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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Washington Redskins' Madieu Williams.
Published on: Monday, October 15, 2012
By Brandy L. Simms
During his high school days in Texas, Robert Griffin III was a state champion hurdler. The NFL rookie quarterback showed those skills Sunday in the Washington Redskins’ 38-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings before 78,476 spectators at FedEx Field in Landover.
Griffin scored on a 76-yard touchdown run to help seal the Redskins win. The Heisman Trophy winner trotted down the sideline and high-stepped his way into the end zone with 2:43 remaining in the fourth quarter.
“It was a great play,” said Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin. “I am a fan of RGIII. He made a big play for his team, so all the better for him. But I am concerned about our team; we didn’t make enough plays to win the game.”
In fact, Griffin’s performance helped the Redskins improve to 3-3 and snapped an eight-game home losing streak. Griffin’s 76-yard run marked the longest scoring run by an NFL quarterback in 16 years. The Heisman Trophy winner also scored on a seven-yard run in the third quarter and tossed a six-yard touchdown pass to fullback Darrel Young in the second quarter.
Meanwhile, Redskins safety Madieu Williams scored on a 24-yard interception return with 12:40 remaining in the fourth quarter before Minnesota answered with a pair of Christian Ponder touchdown passes to cut the deficit to 31-26 late in the period.
However, Griffin responded with the highlight reel touchdown run that will mark a defining moment in his young NFL career.
“I knew no one was going to catch him,” said Williams, a DuVal High graduate who played collegiately at the University of Maryland. “We’ve seen it in practice and I think that the rest of the league is seeing it today. The guy possesses a lot of ability and he can throw. Today shows that he can run too.”
Griffin, who accounted for more than 300 yards of total offense, rushed for a game-high 138 yards on 13 carries. He also completed 17 of 22 passes for 182 yards including the touchdown pass to Young.
“There aren’t a lot of guys who play that position that can break a 76-yard run and not get caught,” said Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier. “So that creates some issues for any defense. He’s a heck of a young player that can throw the ball and run the ball. When things break down he can make plays. He’s a very good player.”