Jay Ajayi, a 2015 fifth-round pick from Boise State, rushed for a career-best 214 yards Sunday against Buffalo to lead the resurgent Dolphins to a 28-25 victory.
Ajayi, who had a then career-best 204 yards rushing against Pittsburgh in last week’s 30-15 victory, became only the fourth player in NFL to rush for 200 or more yards in consecutive games. Ajayi joins O.J. Simpson (1973 and 1976), Earl Campbell (1980) and Ricky Williams (2002) on that select list.
Buffalo entered the game No. 1 in the NFL in rushing at 166 yards. The Dolphins entered No. 31 at 147 yards allowed per game. Yet the Dolphins held Buffalo to 66 rushing yards on 21 carries.
Miami (3-4), who were 2-6 against Buffalo since 2012, are trying to get to .500 by midseason with todays victory.
Buffalo took a commanding 17-6 lead in the third quarter when quarterback Tyrod Taylor found speedster Marquise Goodwin for a 67-yard touchdown against cornerback Byron Maxwell. It appeared safety Michael Thomas was late getting over to help.
Buffalo (4-3), which entered on a four-game win streak, made things interesting late, whittling its deficit to 28-25 with 14 seconds left. Running back Reggie Bush scored on a 1-yard run to cap a 75-yard, 13-play drive that consumed two minutes, 10 seconds, and then had a reception on the two-point conversion.