Henry runs into NFL record book

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Der­rick Henry sped and stif­farmed his way to a record­ty­ing 99-yard touch­down run and the Ten­nessee Ti­tans routed the Jack­sonville Jaguars 30-9 on Thurs­day night to stay in the play­off chase.

And that was just part of an amaz­ing night for Henry.

Henry tied Tony Dorsett’s 99-yarder on Jan. 3, 1983, for Dal­las against Min­nesota for the long­est TD run in NFL his­tory. Henry ran to his left and ran up the side­line, stiff-arm­ing first Jaguars cor­ner­back A.J. Bouye, then rookie line­backer Leon Ja­cobs twice and fi­nally a shove to line­backer Myles Jack to fin­ish off the TD.

The 2015 Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner, cel­e­brated by strik­ing the Heis­man pose not once, but twice.

Henry set a fran­chise record with 238 yards on just 16 car­ries, top­ping the pre­vi­ous mark of 228 yards set by Chris John­son in 2009 against yes, the Jaguars.

Henry fin­ished with a ca­reer-high four TDs, ty­ing Lorenzo White and Hall of Fame run­ning back Earl Camp­bell for most rush­ing TDs in a sin­gle game in fran­chise his­tory. Henry also be­came the first player in the NFL with four rush­ing TDs in a game since Jonas Gray of the Pa­tri­ots in Week 11 in 2014.

Ti­tans coach Mike Vra­bel called Henry’s night “very im­pres­sive.”

With the rout and sec­ond win in a row, the Ti­tans (7-6) stayed in AFC play­off con­tention with their fourth straight vic­tory over their old­est divi­sion ri­val. They’ve won six of their last seven against Jack­sonville.

The Jaguars (4-9) have lost eight of their last nine.

John­son called Henry’s 99-yarder “amaz­ing” and con­grat­u­lated Henry af­ter pass­ing him for the team record.

Mar­cus Mar­i­ota, wear­ing black tape on the back of his right hand, threw for 162 yards. The Ti­tans out­gained the Jaguars 426-255, and they also had four sacks.

Jack­sonville came in with the league’s fifth-best scor­ing de­fence af­ter shut­ting out An­drew Luck for the first time in the NFL. But Jack­sonville has been sus­cep­ti­ble against the run, ranked 16th giv­ing up 108.4 yards. Henry nearly matched that on his record-ty­ing run.

Henry’s TD capped a huge swing over two plays.

Ti­tans rookie Cameron Bat­son muffed the punt at the Ti­tans 7 be­fore re­cov­er­ing at the 1 and be­ing tack­led in the end zone for a safety. The Jaguars took the en­su­ing free kick and drove down­field where they picked up a fourth-and-1 at the Ti­tans 5. Then the Ti­tans stopped the Jaguars on the next four plays, the last with rookie line­backer Rashaan Evans trip­ping up Leonard Four­nette.

On the very next play, Henry started to­ward the mid­dle be­fore turn­ing left for a TD run where he sim­ply couldn’t be stopped. Henry had 129 yards on six car­ries with two TDs all by half­time to be­come the Ti­tans’ first 100-yard rusher this sea­son. Be­fore his night ended, he added TD runs of 16 and 54 yards.

As­so­ci­ated Press photo

Ten­nessee Ti­tans run­ning back Der­rick Henry (22) runs for a touch­down against Jack­sonville Jaguars out­side line­backer Telvin Smith (50) dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game, Thurs­day in Nashville, Tenn.

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