LUBBOCK, Texas -- D’Onta Foreman honestly had no idea how many yards he rushed for on Saturday. When you’re playing on the road, the PA announcer isn’t supposed to shout out your accomplishments.
Texas’ unstoppable running back finally heard the good news from Charlie Strong when the game was over, right before his TV interview after defeating Texas Tech 45-37. And Foreman couldn’t believe it.
The final stat line: 33 carries, 341 yards, three touchdowns and one of the greatest single-game performances in the long history of the Longhorns.
“It’s so crazy because the offensive line asks me all the time, ‘Where you at?’” Foreman said. “They want me to rush for as many yards as I can. I didn’t know. Coach Strong said 341, and I was shocked.”
His linemen had no idea, either, and didn’t find out until they hit the locker room. Naturally, they went crazy. Left tackle Connor Williams said Foreman came to his big fellas, one by one, and thanked them for paving the way for another unbelievable day in a season full of them.
“I was expecting something high,” Williams said, “but that’s incredible.”
Foreman has now rushed for 100-plus yards in every game this season. Against Texas Tech, he came up 9 yards shy of breaking Ricky Williams’ school single-game rushing record. Foreman is the second-leading rusher in the nation, and he's up to 1,446 rushing yards with three (and likely four) games to go.
And while it seems inconceivable to say the star running back at the University of Texas isn’t getting enough national attention, it’s still true. The numbers he’s putting up -- and the dominant way he’s doing it -- ought to make him a Doak Walker Award finalist and Heisman Trophy dark-horse contender.
How would Strong grade his workhorse back? “It’s got to be an A-plus,” he said. “It’s as good as I’ve ever seen.”
That he accomplished this against Texas Tech’s defense is not much of a surprise. Foreman had to miss Texas’ game against Tech last season with an injury, and his understudy Chris Warren III rushed for only 276. You knew Foreman had to put Texas on his back for the Longhorns to outscore Patrick Mahomes II.
But think of it this way: Baylor had two weeks to scheme up a plan for stopping Foreman. He still punished the Bears for 250 yards and two scores. Texas Tech knew for a week that Foreman was going to run up the middle all day long. And, well, he rushed for 341.
The Red Raiders didn’t have many answers for slowing down Foreman on Saturday, but linebacker Kisean Allen tried out a solid idea at the start of the fourth quarter: He dove at Foreman’s feet and ripped off his left cleat.
Foreman kept rolling as if he barely noticed and still outran a pair of Texas Tech defenders. Cornerback Paul Banks III dove to stop him at the 5 and, to his credit, almost snagged his right shoe at the end of the ridiculous 74-yard touchdown run.
“I looked up at him and I said, ‘One shoe, huh?’” Strong said. “And he said, ‘Yeah, that’s what made me run faster.’”
Turns out, even on one shoe, Foreman is still one of the best running backs in college football.