He came close to replacing Corey Dillon, Walter Payton and O.J.
Simpson in the NFL record book, too.
Alexander set franchise marks with 266 yards rushing and an
88-yard touchdown run as the Seahawks beat the AFC West-leading
Oakland Raiders 34-27 on Sunday night.
It was the fourth-best rushing game in NFL history behind
Dillon's 278 yards set Oct. 22, 2000, against the Denver Broncos in
Cincinnati, the late Walter Payton's 275 for the Chicago Bears Nov.
20, 1977, against Minnesota, and O.J. Simpson's 273 for the Buffalo
Bills Nov. 25, 1976, against Detroit.
"I think like that," Alexander said, not surprised by his
performance. "I dream so big. I think big with everything."
The second-year running back from Alabama, starting his fifth
straight game in place of the injured Ricky Watters, also had TD
runs of 6 and 10 yards for the Seahawks (4-4).
"He thinks he's pretty good, and he is," coach Mike Holmgren
said. "He was marvelous tonight."
The 266 yards on 35 carries broke the team single-game record of
207 yards set by Warner at Kansas City in overtime Nov. 27, 1983.
His 88-yard TD run that broke a 20-20 tie late in the third quarter
was the longest in team history, breaking the mark of 86 yards on a
reverse for a touchdown by Galloway, a receiver, on Nov. 12, 1995,
On his 88-yard burst, he got a good block at the line of
scrimmage from rookie guard Steve Hutchinson and then it was just a
matter of whether the Raiders could catch up to him. They couldn't.
"It just felt good to go out there and bust a long run,"
Alexander said. "The biggest thing that I've learned from
everybody is to trust your speed. You're in the pros, so you must
"I don't think you ever expect any back in this league to pop
an 88-yarder unless it's a blitz situation and that wasn't a blitz
situation," Holmgren said.
Alexander's teammates have a nickname for him.
"We call him O.J. '76 because he reminds you a little bit of
the old-time backs," middle linebacker Levon Kirkland said.
The Raiders (6-2) had a five-game winning streak broken, and
lost after their Monday night victory over Denver at home. They
beat the Seahawks 38-14 in Week 3 in Oakland.
After the game, coach Jon Gruden had his Raiders baseball hat
pulled down over his face.
"I don't know if that was Alexander or Jim Brown out there
today," Gruden said. "You're asking me if he's good. He ran for a
franchise record. He's real good, man. Real good."
Alexander has had three 100-yard games rushing since Watters was
lost 6-to-8 weeks with a shoulder injury Sept. 30 in Oakland. He
had 176 yards on 31 carries against Jacksonville on Oct. 7.
The Raiders got the ball back on their 23 with 67 seconds left
after a Seahawks punt.
The Raiders took a 20-13 lead when Terry Kirby ran back the
opening second-half kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, and Sebastian
Janikowski kicked a 37-yard field goal midway in the third.
In the first quarter, Seattle's Rian Lindell kicked two field
goals and Janikowski booted a 52-yard field goal, his longest of
Raiders backup running back Randy Jordan injured his left
shoulder when he caught a 6-yard pass from Gannon early in the
third quarter, but returned to the game later. "My arm was
underneath me when I flipped trying to get the first down," Jordan
said. "It hurts." ... The Seahawks set a team rushing record with
319 yards. Their previous best was 298 set against Denver Dec. 20,
1986. ... Maurice Kelly, who started his third straight game at
free safety for the Seahawks in place of the injured Marcus
Robertson, suffered a foot injury. ... Seahawks quarterback Matt
Hasselbeck, who was sacked 23 times in five previous games, was
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