The San Francisco 49ers are missing a couple of key names on offense against the Seattle Seahawks in their Week 8 matchup, but undrafted rookie running back JaMycal Hasty stepped up in the first half to help pick up the slack.
Hasty scored his first career touchdown on Sunday, on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. The play briefly gave the Niners the lead, though Seattle quickly answered back before the end of the half.
The 5’8, 205-pound back went undrafted out of Baylor, but signed with San Francisco as a free agent and worked his way up from the practice squad. He entered the day with 103 yards on 20 carries through five games this season, plus a pair of catches for another 25 yards, but he was yet to find the end zone.
That changed against Seattle. Midway through the second quarter, the Niners drove down the field and found themselves at first-and-goal at the 5-yard line. Hasty hurtled himself into the Seahawks defense for a 3-yard gain, and then did so again for a 1-yard pickup that fell just short of the goal line. He tried once more, and the third time was the charm as he finally made it across.
The play was especially impressive due to the move made by Hasty at the end. The Seahawks had him stopped just shy of the line, but before his knee hit the ground he was able to reach his arm out far enough to break the plane with the ball while also keeping full control of it.
Unfortunately, that score is the only one the Niners have managed so far. Seattle leads 13-7 at the half, with Hasty tallying 29 yards on a dozen attempts.