- The Washington Times - Monday, September 15, 2003

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens gave Jamal Lewis the football, as promised, and he delivered on a pledge in setting a single-game NFL record with 295 yards rushing.

Lewis’ incredible performance, which included two touchdowns, led Baltimore past the Cleveland Browns 33-13 yesterday.

He would have had a third score and surpassed 300 yards if not for a holding penalty on Marcus Robinson during a 60-yard run in the first half.

“On a day like today, I can’t regret anything,” said Lewis, who averaged a whopping 9.8 yards on his 30 carries. “It was beautiful.”

Lewis ran for an 82-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage, added a 63-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and broke the record with a 3-yard run with 6:55 left.

He shattered the single-game mark held by Corey Dillon of Cincinnati, who ran for 278 yards on Oct.22, 2000, against Denver.

During a phone call with Cleveland linebacker Andra Davis earlier in the week, Lewis said he would break the record if given 30 carries — twice as many as one week earlier in a 34-15 loss to Pittsburgh.

“Andra told me he wanted me to get the ball 30 times. I told him if I get the ball 30 times it’s going to be a career day,” Lewis said. “I’m not going to say I predicted it. It was lucky.”

Lewis, who missed the entire 2001 season with a torn knee ligament, had 100 yards by his second carry yesterday and was at 180 yards by halftime.

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