All touchdowns add up the same on the scoreboard.
It’s what they take out of the players who score them that varies.
Vanderbilt running back Jerron Seymour learned as much Saturday when he raced 58 yards for a score in the Commodores’ 52-24 victory over Alabama-Birmingham. It was the longest run of his career and – by far – the longest in a streak of six consecutive games in which he has scored at least once.
Earlier in the contest he made it five-for-five in games with a touchdown this season when he scored from seven yards out. In the first four he crossed the goal line from 3, 1, 1 and 1 yard, respectively.
“Tiring,” the sophomore said. “This one was definitely more tiring. I was running out of gas. I'm glad it was 58 yards and not 65 yards. If it was 65 yards I probably would've gotten caught.”
Seymour’s previous long was 40 yards, which came on the first touchdown of his career, Sept. 10, 2011 against Connecticut. His personal streak actually dates to that season and a 5-yard touchdown run in the 2011 Liberty Bowl because he sat out all of 2012 with a knee injury.
He finished with a career-high 107 yards on 12 carries against UAB, which made him the first Vanderbilt player to rush for more than 100 yards in game this season. As a team, the Commodores ran for 206, 39 more than their previous season-high.
“I thought we were able to run the ball a little better [Saturday] night,” coach James Franklin said.
Seymour currently leads the Commodores with 286 rushing yards and is one of six SEC players with at least six touchdowns, which puts him almost halfway to the record of 14 Zac Stacy set last season.
Only LSU’s Jeremy Hill and Texas A&M’s Ben Malena, with seven each, have more rushing touchdowns. Malena has not had a carry for more than 25 yards but Hill’s longest, coincidentally, is 58 yards a week earlier against Kent State. It’s also the longest of his career.
“It was definitely enjoyable,” Seymour said. “It was a credit to the offensive line and all the effort they put in this year. It definitely wouldn't have happened if it weren't for them. I give credit to them the most.”
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