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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Seahawks Stomp Texans 42-10



From Mike Kahn at Seahawks.com:

There really is no explanation for it. But as Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said, “This was a weird game because we didn’t know much about them and they didn’t know much about us.”

Now we know plenty.

Led by Shaun Alexander’s 141 yards rushing and four touchdowns, plus Maurice Morris’ career-high 104 yards rushing and a touchdown on just eight carries, the Seahawks set a franchise record with 320 yards on the ground on the way to a 42-10 route of the Houston Texans Sunday night at Qwest Field.
They broke the old rushing record of 319 yards, and it’s the first time since John L. Williams and Curt Warner - on Dec. 11, 1988 both rushed for more than 100 yards - that a pair of Seahawks backs have surpassed the century mark in the same game. Alexander now has 715 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns rushing to lead the NFL in both categories.

But as much as the backs were excited about the performance, so was the offensive line, led by the left side with All-Pros Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson at tackle and guard, respectively. Nonetheless, a good bit of the success Sunday came from running right – so it was a special night for center Robbie Tobeck, guard Chris Gray and tackle Sean Locklear as well.
“In the NFL - (300 yards rushing) – that’s unheard of,” Tobeck said. “You look in college and you see those games. I don’t know how often that happens in the NFL, but I know it’s rare. I’ve only seen it a couple of times since I’ve been in the league. That’s a huge, huge thing.

“It’s funny, we were in the huddle before Mo broke off that long (49-yard) run, and I said, ‘Hey, let’s get 'Mo a hundred, let’s get 'Mo a hundred.’ And he said, ‘Hey, I’m running behind you guys.’ He busted out through there and it was nice to see. I was trying to catch him, but I was tired. I’d been playing the whole game.”

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