San Diego, CA- Chargers fans you did a great job last week getting undrafted rookie running back Branden Oliver named Pepsi Rookie of the Week and this week lets get it done again. Branden Oliver for the second straight week has been nominated for Pepsi Rookie of the Week, after his tough performance against the Oakland Raiders in Sunday’s 31-28 win.
Undrafted rookie running back Branden Oliver scored the go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run with 1:56 to remaining in the game and rookie 1st round pick Jason Verrett picked off Derek Carr for his first career interception to seal the win for the Chargers.
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With Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown out with injuries, undrafted rookie Branden Oliver continued to carry the Chargers on his back with 101 yards on 26 rushes and scored the game-winning touchdown. Oliver’s stats don’t do enough justice for how well he performed today. Oliver over and over again provided the Chargers with hard-nose runs up the middle to move the chains for the Chargers throughout the game.
Branden Oliver also became the first Chargers rookie running back to have two straight 100 yard rushing games since future Hall-of-Farmer LaDainian Tomlinson during his rookie season in 2001.
Branden Oliver won the award last week after running all over the New York Jets on 19 rushes for 114 yards with one touchdown and four receptions for 68 yards with another touchdown in Sunday’s 31-0 win.Branden Oliver’s 182 yards from scrimmage were the most by a Chargers running back since LaDainian Tomlinson had 197 yards from scrimmage against the Tennessee Titans in 2007.