Another 100-yard rushing game for Stacy spoiled by loss

News-DemocratNovember 3, 2013 

— Rookie Zac Stacy has breathed life into the St. Louis Rams' rushing attack.

Stacy rushed for 127 yards and the Rams' first two rushing touchdowns of the season in a 28-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Stacy, who was taken in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft out of Vanderbilt, also had six catches for 51 yards, giving him 178 yards from scrimmage.

"From the moment Zac Stacy took over that No. 1 spot, he's been a great weapon for us," Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens said. "He's a good back, he's also very good out of the backfield as you saw today. We're lucky to have him. He's stepped up in a big way."

Stacy has accounted for 475 of the Rams' 854 rushing yards this season despite not assuming a starting role until Week 5.

The Rams were the last of the 32 NFL teams to rush for a touchdown, but Stacy broke the drought with a 3-yard run in the second quarter. He added a 9-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

"Just making plays, that's what it all comes down to," Stacy said. "Week-in and week-out, we stress making plays all across the offensive room. There's no secret sauce to what I am doing, just making plays."

Stacy had a 32-yard run during a touchdown drive that enabled the Rams to tie the score at 21-21 in the fourth quarter.

"That was a great run," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "That's what he is about. (Austin Pettis) threw a nice block at the end and (Jarred Cook) got involved. That was an outstanding run. It gave us a chance. It sparked that drive for us."

Despite being only 5-foot-8, 214 pounds, Stacy has shown the ability to break tackles and pick up extra yards.

"You got to have that pride and that mentality to get yards after contact," Stacy said. "You have defenders in this league, who are great athletes. It's just a pride and mentality that you have about yourself."

Stacy has rushed over 100 yards in each of his last two games, but they've both been losses.

"Anytime you lose, it's not a great feeling whatsoever," Stacy said. "We have a pretty good amount of football left, so we just have to keep plugging and working throughout the week. We'll get this thing going."

Stacy had 26 carries for 134 yards in a 14-9 loss to the Seahawks on Monday night.

"The stuff we are doing out there in the games is the same stuff we are doing during practice," Stacy said. "Getting great looks with the scout team, and just coming out with the mentality that we want to establish the run.

"Obviously, that opens up the passing game and gets us moving a little bit."

Reunion, what reunion?

True to his comments all week, Fisher downplayed going against his former team.

"This was another opponent," said Fisher, who coached the Titans for 17 seasons. "We worked and we worked. We came back on a short week against a good opponent and (we) didn't get it done. So, we have a normal week this week and we're getting ready for the (Indianapolis) Colts."

Oddly, Fisher did say that he thought the loss would linger longer than a normal one for several former Titans on the Rams' roster.

"They're pros," Fisher said. 'They don't anything differently week to week, but yeah, they were excited. I think this one probably at the end of the day is going to last a little longer, hurt a little more because it was important to them."

Quick hits

Running back Daryl Richardson, who has been nursing a foot injury, was among the Rams' inactives for their game against the Tennessee Titans.

Also inactive for the Rams were: guard Harvey Dahl (knee), quarterback Brady Quinn (hip), guard-center Barrett Jones, guard-tackle Mike Person, defensive tackle Matt Conrath and defensive end Gerald Rivers.

Shelley Smith started at right guard in place of Dahl.

* Both the Rams and the Titans had exactly 363 yards of offense in the game.

* Rams defensive tackle Kendall Langford had two sacks. He has three sacks on the season, equaling his career-high.

* Linebacker James Laurinaitis was the Rams' leading tackler with nine takedowns. He also had his second sack of the season.

* Stacy is the first Rams rookie running back to post back-to-back 100-yard rushing games since Steven Jackson in 2004.

* There was a moment of silence before the start of the game in memory of Titans owner Bud Adams, who died on Oct. 21.

* Former Rams offensive lineman Andy McCollum (1999-07) received a loud ovation when he was recognized on the field in the first quarter.

Contact reporter Steve Korte at skorte@bnd.com or 239-2522.

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