junior who attended Norland High School in Miami, broke 1,000 yards for the first time this season. Now, he sets his sights on Willis McGahee's single season rushing mark of 1,753 set in 2002. Johnson entered play with 1,431 yards, and could break McGahee's mark with strong showings in the final 2 games of the year. Johnson can also tie Edgerrin James and Clinton Portis for most 100 yard rushing games in Hurricanes history.

Duke Johnson was a huge recruiting win for the Canes, and many thought that he could be great in a Miami uniform. Few, if any, thought that he could set these records in what has amounted to just 2 1/2 years of game action.

Now, with the rest of the regular season finale vs. Pittsburgh and a bowl game left, Johnson is working on extending records, breaking another one, and leading his team to victory.

Congratulations, Duke!!