Samaje Perine Awarded Game Ball After Breaking Rushing Record

Samaje Perine staked his claim in Sooners lore Monday night against Auburn, snatching Oklahoma's all-time rushing record from its previous owner, Billy Sims.

While the record one stood at 4,118 yards, Perine's new mark is 4,122 yards in just three years. Sims wasted no time congratulating Perine on Twitter.

After Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops finished his sessions with the media at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, he joined ESPN's Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter to discuss Perine's record-setting performance.

Video over Stoops' interview shows the 18-year OU coach awarding the game ball to Perine after the Sooners' 35-19 win over Auburn.

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"He's really special. Such a humble guy," Stoops said. "Doesn't want the recognition. As you said, Scott, you look at the history of running backs over the decades from Oklahoma, you don't have enough time on your show to get through them all.

"And for [Perine], in three years, three seasons, to be the all-time leading rusher -- really special." (Dallas Morning News)

Photo Courtesy: Ty Russell/Oklahoma Athletics

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