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Artavis Pierce Leads the Nation in Rush Yards (Per Carry)

Pierce is 8th overall with 168 yards

NCAA Football: Oregon State at Ohio State Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

This past weekend Artavis Pierce impressed almost everyone with his breakaway speed (including his own head coach). Pierce’s long touchdown runs of 80 and 78 yards were one of the lone Oregon State bright spots in the second half of their game against Ohio State. It also marked the first time an Oregon State player has ever rushed for two runs of over 75+ yards in the same game.

Pierce is known for being a strong runner, but he’s also got some serious wheels and made the Ohio State secondary look slow on Saturday. Artavis’ big day against the Buckeyes give him the title as THE NATION’S LEADER IN RUSH YARDS (per carry), after one week of football (15.27 yards per carry)! Check it out:


While Artavis Pierce does occupy the No. 1 spot as THE NATION’S LEADER IN RUSH YARDS (per carry), he’s “just” in 5th place in rushing yards per game and 8th place in total rush yards thanks to a few teams that have already played two games.



Artavis Pierce is just 832 yard away from being the Beavers first 1,000 yard rusher since Jacquizz Rodgers accomplished the feat back in 2010. At his current pace he would need just 55 more carries to top quadruple digits.

In all seriousness, this Oregon State offense flashed some strong potential against Ohio State which should lead to some more exciting plays throughout the season. If you want to re-watch AP’s big runs, skip to the 1:54 mark on the video below. Is it Saturday yet?