Working his way back from injury, Reggie Bush had his best game of the 2010 season on Sunday, gaining 125 yards from scrimmage. Bush amassed 70 yards rushing on nine carries for a hefty 7.8 yards per attempt, and hauled in 55 receiving yards to lead the New Orleans Saints in yards from scrimmage in Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also recovered a fumble and returned one punt for seven yards.
Bush had a 10-yard reception on the Saints’ lone touchdown drive yesterday, which occurred on New Orleans’ first offensive series. The all-purpose back also notched a 19-yard catch later in the first quarter and an 11-yard run in the second quarter.
But Bush’s biggest plays were still ahead of him. In the third quarter, he exploded for a 23-yard scamper off guard. Then, on the first play of the fourth quarter, he caught a 20-yard pass. The drive ended with a 38-yard field goal by Garrett Hartley. Bush accounted for 42 of the drive’s 54 yards.
Even though the Saints started pulling key players in the fourth quarter, Bush wasn’t done. His final burst came on a 10-yard run off left tackle in the fourth quarter.
Bush finished the 2010 season with 150 yards rushing on 36 attempts; his 23-yard dash against the Buccaneers was his longest run of the campaign. He also caught 34 passes for 208 yards and one touchdown. Although the tallies are modest, they did push Bush over the 2,000 yard plateau in both career rushing yards and career receiving yards. The RB has now scored 17 rushing touchdowns and 12 receiving touchdowns in his career.
Bush’s lone touchdown of the 2010 regular season came in the Saints’ Week 2 victory in San Francisco against the 49ers, when Bush caught a 6-yard dart from Brees, juked 49ers heralded linebacker Patrick Willis to the outside and beat him to the inside for a touchdown. But Bush also broke his right leg against San Francisco and missed the next eight games.
Now healthy and headed into the playoffs with his best game of the season, Bush faces former USC head coach Pete Carroll, who now helms the Seahawks. It will be the second time this season the pair has met in a game since they were together at USC. The Saints beat the Seahawks 34-19 in a Week 11 contest in New Orleans. Bush entered the NFL in 2006, while Carroll left USC after the 2009 season to become the Seahawks coach.
Reggie Bush USC Stats w/ Pete Carrol
- 908 rushing yards
- 509 receiving yards
- 6 rushing touchdowns
- 7 receiving touchdowns
- 2 punt return touchdowns
- 1 passing touchdown
- 1740 rushing yards
- 478 receiving yards
- 16 rushing touchdowns
- 2 receiving touchdowns
- 1 punt return touchdown
Even though the Saints lost yesterday, it did not impact their playoff seeding. The Saints (the No. 5 NFC seed) play the Seahawks (the No. 4 NFC seed) in Seattle Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET. New Orleans was locked into the fifth seed by virtue of Atlanta’s 31-10 victory against Carolina yesterday.
The Saints, who finished 5-3 at home and 11-5 overall, sat several of their starters in the fourth quarter, including Drew Brees.
The Saints lost two of their last three games and have yet to win a playoff road game. But the Super Bowl Champions appear primed to snap that streak thanks to Brees’ clutch play, Bush’s emergence in the offense and a defense that finished fourth in total yards allowed and passing yards allowed in 2010.
Simmer on some Reggie Bush highlights from the Saints 2009 Superbowl run:
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