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Tracking Dalvin Cook’s pursuit of FSU, ACC history

Some big records remain within reach.

NCAA Football: Florida at Florida State
Dalvin Cook
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With the NFL calling, Florida State’s Dalvin Cook has already put his name atop some prestigious ‘Nole rushing records, including the most career yards, a figure which is up to 4,319 after the Seminoles’ win over Florida. And Cook’s rushing score against the Gators gave him 45 at FSU, moving him into first place ahead of Greg Allen’s 44. Cook needs just one more 100+ yard game to tie Warrick Dunn for the most ever as a ‘Nole, at 22.

But there’s even more work to be done in the Seminoles’ bowl game with regard to conference marks. Cook’s yardage total is the third most in ACC history, and second place, currently held by North Carolina’s Amos Lawrence, is well within reach (4,391). So that leaves Cook just 73 yards from bumping Lawrence out of that spot. A more Herculean effort would be needed to take over the top position, however. The conference’s all-time leading rusher is NC State’s Ted Brown, with 4,602 yards; Cook would need a 284-yard game to best him.

Of course, Lawrence, Brown, and every other back in the top ten compiled their totals over four years, while Cook did so in just three.