Elijah Mitchell breaks franchise record for most rushing yards by a rookie

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SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 02: Eli Mitchell #25 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter of the game against the Houston Texans at Levi’s Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

SANTA CLARA, CA – 49ers running back and former UL star Elijah Mitchell returned for the first time since Week 13.

In his first game back, Mitchell broke a franchise record.

The Erath native needed 53 yards in Sunday’s game against the Texans to earn the most rushing yards in a single season by a rookie. He put up 119, surpassing the 811 rushing yards by Vic Washington during the 1971 season.

Mitchell now has 878 on the year.

The rookie also had one receiving touchdown in San Francisco’s 23-7 win over Houston.

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