Daily Sports Smile: Iowa State RB Breece Hall celebrates with family after setting NCAA record

Nov 26, 2021; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State Cyclones running back Breece Hall (28) celebrates with his family after the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Jack Trice Stadium. Hall scored in his 24th straight football game to break the school’s all time record. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports
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Iowa State Cyclones star Breece Hall finished the regular season in style. He became the program’s first player, since 1996, with at least 250 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns in a game. Hall also set an NCAA record with 24 consecutive games with a rushing touchdown. 

The talented running back propelled Iowa State to a 48-14 victory over TCU. He passed former NCAA standout Bill Burnett to set the record. However, it was his heartwarming moment with his family that stole all the headlines.

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Hall was emotional as he walked over to his family at Jack Trice Stadium. He hugged his mother, Larhonda, as they embraced after his performance. They spoke for a few moments after what is perhaps his final home game.

“I was overwhelmed,” Larhonda told Des Moines Register columnist Randy Peterson. “It was a big moment for him and for the team and the fans. When I saw his tears as he was running toward me, I just lost it. He’s so humble, but to see him took my breath away.”

This season, Hall was the centerpiece of the Iowa State offense. He rushed for 1,472 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also added 302 receiving yards in 12 games. Against TCU, Hall collected 281 total yards and set the NCAA record with a 39-yard touchdown in the second quarter.  

Nov 26, 2021; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State Cyclones running back Breece Hall (28) celebrates with his family after the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Jack Trice Stadium. Hall scored in his 24th straight football game to break the school’s all time record. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell praised Hall after the game. He called him the best running back in college football.

“He was as special as I’ve seen him,” Campbell told reporters. “I would hate to discredit those other 10 players out there — it’s (Xavier Hutchinson) with the great blocking down field, it’s the offensive line having a great night, I thought it was Brock (Purdy) was precise and made good decisions — but boy oh boy, if there’s a better running back in college football, I’d love to see him. He’s as special as they come.”

Hall thanked his teammates for helping him set the record. He said it was a team effort and a testament to the hard work everyone put in this season. In his Iowa State career, Hall holds several school records including most points (336) and touchdowns (56).

Iowa State finishes the regular season at 7-5 overall. The Cyclones have a chance to play in a bowl game next month. As for Hall, he will decide on his future as the NFL looms.

“We’ll see,” Hall told the Des Moines Register. “I don’t know yet.”