hurstathletics.com | 11/8/2014 5:02:00 PM
ERIE, Pa. – They say that records were made to be broken. On Saturday afternoon, redshirt junior quarterback Brendan Boylan nearly broke every single-game passing record in Mercyhurst’s program history.
Boylan eclipsed single-game school records for completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offensive yards, and touchdowns responsible for, in leading the Mercyhurst University football team to its sixth-consecutive victory, a 59-49 shootout over California (Pa.) on a cold, windy afternoon at Tullio Field. With the win, the Lakers clinched their third straight winning season as they improved to 6-4 overall and 6-3 in the PSAC West standings. The Vulcans dropped to 7-3 overall and 6-3 in conference play.
The three consecutive winning seasons are the first since the program rattled off seven straight winning years from 1983 to 1989.
The Independence, Ohio native completed 37-of-49 passes for 544 yards and six touchdowns and then added 19 yards and another score on the ground as he took down record after record on Saturday afternoon. His favorite target, redshirt senior Stephen Yarbrough, also set a school record in the win, recording 238 receiving yards on 12 receptions – three of which went for touchdowns.
All told, the Lakers set a new school record with 640 yards of total offense, breaking their previous record of 628 set against Gannon last season.
But, it certainly wasn’t easy as California jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the opening quarter. James Harris, who had a record-breaking performance himself on Saturday afternoon, connected with Kowan Scott on a nine-yard strike just 2:11 into the game. It was the first of four touchdown passes on the day for Harris, who broke California’s school record with 473 yards passing in the loss.
Mercyhurst responded with a 29-yard field goal by sophomore Dylan Kondis with 7:26 left in the opening quarter to cut the Vulcan lead to 7-3. But, on the visitors’ next drive, Terrell Roberson capped off an 11-play, 77-yard drive with his first of three touchdown runs – a four-yarder – to put California ahead by a 14-3 margin.