The other view of the 97-yard Lamar Miller TD pic.twitter.com/C2qRrIG44y— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 27, 2018
Kenny Vacarro is still trying to catch Miller...
No one should forget Justin Forsett’s 81-yarder either. Especially due to the YAC nature of it.
The Detroit Lions of all teams, having had Barry Sanders for his entire career, should always know a running back isn’t down ‘til the whistle blows.
(2012) Houston’s Justin Forsett runs for 81-yard TD in Detroit even though he was clearly down after 8 yards.— Bad Sports Refs (@BadSportsRefs) March 30, 2020
B/c Jim Schwartz threw challenge flag & in 2012 coaches weren’t allowed to throw challenge flags after scoring plays, the play was deemed unreviewable and TD counted. pic.twitter.com/TNtHFuZHh8
Now, the officiating on Forsett’s play may or may not be questionable, but the TD stood and the play is forever in the plus category for Texans fans.
But, there’s no questioning yesterday’s run by Dameon Pierce. The rookie wasted no time in offering another rush every Texans fan should add to their all-time favorite runs library.
It’s been a long time since the Houston Texans have had a RB like this…— Nick Schwager (@NickSchwagerNFL) October 2, 2022
I’ll never understand why Dameon Pierce was underutilized throughout his college career at Florida. pic.twitter.com/3EQ2FZf9js
When you think of greatest running backs in Texans history, you have to, absolutely have to, remember Arian Foster. The undrafted free agent climbed the mountain, raced down the other side, blew past countless defenders along the way to 6,472 yards, 54 touchdowns and more highlight reel plays than anyone can remember at one time.
Oddly enough, Foster is now fourth on the list of longest rushes in Houston Texans history. His 74-yard burst against the
Oakland Las Vegas Raiders was one of the most exciting plays in Texans lore at the time. And it remained as king of longest runs hill until Forsett beat it two years later. If you slap the asterisk on Forsett’s run, then Foster’s stood for eight years until Miller flew past it.
And now, 12 years later, a rook edges it out by a single yard.
Dameon Pierce Joins Top Five Houston Texans Running Backs
For a rookie running back to catapult himself into the conversation that includes Lamar Miller, Justin Forsett and Arian Foster in only his fourth game is something special.
Sure, quarterback Davis Mills seems to have fallen into regression ravine, the coaching staff didn’t have many answers for offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s old team, and the Texans are now the only winless team in the NFL.
But, Pierce provides hope for the future along with a highlight reel play that will likely endure for years to come.
Texans running back Dameon Pierce holds up the game ball from his 75-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers. “This is going to my momma,” said Pierce when asked about the ball. #WeAreTexans #Sarge @TheTexansWire @IRep229 pic.twitter.com/eETcZ6yVMD— #SARGE (@BigSargeSportz) October 3, 2022