Texas football: D'Onta Foreman's 341-yard afternoon by the numbers
Big games are starting to become a routine for Texas junior D'Onta Foreman, who has been at the forefront of the Longhorns' recent turnaround.
After lighting up Baylor for 250 yards in an upset win last week, Foreman added nearly 100 yards to that total in an impressive victory at Texas Tech on Saturday.
Foreman finished third on Texas' single-game rushing list with 341 yards, something that seemed far from possible after a mediocre first quarter. Let's take a chronological look at the numbers behind Foreman's career day.
The first 15 minutes of Foreman's day were hardly worth batting an eyelash over, with the highlight of his first quarter being a four-yard touchdown on his second carry. While the 148-yard pace he was on certainly was nothing to sneeze at, it required a lot of work over the remainder of the game. And work is what he put in.
With one run early in the second quarter, Foreman's day took on a whole new light. A missed tackle allowed him to break free and take the ball 55 yards into Texas Tech territory, putting him over 100 yards for the day already. Making the play even more remarkable was...
A personal foul put Texas in a third-and-goal situation from the 24-yard line. Things seemed bleak, but Foreman broke out a 23-yard run and seemed ticketed for the end zone until...
The Longhorns got negative points out of the 99-yard drive when Foreman fumbled at the goal line and it was returned 100 yards for a Tech touchdown in one of the day's craziest plays and one of Foreman's few blemishes.
The third quarter was all Foreman's, with 108 yards and a 38-yard touchdown. That put him at 237 yards through three quarters, already just 13 yards short of his season high set last week. But it did not take long for his day to go from great to legendary...
One play into the fourth, and Foreman went from 237 yards to 311, giving him the first 300-yard performance in the Big 12 this season. That was courtesy of a 74-yard breakaway in which the defender at the line went low but Foreman escaped. The run was impressive enough on its own, but...
On that aforementioned missed tackle, the Texas Tech defender only managed to take off Foreman's shoe. In other words, Foreman carried the ball 74 yards with just one shoe on.
D’Onta Foreman has more than 300 yards rushing today, and he got a bunch of them without a shoe: pic.twitter.com/gVXBl4On8B— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 5, 2016
He had just 30 yards over the remainder of the quarter, leaving him well short of the single-game rushing record of 427 that seemed to be very possible after the 74-yard run. Still, his 341-yard, three-touchdown day was one of the year's best.
Foreman set the single-game high this year by a nine-yard margin over Utah's Joe Williams, who rumbled for 332 yards a couple of weeks ago.
By the end of the game, Foreman was second in the nation in rushing yards, moving up from No. 5 and trailing only San Diego State's Donnel Pumphrey.