Record day for Meachum

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Football - By Scott Eric­son Ser­ic­son@stam­for­dad­vo­cate.com; @Eric­sonS­ports

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.

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