The 2016 season proved to be a historic one for Iowa, as Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley galloped his way to the 1,000-yard milestone in the Outback Bowl against No. 17 Florida.
He passed the 1,000 yard mark with just over 12 minutes left in the second quarter on this 27-yard scamper, featuring one of Wadley’s trademark jump cuts. The long run placed Iowa deep in Gators territory, in what has been a defensive stalemate so far.
— Heavens! (@HeavensHawkeye) January 2, 2017
More significantly, Wadley also joined fellow Iowa running back LeShun Daniels with more than 1,000 yards on the season. This gives Iowa two 1,000-yard rushers for the first time in school history.
Wadley now goes over 1,000 for season. He and Daniels are first 1,000 tandem in school history.
— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) January 2, 2017
Wadley came into the Outback Bowl with 966 yards rushing on the season, and has easily pushed through the 1,000 yard milestone. He and Daniels can add on to their milestone-setting total in the second half of Iowa’s bowl game. Unfortunately for the Hawkeyes, they couldn’t finish off the drive kick-started by Wadley as Daniels was stopped at fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
The next Iowa milestone to break would be the Hawkeyes’ single-season rushing yards record.
That record is 2,784 yards, which was set in 2002. That would be extremely tough for Wadley and Daniels to break, as Iowa as a team has combined to rush for just under 2,460 yards in 2016. As out of reach as that milestone may seem, the duo of Wadley and Daniels would need to rush for another 350 yards in the second half of the Outback Bowl to bust that school record.
That would be something.