Division III RB Octavias McKoy Breaks NCAA Single-Game Rushing Record

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIOctober 27, 2013

Matt Wright - Worcester State University | WCSU.prestosports.com

Say "hello" to Octavias McKoy: college football's new single-game rushing king.

McKoy, a senior at Division III Western Connecticut, broke the NCAA record across all divisions with 455 rushing yards in a single game, as detailed by ESPN.

The previous record was 441 yards, set by Dante Brown of Marietta in 1996. It easily eclipsed the FBS record of 406 yards set by former TCU great LaDainian Tomlinson.Β 

McKoy amassed his staggering total off 43 carries and reached the end zone five times in Western Connecticut's 55-35 win over Worcester State.Β The game took place at Worcester State's Coughlin Field in Worcester, Mass.

Worcester State sports information director Steven Miller detailed McKoy's huge day that included rushing scores of 15, one, 41, 53 and 71 yards.Β 

McKoy has tallied more than 160 rushing yards in each of the last four games and has three straight games over 225 yards. He has also reached the end zone five times in three consecutive games.

McKoy was listed as a 0-star recruit out of Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan. by Rivals.com. The kicker: Rivals listed McKoy as a safety. He also played cornerback at Eastern Arizona College, recording 17 tackles in 10 games, according to NJCAA.com.Β 

With his career as a defensive back behind him, the 5'10", 191-pound Stratford, Conn. native now has 23 rushing touchdowns and 1,556 yards on the season.

By comparison, Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews led the FBS in rushing going into Week 9 with 1,036 yards, while Arizona State's Marion Grice had an FBS-leading 12 rushing touchdowns.

Last week's 226-yard, five-touchdown performance from McKoy earned him his third straight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Offensive Player of the Week award.

It's safe to say he earned his fourth straight player of the week distinction.