Alfred Morris set the Washington Redskins’ single-season record for rushing yards Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, surpassing Clinton Portis.
Morris, who needed 104 yards to break the franchise record, did so in the third quarter on his 17th carry of the game. The 10-yard run got him to 1,524 yards on the season. After 33 carries for 200 yards, Morris posted the new record at 1,613 yards.
“It was special. It never was really on my mind about the record,” Morris said after the 28-18 victory that got the Redskins into the playoffs as NFC East champions. “I don’t want to discredit it. It was special to pass Clinton Portis’ record. He was a great back. I actually looked up to him.”
Portis’ previous record was 1,516 yards, set in 2005.
Morris’ 200 yards were by far a career high. He had three touchdown runs from 17 yards, 32 yards and 1 yard out.
The sixth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic also set a new single-season rookie touchdown record on his 17-yard score in the second quarter.
Portis was on hand at FedEx Field on the night Morris broke his record. Morris described himself as a fan of Portis, who had a message for him earlier in the night.
“He told me before the game, ‘I want you to break the record,’” Morris said. “It was just an honor.”
Teammates praised Morris to the utmost after the best game of his young career. And it was the running back’s unwavering demeanor that got some credit, too.
“You can never tell by talking to him right now that he just broke a big-time record and set the franchise record for rushing yards,” left guard Kory Lichtensteiger said. “That’s a tribute to him and kind of his maturity for such a young guy.”