Indiana State junior quarterback Mike Perish has been named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player Of The Week following his performance as part of the Sycamores' 70-7 victory over Quincy yesterday (Sept. 14) inside Memorial Stadium.
Perish was 23-of-26 passing for 379 yards with four passing touchdowns and one more on the ground as the Sycamores went over 70 points for the first time since 1925 in their 70-7 victory over Quincy. Perish had 379 passing yards which is the fourth-most in a single-game in school history and was part of a school record 433 passing yards, topping a 2006 effort against Missouri State.
Perish’s completion percentage of 88.4 percent (23-of-26) is likewise a new school record, topping Ronnie Fouch’s 88.2 percent performance versus Quincy in 2010. Perish hit Demory Lawshe on a 78-yard scoring strike in the first quarter to stake ISU to a 7-0 lead before also threw touchdown passes of two, 24 yards and five yards as he exited the contest early in the third quarter with a 56-0 lead.
Perish added a one-yard touchdown run at the start of the second quarter to give him a part of five of the school record 10 touchdowns on the day. Perish found 12 different receivers over the course of the contest. His 78-yard pass to Lawshe is both the longest completion of his career as well as the longest TD pass of his career. Perish is the first Sycamore quarterback to throw for four touchdowns in a game since Ronnie Fouch had four versus Youngstown State in 2010.
Missouri State running back Vernon Scott shared MVFC Offensive Player Of The Week honors with Perish following his performance in a 41-38 defeat at the hands of Murray State.
The Sycamores return to action following an open week on Saturday, September 28 when they travel to Tennessee Tech of the Ohio Valley Conference for the final non-conference match of the season. Kick-off from Cookeville, Tenn., is set for 8:00 p.m. (ET).