Pitt’s Israel Abanikanda has record setting game

Written by Tony Ghaul

The Pitt Panthers got a historic game from RB Israel Abanikanda that led to their fourth win of the season, beating Virginia Tech, 45-29.

Abanikanda has broken not one but two single-game school rushing records. In Week 6 against Virgina Tech, the Panthers superstar claimed the most rushing yards and touchdowns in one game in Pitt history.

Pitt RB Israel Abinakanda. Photo courtsey of Trib Live

The Pitt junior claimed the team’s single-game rushing yards record. The mark, set by Tony Dorsett in 1975, was previously 303 yards. With a little over five minutes remaining in the fourth, Abanikanda took his 35th rushing attempt six yards, claiming the record with 304 yards.

Israel Abanikanda Literally Carries Pitt to 45-29 Win Over Virginia Tech. Photo courtsey of Pittsburgh Sports Now

Abanikanda carried 36 times for 320 yards and had 6 touchdowns. His touchdown runs came from 38, 17, 29, 5, 10 and 80 yards. Abanikanda, who has 13 touchdowns this season, also is the first Power 5 running back since Texas’ Ricky Williams in 1998 to rush for more than 300 yards and score six touchdowns.

Pitt’s Israel Abanikanda. Photo courtsey of Bleacher Report – Twitter

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