Records continued to fall for Missouri S&T when they faced off against Quincy for Senior Night and Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, Nov. 11.
The military personnel that do pushups for every point scored by the Miners may not have been as appreciative as their pushup total rose in a monster 63-16 victory in S&T's regular season finale.
A week after senior quarterback Tyler Swart broke the school record for career passing yards, Deshawn Jones set a new mark for rushing yards in a season and Ben Styron became the school leader in points for a kicker, the Miners set a few more school records as they trounced Quincy.
Jones added to his already historic season when he set new school records for touchdowns in a game (5) and touchdowns in a season (16), while also setting a new mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference for rushing yards in an 11-game regular season with 1,579. His total is second in conference history when playoffs are included. Jones also became the first player in GLVC history to rush for at least 100 yards against every conference opponent in a single season.
"Coming into the season, people don't know this, but I was supposed to be a backup this season, but I've been working hard and this shows that hard work pays off," said Jones after the game. "I've got great linemen, they've had my back the whole year. They picked me up throughout the season and made sure I preformed my best. I've never had this feeling before, so it's hard to explain, but it's great."
Jones was quick to thank his teammates, who have played a major role in helping him break the school record. The sophomore entered the game with 11 touchdowns and needed four more to break the record. He scored the games first three touchdowns on runs of 27, 2 and 5 yards, before fellow running back D'Luis West punched in the fourth touchdown of the first quarter to extend the Miner lead to 28-0. Early in the second quarter, the Miner coaching staff called for a quarterback sneak with the ball on the one-yard line, but Swart had a different idea in mind.
"It was funny, because the touchdown that he had to break the record was a one-yard touchdown and we had called a quarterback sneak, because we thought we'd just sneak it in," said head coach Tyler Fenwick. "In the huddle, they changed the play to give it to Deshawn, I had no idea it was the record, so they said we can get him the record, so let's hand it to him.
"So Swart came off the field," continued Fenwick. "And I was like, what did you call? He goes, 'oh, he needed the record.' That's just kind of who they are. Swart could've gone and scored another touchdown, but he wants Deshawn to get the record and obviously the line does too."
Jones said he didn't really keep track of the record himself, but his line wanted to see him get that record.
"The line kept up, the linemen were counting because they say it's their record too," said Jones. "They were counting like 'we're gonna get you in two more times!" They kept me to it and I told them that if they got the opportunity for me, I'd do it for them. They worked hard this season. Most of those touchdowns were all them, I'm blocked and it's easy, so I owe it to them. They wanted it and we got it."
Less than a minute later, Leshawn Lampkins had a 46-yard interception for a return to stretch the lead to 42-0 before a 15-yard touchdown from Andrew Rund gave Quincy their first touchdown of the game. Jones added one more touchdown, this time on a phenomenal 73-yard run, to bring his total to five. Jones got to rest on the bench for most of the second half. He ended the day with 191 yards on 21 carries.
But Jones wasn't the only record setter on Saturday The Miners scored two more touchdowns in the second half one a one-yard run by Swart in the third quarter and then a seven-yard run by backup quarterback Brennan Simms in the fourth. Those touchdowns brought the Miners' total for the game to nine and Styron knocked in all nine extra points to set the school record for extra points in a season with 47. Swart also set a new mark for total offense with 175 yards on Saturday. He is also just the third Miner to pass for 3,000 yards in a season, despite being without his top two threats for most of the season after an injury to Braxton Graham and Spence Elrod stepping away from the team.. Swart got a lot of help from Justin Vaughn in the passing game, who hauled in three passes for 150 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Tershawn Wharton had three tackles for a loss to set a school record for a season with 21.
The ground attack that was led by Jones also set a new mark as a team. The Miners rushed for all eight offensive touchdowns, a new school record for a single game. It also propelled the Miners to 410 points on the season, which makes this year's squad the fourth in school history to score 400 points in a season. West, who carried the ball for most of the second half, set a new career high with 123 yards as the Miners ran for a staggering 343 yards, the eighth highest total in school history.
While the defense didn't set quite as many records, they had a phenomenal day. The S&T defense held Quincy to just 277 yards and forced four turnovers. Two came in interceptions, as Roderick Chapman also picked off a pass. Chapman would've had two interceptions, but one was called back for an offside call against S&T.
Jones said he was glad to get a huge win for his senior teammates in their final game.
"Much respect to the seniors, like my utmost respect to them. They were great this leaders this year and they were actually the ones that kicked the season off," said the sophomore back. "They led us through the offseason, made us work. I told them we were gonna do it for y'all today and we're gonna play our best, our best all season and that's what we did."
The win also gave S&T a tie for second place in the GLVC after Truman beat McKendree 17-14. The Miners finished with a 7-4 record with a 5-2 finish in the GLVC.
"This year has been a special year," said coach Fenwick after the game. "They've been in every game, they've handled adversity through every game. That's just a tribute to the seniors that we've got. The leadership that they've been in this program for four years."