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If the best defense is a good offense, College of the Redwoods and Mendocino played some of the best defense in American football history on Saturday in Ukiah.
In CR’s 69-66 last-second victory, which was Redwoods’ first Bay Valley Conference win since the 2010 season, the two teams combined for 1,956 yards of total offense (CR 915 and Mendocino 1,041), which is likely the all-time single-game record for collegiate (NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA) or professional football.
The two quarterbacks combined to complete 77-of-106 passes for 1,369 yards, 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
“It was insanity,” said CR head coach Chris Vicory, who was the offensive coordinator at Mendocino last season. “That’s a good way to describe it. A lot of missed tackles.”
Mendocino quarterback Trevor Taylor broke the all-time collegiate record for passing yards in a game with 796, while running back Jakorian Graves had 257 yards on 30 carries, giving the pair a combined 1,053 yards of total offense, another first in college football history.
Before Saturday, no two teammates had combined to record more than 1,000 yards of total offense in a game.
For CR (1-0 in the BVC and 3-3 overall), which, coincidentally, won the game, the Corsairs continue to make their case as one of the strongest offensive teams in school history, averaging more than 508 yards per game.
Redwoods gave another offensive performance for the record books on Saturday.
CR quarterback Will Hissong broke his previous single-game school record of 545 passing yards he set at home two weeks ago with 573 yards against Mendocino, adding five more passing touchdowns, giving him 22 for the season, which breaks CR’s previous single-season school record of 18, set by Chris Chambers in 1993.
His 23 total touchdowns this year (one rushing) give him 138 points for the season, another single-season school record, breaking the previous record of 132 set by Nathan Apo in 1968.
This season, Hissong is completing 60 percent of his passes (167-of-278) for a BVC-best 2,270 yards, which leaves him just 303 yards shy of CR’s all-time single-season record of 2,573, set by James Phillips in 2001.
Hissong, who is averaging 378 yards and 3.6 touchdowns per game this season, needs just 31 completions and 55 attempts to surpass Phillips in those categories as well (Phillips completed 198 passes on 333 attempts in 2001).
“Will has made great decisions,” Vicory said. “He gets the ball out fast, he distributes the ball well and he doesn’t take sacks. With all those passing attempts we had last week we took no sacks for the first time this year.”
The Corsairs take their show on the road for a second straight week on Saturday as they face Yuba (0-1, 2-4) at 3 p.m.
Previous College and NFL Records
Most Total Offense, Single-Game Combined: 1,554
Georgia Tech (1,650) vs. Cumberland (-96), Oct. 7, 1916
Most Total Offense, Single-Game Combined: 1,154
Green Bay Packers (561) vs. Detroit Lions (593), Jan 1, 2012
Redwoods (915) vs. Mendocino (1,041) for 1,956 combined yards of total offense
TOP ALL-TIME COLLEGE SINGLE GAME PASSING YARDS PERFORMANCES:
796 yards, Trevor Taylor, Mendocino College, Calif., Oct. 19, 2013, vs. College of the Redwoods. (All-College, CCCAA, JC)
731 yards, Zamir Amin, Menlo College, Calif., Oct. 7, 2000 vs. Cal Lutheran (NCAA all divisions, NCAA Division III)
730 yards, Taylor Heincke, Old Dominion, Sept. 26, 2012, vs. New Hampshire (NCAA Division I)
716 yards, David Klinger, Houston, Dec. 1, 1990, vs. Eastern Washington. (NCAA FBS)
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