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Kenyan Drake records second NFL touchdown, lifts Miami over New York Jets

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He was an all-purpose back at Alabama (2012-15) and during Sunday’s contest against the Jets, Kenyan Drake emerged with a game-changing play for the Miami Dolphins. Trailing 23-20 in the fourth quarter, Drake fielded a kick at the four-yard line. His vision would set up the blocks, as he found a crease in the middle of the field.

Upon breaking a few tackles, Drake’s acceleration took him 96 yards for a touchdown. His effort becomes the sixth-longest kickoff return in team history, while giving the Dolphins a 27-23 lead with 5:15 left in regulation.

Crimson Tide fans can attest to the joy Miami feels, being that it watched Drake return a 95-yard kickoff for a score in the College Football Playoff national title game earlier this year. The play in question was Alabama’s 10th non-offensive touchdown and aided it to a 45-40 win over top-ranked Clemson.

Miami’s third-round pick ended the game with 123 kick return yards (61.5 average) on two attempts.

Drake’s play would be the deciding factor, delivering the Dolphins to a 27-23 win.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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