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September 24, 1990 - Thurman Rushes For Career High

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

On this date in 1990, Thurman Thomas had his best game as a pro, rushing for a career-high 214 yards against the New York Jets. Thurman picked a great time to have his best performance, as it was shown to a national television audience on Monday Night Football. | Highlights

To that point in his illustrious career, Thomas had never even cracked 150 yards rushing in a single game. In 33 career games he had played prior to taking the field that night, he had accrued seven 100-yard plus games, but his highest single-game total was 148.

Thomas rushed only 18 times on his way to 214 yards, capped by a 60-yard scamper. His 11.9 yards per rush is by far his highest single-game average with more than four carries. The performance was Thomas' second-best day in yards from scrimmage, behind only his 268 yards in the season opener against the Miami Dolphins in 1991.

Thomas didn't score, though, leaving the lone rushing touchdown in the game to backup Kenneth Davis, who had 31 yards of his own on the day. Jaime Mueller added 42 yards on 8 carries to cap the team's 292-yard rushing day. Jim Kelly threw two touchdown passes and Scott Norwood booted three field goals as the Bills scored 30 unanswered points to win 30-7 after the Jets went up a score early.

The Bills would make it to the Super Bowl that year for the very first time, while the Jets finished 6-10.