It didn’t get the hype that Alabama vs. Michigan got on the college football schedule but in a game between Eureka College and Knox, Eureka quarterback Sam Durley set an unbelievable mark. Durley and his Red Devils teammates defeated Knox by a score of 62-55 but it was the box score that left you amazed.
Durley threw for five touchdowns and a NCAA record 736 passing yards. 736!!!
Durley was so dominant in the game that he didn’t even know how impressive he was playing.
“I thought maybe high 300s,” Durley said of his yardage total. “We were so focused on driving down the field and getting the win. They told me afterward and I was pretty speechless. It’s definitely something that’s pretty cool.
The fact we have more depth at receiver this year was big,” Durley said. “Every coverage they gave us we found the openings and the receivers made plays.
“The corners bailed a lot and left the flats open. All of our receivers are so athletic. Everyone can make a play. I would throw a seven-yard hitch and they would break a tackle and get down the field.
“The whole thing today was the receivers playing great and the line gave me plenty of time to throw.”
Two Eureka wide receivers hauled in more than two-hundred yards. Jordan Kindred caught 13 passes for 238 yards while Jake Bane caught seven passes for 207 yards and the game-winning touchdown. It’s hard to believe but Kindred was playing in the first organized football game of his life.
To make Durley’s performance even more impressive, he was calling all of the plays on his own. Head coach Kurt Barth also coached Durley in high school and put the entire offense in his quarterback’s hands.
“He was calling everything on his own,” Barth said. “He did a fantastic job of seeing the field and reading the defense. I’ve been with Sam for eight years and it was by far the best game he’s played.
“He was just crystal clear on his reads and he stayed within himself. I’ve talked to him about taking advantage of stuff underneath and just moving the ball around to our receivers and letting them do a little bit of the work.”
Eureka College had a total of 821 offensive yards which set the school record. It will be tough for them to follow up this performance next week.