Div. II Texas A&M Commerce Sets NCAA Yardage Record, Almost Scores 100

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Texas A&M Commerce came 14 yards shy of 1,000 yards and two points away from 100 points Thursday night against East Texas Baptist University. Shout-out to @TexasHSFootball for discovering this gem:

The Lions’ 986 yards didn’t just set the NCAA Div. II record–their total smashed the old mark by 76.

Hanover held the previous record for an astounding 66 years, per the NCAA record book, rolling up 910 yards in just 75 plays against Franklin on Oct. 30, 1948.

It’s not exactly Georgia Tech vs. Cumberland College, but the word “blowout” doesn’t accurately describe a score this lopsided.

This is the kind of final you can expect to see crawl past ESPN’s Bottom Line in November when some poor MAAC team is paired up with UConn in an early-season women’s basketball tournament.

The achievement loses some of its weight given that ETBU is a Div. III program coming off a 3-7 2013 in which it lost games to Mary-Hardin Baylor and Hardin-Simmons by a combined 93 points.

As an NCAA D-III member, ETBU does not award athletic scholarship. Certainly the Tigers have no former Texas Longhorns recruits among their ranks, as A&M Commerce features.

That’s right: The first Lion to reached the end zone might sound familiar–it was none other than Joe Bergeron.

Bergeron was a primary weapon in the Texas Longhorns offense in 2012, particularly in goal-line situations. He scored 16 rushing touchdowns that season. In 2011 and 2013, Bergeron ran for more than 800 combined yards.

He scored twice for A&M Commerce Thursday night and averaged more than 10 yards on his 13 carries for a game-high 137 yards. Bergeron was one of three Lions to eclipse the century-mark on the ground.

Not a bad debut for Bergeron, one of the many Longhorns new head coach Charlie Strong dispatched in his initiative to clean up the program.

Mark Oct. 18 on your calendars: that’s when Joe Bergeron and Texas A&M Commerce faces West Texas A&M, which added former Northwestern star and one-time Heisman Trophy dark-horse Venric Mark.