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Nov. 16, 2011
David Wilson is on top of the college football rushing world after a career day Thursday.
The Virginia Tech running back and member of the 2009 U.S. Under-19 National Team rushed for 175 yards on 23 carries to help the No. 10 Hokies beat No. 20 Georgia Tech, 37-26. The total is a single-game high for Wilson, and it gives him 1,360 yards for the season - tops among college runners.
Wilson's efforts are gaining national attention as he was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the best running back in college football.
"We just came in saying that we were going to run the ball," Wilson said. "That's how we were going to win the game. As a running back, that's what I want to hear. We've got great running backs and a good quarterback who can use his feet. With the offensive linemen doing their job ... when we put it all together, we get a victory."
Wilson is on pace to break Williams' single-season record of 1,655 yards.
Tariq Edwards, also a member of the 2009 National Team, finished with four tackles, including a sack, for Virginia Tech.
Oday Aboushi (2009) started at left tackle for Virginia, helping the Cavaliers compile 521 yards of offense in a 31-21 win over Duke