Herschel Walker continued his assault on his own United States Football League rushing record, rambling for 157 yards and one touchdown as the New Jersey Generals defeated the Orlando Renegades, 24-7, Monday night.
The victory was the Generals’ fourth straight. It raised their record to 7-3 and moved them into a first-place tie in the Eastern Conference with Birmingham and Tampa Bay.
Walker’s two-yard run, fullback Maurice Carthon’s three-yard run, quarterback Doug Flutie’s four-yard pass to tight end Sam Bowers and Roger Ruzek’s 20-yard field goal accounted for New Jersey’s scoring.
Walker has rushed for 1,163 yards this season, gaining 100 yards or more in four straight games.
New Jersey is 6-1 this season in games that Walker has gained at least 100 yards, and 16-3 during his career.
The Generals scored the first time they had the ball, moving 71 yards in nine plays before settling for Ruzek’s field goal. Walker rushed for 61 yards on his first three carries to key the drive.
A 59-yard interception return by Donnell Daniel set up Flutie’s touchdown at 4:18 of the second quarter. Flutie completed 7 of 17 passes for 109 yards and rushed eight times for 67 yards.
Walker, whose fumble killed a Generals’ drive deep in Orlando territory late in the first half, made the score 17-0 at 4:44 of the third quarter, going two yards up the middle to cap a seven-play, 64-yard drive.