NFL

Jets’ Isaiah Crowell delivers record performance

Crowell, former Alabama State great, has 77-yard touchdown run as he piles up 219 yards against Denver

Isaiah Crowell had a career day Sunday for the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium, setting a franchise rushing record against the vaunted Denver Broncos defense. And he went to work early.

On the Jets’ first possession of the second quarter, Crowell, who signed in the offseason after four seasons in Cleveland, ripped through the Denver defense on a 77-yard touchdown run. It electrified the crowd and signaled to fans it was going to be a really good day. Crowell finished the half with 112 yards and added a 54-yard run in the third quarter. His 219-yard game is the NFL’s best so far this season.

“It means a lot to me [setting the record],” said Crowell, a former running back for the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s Alabama State University. “Really, I just wanted to congratulate my O-line because without them, I wouldn’t be able to do that. They were opening up holes all game. And I felt like JB [offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates] basically committed to the run, and I feel like our O-line did their thing.”

Crowell said they needed to make adjustments after the loss to Jacksonville last week: “Nothing is going to be perfect. Nobody’s perfect. I don’t feel like we’ll ever be perfect, but that’s what you have to do. You have to stay together, stick together as a team, trust one another, and I feel like the sky is the limit.”

After five games, Crowell is the Jets’ top rusher and leads the team with five touchdowns.