Former Pitt running back LeSean McCoy found the end zone for the first time this season when the Buffalo Bills hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. The touchdown put an end to a six-game scoreless streak for McCoy that stretched back to last season.
The running back’s slump saw more than just his touchdown total diminished, though, as he simply couldn’t get much going on the ground from Week 2 to Week 5. However, he was well aware of his struggles and addressed them ahead of the game.
“It’s been long enough," he said, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN. "This is Week 7. I’ve got to get it back. We got to get this rolling."
McCoy's touchdown came in the second quarter of Sunday's game, giving the Bills a 10-6 lead. The one-yard run capped off an impressive drive that included a 23-yard sprint from the ex-Panther — his longest of the day. But McCoy wasn't done.
He would run in one more touchdown from seven yards out to tie the game at 27 late in the fourth quarter. After that, luck appeared to be on Buffalo's side, as Bucs receiver Adam Humphries coughed up a fumble, allowing Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka to seal the game with a kick.
McCoy finished the day with 122 total yards, 91 of which were gained on the ground, making Sunday his best rushing performance since he ran for 110 yards in Week 1.
It also happened to be a historic day for McCoy, as he logged the 2,000th rushing attempt of his career. He's one of just five active players to reach that milestone.
Next week, McCoy will have an opportunity to build on Sunday's success, as the Bills face the Oakland Raiders, who rank 19th in the league in run defense.