Football: Justin Jackson breaks all-time Northwestern record for career rushing yards


Daily file photo by Lauren Duquette

Justin Jackson stiff-arms a Penn State defender in 2017. The former Northwestern running back has been a critical part of the Los Angeles Chargers’ offense in 2020.

Max Schuman, Gameday Editor


COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Northwestern has a new leader in career rushing.

Senior running back Justin Jackson passed Damien Anderson’s mark of 4485 yards with a four-yard rush in the first quarter of Saturday’s game against Maryland. That play gave Jackson 21 yards on the day and 4489 yards for his career, the most in Wildcats history.

Jackson has been NU’s bellcow running back since his arrival in Evanston, leading the Cats in carries and rushing yards in each of his first three seasons. Coming into Saturday’s game, he had racked up 339 yards on the ground in 2017 while dealing with a left leg injury.

Jackson’s record-breaking carry came with NU trailing the Terrapins 7-0.

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