Former St. Thomas More player of the year Jon Cornish became the Canadian all-time single-season rushing leader in the Canadian Football League in November.
The sixth-year Calgary Stampeders' running back rushed for a total of 69 yards, including a record-breaking 22-yard romp up the middle, in a 30-27 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on Nov. 2.
"I knew I was going to get it on the very first run," said Cornish. "It's like when you get into the game, you're in a zone, and it's just a matter of time. I felt pretty good."
Cornish's record-setting first-down run came on the final play of the third quarter, breaking the 56-
year-old mark set by the China Clipper, Edmonton fullback Normie Kwong.
The New Westminster resident also earned the award 2012 as the CFL's top Canadian following the regular season.
Cornish finished the regular season with 1,457 total yards on the ground and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry for the 12-6 West Division runner-up Stamps.
In 1956, Kwong averaged 6.2 yards a carry and scored five TDs in a 1,437-yard season with the Eskimos.
Coincidentally, Cornish's CFL rushing record of 1,457 yards matches the exact same total number he put up in his senior year at the University of Kansas, when he established a new all-time single-season school record there in 2006.
In his final NCAA Division I varsity season, Cornish finished first in the Big 12 conference in rushing yards and ninth overall in the nation.
Cornish called the coincidence "pretty creepy" but shrugged it off, saying that might be the most remarkable accomplishment of his football career.
"Coach (John) Hufnagel gave me that opportunity and I've always said, 'When you get that opportunity you have to shine,' and I didn't want to let go of that chance," Cornish added.
The 28-year-old Calgary starter was named the CFL's top Canadian for the month of October.
He was also shortlisted for the league's most outstanding player, but won the most outstanding Canadian award.
This season, Cornish was named Canadian player of the week seven times and offensive player on another occasion.
Cornish was also selected to the CFL all-West Conference all-star team at running back.