Matt Colburn got the final say in his final college matchup against Louisville.
The former Dutch Fork standout and current Wake Forest running back rushed for 243 yards and three touchdowns in the Demon Deacons’ 56-35 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday.
Colburn’s previous career-high was 237 yards last year against Syracuse. He averaged 12.2 yards a carry and his TDs came on runs of 74, 56 and 12 yards.
The performance had to be especially sweet for Colburn, who committed to play for Louisville coming out of Dutch Fork. But Louisville coach Bobby Petrino pulled his scholarship two days before signing day and wanted him to greyshirt, which meant he would be part of the following season’s recruiting class.
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“Naturally it’s obviously going to heighten things. Just for me and my situation. I think after my freshman year, I just wanted to get rid of the whole revenge narrative because if it wasn’t for that I wouldn’t be at Wake.,” Colburn told reporters after the game. “I’m just so blessed and I thank God., but it definitely is personal and it’s really just the icing on the cake just to go out like this and to get our season rolling again.”
Colburn declined that scenario and ended up at Wake Forest where he has rushed for more than 2,000 yards in his career.
The former Mr. Football finalist in SC has had two of his best games against Louisville in his career. Last season, he had 134 yards in the 42-32 win over the Cardinals.
Two of Colburn’s 100-yard rushing games have come against the Cardinals.
“I’m glad he had a good career. It was just a thing where we got caught up in numbers and had to ask him to redshirt,” Petrino told reporters after the game.
Colburn entered Saturday’s game with just 360 yards rushing and two touchdowns this season.