In his second career start, Rob Kelley carried the ball 24 times for 137 yards in the Redskins’ 42-24 rout of the Packers on Sunday. It had been six years since the undrafted rookie affectionately known as “Fat Rob” eclipsed the 100-yard mark in a game, back when he was a senior at O. Perry Walker High in New Orleans. It had been even longer since a Redskins running back broke off a run as long as Kelley’s 66-yard, fourth-quarter scamper, which set up his third rushing touchdown of the game.
Kelley’s 137 rushing yards were the most by a Redskins player since Alfred Morris rushed for 139 yards against the Vikings in 2013. His 66-yard run, which came after Will Compton recovered a fumble forced by Josh Norman, was the team’s longest since Robert Griffin III raced 76 yards for an unforgettable touchdown against the Vikings in 2012. The last Redskins running back with a longer carry was Clinton Portis in Week 6 of the 2009 season.
As for his trio of touchdowns? That tied a team record, as Kelley became the 17th Redskins player since 1950 to rush for three touchdowns in a game and the first since Darrel Young in 2013. Only three Washington players have averaged more yards per attempt in a three-touchdown game than Kelley (5.71) on Sunday.
There have been 24 instances of a Redskins player rushing for three touchdowns in a game since 1950. John Riggins did it four times, while Terry Allen and Stephen Davis did it three times. Kelley joins Don Bosseler, Earnest Byner, Reggie Evans, Roy Helu, Skip Hicks, Dick James, Ray McDonald, Morris, Portis, Gerald Riggs, George Rogers, Otis Wonsley and Young on the list of Redskins players who have accomplished the feat once. (That’s a heck of a list.)
“I’ve been getting too much credit,” Kelley said after the game. “It’s the offensive line. Those guys . . . put me put me on their back and kept going, and that’s what we did. I’m telling you: It was the offensive line. That’s them. I can’t stop saying that enough.”