It might have been just one season, but Charles Sims made the most of his time as a senior running back for West Virginia last year.
In terms of records during a senior season, Sims finished fourth in both rushing attempts (208) and rushing yards (1095), tied for third with 11 rushing touchdowns and tied Kay-Jay Harris’ 2004 run against East Carolina for the longest rush (76 yards). It would have been exciting to see what he could have done if he spent a full four seasons in Morgantown, instead of just one.
The aforementioned 1095 rushing yards from Sims made him the first West Virginia running back to have more than 1000 yards rushing in a season since Noel Devine’s 1465 rushing yards in 2009.
Even with a small sample size to choose from, there were plenty of good games to pick from Sims’ sole season for West Virginia.
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Without the offensive firepower from 2012, Sims and West Virginia were unable to go score-for-score with Baylor, losing 73-42 in the teams’ second -ever meeting last year.
Though, Sims would collect more than 100 all-purpose yards and a rushing touchdown for the second straight game after the upset win over then-No. 11 Oklahoma State the week prior.
Sims continued his hot start for West Virginia with his second 100-plus yard game during the first three games, along with his second rushing touchdown in the same time period.
The 32-yard touchdown run by Sims was the play that finally put the game out of reach for the upset-minded Georgia State, who was trailing just 13 points entering the fourth quarter.
William & Mary
Sims took no time in making a good first impression on West Virginia fans as he rushed from 120 yards and a touchdown in last year’s season opener against William & Mary in Morgantown. He also added a 12-yard reception from quarterback Paul Millard in the early moments of the first quarter.
The 132 all-purpose yards from Sims also is the most from a West Virginia running back since Steve Slaton tailed 170 against Western Michigan in 2007.
If not for the game by Sims, this game could have looked much worse than in actuality as Kansas snapped their 27-game Big 12 losing streak against West Virginia in the second to last game last year.
In defeat, Sims accounted for 128 all-purpose yards, including 99 rushing, along with a receiving and rushing touchdown for the second time in three games last year.
In most circumstances, the team featuring a running back accounting for 135 all-purpose yards and three rushing touchdowns would rightfully believe they would leave with a victory. It didn’t happen for West Virginia in their game against Texas.
Sims would gain 93 yards of those 135 yards on the ground against Texas, the fifth of what would be seven games with more than 90+ yards in a game last year.
Sims and West Virginia were well on their way to closing out the team’s first losing season in more than a decade with a win, but that wouldn’t happen after a second-half collapse and three overtimes later. West Virginia led by as many as 24 points in the second quarter, but Iowa State chipped away at score before winning 52-44 after the third overtime period.
With his two rushing touchdowns against Iowa State, Sims finished with 11 last year, tied for third-most in a senior season with Undra Johnson, followed by Quincy Wilson (12) and Avon Cobourne (17).
Sims certainly saved his best performance for his final win during his brief time as a Mountaineer last year. The West Virginia OT win over TCU would be the first of a four game streak for Sims with more than 100 all-purpose yards that would last until the end of the season.
Sims stands with only Steve Slaton (2006) and Garrett Ford, Sr (1965) as the only West Virginia players with more than 189 all-purpose yards and a pair of receiving and rushing touchdowns in a single game.
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We featured another countdown of the best games by another NFL Draft hopeful, DE Will Clarke , earlier this week here on WVUPros.com.