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Division III QB sets NCAA single-game passing record

Graham Watson
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Sam Durley made NCAA history Saturday night and only 900 people were in attendance to see it.

Durley, the starting quarterback for Division III Eureka (Ill.) College, threw for 736 yards in a 62-55 win over Knox College.

Yeah, you read that right. Durley threw for more yards than No. 2 Alabama and No. 8 Michigan had in total offense — combined.

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(Eureka Athletics)

Durley, who completed 34 of 52 passes for five touchdowns, broke the mark that was previously held by Zamir Amin of Menlo College, who passed for 731 yards on Oct. 7, 2000 against Cal Lutheran.

Durley told The Pantagraph that he had no idea what his passing numbers were because he was too focused on the game.

"I thought maybe high 300s," Durley said of his yardage total. "We were so focused on driving down the field and getting the win. They told me afterward and I was pretty speechless. It's definitely something that's pretty cool."

Two of Durley's touchdown passes came in the final two minutes, including the game-winning toss with 20 seconds remaining.

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