AUBURN, Ala. — With 115 more yards on the ground Saturday night, Tre Mason moved into 12th place on Auburn's career list with 2,316, passing James Joseph who ran for 2,264 from 1986-90. It also upped his season total to 1,153, which is 16th all-time in the Tigers' annals, besting Stephen Davis (1,068 in 1995), Michael Dyer (1,093 in 2010) and Joe Cribbs (1,120 in 1979).
What was more important to the junior, however, was his lone rushing touchdown, his 17th in 2013 and tops in the conference.
It also tied him with Bo Jackson and Carnell Williams for the second-most in a single-season by a Tiger.
The illustrious company he joined Saturday wasn't lost on Mason.
"I can't believe it," he said. "I wasn't that big of a recruit, but my mom said it's always been the same. She said I was going to come here, handle business and make history. And I'm just going to continue fighting. I'm excited to get (the chance) to break records. I feel like records are made to be broken."
The only player ahead of him on the single-season rushing touchdown list is none other than Cam Newton, who had 20 scores three years ago.With the record in his sights, Mason joked that he'd be touching base with the Carolina Panthers quarterback soon.
"I want to talk to him about it, too," Mason said.