ISU's Johnson breaks FBS mark with 304 kickoff return yards

Updated: November 1, 2008, 9:00 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Iowa State's Leonard Johnson broke the major college football single-game record for kickoff return yards Saturday as the Cyclones fell to Oklahoma State 59-17.

The freshman finshed with 319 kickoff yards on nine returns. Early in the game, Johnson had returns of 72, 73 and 48 yards.

"If you really look at it, it's really one of the only bright spots of our team," Iowa State coach Gene Chizik said of Johnson's record. "He's been close to breaking them numerous times this year. He's got a knack for it and I think the guys are doing a great job blocking for him up front."

Justin Miller of Clemson set the previous Football Bowl Subdivision record of 282 yards against Florida State on Sept. 25, 2004. The NCAA all-divisions record is 326 yards, set by Bashir Levingston of Eastern Washington against Sacramento State on Oct. 31, 1998, in a I-AA game.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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