FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Rookie Jacoby Brissett rushed for a 27-yard touchdown in the first quarter of the New England Patriots’ game against the Houston Texans on Thursday night, and personally delivered the football to coach Bill Belichick on the sideline after the play.
The play was the longest rushing touchdown by a Patriots quarterback since Steve Grogan scampered 41 yards for a score against the New York Jets on Oct. 18, 1976. Since 2001, the longest rush by a Patriots quarterback was 22 yards.
Thursday’s touchdown helped the Patriots capitalize on good field position that was created when running back Brandon Bolden forced a fumble on a Charles James kickoff return that was recovered by safety Duron Harmon at Houston’s 22-yard line.
A false start penalty on right tackle Marcus Cannon pushed the Patriots back to the 27, and that’s when Brissett took off. He tucked the ball quickly after the snap, as it appeared to be a designed run off the right side. He could have gone out of bounds near the end of the run, but instead lowered his shoulder and powered his way into the end zone.
In his college career, which was split between Florida (2011-2012) and NC State (2014-2015), Brissett totaled 283 rushes for 902 yards and 12 touchdowns.