BLUFFTON, Ohio – Quarterback Wesley Hundley set the single-season rushing record, but Bluffton University racked up nearly 600 yards of total offense in a 65-21 victory over the Earlham College football team in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Saturday afternoon.
Hundley finished the game with 105 yards rushing to bring his season total to 924 yards, surpassing Manny Myers' 900 yards rushing in 2005. Hundley's heroics were not enough, however, as Bluffton opened the game with a safety and scored on five of its first six drives.
Trailing 23-0 after one quarter, the Quakers scored on their first two possessions of the second quarter. Hundley found Jamel Barnes and Chancey Cothren on 17-yard touchdown passes to cut the Beaver lead to 30-14. Unfortunately for Earlham, Bluffton scored the final two touchdowns of the first half on passes from Brandon Koch to take a 44-14 lead into halftime.
The Beavers rushing attack came alive in the third quarter as Plummie Gardner found the end zone for an 11-yard score and Darian Greeley scampered for an 86-yard score to conclude the third quarter scoring and put the game out of reach.
Hundley finished with 264 of Earlham's 295 yards (89 percent) while leading the team in passing and rushing. Marcaus Cooper led the receiving core with six catches and a touchdown while Barnes, Cothren and Corey Peters all hauled in four receptions.
Koch completed 21-of-25 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns for the Beavers. Ten of those passes were caught by Micah Roberson for 136 yards and one score. Greeley rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns for Bluffton.
Earlham finishes its 2017 campaign next Saturday in the Battle for the Border Broadsword game against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Kickoff from Darrell Beane Stadium is slated for 1:30 p.m.