Raiders running back Darren McFadden surpassed 1,000 yards rushing on his second carry Sunday against the Denver Broncos. He reached the milestone for the first time in his third NFL season.
McFadden needed only 7 yards to hit the 1,000-yard mark. That came on an 8-yard run midway through the first quarter. Two plays later, he fumbled the ball away to the Broncos while attempting to pitch it to wide receiver Jacoby Ford.
"It's just been Darren's year," fullback Marcel Reece said. "It's a great thing to see Darren being able to execute on the field like that and it means more to me that I'm on the field with him. I'm proud of Darren. He's been working really hard, and it shows."
McFadden is the 10th different player to rush for at least 1,000 yards in Raiders history. Marcus Allen and Mark van Eeghen did it three times each. Allen holds the single-season record with 1,759 (1985). That's out of McFadden's reach, but he has a realistic shot of eclipsing Napoleon Kaufman's runner-up total (1,294 in 1997).
Justin Fargas was the last Raider to reach 1,000 yards when he finished with 1,009 yards in 2007.
McFadden surpassed the 100-yard mark early in the fourth quarter with a 20-yard run. He finished with 119 yards and is at 1,112 with two games left.
McFadden said he expected a 1,000-yard season before this point in his NFL career.
"It is a surprise to me, but it is well worth the wait," he said. "It's a great feeling
"He did OK for his first start," Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said. "His footballs were on the money, for the most part. He ran well. It was good that we got up on them. His confidence started coming after that run, the first touchdown run."
Tebow bolted up the middle on a third-and-24 play early in the first quarter, followed a lead blocker and sprinted past Stanford Routt and Tyvon Branch before he encountered free safety Michael Huff at the 5-yard line. Tebow eluded Huff's grasp and carried Branch into the end zone for a game-tying, 40-yard touchdown.
Tebow later connected for a 33-yard touchdown to wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. That made him only the third quarterback in NFL history with a touchdown pass of at least 30 yards and a touchdown run of at least 40 yards in the same game. Kordell Stewart (2000) and Michael Vick (2002) also accomplished the feat.
Overall, Tebow completed 8 of 16 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown, without an interception. He also ran for a team-high 78 yards on eight carries.
Raiders coach Tom Cable said it took awhile for his defense to get acclimated to Tebow's style of play, which included a hefty dose of throwing around his 245-pound body on an array of running plays.
"You're just really getting a feel for how they're going to use him and what they expected of him," Cable said. "He did some good things, there's no question. You have to look at what he did out there and, yeah, there's some things that were kind of rough for him, but he did make some plays."
Tebow said the moment wasn't too big for him, which is to be expected of a Heisman Trophy winner.
"There were a lot of emotions going through me," Tebow said. It was very exciting. "... I did OK. We did some things well. There are some things I have to get better at."