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Stamps’ Jon Cornish breaks 56-year-old Canadian rushing record

Calgary Stampeders' Jon Cornish runs the ball despite the tackle from Edmonton Eskimos JC Sherritt , during first half CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.

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Calgary Stampeder Jon Cornish can now call himself the most prolific Canadian running back in CFL history.

Cornish broke a 56-year-old single-season rushing record by a Canadian on Friday against the Edmonton Eskimos.

A 22-yard carry by Cornish in the third quarter helped him surpass Eskimos legend Normie Kwong, who set the mark of 1,437 yards in 1956.

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Cornish entered the game needing just 50 yards to surpass Kwong's mark. He rushed for 436 yards in the three previous Stampeder victories over Edmonton this season.

Cornish, the league's rushing leader, is also trying to become the first Canadian to win the rushing title since Orville Lee in 1988.

The 27-year-old has spent his entire six-year CFL career with Calgary.

Cornish wasn't the only one to set a record. Edmonton linebacker J.C. Sherritt had his 130th tackle, breaking Calvin Tiggle's single-season mark of 129 tackles set in 1994.

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