The streak is finally over.
Colts running back Frank Gore has topped the 100-yard rushing mark on Sunday night against the Texans, which is the first time a Colts back has done so since week 15 of the 2012 season - which, ironically enough, was on the road against the Houston Texans in a loss as well, the same as Gore’s game. Gore rushed for 106 yards on 22 carries (averaging 4.8 yards per rush), though he actually did so on his second try (the first time he got over 100 he dropped back below with a loss) and it took overtime to do it. But hey, it still counts. It broke a streak of 61 games in a row (including playoffs) in-between 100-yard rushing performances. Only twice in Andrew Luck’s Colts career has a running back rushed for over 100 yards, and both occasions were against the Texans in Houston in a loss.
It was the third-longest such drought in NFL history since the 1970 merger. The Cleveland Browns (1988-1993) went 73 games in a row, the Cincinnati Bengals (1992-1997) went 67 in a row, and the Indianapolis Colts (2012-2016) went 61 in a row. That streak is now over, however.
Gore was frustrated last year and didn’t accomplish his goal of snapping the Colts’ 100-yard game drought or their 1,000-yard rushing season drought, but he came close. In seven games last year Gore rushed for at least 70 yards, while his season-high came against Houston when he rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown. Gore has been close in some games this year and has had productive first halves in which it looked like he would get it, but so far it has eluded him. His season high for rushing yards in a game this year was previously 82 against the Chargers, but he topped that tonight. It also ended a personal drought for Gore, as he had gone 21 games in a row without topping 100 yards - the longest stretch of his career.
Obviously, Frank Gore would be the first one to tell you he’d rather have the win instead of the 100-yard game, but it’s worth noting even in a losing effort.