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Tennessee linebacker Quart'e Sapp attempts to make the stop on LSU running back Derrius Guice during the first half of Saturday's game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Derrius Guice didn’t have his greatest game Saturday night, but it was still an evening to remember for LSU’s junior running back.

With his second carry against Tennessee, Guice reached 400 rushing attempts for his three-year career — enough to qualify for the highest average per carry for a running back in Southeastern Conference history.

Guice went into the game averaging 6.91 yards per attempt, and his second carry in LSU’s 30-10 win over Tennessee allowed him to leapfrog former Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, who gained 6.62 yards per carry for Auburn from 1982-85.

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As it turned out, on a rainy, windy evening in Neyland Stadium, that was the easy part for Guice, who faced a stacked box of eight and nine defenders for most of the night.

Needing just 71 yards to become only the fifth back in school history to produce back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, Guice had to work for every one of his 97 yards on 24 carries to reach that personal milestone.

With a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter, Guice — who netted just 20 yards on six first-half attempts and had 54 yards on 15 tries through the first three quarters — surpassed the 1,000-yard mark.

"The weather conditions changed the game plan for both teams," Guice said. "They put eight or nine guys at the line of scrimmage and we had to grind it out."

Still, he finished the night with 1,026 yards for the season in what amounts to nine games — missing one game and most of a second with a knee injury he suffered during preseason practice and re-injured in the third game at Mississippi State.

Guice, a former Catholic High School star, had 1,387 yards as a sophomore.

With his second straight 1,000-yard season, Guice joined some elite company. The other LSU running backs to do it were Charles Alexander (1977-78), Dalton Hilliard (1984-85), Kevin Faulk (1996-98) and Leonard Fournette (2014-15).

After a frustrating first half, Guice finished off LSU’s first drive of the second half with a 3-yard touchdown run.

His 10th touchdown of the season helped the Tigers turn a 17-10 halftime lead into a 23-10 advantage after a cold front blew through Knoxville at halftime with heavy rain and gusty winds.

When asked what it meant to add his name to a list that only includes Alexander, Hilliard, Faulk and Fournette, a chilly Guice flashed a toothy grin.

"It really hasn't hit me yet," he said. "I'm still freezing right now."


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