The Pittsburgh Steelers are not only one of the better run franchises in the National Football League, they are one of the more successful too. Part of what has made them a great team is the emphasis the team has always placed on the running game. That emphasis really came out on October 7th, 1979 when the team rushed the ball for 362 total yards.
The Steelers were on the road that day, playing against their rivals the Cleveland Browns. Terry Bradshaw, the team’s quarterback, had a great career and that day he added another three touchdown passes to his career numbers. Pittsburgh would end up winning the game by the score of 51 to 35, but it had a lot more to do with the team’s running backs that day.
Future Hall of Famer Franco Harris would finish the game having carried the ball 19 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns, including one that was 71 yards in length.
Backup running back Sidney Thornton would carry the ball 18 times that day and just miss a 100 yard performance, finishing with 98 yards and one touchdown.
Fullback Rocky Bleier had just four carries that day, but thanks to a 70 yard touchdown run he would finish with 81 total yards.
Even Greg Hawthorne got in on the action that day, carrying the ball four times for 29 yards.
As a team, the Steelers would finish with 45 carries for 361 yards and four touchdowns. Cleveland’s Brian Sipe had a great game, throwing for 351 yards, but even that performance couldn’t top how many yards the Steelers running backs would run for that day.