Little did anyone know on Jan. 1, 2020 at the Outback Bowl we’d be witnessing one of the most impressive streaks of the 21st century.
In that game between Minnesota and Auburn, despite the presence of senior Rodney Smith, who entered the contest with over 1,000 yards rushing, it was sophomore Mohamad Ibrahim who’d lead the way for the Gophers with 140 yards on 20 carries.
That’d become par for the course over the next few years.
Ibrahim had burst on the scene in 2018 with Smith injured after two games, rushing for 1,160 yards and eclipsing 100 yards five times.
But he took a secondary role to Smith in 2019, compiling just 604 yards and not topping 17 carries or 88 yards until that bowl game.
Ibrahim took a backseat to nobody after that.
For 19 consecutive games he was “The Man” for Minnesota, gaining over 100 yards in each. Only an injury in the 2021 season opener could stop him from gaining 100 yards until his run finally came to an end this past Saturday against Wisconsin.
The 19-game streak is the longest in FBS since at least 2000.
Let’s dive into some facts and numbers of Ibrahim’s 100-yard streak:
Over those 19 games, he rushed 528 times for 2,903 yards – that’s 152.8 yards per game – with an incredible 37 rushing touchdowns (yes, nearly two per contest).
For what it’s worth, he also had 15 receptions for 106 yards during the streak and returned two kicks – both coming in 2020 on the road – for 47 yards.
Eight of the games were on the road and one at a neutral site (that Outback Bowl).
Four of the 100-yard games were done against teams which finished in the top 25: No. 14 Auburn (Outback Bowl), No. 17 Iowa (2020), No. 6 Ohio State (2021) and No. 8 Penn State (2022 – we have a good feeling the Nittany Lions will remain ranked in the final AP poll).
Ibrahim topped 200 yards on four occasions. He did it in back-to-back weeks on the road in 2020, at Maryland and Illinois, and twice this season vs. Colorado and Iowa.
He scored a rushing TD in 17 of the 19 games. In the two he didn’t (Iowa and Wisconsin both in 2020), Minnesota lost.
Ibrahim had six games with 3+ rushing TDs, three in 2020 and three in 2022.
Only once did he face an FCS team (Western Illinois this season) and in 15 of the games he did it against a Big Ten foe.
Ibrahim’s lowest total was 102 yards, which he did twice (vs. Purdue in 2020 and Penn State in ’22) and his highest was vs. Iowa – 263, in his final game of the streak.