Prior to last week, seven athletes shared the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association record of six touchdown passes in a single game.
In just his third starting game as quarterback, sophomore Brent Wilson broke that record, along with two others, leading the Hornets to a 54-38 victory over Central Oklahoma.
“It was a team record,” Wilson said in an interview with Media Relations after the game. “We couldn’t do that without the entire team – the defense giving us stops and all the receivers giving us some big time plays.”
Wilson also had 522 yards passing, breaking the MIAA prior record set in 2007. He finished the night with 571 total yards, breaking yet another record.
The sophomore quarterback was not the only record breaker for the night. Ray Ray Davis, senior wide receiver, had five touchdown receptions, breaking the prior MIAA record of four, shared by six players.
The Hornets took an early lead over Central Oklahoma, scoring on their first three possessions, leading after the first quarter 20-7. The Bronchos held the Hornets to a touchdown in the second, but the Hornets bounced back in the third, scoring 24 points. Eli Kuhns, senior kicker, had the only points in the fourth with a 27-yard field goal to end the game 54-38.
Wilson threw 38 of 47 for the night and had 49 yards rushing. Austin Willis, senior wide receiver, with eight receptions and 196 yards. Davis had a career high 16 receptions and 181 yards. The win moved the Hornets to 3-0 for the season, putting them on track for another record year.
Even though ESU is working on another winning season, they will be down one game from a year ago. According to Don Weast, director of Media Relations, the Hornets will sit out week eight, after the University of Nebraska Omaha moved to division one and Truman State moved to the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
“I just felt bad for the kids. You know, they got a tenth of their season taken away from them,” said Kent Weiser, director of athletics. “That’s like the basketball team losing three games. Another thing that’s bad about it is it loses the university close to $10,000.”
ESU would have hosted the game, which explains the $10,000 loss. Although he was shorted a game, Wilson said he was not upset and will use the week off to better prepare for their week nine game against Missouri Western State, who gave the Hornets one of their two losses last season.
Going into week four, the Hornets get ready to host Northeastern State Sept. 28.