Indiana State scored a Memorial Stadium record 70 points as they opened their home season with a 70-7 victory over the Quincy Hawks in front of 7,002 fans. The Sycamores also set a single game record for passing yards and quarterback Mike Perish accumulated the fourth most single game passing yards in school history. The Sycamores also came close to establishing the school record for total yards in a game.
Perish was 23 of 26 in passing for 379 yards which ranks behind Blayne Baggett who threw for 396 yards against Missouri State in 2005, Jeff Miller who threw of 391 yards against Ball State in 1985, and Kyle Frondorf who went for 383 yards against Eastern Illinois in 1986.
Perish and Robert Tonyan were a combined 27 of 34 in the game for 433 yards and five touchdowns. The 433 yards is a new school single game record. Indiana State also had 671 yards of total offense which was just shy of the 675 accumulated by the 1975 team against Dayton.
Demory Lawshe had three catches for 115 yards and a touchdown while Tanner Riley caught six passes for 62. Buck Logan led the Sycamore rushing attack with 85 yards in 10 carries with George Cheeseborough going for 77 yards on 10 carries.
The Sycamores scored 42 points in the first half but it wasn’t until midway through the opening quarter that Indiana State struck pay dirt and it came on a 78 yard pass play from Mike Perish to Demory Lawshe with 7:18 left in the opening quarter. Indiana State also scored on their next possession as the Sycamores capped a nine-play, 88-yard drive with a two-yard pass from Perish to Sam Levingston with three minutes remaining in the period.
Indiana State found the end zone four times in the second quarter including the first play of the second period when Perish busted through the middle from a yard out to complete a seven-play, 65-yard drive. Perish also connected with Buck Logan on a 24 yard scoring strike with 6:29 left in the half to cap a 61-yard drive (nine plays) and a five yard touchdown pass to Taje High with just seven seconds left to cap a 73 yard drive (five plays).
In between was a 36 yard scoring run by George Cheeseborough with 3:36 left in the second that came on just the second play of the Sycamore possession. Perrish connected with Logan on a 21 yard gain on the first play.
Indiana State scored four more touchdowns in the second half with one coming from the defense. Cheeseborough scored his second touchdown of the game with 12:45 left in the third quarter to cap a 56-yard, six-play drive. Tonyan connected with Justice Berry on a 12 yard scoring strike with 9:33 left at the end of a 72 yard, seven-play drive with Tonyan also scoring Indiana State’s final touchdown with 9:01 left on a five yard run to cap a 51-yard, eight-play drive.
Jess Harris also scored for Indiana State as the linebacker returned an interception 51 yards for the score with 13:04 left in the game.