There’s not a whole lot that Dalvin Cook — or any other member of the Florida State football program — will want to remember about Saturday’s 63-20 drubbing at the hands of the Louisville Cardinals. And while FSU will certainly slide in the rankings, Cook continued to rise in the ‘Nole record book.
Cook’s 54-yard rushing effort gave him 2,927 career yards as a Seminole, and moved him closer to Larry Key (2,953 yards) for fourth, overall, at FSU. Cook is averaging 4.56 yards per carry this season and 76 yards per game. At that YPG clip, Cook would need better than 13.5 more games to catch Florida State’s all-time rushing leader, Warrick Dunn (3,959 yards). The maximum number of remaining games that the ‘Noles can possibly play at this point is 12— so Cook could really use a big game to get this projection back on his side.
Cook remained stagnant in two other rushing record pursuits. He stayed at 13 100-yard games, good enough for fourth, all-time, with Dunn first at 22. And Cook still has 29 career rushing TDs, fifth behind Greg Allen’s 44. Obviously, both of those windows are closing quickly.
So perhaps it’s a good thing for Cook that the South Florida Bulls are on the schedule next— at least if history is any indication. Cook had his biggest career rushing game, and the second best in FSU history, against USF last year: he posted career highs of 266 yards and three rushing scores.