“If I were making a bunch of money, I’d buy them a steak dinner,” Breitenstein said. “But I don’t have the means to handle that. This is my way of saying ‘thank you’ because without them, I wouldn’t have anything.”
He didn’t even have king-size Snickers to give out after his king-size day because his dad always buys boxes of the regular-size bars at Costco.
But while the 5-foot-11, 230-pound Breitenstein has enjoyed giving treats to his teammates, he has made a career of playing tricks on opposing defenders with his rare combination of football smarts, physical presence, quick feet and phenomenal balance.
His 321-yard day began with a 90-yard touchdown run on the first of 27 carries, and he continued to pile up the yardage as the game progressed. He had come out of the game in the fourth quarter when assistant coaches in the press box sent word to coach Mike Ayers that Breitenstein needed five yards to break the single-game record of 313 held by former Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards.