HOUSTON, TX (WVUE) - Heisman voters obviously forgot just how special of a running back Leonard Fournette is when they didn't invite him to New York. Whether it was his intention or not, number seven sent a reminder loud and clear to the nation against Texas Tech.
On a night that started with a thunderous 35-yard run from Fournette, he piled up more than 200 yards rushing for the fourth time this season, found the endzone five times, including catching his first passing touchdown, and set a new LSU single-season record with 22 rushing touchdowns.
"I'd say tonight was productive," Fournette said. "Our whole focus was just to win the game just to boost us for next season."
We've seen this type of performance several times from Fournette, but we shouldn't let that numb our senses. None of this is normal.
"I wouldn't call it routine because he is not a routine runner," said LSU head coach Les Miles. "He is a special back, but we would expect him to have nights like this. He's fast and strong and capable."
"I'd describe him as allowing his personality to show when he runs the ball," said Tigers running backs coach Frank Wilson. "He runs the ball very physically and determined, and that's the type of young man he is. He's determined to succeed."
More than that, Fournette is determined to win with his team and continues to put others ahead of himself. He finished less than 50 yards away from hitting the 2,000 yard mark for the season, but from game one to Tuesday night's finale in the Texas Bowl, the New Orleans native was unselfish with his carries and sometimes even declined to come back in the game to chase records so his teammates could shine as well.
"I got out of the game," Fournette said. "I wanted Darrel (Williams) or Derrius (Guice) to get a touchdown. Records are meant to be broken and I may break it next year."
That being said, there may be nothing more unstoppable than Leonard Fournette on a mission.