Division 3 Knox and Eureka mixed it up yesterday and tallied 117 points in a 62 - 55 Red Devils’ victory. Not much defense.
Eureka quarterback Sam Durley completed 34 of 52 passes for 736 yards and five touchdowns. The total broke the NCAA all-time all-levels record for passing yards in a single game, topping Menlo College quarterback Zamir Amin's 2000 record of 731 yards.
"I was just so focused on getting a win," Durley told the Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star. "We needed a start the season with a win. I was worried about the defense getting a stop and they finally camp up big (in the fourth quarter). I just wanted to keep moving the ball. I couldn't ask for a better line and receiving corps. Everyone did their part and good things happened."
Eureka finished with 821 total offensive yards (a school record), and Durley also became the school's all-time passing leader for yards, attempts, and touchdowns in the game.
"Both teams played hard," Eureka coach Kurt Barth said after the game. "It just came down to who had the ball in the end. Offensively I don't think we could have played any better.
"Boy did Sam have a fantastic game. He called a lot of his own plays all through the game. I haven't seen him play better."
For more on Durley's historic performance, check out the release at Eureka.edu