Hardin-Simmons running back Jaquan Hemphill has record setting performance

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MARSHALL,​ ​Texas-​ ​​With​ ​many eyes on ​Division​ ​I ​college​ ​football​ ​games​ ​Saturday,​ ​a​ ​Division​ ​III​college football​ ​running​ ​back​ ​had​ ​the​ ​performance​ ​of​ ​a​ ​lifetime,​ ​without​ ​the​ ​spotlight.​ ​Jaquan​ ​Hemphill of​ ​Hardin-Simmons​ ​University​ ​went​ ​absolutely​ ​bananas​ ​against​ ​East​ ​Texas​ ​Baptist​ ​University, setting​ ​11​ ​records​ ​leading​ ​the​ ​Cowboys​ ​to​ ​a​ ​80-42​ ​victory​ ​over​ ​the​ ​Tigers.

Hemphill​ ​rushed​ ​for​ ​293​ ​yards​ ​and​ ​8​ ​touchdowns,​ ​which​ ​tied​ ​the​ ​school​ ​and​ ​ADC​ ​Conference record​ ​for​ ​most​ ​touchdowns​ ​in​ ​a​ ​game.​ ​The​ ​48​ ​points​ ​that​ ​he​ ​scored​ ​tied​ ​the​ ​NCAA​ ​record​ ​and the​ ​7​ ​rushing​ ​touchdowns​ ​tied​ ​the​ ​ASC​ ​record​ ​for​ ​most​ ​rushing​ ​touchdowns​ ​in​ ​a​ ​game.​ The Coleman High School grad also managed​ ​to​ ​break​ ​one​ ​of​ ​his​ ​own​ ​records, accumulating ​357​ ​total​ ​yards​ ​in the win, surpassing​ ​the​ previous record of ​342 total​ ​yards​.

Photo: Courtesy of Hardin-Simmons Athletics

During​ ​the​ ​first​ ​quarter​ ​of​ ​the​ ​game​ ​Saturday,​ ​Hemphill​ ​rushed​ ​for​ ​two​ ​one ​yard​ ​touchdowns​ ​and added​ ​another​ ​from​ ​four ​yards​ ​out.​ ​The​ ​Cowboys​ ​were​ ​able​ ​to​ ​take​ ​a​ ​21-7​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​end​ ​the​ ​quarter. In the​ ​second​ ​quarter​, the​ ​Cowboys​ ​would build on ​their​ ​lead​ ​and​ ​Hemphill​ ​tacked​ ​on another​ ​rushing​ ​touchdown​ ​from​ ​four ​yards​ ​out​ ​and​ ​caught​ ​a​ ​64​-yard​ ​pass​ ​from​ ​QB​ ​Ty​ ​Hooper.

On​ ​the​ ​first​ ​possession​ ​of​ ​the​ ​second​ ​half,​ ​Hemphill​ ​wasted​ ​no​ ​time​ ​adding​ ​to​ ​his resume,​ ​taking​ ​the​ ​ball​ ​89​ ​yards​ ​for​ ​a​ ​score​ ​on​ ​the​ ​first​ ​play​ ​of​ ​the​ ​third​ ​quarter.​ ​Hemphill​ ​was able​ ​to​ ​score​ ​two​ ​more​ ​times​ ​before​ ​the​ ​Cowboys​ ​secured​ ​the​ ​victory​ ​on​ ​touchdown​ ​runs​ ​of​ ​three and​ ​78​ ​yards.

After​ ​all​ ​was​ ​said​ ​and​ ​done,​ ​Jaquan​ ​Hemphill​ ​at​ ​obtained​ ​the​ ​current​ ​records:
● 8​ ​touchdowns​ ​(school​ ​record​ ​&​ ​ASC​ ​Conference​ ​tie​ ​with​ ​Dominique​ ​Carson)
● 7​ ​rushing​ ​touchdowns​ ​(school​ ​&​ ​ASC​ ​record)
● 48​ ​points​ ​(ties​ ​NCAA​ ​record)
● 293​ ​rushing​ ​yards​ ​(broke​ ​the​ ​record​ ​of​ ​278​ ​set​ ​by​ ​Doc​ ​Mobley​ ​set​ ​in​ 1942)
● 357​ ​total​ ​yards​ ​(breaking​ ​his​ ​own​ ​record​ ​of​ ​342​ ​total​ ​yards)

Hardin-Simmons​ ​moves​ ​to​ ​4-0​ ​overall and ​3-0​ ​in​ ​conference​ ​play​ ​and​ ​will​ ​host​ ​rival​ ​and defending​ Division III national champions Mary Hardin-Baylor on ​Saturday​ ​in Abilene.

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