With his 15th rushing touchdown of the season, Jalen Hurts now stands alone as the quarterback with the most rushing scores in a single season. Hurts scored a one-yard touchdown against the New York Giants on Christmas Day to make the score 7-0 and, in the process, passed Cam Newton in the record books.
Back in 2011, Newton’s rookie year, he rushed for 14 touchdowns on 126 attempts while racking up 706 yards on the ground over 16 games. That broke Steve Grogan’s 1976 record of 12 touchdowns in 14 games and Newton’s most recent competition for the record was, uh, himself in 2020 when he scored 12 times on the ground.
That is until last year, when Hurts ran for 13 TDs in only 15 games. Coming up one touchdown short may have motivated Hurts to get in the end zone as often as possible in 2023 and now he has the single-season record all to himself. Hurts has rushed for 543 yards on 140 carries in 15 games this year.
Interestingly enough, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen could also break Newton’s record this season as he has 13 rushing scores this season which places him in third place all-time. But for now, Hurts is king and has two of the three best rushing TD seasons for a quarterback in NFL history.