Presbyterian's Ren Hefley Sets FCS Record After Throwing 10 TDs vs. St. Andrews

Blake SchusterContributor ISeptember 5, 2021

Michigan quarterback Ren Hefley throws during warmups before an NCAA college football game against Army in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Former Michigan quarterback Ren Hefley made NCAA history in his Presbyterian debut Saturday, passing for 10 touchdowns in an 84-43 victory over St. Andrews.

As a team, the Blue Hose passed for 12 total touchdowns with backup Tyler Huff throwing two more scores late in the game. That broke a previous record of 11 touchdown passes set by the University of Houston against Eastern Washington in 1990. Hefley's total stands as the most touchdown passes thrown in a game in FCS history.

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.<a href="https://twitter.com/BlueHoseFtball?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BlueHoseFtball</a> QB Ren Hefley set an FCS record with 10 (!!!) passing TDs in a single game.<br><br>Incredible 🤯 <a href="https://t.co/xW2xC9cbaF">pic.twitter.com/xW2xC9cbaF</a>

Hefly surpassed a tie between Mississippi Valley State's Willie Totten in 1984—aided by arguably the greatest receiver of all time in Jerry Rice—and Portland State's Drew Hubel in 2007.

The transfer finished 38-of-50 with 538 yards. Here's a look at how each of his 10 touchdowns came about:

  • One-yard pass to Lawson Bachelder
  • 62-yard pass to Jalen Jones
  • 79-yard pass to Jalyn Witcher
  • 36-yard pass to Jalyn Witcher
  • Nine-yard pass to Tyler Huff
  • 25-yard pass to Jacobi Jones
  • Five-yard pass to Jalyn Witcher
  • One-yard pass to Brayden Cash
  • 49-yard pass to Matthew Rivera
  • Six-yard pass to Delvecchio Powell II

(Full game stats available via Presbyterian)

That Presbyterian's offense was gunning for the end zone all night should come as no surprise to anyone who followed the team's offseason. First-year head coach Kevin Kelley was brought in after winning nine state championships in Arkansas.

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College football coaching news: Kevin Kelley of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, AR - one of the top high school coaches in the country and well known for his unique style that includes never punting and always onside kicking - will be named the head coach at Presbyterian College.

The coach is known for his insistence on refusing to punt and only using onside kicks.

This might not be the last time Kelley or Hefly end up in the record books given how the Blue Hose approach their games.