College Football's All-Time Leading Rushers

Wisconsin's Dayne Tops the List

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Ron Dayne put Wisconsin back on the college football map during a spectacular career in Madison. Between 1996 and 1999, the bruising Dayne ran all over opposing defenses, amassing 6,397 rushing yards to break the NCAA career rushing mark previously held by Texas' Ricky Williams.

Dayne's record was most recently challenged by fellow Wisconsin alum Montee Ball, who rushed for 5,140 yards between 2009 and 2012.

The top 15 all-time leading rushers in college football history are listed here.

  • Ron Dayne, Wisconsin (1996-99) 6,397 career rushing yards
  • Ricky Williams, Texas (1995-98) 6,279
  • Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh (1973-76) 6,082
  • DeAngelo Williams, Memphis (2002-05) 6,026
  • Charles White, USC (1976-79) 5,598
  • Travis Prentice, Miami (Ohio) (1996-99) 5,596
  • Cedric Benson, Texas (2001-04) 5,540
  • Damion Fletcher, Southern Miss (2006-09) 5,302
  • LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU (1997-00) 5,263
  • Herschel Walker, Georgia (1980-82) 5,259
  • Archie Griffin, Ohio State (1972-75) 5,177
  • Avon Cobourne, West Virginia (1999-02) 5,164
  • Garrett Wolfe, Northern Illinois (2004-06) 5,164
  • Montee Ball, Wisconsin (2009-2012) 5,140
  • LaMichael James, Oregon (2009-11) 5,082