Brevard, N.C.- The Tornados rushed for a Brevard College record 559 yards in their 59-24 rout of Southern Virginia on Saturday afternoon at Brevard Memorial Stadium.
The Tornados smashed the previous single-game team rushing record of 519 yards, which was attained against the Knights of Southern Virginia in both 2010 and 2011.
Brevard had three rushers gain over 100 yards in the game, led by Ty Jeter's 163 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries. Jeter broke loose for a 79-yard touchdown scamper late in the first quarter, the second longest carry in Brevard College football history.
Freshman Dominique Lesine rushed for 103 yards on only five carries, while Derek Church carried the ball 12 times for 102 yards. The trio of 100-yard rushers also helped Brevard reach a season-high of 591 yards of total offense.
Jeter put BC on the board on the first drive of the game, busting a 38-yard run for a touchdown on BC's third play from scrimmage. Jaquan Marsh, making his first collegiate start at quarterback, began the drive with a 23-yard scramble to move the Tornados into Southern Virginia territory.
Billy Muscatello intercepted Knights quarterback Mitch Stevenson on SVU's first drive of the game, sparking a 33-yard BC drive that ended in a 22-yard field goal by Ben Noboa to make it 10-0.
The Tornados defense forced a punt on SVU's next possession, leading to the Jeter 79-yard touchdown run to make it 17-0 BC. Southern Virginia's Tod Workman fumbled the ensuing kickoff, which was recovered by Phillip Curcio at the Southern Virginia 28-yard line.
Three plays later, Dominique Lesine found the end zone with a 21-yard touchdown run to give BC a commanding 24-0 lead. The Knights would score with 59 seconds left in the first quarter on a 4-yard touchdown rush by Jamal Coates, making it a 24-7 Tornados lead at the start of the second quarter.
Tanner Wright intercepted Southern Virginia's first play from scrimmage in the second quarter at the SVU 47-yard line, returning it down the Knights 5-yard line. Jordan Ollis rushed in for the touchdown on BC's first play to make it 31-7.
Senior quarterback Aaron Reese connected with Andre Overholt for a 15-yard touchdown pass on Brevard's last drive of the half to make it 38-7 at halftime.
The Knights drove 60 yards for a score to open the second half, but Brevard quickly answered with a 3-play touchdown drive to make it 45-14. The drive was capped by a Church 59-yard touchdown rush.
Brett Murray would tack on a 26-yard field goal before the end of the 3rd quarter, but BC outscored the Knights 14-7 in the game's final quarter en route to the one-sided victory.
The Tornados defense played its best game of the season, allowing a season-low 24 points and a season-low 250 yards of total offense. Sophomore Michael Gruber led the BC defensive unit with 6.5 tackles, including 1.5 tackles- for-loss.
The BC defense forced five Southern Virginia turnovers, including the interceptions by Muscatello, Wright, and a pair of picks by Devon Holmes.
Brevard looks to carry the momentum into their October 20th matchup against the North Greenville Crusaders. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at Younts Stadium.