Oregon Ducks Football: Thomas Tyner breaks record


Oregon Ducks 2013 commit Thomas Tyner continues to light it up for Aloha High, and the top five 2013 running back has broken the single-game rushing record in the state of Oregon. Tyner rushed for 644 yards and ten touchdowns on 38 carries against Lakeridge High to set records for both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in a game in Oregon high school football history. Thanks to Tyner, Aloha would win 84-63 after trailing at the half.

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Tyner, who has been committed to the Ducks since November of last year, had a 20-yard touchdown on the opening drive and followed that up with a 41-yard score. He then reeled off three straight 60+ yard runs for touchdowns on just the first play of Aloha’s drive.

He followed up his five touchdown first half with five more in the second half, including a rushing touchdown on 4th down to give Aloha the lead. In fact, he set the single-game rushing record on just his seventh touchdown of the game, which is just insane. I thought what he did last week was great, but that seems to be just a taste of what Tyner can do when looking at his performance against Lakeridge.

You know what makes this even more special? The fact that Tyner’s record-breaking performance came on his birthday. Although he did break the record with ten touchdowns, Josh Hiebenthal of Perrydale High also scored ten touchdowns. But, of course, not in the fashion that Tyner did.

754 yards (1950) is the national record, and Tyner has the second most rushing yards in a game since (Paul McCoy had 661 in 2006). I don’t even think words can describe his performance, and this just makes us all the more excited to see Tyner in a Ducks uni in 2013. He used to be a top ten recruit before being dropped outside the top 35 in most site’s rankings. I honestly don’t care where he’s ranked, I know that this guy is a special player.

644. I haven’t even hit that in a video game.

26.3% of his carries went for a TD, and he averaged 16.9 yards per carry. Want one word to describe his performance? How about “unforgettable”. The people who actually got to see Tyner rush for 644 live are incredibly lucky.

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