MNF moments, No. 26: Campbell answers
August, 13, 2014
By John Parolin, ESPN Stats & Info | ESPN.com
AP PhotoTo celebrate the 45th season of "Monday Night Football," a panel of ESPN.com contributors has selected the 45 most memorable moments in MNF history. Follow along as we reveal one per day and count down to this season's MNF debut.
No. 26: Oilers 35, Dolphins 30 | Nov. 20, 1978
Only three players have ever rushed for four touchdowns on "Monday Night Football": Emmitt Smith in 1995, Eric Dickerson in 1988 and Earl Campbell in 1978.
Smith's and Dickerson's performances were parts of blowouts, as their teams won by a combined 67 points. But the Oilers needed all four of Campbell's scores to get past the Miami Dolphins.
Campbell's first three touchdowns against the Dolphins either tied the game or gave the Oilers the lead. A 1-yard run tied the game at 7-7 in the first quarter. A 6-yard run would give the Oilers a 21-14 lead in the third, and a 12-yard run put the Oilers up by five in the fourth.
Campbell's last touchdown was the most impressive: an 81-yarder that would seal the victory for Houston. Campbell finished the game with 199 rushing yards, and the four touchdowns were a career best. Not bad for a rookie playing his 11th NFL game.
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