TAMPA, FLA. — Having grown up in nearby Lakeland, Fla., Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers represented a homecoming for Ravens veteran running back Justin Forsett.
The 48-17 victory had special meaning for Forsett, who rushed for a season-high 111 yards on 14 carries, including a 52-yard run in the first quarter to set up the Ravens' first touchdown.
Forsett said he dedicated the game to his grandmother, Louise Williams, who is battling Alzheimer's disease.
"I had a lot of family members here, so it was good to be able to put on a show," Forsett said. "I was able to get off the plane and go home and visit my grandma. She's diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and I wanted to dedicate this game to her. I'm keeping her in my mind and in my heart.
"I was getting a little emotional just thinking about her before the game, but I just wanted to keep my composure. I just wanted to make her proud because I knew she was watching."
Forsett's 52-yard run got the Ravens down to the Buccaneers' 15-yard line. It set up wide receiver Torrey Smith's first touchdown.
"It did set the pace," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "It was a statement, no question, because it was important for them to stop the run. Justin reads so well. He reads this scheme so well and he has great vision and he is hard to tackle. No one works harder and he is a heck of a football player."
"The offensive line did a heck of a job," Forsett said. "We knew they were a fast-flowing defense. We were able to crease them up the middle and let them overpursue and get a big run."
This marked Forsett's first 100-yard rushing performance since the 2009 season with the Seattle Seahawks. He has rushed for 408 yards and is on pace to finish the season with 1,088 yards. He's also caught 23 passes for 118 yards.
"We've been champing at the bit to get to that mark this season, and it's just a blessing," Forsett said. "I thank God for the opportunity to just come out here to play and actually run the bal. The offensive line did a heck of a job."