Former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is quickly becoming a star in the NFL.
Never was that more apparent than on Sunday. Elliott gained a career-high 209 total yards, including a 32-yard rushing touchdown with less than a minute remaining in regulation, to help the Cowboys defeat the Steelers, 35-30.
ZEEEEEEEKE ➡️ ?!
Ezekiel Elliott runs through the Steelers line for 32-yard TD, his 3rd today, to give Dallas lead with 9 seconds left. pic.twitter.com/GQKvXnixj9
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 14, 2016
Elliott beat Pittsburgh both as a rusher and a receiver on Sunday. The rookie ran the ball 21 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns and also hauled in two passes for 95 yards and a score.
He did most of his damage as a receiver on one play. Elliott caught a screen pass in the first quarter and sprinted 83 yards for a touchdown.
— NFL (@NFL) November 13, 2016
Elliott’s rushing total also helped him surpass the 1,000 yard mark, becoming only the second Cowboys rookie to accomplish the feat. It also took Elliott just nine games to do it, making him the third player in NFL history to reach 1,000 yards in that amount of time.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 14, 2016
The 6-foot, 225-pound back now has 1,005 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns this season. Eric Dickerson set the rookie records for single-season rushing yards and single-season rushing touchdowns after running for 1,808 yards and 18 scores in 1983.
Elliott needs to gain 704 yards in his final seven games to break the record.