For the first time since 2008, the University of Arkansas at Monticello football team had more than 600 yards of total offense in a single game, resulting in a 51-10 homecoming victory over Southern Nazarene on Saturday.
The Weevils (1-5, 1-5 Great American Conference) balanced their offensive attack with 434 passing yards and 233 rushing yards. On the other side, UAM’s defense limited SNU (0-6, 0-6 GAC) to 168 rushing yards and 125 passing yards.
On a day that UAM retired the jersey number of one its all-time great quarterbacks in Sean Rochelle, current UAM signal-caller Hunter Leppert became the first Weevil to have at least five touchdown passes in a game since Cory Allred threw for six scores against Henderson State in 2003. Leppert ended the game 25-for-32 through the air for 398 yards, no interceptions and five touchdowns.
Leppert’s five touchdown passes went to four different receivers. He started by hooking up with senior Cody Bordelon for 71 yards on the game’s first play from scrimmage. Later in the opening quarter, Leppert found junior Trevon Smith for a 35-yard score to put UAM up 13-0. Leppert’s third touchdown pass was a 13-yarder to senior Kevin Beckwith with 53 seconds remaining in the first half to put the Weevils up 27-7.
That touchdown pass from Leppert to Beckwith gave UAM what was then its largest lead of the season.
Leppert and Bordelon connected again for a touchdown with four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Leppert’s final touchdown was a 43-yarder to sophomore Jalen Tolliver with 2:20 remaining in the third quarter, which put the Weevils up 41-10.
UAM’s other scoring plays consisted of a two-yard touchdown run by junior Brett Courville to cap a 10-play, 93-yard drive midway through the second quarter, an 11-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Cole Sears to Trevon Smith at the beginning of the fourth quarter, and a 20-yard field goal by junior Jamie McGee with just under two minutes remaining in regulation.
Sophomore running back Jeremy Jackson became UAM’s first 100-yard rusher of the 2015 season in Saturday’s win over SNU with 11 carries for 106 yards, averaging out to 9.6 yards per carry.
Bordelon picked up his second straight game with at least 100 receiving yards with five receptions for 114 yards. Senior Rondarious Morris led the way in receptions with seven for 64 yards. Tolliver finished the game with four catches and 70 yards, Smith ended with three for 65, and sophomore Austin Harris grabbed two passes for 50 yards.
Defensively, the Weevils were led by senior Antonio Jenkins and redshirt freshman Josh Pike with six tackles each. Junior Sam Koch and senior Jabari Mathieu each had five tackles. The Weevils combined for six tackles for losses and eight pass breakups.
UAM is back at home next Saturday, October 17 to take on Henderson State. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Convoy Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium.