Pirates’ Johnson only getting better

Published 2:13 pm Tuesday, November 27, 2007

By By KEVIN TRAVIS, Sports Editor
GREENVILLE — Chris Johnson is capping his career at East Carolina in style.
The ECU senior running back galloped for 155 yards and two scores on 27 carries in a 35-12 win over Tulane on Saturday in his final game at Dowdy-Ficken Stadium. Johnson added four catches for 85 yards and another score, fittingly capping the scoring with a 33-yard TD reception.
It was just another monstrous outing from Johnson in what has been a monstrous season.
Holtz said Johnson’s success didn’t come overnight.
Johnson has rushed for 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns on 208 carries (5.8 average).
He’s added 34 receptions, second best on the team, for 496 yards and five more scores.
Johnson also has 856 kickoff return yards (28.5 average) and another touchdown, giving him 22 touchdowns and 2,552 all-purpose yards.
Johnson has utilized his speed and power to put up his big numbers this year.
Johnson, who holds the school-record in all-purpose yards (6,585 yards) and kickoff return yards (2,562), continues his assault on the record books. With his three touchdowns on Saturday, he now has a school-best 42 touchdowns. Johnson’s 252 total points is second best all time behind kicker Kevin Miller (287).
He’s now fifth all-time in rushing with 2,759 yards.
Johnson, whose 301 rushing yards earlier this season is second best in a single game by a Pirate, is sixth in receptions with 122.
Johnson will be continue that assault in the upcoming bowl game.