Sunday, September 30, 2012
Bolden, Ridley run wild over Bills
By Field Yates
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- For the first time in 32 years, the Patriots had two players rush for more than 100 yards in a game, as both Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden cracked the century mark in the team's 52-28 thumping of the Bills.
Bolden rumbled for 137 yards on 16 carries, with Ridley chipping in 106 yards on 22 carries.
Brandon Bolden had a career game against Buffalo, running for 137 yards on 16 carries.
It was the first 100-yard game of Bolden's career, and Ridley's second, after he totaled 106 yards in the season opener against Tennessee. Both were quick to credit their offensive line and teammates for their work.
"It was a great job by the offensive line," Bolden said. "Just giving space to the runners, it wasn't just me, it was almost every back that got back there. Everybody had an opportunity, everybody had a chance, we just had to capitalize."
"Those guys did an exceptional job up front, we played well as an offense," Ridley added. "We got off to a slow start, but it's not how you start, it's how you finish."
Despite falling behind by 14 points early in the third quarter, the Patriots remained committed to running the football. When asked if he liked that approach, Ridley said he was just focused on making the most of whatever opportunities he received.
"That's not really my call, but it was good to get your number called, and it's good that they leaned on the running back room this week," he continued. "And we went out there and just made plays when they call our number, and that's all we can do. When they call our number, we have to go out there and be the players that we are."
Asked about how important it was to stick with the running game, Bolden echoed Ridley's sentiments. "You've got to ask the OC, you've got to ask Bill, I have no idea," he said. "Like I said, I was just doing what I was asked to do."
The Patriots offense scored touchdowns on six consecutive drives in the second half, and Bolden credits the team's composure as a reason they were able to put up 35 unanswered points during that stretch.
"You've got to keep your composure no matter what happens on the field," he said. "You could've been down four touchdowns, you could've been down 10 touchdowns. Everybody's just got to keep your composure and go out there and do your job."
Ridley stressed the importance of playing for 60 minutes when dissecting how the Patriots were able to reverse their offensive fortunes.
"It's called playing 'til the end, that's why they play four quarters of football," he said, then added, "you have four quarters to go out there and play ball, 60 minutes, and that's what we have to do to play ball."
When asked if it was more of a mental or physical adjustment for the offense in the second half, Ridley joked, "I'm not Dr. Phil, man. I just go out there and play ball."