Alabama RB Derrick Henry destroys record books in Iron Bowl win
The Heisman Trophy is tough to seal up in November nowadays, but Alabama running back Derrick Henry might have done just that with an unconscious evening against Auburn.
Henry carried the ball 46 times for 271 yards and a late score in the Crimson Tide’s 29-13 Iron Bowl win.
“Coach, I’m good,” he told Nick Saban in the fourth quarter. “I’m gonna win this game.”
Here is a summary of the records he broke, tied or nearly matched on Saturday:
- Most rushing yards in a single season, school history: 1,797
Henry passed previous record holder Trent Richardson (1,679) in the third quarter. He’s now in striking distance of the modern SEC record (Herschel Walker with 1,891 in 1981).
- Most rushing touchdowns in a single season, school history: 22
He stands alone after breaking a tie with Richardson on a last-minute scoring run.
- Most carries in a single game, school history: 46
Johnny Musso set the previous record (42) against Auburn in 1970.
- Second-most consecutive rushes in a single game, school history: 14
Henry was one off the record, set by Sherman Williams in 1994. After the game, coach Nick Saban was asked if he had ever given 14 straight runs to one player: “I can’t answer that,” he said. “But probably not.”
- Most rushing yards in a single Iron Bowl: 271
Cross Bo Jackson off the top of the list. Henry scooted by the legend’s mark of 256 with his touchdown in the final minute.
- Second-most carries in a single season, school history: 295
This one will likely be broken next week. Henry needs just eight more to pass Alexander.
- Third-most rushing yards in a single game, school history: 271
He couldn’t quite catch Shaun Alexander (291) or Bobby Humphrey (284), but Henry’s performance was Alabama’s best in 19 years.
- Sixth-most career rushing yards, school history: 3,169
The junior needs just 397 yards to pass Alexander and become Alabama’s all-time leading rusher. If Alabama can top Florida next week and win the College Football Playoff semifinal, Henry could have three full games to reach the top.
- Most 200-yard games in a single season, SEC history: 4
Maybe you’ve heard of the other two players who have accomplished this: Bo Jackson and Herschel Walker. Both running backs won the Heisman Trophy.
Henry could very well be next.