Gurley Watch: A new career-high in rushing as Rams win again

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Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley runs against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.


Sports Writer

Monday, October 15, 2018

To start this past weekend, Todd Gurley’s Tarboro Vikings were ranked No. 1 in the NCHSAA’s 1-A, his Georgia Bulldogs were ranked No. 2 in college football, and his Los Angeles Rams were ranked No. 1 in most power rankings.

All were undefeated, too, but finally, there was a loss: Georgia fell to LSU, 36-16.

Other than that, it was business as usual. On the high school level, Tarboro romped to another easy win: 61-0 over Pamlico County.

On NFL Sunday, the Rams, now 6-0, won again, 23-20, against the Broncos, and Tarboro’s favorite running back turned in his best performance of the season and perhaps of his career.

He carried 28 times and eclipsed the 200-yard mark with 208 — his new career-high — with two of those rushes going for touchdowns. He also caught the ball twice for 17 yards.

"We was feeling it in the run game," Gurley told ESPN.com after the game. "You know that's kind of what we wanted to do, me and all the big boys up front, and we was able to do that."

The 208 yards — the most by a Rams running back since Marshall Faulk in 2001 — puts Gurley past Ezekiel Elliot for first in the NFL in rushing, 623 to 586 yards gained.

He also leads the league in several other categories: rushing touchdowns (9), rushing attempts (129), rushing yards per game (103.8), points scored (70), combined offensive touchdowns (11), touches (150), and yards from scrimmage (870).  

Up next: The Rams will head to San Francisco next week for a game against the 49ers, a 4:25 p.m. Sunday start.