COMMERCE, Texas -- Texas A&M-Commerce opened the 2014 season in record-breaking fashion beating East Texas Baptist in a 98-20 rout setting a new NCAA Division II record for total offense with 986 yards on Thursday night at Memorial Stadium.
To go along with the NCAA record for total offense, the Lions set LSC record for points scored with 98, tied the touchdown record with 13, broke the record for the most point after attempts with 13 and tied the record with 11 PATs made. The A&M-Commerce record book was rewritten for most points in a half with 57 in the first half.
Tyrik Rollison, who completed 26 of 33 of his passes for 562 and six touchdowns, paved the way for the Lions with his arm. On the ground, the Lions produced 405 yards as three players turned in 100 yard performances -- Joe Bergeron with 137 yards and two TDs, Richard Cooper with 118 yards and two TDs, and Theo Wofford with 103 yards and two TDs on only nine carries.
"I have to give all the credit to my teammates on the edge catching passes and the offensive line for giving us time to work," Rollison said.
Rollison broke the school record for passing yards and total offensive yards, tied the record for TD passes and broke the record for yards per attempt with 17 yards per pass attempt. As a team, the Lions snapped the net passing yards record with 590 yards through the air. Bergeron and Wofford each broke the record for yards per carry in single-game, but Wofford out ran the veteran back averaging 11.4 yards per game. The Lions also snapped the school record for yards per play with 12.7 yards per play. As a unit, the offense ran 81 plays snapping the total plays in game record.
LSC and school records shattered Thursday night in 98-20 win. pic.twitter.com/vdxdMcVH8K— A&M-Commerce FB (@Lions_FB) September 5, 2014
Three receivers tallied more than 100 yards from Rollison's arm. Vernon Johnson hauled in six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. Seth Smith caught four passes for 132 and two scores, and Ricky Collins grabbed four passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
The Lion offense opened the game with consecutive scores including four touchdowns. Three of the four touchdown drives were two plays or less. A&M-Commerce put the ball on the ground found times with three of the times resulting in turnovers. ETBU halted one drive with a fourth down stop.
With offense grabbing the headlines, the Lion defense proved to be stout, as well. A&M-Commerce forced ETBU into 10 consecutive punts spanning from the five and a half minute mark in the 2nd quarter through the final horn. The Tigers could only convert on four of their 21 third-down attempts.
Charles Woods, in his Lion debut, racked 10 total tackles including eight solo tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack. Charles Tuaau racked up a team-high three tackles for loss including two sacks forcing the Tiger quarterbacks to lose 19 yards.
A&M-Commerce will travel to NCAA FCS member Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.