Derrick Henry Ties Trent Richardson School Record
Add another record to Derrick Henry’s resume.
On his 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against Charleston Southern on Saturday, the junior running back scored his 21st rushing touchdown this season, tying the single-season school record set by Trent Richardson in 2011.
For Henry, it was his second touchdown of the game. He scored earlier in the quarter, on the game’s opening drive, on a 17-yard run. He did not take a single carry after the Crimson Tide’s first two possessions of the game, finishing with nine carries for 68 yards.
Henry’s two scores against the Buccaneers also ties Richardson’s 35 career rushing touchdowns, fourth most in school history. He both tied and surpassed Johnny Musso’s 34, who was fifth on the list. Mark Ingram with 42 career rushing touchdowns, followed by Shaun Alexander with 41 and T.J. Yeldon with 37, are now the only Tide players who rank ahead of Henry.
Last week at Mississippi State, Henry tied Bobby Humphrey’s 33 career rushing touchdowns.
With his first touchdown of the game, Henry also extended his streak of games with at least one touchdown to 16 – the longest active streak in the nation. (He broke former Alabama quarterback Terry Davis’ school record of 10 consecutive games with at least one touchdown against Arkansas.) Since the last time he failed to score (at LSU on Nov. 8, 2014), Henry has scored 29 times (28 rushing, one receiving).
Henry, who entered the game second nationally in rushing yards behind LSU’s Leonard Fournette, now needs 153 yards to tie Richardson’s single-season school record for rushing yards of 1,679, which was also set in 2011, the year he finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting. Henry, Richardson and Ingram (1,658 in 2009) are the only players in UA history to rush for more than 1,500 yards in a single season.
Through 11 games this season, Henry has 1,526 yards on 249 carries (6.13 yards per carry).
Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough, Xavian Marks, Ronnie Clark and Derrick Gore all played in relief of Henry at running back. Harris and Scarbrough, who are both true freshmen, scored their first-career touchdowns. Marks, a preferred walk-on and freshman, saw the field for the first time in his career. Clark. a redshirt freshman, and Gore, a walk-on sophomore, saw action late.
Senior Kenyan Drake was out Saturday after fracturing his arm last week at Mississippi State.
Alabama beat Charleston Southern, 56-6. The Crimson Tide led 49-0 at halftime.