Robert Griffin III hits more milestones in Redskins’ win Sunday

October 15, 2012

Robert Griffin III sprints to the end zone on his 76-yard touchdown run.

With his 13-carry, 138-yard rushing performance Sunday, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III continued to put himself in rare company among team and NFL players.

 According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Griffin became the first player in NFL to throw for a touchdown and rush for a touchdown of 75 yards or longer in the same season.

Griffin also joined Michael Vick as the only NFL quarterbacks since the 1970 league merger to rush for at least 130 yards and two touchdowns in a single game. And he set a franchise record for single-game rushing yardage by a quarterback, surpassing his own record of 84 yards, set in Week 2 at St. Louis.

Griffin now has 379 rushing yards, which also goes down as a franchise record for yards by a quarterback. Entering the game, Griffin trailed Harry Gilmer, who in 1952 rushed for 365 yards while splitting time at quarterback and left halfback. Joe Theismann rushed for 314 yards during the 1984 season.

 Griffin’s 76-yard touchdown run was the longest by an NFL quarterback since Pittsburgh’s Kordell Stewart scored on an 80-yard run against Carolina on Dec. 22, 1996. The 76-yard run also is the Redskins’ longest since Clinton Portis’s 78-yard run against Kansas City on Oct. 18, 2009.

Griffin now has six rushing touchdowns on the season and holds sole possession of first place in the team’s record books for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. The rookie entered the game tied with Theismann (1979) and Eddie LeBaron (1955) for first place with four rushing touchdowns.
 
 

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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