With a fairly unassuming 6-yard run early in the second quarter of Saturday’s Orange Bowl, Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor broke the major college rushing record in a season for a freshman.

Taylor hit a hole on the right side of the Badgers' line and picked up six yards and a first down... and a chunk of history.

The previous record of 1,925 yards was set by Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson in 2004.

Taylor entered the game just 79 yards shy of Peterson’s record despite picking up a sparse 41 yards on the ground in Wisconsin’s Big Ten title game loss to Ohio State.

Outside of that frustrating loss, though, Taylor truly had a freshman season to remember:

 

  • Ran for at least 100 yards in 10 of 14 games
  • Ran for at least 200 yards three times
  • Averaged 6.8 yards per carry
  • Scored at least one rushing TD in his first seven career games

 

Taylor finished the game with 26 carries for 130 yards, and one catch for 13 yards. After a season of highlights, Saturday night Taylor added two more notches -- a bowl win and a piece of history -- for good measure.

Adam Hermann has written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia magazine, SB Nation, and NBC Sports Philadelphia.

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