Things were not going well for the best college football player you’ve probably never seen.
Every time Donnel Pumphrey ran the ball up the middle, he slammed into a jumble of bodies. Every time he swung wide, linebackers and cornerbacks waited for him at the edge.
“I was kind of hesitating,” he said. “Couldn’t get it going.”
The San Diego State running back has made a habit of spectacular performances before small crowds and late-night television. Playing in the Mountain West Conference — on the outskirts of the big time — he has put himself in position to surpass 6,400 career yards.
That would rank him...