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Historic First Half Vaults Cook on Vikings Career Rushing List

MINNEAPOLIS — Have a half, Dalvin Cook.

The Vikings running back returned to the lineup Thursday after a one-week absence and rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in the first half against the Steelers.

Cook's first carry of the game gained 20.

It was a sign of things to come. He rushed for at least 9 yards on seven rushes, highlighted by a 29-yard touchdown scamper.

Cook reached the end zone again with 2:20 remaining in the first half on a 7-yard run.

His final run of the first half gained 9 and gave him 153 for a franchise record in a first half.

Cook topped the 144 gained by Adrian Peterson at Seattle on Nov. 4, 2012.

Peterson has the most rushing yards by a Viking in any half with 253 in the second half against the Chargers on the way to his single-game NFL record of 296 in 2007.

Cook's climbed the Vikings career leaderboard in the process of his big half.

View game action photos between the Vikings and Steelers during the Thursday Night Football matchup at U.S. Bank Stadium.

He entered the game needing 113 yards to overtake Ted Brown for fifth in Vikings history. Brown totaled 4,546 yards for Minnesota from 1979-86.