Ron Dayne gained 1,834 rushing yards as a senior. Dayne broke the NCAA rushing record in the final game of the 1999 season against Iowa. Dayne ended his career with 6,397 rushing yards, eclipsing the record set the previous year by Ricky Williams of Texas.
Dayne rushed for 200 yards or more in a game a dozen times, including his final game, a 17–9 victory over Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Dayne had 200 yards on 34 carries and was named the Rose Bowl's Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year. He became one of only three (now, four) players to win two Rose Bowl MVPs (Washington's Bob Schloredt, Southern California's Charles White, and Texas' Vince Young are the others).
In 1999, Dayne won the Heisman Trophy, the second player in Wisconsin's history to receive this award (Alan Ameche in 1954 was the first). He also received many other awards in this season and throughout his college career, including Big Ten Conference Player of the Year, and All-American placement. Dayne's career rushing total remains an NCAA record. Bowl games included, he amassed 7,125 yards, becoming the first player in NCAA history to total over 7,000 rushing yards. He is one of five players in NCAA history to rush for over a thousand yards in each of his four seasons.