Miner of the Week: Donald Buckram

Nov. 9, 2009

Junior running back Donald Buckram became only the fourth player in NCAA history to have 200 yards rushing and 100 receiving in the same game in UTEP's 45-38 overtime loss at Tulane on Saturday.

Buckram amassed 343 all-purpose yards, 234 rushing (on a career-high 34 carries) and 109 receiving (on three catches). He scored four touchdowns in the game, three rushing and one receiving, including a 72-yard scoring catch from Trevor Vittatoe.

The 343 all-purpose yards are the fourth-most by a UTEP player, and the most by a Miner since 1965 - as well as the second-top total in the country this year. Buckram is tied for the national lead with two 200-yard rushing games in 2009 alongside North Texas’ Lance Dunbar, Stanford’s Toby Gerhart, Fresno State’s Ryan Mathews and Temple’s Bernard Pierce.

The other players in NCAA history to tally 200 yards rushing/100 receiving in one game are West Virginia’s Steve Slaton (215 rush/130 rec. versus Pittsburgh in 2006), Utah State’s Emmett White (322 rush, 134 rec. versus New Mexico State in 2000) and Virginia’s Thomas Jones (221 rush, 110 rec. versus Buffalo in 1999).

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