Chris Johnson had a day to remember even if his Tennessee Titans had one to forget.
Johnson ripped off a franchise-record tying 91-yard touchdown run in the third quarter on his way to rolling up 284 all-purpose yards, the second-highest total in the franchise’s 50-year history.
But it all went by the boards as the Titans blew a 14-point lead on the way to a 34-31 loss to the Houston Texans, sending Tennessee to an 0-2 start in 2009.
Johnson’s 91-yard score equaled a run by Sid Blanks against the New York Jets in 1964, and his all-purpose yards are second only to the 373 put up by Billy Cannon in 1961, also against the New York franchise.
“It’s good to have great days like that, but at the end of the day, when you take at L, it puts a damper on your whole day,” Johnson said.
In addition to his 91-yarder in the third quarter, Johnson added a 57-yard touchdown run on a third-and-18 draw play on Tennessee’s opening possession and scored again on the next series from 69 yards out when the Texans defense left him uncovered after he split out wide.
He caught a quick count flare pass from Kerry Collins and ran untouched to the end zone.
“I start off in the backfield, and then I line up outside, and I’m his first read on that play,” Johnson explained. “So the only thing I was thinking about was should I run the fly or just jog off the ball.”
When he found himself uncovered, Johnson decided to jog, and raised his hands for Collins to throw the ball quickly, which he did.
“I kept waiting for someone to go out there and cover him, and they didn’t,” Collins said.
In all, Johnson finished with 197 yards on the ground on 16 carries and also led the Titans with 87 yards receiving on nine catches.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak came away amazed at the proceedings.
"For them to run for nine yards a clip, how we won the game is amazing. That doesn't happen in this league," Kubiak said.