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Dillon runs to top of all-time single-game rushing list
Updated: Tuesday October 24, 2000 2:13 AM
By B. Duane Cross, CNNSI.com
It had been done 73 times before, even four times this season. But never had a running back piled up 200-plus yards rushing quite like this.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Corey Dillon ran over, through and around the Denver Broncos on Sunday for an NFL-record 278 yards in a 31-21 victory. He nipped the previous standard of 275 rushing yards by Walter Payton.
Dillon's only other 200-yard rushing game was a rookie-record 246 on Dec. 4, 1997, against Tennessee. He now holds two of the top six single-game performances.
O.J. Simpson holds the all-time mark with six 200-yard rushing games.
Earl Campbell holds the all-time single-season mark with four 200-yard rushing games in 1980. Simpson had three 200-yard games in 1973.
Dillon had 22 carries (12.6 per carry average) and scored two touchdowns (65, 41), both in the fourth quarter as the Bengals rallied from a 21-17 deficit.
Cincinnati entered Sunday's game averaging only 104 rushing yards per game. The Bengals' 407 yards rushing topped the previous team record of 300 yards set Dec. 7, 1986, against New England.