Alabama junior tailback Derrick Henry had his second consecutive 200-yard game as he rushed for 235 yards as Alabama defeated Mississippi State, 31-6. Henry scored on runs of 74 yards in the second quarter and 65 yards in the fifth quarter.
Henry became only the second Crimson Tide player to rush for 200 or more yards three times in a season. Previously this year Henry rushed for 236 yards against Texas A&M. In 1986 Bobby Humphrey had games with over 200 yards rushing against Tennessee (217), Mississippi State (284), and Auburn (204). Humphrey had four for his career.
Henry has amassed 2,830 yards for his career to rank seventh in Alabama history. Henry has 1,458 rushing yards in 2015, the fourth-highest single-season total in Bama history.
Henry has had an impressive overall season, but his play against the six ranked opponents Alabama has faced – No. 20 Wisconsin, No. 15 Ole Miss, No. 8 Georgia, No. 9 Texas A&M, No. 4 LSU and No. 17 Mississippi State – has been even better. Henry is rushing for 178.7 yards per game (1,072 yards) against ranked teams, with all six games over 125 yards and three over 200 yards (236 at A&M; 210 vs. LSU; 204 at Mississippi State). He has 154 carries against ranked teams for a 6.9 yards per carry average and 12 touchdowns.
Henry’s 74-yard rush up the middle for a touchdown in the second quarter moved his consecutive games with a touchdown streak to 15. The 15-game streak is the longest active streak in the nation, and the longest by an SEC player in the past 20 years eclipsing Tim Tebow’s streak of 14 games that he set from 2006-07. The streak is also the longest in Alabama history, with the previous high being 10 by Terry Davis across the 1971 and 1972 seasons.
Henry’s two rushing scores at Mississippi State moved him into a tie for second place for the most touchdowns in a single season by an Alabama running back with 19, matching Shaun Alexander and two behind the all-time leader Trent Richardson, who recorded 21 in 2011.
Henry has rushed for 1,458 yards and 19 touchdowns through 10 games this season, and is currently averaging 145.8 yards and 1.9 scores per contest. If he were to continue at his current pace, Henry would finish the regular season with 292 yards and four touchdowns over the final two games for a single-season school-record total of 1,750 and a Tide record 23 TDs. Extended to include a bowl game (13th), Henry is on pace for 1,896 yards. The Crimson Tide’s single-season leader for yards is Trent Richardson with 1,679 (283 attempts) in 2011. The Alabama single-season leader for touchdowns is also Richardson with 21 during that 2011 season.
Henry’s 204-yard performance against Mississippi State pushed him past the century mark for the 13th time in his career, and the seventh 100-plus game this season. The 13 career 100-yard games ties him for third place with Trent Richardson in the Alabama annals. His seven 100-yard performances this season are tied with Shaun Alexander (1999) and Sherman Williams (1994) for the third-most in a single season. Henry, who rushed for 210 yards against LSU on Nov. 4, notched 143 yards against Tennessee a week after going for a career-high 236 yards at Texas A&M. Prior to A&M, Henry rushed for 148 at Georgia on Oct. 3. He went for 127 against Ole Miss and 147 yards with three touchdowns against Wisconsin to open the 2015 campaign. Henry had a 141-yard performance against Missouri in the SEC Championship Game last season. He also went for 111 on 20 carries with a score against Florida and 113 on 17 carries with a touchdown against West Virginia in 2014. As a freshman, Henry produced a Sugar Bowl game against Oklahoma that saw the first-year back go for 100 yards on eight attempts with a touchdown, while also collecting 111 yards on six carries with a score against Arkansas.
Henry earned the starting nod at tailback in this season’s opener and has filled that role every game since. With 204 yards rushing this evening against Mississippi State, in 12 games as a starter he has rushed for 1,660 yards on 265 carries (6.26 yards per carry) with 21 touchdowns. Prior to 2015, Henry started just two games - Western Carolina and Ohio State in 2014. He has collected at least one rushing touchdown in each start, and has notched double-digit scoring days seven times. Through the air, he has hauled in 12 passes for 132 yards (11.0 yards per catch) with one receiving score.