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Southern Miss product Jalen Richard makes strong NFL debut

Oakland Raiders running back Jalen Richard (30) breaks for a touchdown past New Orleans Saints defensive back De 'Vante Harris (21) and cornerback Ken Crawley (46) in the second half of a game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday.
Oakland Raiders running back Jalen Richard (30) breaks for a touchdown past New Orleans Saints defensive back De 'Vante Harris (21) and cornerback Ken Crawley (46) in the second half of a game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday. Associated Press

Jalen Richard's NFL career began with a bang Sunday in his first game as a member of the Oakland Raiders.

A late touchdown by Richard helped spark his new team to a 35-34 win over the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome.

The former Southern Miss standout ran 75 yards for a touchdown on his first career carry to tie the game at 27-27 with 8:26 remaining. It was a run up the middle for Richard, who broke through a couple of arm tackles to get in the open field and run away from the Saints defense.

Richard also had a long punt return earlier in the game, but it was called back due to a holding penalty.

The Alexandria, La., native finished with three rushes for 84 yards and a touchdown and also had three catches for 11 yards.

You can watch Richard's big touchdown run here.

Richard battled through injuries during his time at USM, but had an outstanding senior year. He ran 185 times for 1,098 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015. He also had 30 catches for 284 yards and two scores.

Richard earned a spring tryout with the Raiders and landed a free agent contract. He made the final cut a week ago and landed on the team's 53-man roster.

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