MARSHALL, Texas- With many eyes on Division I college football games Saturday, a Division IIIcollege 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.
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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