PINEVILLE, La. – Louisiana College quarterback Ben McLaughlin needing to pass for 77 yards in order to set the new career passing yards record for the American Southwest Conference. He wound up shattering the record with a 491-yard, six-touchdown performance in a 62-28 win over Howard Payne.
McLaughlin, who went 34-for-48 with one interception on the game, completed a pass to 11 different receivers, most notably Darnell Williams
who hauled in eight passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns, including what turned out to be the record-breaking reception for McLaughlin, a 75-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
It was a completion that put McLaughlin over the 10,246 career passing yards Howard Paynes Adam King passed for from 2001-04.
By game's end McLaughlin had set the new record at 10,660 yards and counting to go along with 96 passing touchdowns.
McLaughlin and Williams also connected on touchdowns of 20 and six yards and the new record holder found Cortland Bell
(25 yards), Matt Albrecht (17 yards) and Chad Hindman (38 yards) for one touchdown apiece.
The Wildcats's offense, which totaled 674 combined yards (491 passing and 192 rushing), produced nine total touchdowns on the day, McLaughlin's six passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown apiece from McLaughlin (one yard), tailback Daron Bartholomew
(one yard) and fullback Orry Landry.
With the win, the Wildcats to improved to 3-3 overall and 3-1 in the American Southwest Conference. Howard Payne fell to 2-5 overall and 1-4 in the ASC.
The Wildcats struck pay dirt first, with a one-yard run from Bartholomew that capped a five-play, 56-yard on the opening drive of the game.
Howard Payne countered with a five-yard touchdown run by Zack Hubbard at the back end of a six-play, 58-yard drive.
The teams would then trade touchdowns, with Williams catching a 75-yard touchdown pass and Hubbard punching it in from one yard out, and head into the second quarter tied at 14.
LC would seize control in the second quarter, though, and outscore the Yellow Jackets 21-0 to take a 35-14 into the locker room thanks to a 25-yard touchdown reception from Bell, a 20-yard touchdown pass from Williams and a one-yard touchdown run by McLaughlin.
The Wildcats extended their lead to 42-14 early in the third quarter when Williams scored his third touchdown of the night.
Howard Payne got a breath of life on the ensuing kickoff when Brandon Young raced 99 yards for the score.
LC answered with touchdowns by Albrecht, Hindman and Landry before the Yellow Jackets capped the night's scoring with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Hubbard to Cody Hambrick.
Next up for LC is a trip to Alpine, Texas, and a showdown with Sul Ross State.