By Chuck Samples/KVOE Sports
Multiple Emporia State University and MIAA records fell as the Hornets overpowered Central Oklahoma 54-38 in Edmond, Okla., on Saturday.
Sophomore quarterback Brent Wilson threw for an ESU- and MIAA-record 522 yards and a conference-record seven touchdowns in the win.
The yardage mark topped the prior ESU record of 471 yards set by Pete Jelovic against Truman State in 1995 and the conference record of 493 yards from Eric Czerniewski in 2010 and Truman State's Matt Ticich in 2007. The touchdown record had been held by six players before Saturday. Brian Shay accounted for seven TDs against Missouri S&T, at the time known as Missouri-Rolla.
Wilson also tacked on 49 rushing yards for 571 total yards, beating the 563 racked up by Mike Burch in 1988 against Washburn. The prior MIAA record was 533 yards set by Missouri Southern's Josh Chapman in 2002.
Ray Ray Davis caught 16 passes for 181 yards and a conference-record five touchdowns as the Hornets amassed 699 yards of total offense. Davis' TD mark tied the school record Bruce Cerone set in 1968 against Central Missouri.
Central Oklahoma led briefly, 7-6, on a 48-yard touchdown pass from Adrian Nelson to Marquez Clark in the first quarter, but ESU scored a couple quick touchdowns to take a 20-7 lead and UCO had to play catchup from there despite finishing with 566 yards offensively.
Nelson was 26-of-42 for 362 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Clark caught 13 balls for 236 yards and a score, while star running back Josh Birmingham rushed for 93 yards and three scores.
Emporia State next faces Northeastern State at 1 pm Sept. 28 at Welch Stadium with the Traditions BBQ following at the Jenkins Ranch. Pregame will be at noon on Mix 104.9 FM and KVOE.com.