Former Badgers running back Ron Dayne has been back in the news this week after his FBS career rushing record was controversially broken by San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey.
The NCAA did not count bowl game statistics to players career statistics until 2002, which kept Dayne’s rushing total to 6,397 yards. If bowl games counted in Dayne’s playing days, he would’ve had 7,125 rushing yards.
And he’d still have the record.
With bowl games included, Pumphrey had 6,405 rushing yards. He broke Dayne’s record in a bowl game Saturday.
Dayne has previously said he thought Pumphrey’s name should have an asterisk next to it and be beside his in the record books. And the former Wisconsin star tweeted his congratulations to Pumphrey — kind of.
Congratulations young man #GOAT #7125
— Ron Dayne (@Ron33Dayne) December 17, 2016
Dayne still considers himself the FBS rushing king, and so do Wisconsin fans. One faithful Badgers supporter has even started a Change.org petition to get the NCAA to count Dayne’s bowl game statistics and give him back the record.
The petition can be found here, and as of Thursday afternoon, it had more than 450 signatures. It was started by Wisconsin alum Kathern Felton Paige, who wrote, “All the players who set records prior to 2002 deserve to have their bowl yardage counted!”