Record day for Meachum
Sacred Heart University running back Jordan Meachum had no idea he was chasing history Saturday afternoon against Bryant.
The senior just saw giant holes and ran through them.
After breaking out for a 99-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Meachum broke the school record for rushing yards in a game, going for 318 yards on 23 carries. The previous record was 302 yards set by Marvin Royal in 2000.
The Pioneers also set a team record for rushing yards with 538 yards on the ground as Julius Chestnut added 164 yards of his own as they defeated Bryant 47-27 on a rainy, windswept day at Campus Field.
Meachum was already having a stellar day before the 99-yard run, largely due to massive holes opened up by the line.
“It was wide open thanks to the offensive line. They really did their thing up front and I wouldn’t have been able to get it without them,” Meachum said. “That 99-yard run was just a clear hole and they did everything they could and it was great. I had no idea (about the record) I was just out there running and had great blocking up front.”
Partly due to the weather but also because Bryant couldn’t stop the run, SHU only threw the ball three times on the day.
“It was all about execution. Our offensive line did a great job, you can’t ask for anything better and our backs were heading down hill. Anytime you can rush the ball like that, you are in control,” SHU coach Mark Nofri said. “I wasn’t putting the ball in the air if we could get that many yards on the ground, I’ll tell you that.”
The win moves SHU to 3-0 in the NEC.
Things did not begin smoothly for the Pioneers with a turnover on the first snap of the game but little else would not go their way on this day.
Thomas Costigan pounced on an errant snap in the shotgun on the opening play of the game, giving Bryant the ball on the 13yard line.
Four plays later, Alfred Dorbor plowed in from 1-yard out, giving Bryant the early lead.
Sacred Heart answered on a 40-yard touchdown run by Meachum, tying the game with 9:47 to play in the first.
Bryant retook the lead with Brenden Femiano breaking through the line for a 13-yard touchdown run.
On first down of the net drive, Sacred Heart responded when Julius Chestnut busted loose for a 75yard touchdown run down the home sideline, tying it up 14-14.
Chestnut’s second touchdown of the afternoon, this time on 10-yard run, gave the Pioneers their first lead with 9:08 left in the half, though the extra point was blocked by Bryant.
It was then Meachum’s turn again as the senior running back busted loose for a 71-yard touchdown run, putting the Pioneers ahead 27-14 in the second quarter. The run put Meachum over 200 yards rushing with six minutes to go in the half.
Bryant would keep it close, scoring with 10 second remaining in the half with Andrew Schultz catching a 2-yard touchdown pass from Price Wilson, sending the teams to the break with SHU leading 27-20.