Cordell finishes as prolific passer

November 19th, 2013

Tusculum’s Bo Cordell set an NCAA Division II record for career total offense in his final college game Saturday while throwing for 569 yards in a 49-42 victory over Mars Hill in Greeneville.

Cordell was 34-of-56 pa ssi ng w it h five touchdowns and two interceptions.

Cordell fi nished his career with 16,432 total yards to break the previous best set by Jimmy Terwilliger, who had 16,064 yards for East Stroudsburg from 2003 – 06.

The Pioneers scored the final 21 points of the game against Mars Hill, including Fernando Smith’s 1-yard touchdown run with 3:10 remaining for the game-winning score.

Tusculum (4-7, 2-5 South Atlantic Conference) snapped a five -ga me losing streak and ended a three-game skid against the Lions (3-8, 1-6).

The two teamscombined for more than 1 , 200 tota l offensive ya rds as the Pioneers accumulated 665 yards (third most in school history), while the Lions had 545 (439 passing, 106 rushing).

Cordell’s five TD passes gave him 112 for his career, breaking the SAC record of 111 held by former Presbyterian College great Todd Cunningham (1998-2001).

Cordell already owned the NCAA Division II career records for yards passing and pass complet ion s . Cordel l’s fi n a l career totals rank him third in yards passing (16,265) and completions (1,397) a nd fourth in tota l offense among all players regardless of classification .

Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum holds the NCAA overall career records in completions, yards passing and total offense. Keenum threw 1,546 completions for 19,217 yards and gained 20,114 yards in total offense for Houston from 2007-1 1 .

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