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Mathews ensures second 1,000-yard season


With 127 yards in a 27-17 win on the road over the Denver Broncos, West graduate and former Fresno State standout Ryan Mathews ensured his second 1,000-yard season of his NFL career on Thursday.

Mathews led the Chargers with 29 carries for 127 yards and a touchdown.

“The big guys up front did a good job just opening up holes,” Mathews told the NFL Network following the game. “There were a lot of tough yards out there and everyone did their own job.”

The Bakersfield native now has 1,012 yards and five touchdowns while averaging 4.3 yards per carry on the season with two games remaining.

“He’s worked extremely hard, he’s had a great year, he’s bought in what we’re doing and we’ll let him ride,” said Chargers head coach Mike McCoy.

Two years ago Mathews rushed for 1,091 yards and six touchdowns for the 2011 season, despite missing two games.

If Mathews plays in the 7-7 Chargers’ final two games this year, it will be his first season he played in all 16 regular season games.

Last year he rushed for 707 yards and just one touchdown in 12 games of action.

After struggling to hold on to the ball early on in his career—fumbling five times each of those first two years—Mathews has only fumbled twice the past two seasons.

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