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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Unga rushes closer to MWC freshman mark

SAN DIEGO — Already the first BYU player to ever eclipse 1,000 yards rushing as a freshman, BYU running back Harvey Unga is now only 6 yards away from becoming the most prolific first-year running back in Mountain West Conference history.

Saturday against San Diego State, Unga rumbled for 161 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 23 carries, bringing him to 1,211 yards for the 2007 season. With a bowl game still left to play, Unga poses a serious threat to the existing MWC mark for freshman rushing of 1,216 yards set by Keith Boyea of Air Force in 2001.

In addition to his three-touchdown runs Saturday, Unga also scored the game's first points on an 8-yard pass from Max Hall early in the first quarter. Those four scores bring Unga's season totals to 13 rushing and four receiving touchdowns. His 17 scores put Unga second for Division I-A freshmen, trailing only Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree and his 21 touchdown catches.

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