HOUSTON -- Not long after Rashad Jennings had run through D.J. Swearinger and had set sail toward the goal line, Raiders coach Dennis Allen wasn't sure if his running back would reach his destination.
"I didn't know if he would make it or not, but he had just enough juice in the end,'' Allen said following a 28-23 win over the Houston Texans Sunday at Reliant Stadium.
Jennings, resplendent in a purple velvet suit coat with a light lavender dress shirt and ascot, said there was nothing to worry about.
"I had no doubt,'' Jennings said. "I was just looking back, making sure, seeing who I was going to have to give the stiff-arm to''
With a career-high 150 yards on 22 carries, including the 80-yard touchdown run that stood up as the Raiders' final points, Jennings has 340 yards on 57 carries, averaging 6.0 yards per carry in his last three games. He is second to Terrelle Pryor in rushing with 480 yards.
Running back Darren McFadden, who had a hamstring injury early in the Philadelphia game which made Jennings the lead back, has 352 yards in seven games.
When McFadden does return, it's become clear he'll have to wait his turn.
"(Jennings has) been a guy we've called on to come in and run the ball and he's done a great job at it,'' Allen said. "As he continues to run the ball like he's doing, he's going to continue to get opportunities to run the ball.''
Jennings, signed as an unrestricted free agent after averaging 2.8 yards per carry in Jacksonville last season, has resisted any and all urges to take credit for anything other than doing his job.
"You may get a lot more smiles in the interview (after a win), but there's still a lot to clean up,'' Jennings said. "You can always go to the tape and see where you could have done more.''
Jennings' touchdown run came when he took a direct snap from center play-faked to Jacoby Ford on a fly sweep to the right. Jennings ran slightly to his left just inside a seal block from Marcel Reece and a crushing block from guard Mike Brisiel on Darryl Sharpton and was off to the races.
"That play goes back to Marcel getting body on body and allowing me one-on-one, and as a running back, that's all you can ask for,'' Jennings said.
Center Stefen Wisniewski said the play was executed as it was drawn up.
"I had a double-team on the left so I pulled around, with a big hole on the left side,'' Wisniewski said. "We got both linebackers blocked, and then one-on-one with a running back and a safety _ and that's where running backs make their money.
"He didn't want to make the guy miss, so he ran him over. Most of the time when guys run somebody over, they get caught eventually, right? But he just ran him over and kept rolling all the way.''
The long run plus Jennings' shorter, steady gains are what Allen has wanted to see since training camp.
"That's the way I envision our running game,'' Allen said. "I envision a lot of ones and twos and threes, a few fours and fives mixed in, then all of a sudden, bam. We hit a big one.''