Posted October 20, 2013

Alex Smith scores rushing touchdown after faking to … nobody

Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs
Alex Smith trucks into the end zone. (Colin E. Braley/AP)

Alex Smith trucks into the end zone. (Colin E. Braley/AP)

The Houston Texans did not give up rushing touchdowns to quarterbacks Jake Locker, Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick when they played the Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks, and San Francisco 49ers this season. But they did give up a rushing touchdown to quarterback Alex Smith with 59 seconds left in the first half of Sunday’s game — and the way in which Smith did was rather embarrassing to any defense.

The Chiefs went with a little option play, and Smith faked a handoff to  … well, nobody. Running back Jamaal Charles was in the backfield, but he went to Smith’s right before heading left to block Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus. Smith faked to air, paused a second and then rushed easily into the end zone from five yards out as his teammates blocked it to perfection.

The score brought the Chiefs back into the game from a 14-3 deficit. 

Smith has never put up amazing stats as a passer or runner, but it’s worth remembering that he played in a pseudo-spread offense at Utah under Urban Meyer, and he’s athletic enough to give defenses pause when they’re not paying attention.

Lesson learned for the Texans, we think.

7 comments
bambam824
bambam824

Alex Smith may have faked to no one, but he sure faked out Texans' linebacker #59 Whitney Mercilus.

RichardMartinBurnett
RichardMartinBurnett

AWESOME, AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, YET, VERY SIMPLE PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Looks like Texans got caught with their pants down, AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

DSM
DSM

He has had some big runs for a player viewed as a white stiff, notably vs. New Orleans in the playoffs.

AbeAMirehIII
AbeAMirehIII

He faked it to Manti Teo's girlfriend....

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

might explain why Texans are dead last in run defense, real or imaginary they cant stop em

AdamSWalburger
AdamSWalburger

I don't know what game you were watching but the Chiefs never trailed 14-3

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

If there are imaginary girlfriends why not imaginary running backs too.