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Top 15 unbreakable college football records

A closer look at 15 unbelievable FBS records heading into the college football season.

Some records are meant to be broken. 

Others, well, they might never be broken. The FBS football record book is full of individual records -- both hallowed and hard-to-believe. A lot of those record-holders went on to bigger-and-better things in the NFL. 

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Here's a closer look at 15 unbelievable individual records heading into the 2015 college football season. A few of them were set in 2014. 

  • What: 2,628 rushing yards in single season

    When: 1988

    How: Sanders averaged 238.9 rushing yards in 11 games, another one of the many NCAA rushing records he holds. Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon nearly broke the record last year with 2,587 rushing yards in 14 games. It's going to be tough to break this record.

    Foreshadowing: Sanders is the only player to rush for 2,000 yards in college and the NFL. He rushed for 2,053 yards with Detroit in 1997.

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  • What: 6,397 career rushing yards

    When: 1996-99

    How: If you include postseason games -- including two Rose Bowls where Dayne totaled 446 rushing yards -- Dayne actually had 7,125 rushing yards. It's a record that could stand for a while.

    Foreshadowing: Dayne never rushed for 1,000 yards in a single season in the NFL over a seven-year career.

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  • What: 517 passing yards in half

    When: Oct. 21, 1989

    How: The Cougars routed SMU 95-21 and rolled up 1,021 yards of total offense. Ware finished 25-of-41 passing with 517 yards and six TDs by halftime. Ware did not play in the second half.

    Foreshadowing: Ware won the Heisman Trophy that season, and that led to the evolution of the "Run and Shoot" offense in the NFL Detroit drafted Ware with the No. 7 pick in 1989. He spent four seasons in the NFL.

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  • What: 405 receiving yards in single game

    When: Aug. 29, 1998

    How: Nebraska built a 37-6 lead against Louisiana Tech, so Tim Rattay dialed in on his favorite target in the second half of a 56-27 loss. Edwards had 21 receptions in the game and scored TDs of 52, 80 and 94 yards in the second half.

    Foreshadowing: The Steelers drafted Edwards in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played seven seasons in the NFL.

  • What: 5,976 yards of total offense in single season

    When: 2003

    How: Symons waited his turn to start at Texas Tech, and he turned in 5,833 yards passing and 143 yards rushing in 2003. Symons had 52 passing TDs and five rushing TDs.

    Foreshadowing: How impressive is this season? Johnny Manziel totaled 5,106 yards in 2012 en route to winning the Heisman Trophy.

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  • What: 222 rushing yards in one quarter

    When: Nov. 16, 1996

    How: Dillon scored on runs of 4, 48 and 78 in the first quarter in a 53-10 romp of San Jose State. He finished with 16 carries and added an 83-yard TD on a screen pass in the quarter before taking himself out.

    Foreshadowing: Dillon set the NFL single-game rushing record with 278 yards in 2000, a record that stood until 2003.

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  • What: 2,060 receiving yards in single season

    When: 1999

    How: Insley is the only player in NCAA history to have more than 2,000 receiving yards in a single season. Louisiana Tech's Troy Edwards (1,996 in 1998) and Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree (1,962 in 2007) came close. Insley had 134 receptions and had six games with 200-plus in 1999.

    Foreshadowing: Insley didn't have an extended NFL career, but he set the bar for future NFL slot receivers.

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  • What: 734 passing yards in single game

    When: Oct. 4, 2014

    How: Halliday hit 49-of-70 passes for 734 yards and six TDs for the Cougars in a shootout with Cal, which the Golden Bears won 60-59. Halliday broke the David Klinger’s record of 716 yards, which had stood since 1990.

    Foreshadowing: Halliday broke his leg on Nov. 1, 2014, against USC and opted to retire from football instead of pursuing a career in the NFL.

  • What: 427 rushing yards in single game

    When: Nov. 22, 2014

    How: Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon broke LaDainian Tomlinson’s single-game record of 406 yards with 408 yards the previous week, but Perine broke the record with 427 yards the following week in a 41-7 win against Kansas. Perine scored on runs 27, 33, 34, 49 and 66 yards. He averaged 11.7 yards per carry.

    Foreshadowing: Perine broke the record as a true freshman, so there’s more in store for talented Sooners’ tailback.

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  • What: 46 consecutive games with a TD pass

    When: 2011-14

    How: Cato finished with 131 TD passes for the Thundering Herd, and he broke Russell Wilson’s record of 38 games with a TD pass on Oct. 18, 2014, in a win against Florida International. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota also finished with 40 straight games with a TD pass.

    Foreshadowing: Cato led Marshall to a 13-1 record. He signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes.

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  • What: 48 points in single game

    When: Sept. 22, 1990

    How: Griffith scored on runs of 5, 51, 7, 41, 5, 18, 5 and 3 in a 56-10 win against Southern Illinois. Marshall Faulk scored 44 points against Pacific the following season, the most against a major-college opponent.

    Foreshadowing: Griffin enjoyed an eight-year career in the NFL as a fullback and short-yardage specialist.

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  • What: 14.0 career tackles per game

    When: 2009-11

    How: Kuechly totaled 532 in three years (38 games), just 13 shy of the NCAA record of 545 set by Northwestern's Tim McGarigle (2002-05). Kuechly had 191 tackles (15.9 per game) as a junior in 2012.

    Foreshadowing: Kuechly is the same tackling machine in the NFL. He has 473total tackles through threeseasons with Carolina.

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  • What: 24 sacks in single season

    When: 2000-02

    How: The NCAA didn't start tracking sacks since 2000, so both Suggs’ single-season record (24) and career record (44) are challenged. Derrick Thomas had 27 sacks for Alabama in 1988, and Bruce Smith had 46 sacks at Virginia Tech. Still, Suggs holds both records.

    Foreshadowing: Suggs has compiled 94.5 sacks from 2003-13 with the Baltimore Ravens.

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  • What: 14 interceptions in single season

    When: 1968, 2014

    How: Holliman tied the single-season record for interceptions last season at Louisville. That record was set by Worley, who earned the nickname "The Thief" in 1968 after setting this record in just 10 games at Washington.

    Foreshadowing: The Steelers drafted Holliman in 2015. Worley played in the Hula Bowl after his senior season, which he fittingly capped off with one more interception.

  • What: 65 yard field goal (longest without tee)

    When: Sept. 12, 1998

    How: Gramatica drilled the 65-yarder on the last play of the first half in a 73-7 win against Northern Illinois.

    When: Gramatica enjoyed a nine-year NFL career and helped the Buccaneers win Super Bowl XXXVII.

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