WKU's Antonio Andrews takes over national rushing lead

Western Kentucky running back Antonio Andrews' spectacular senior season continued Thursday night with 155 rushing yards against Louisiana-Monroe, leaving the Hilltoppers star atop the entire NCAA rushing list.

Andrews now has 882 rushing yards to lead all of college football, and by a wide margin. Andrews leads the nation's No. 2 rusher, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, by nearly 200 yards. Andrews also leads the nation in rushing touchdowns with nine, adding to that total with a 6-yard scoring run against ULM Thursday. He also ripped off a 25-yard punt return in a 31-10 Sun Belt Conference win.

First-year WKU coach Bobby Petrino said he still isn't satisfied with his offense, however.

"I don't even think we are close where we need to be," Petrino said. "We need to be able to expect to score every time we take the field. That is where I want to be on offense and we are not there yet."

Andrews, on the other hand, has been there all year.

At 6-foot, 220 pounds, he has the size to play in the NFL and showed he can produce against BCS conference competition earlier this year with more than 100 yards against Tennessee. Along with leading the nation in rushing, Andrews is also averaging 9.2 yards on kickoff returns. Based on his production, look for Andrews to be among the small-school prospects to garner an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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