Former Mizzou RB Devin West is 2018 SEC Legends honoree
COLUMBIA – A Mizzou football legend picked up a top SEC honor on Tuesday.
Former Tigers running back Devin West is Mizzou’s honoree in the 2018 SEC Legends Class. West rushed for 2,954 yards over his career at Mizzou. That mark currently sits at fourth all-time in the school’s history. His senior season rushing total of 1,578 in 1998 is the best single season total at Mizzou. It is also the fifth-best single-season total in NCAA history.
While West set numerous records during his time at Mizzou, he is best remembered for one game.
The opponent was a familiar one. The oldest, most bitter rival that Missouri faithful know, the Kansas Jayhawks, visited Columbia on Sep. 12, 1998. It was the second game of West’s senior season. KU had no idea what was in store for them when they stepped on the field that day.
The game began with a strong dose of Devin West. It wasn’t anything fancy. He ran up the middle, straight north and south. That type of running was exactly what KU wanted. As long the football was out of the hands of Quarterback Corby Jones, they were happy. The strategy did work for a while. Kansas actually got out to a 10-0 lead, and took a 23-20 lead partway through the third quarter. The problem came when West didn’t stop running. He ran up the middle again and again, eventually exhausting the Jayhawk defense. On that 94 degree day, Devin West torched the Kansas defense. By the time the game was over, West had 33 carries for 319 yards and Missouri had won 41-23.
Those 319 yards still are the best single game total in Tiger history. The fact it came against Kansas made that record extra sweet.
West and legends from the other 13 SEC schools will be honored during the SEC Championship game in Atlanta on Dec. 1.