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Frank Gore Beats Texans Tough D-Line

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Frank Gore racked up 81 more yards on the ground and recorded his third rushing touchdown of the young season on Sunday night.

Frank Gore asked a meaningful question on Sunday night after another strong individual performance.

“If it’s not there,” he said of running room, “what can I do?”

Fortunately for the 49ers, the running back’s query was a rhetorical.

Gore carried the ball 17 times for 81 yards a first-quarter touchdown in San Francisco’s 34-3 victory over the visiting Houston Texans. Yes, thanks to his blockers – right guard Alex Boone pulling to the left here, fullback Bruce Miller charging into a linebacker there – the franchise’s all-time leading rusher had his lanes.

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That’s not to say it was easy.

“I have to give it to the Texans,” Gore said of the J.J. Watt-led group. “Their ‘d-line’ is good. That was probably the best front we’ve went through all year so far.

“Everybody knew coming into the season that my ‘o-line’ is one of the best in the league. Once I get going, it’s hard to stop me.”

That it was. Gore finished the 49ers first offensive drive of the game, a 12-play, 65-yard journey, with a one-yard run into the end zone behind Boone.

Plus, he ran for 26 yards on one second-quarter play, and his 16-yard scamper later in the period preceded reserve running back Anthony Dixon’s two-yard touchdown run.

As much as Sunday night’s game was about a defense wreaking havoc – the 49ers unit created four turnovers – it was also about a running game making sure those turnovers weren’t wasted.

“The one thing I think we can pride ourselves on is our run game,” Boone said of the Greg Roman-coordinated unit. “We have the best running back in the NFL and a physical offensive line. So that’s one thing we’ve got to stick with, and I thought ‘G-Ro’ did a great job of dialing it up.”

For Gore, this was his second best outing of the five-week-old season. No. 21 ran for 153 yards on 20 carries in the team’s Week 4 win over St. Louis.

The 49ers host another division rival, the Arizona Cardinals, in Week 6. With the Seattle Seahawks (4-1) losing in Indianapolis in Week 5, the 49ers are now one game back of first place in the NFC West.

“In this league, it’s always great when you get a win,” Gore said. “We can’t think about Seattle right now. We have to think about ourselves.

“We’re the 49ers. When we’re on, we can do what we want to do.”
 

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