TERRE HAUTE — Shakir Bell rushed for a school-record 349 yards and two touchdowns as Indiana State defeated Drake 27-10 Saturday.
Bell, who led the nation in rushing last season, broke off a 60-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter to break a 10-10 tie, and added a 48-yard score with 2:56 left in the period for the Sycamores (2-1). Bell held the previous single-game rushing record of 256 yards set last year against Youngstown State. He now has 610 yards rushing in three games this season.
Mike Piatkowski completed 31 of 53 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown for Drake (1-2). His 7-yard pass to Nick Rosa in the first quarter gave the Bulldogs a 10-7 lead.
Piatkowski needs just 30 more yards to become Drake’s all-time leader in passing.
Grizzlies rout Spartans
NORTH MANCHESTER — Good things came in threes for Franklin College in its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football schedule opener at Manchester University on Saturday.
Quarterback Jonny West connected with split end Kyle Linville on three touchdown passes and running back Joey Pasquale rushed for a trio of touchdowns to lead the Grizzlies to a 48-27 rout of the host Spartans.
Also, after falling to strong opponents in its first two outings, Franklin College won in its third game of the season. The Grizzlies hope the win launches them to their third straight conference title in 2012.
Ranked 20th in the most recent D3football.com Top 25 Poll, Franklin College improved to 1-2 overall while Manchester fell to 0-3.
West, a junior, completed 31 of 38 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 29 yards on five carries and one TD.
Linville had 10 catches for 148 yards, making all three of the Grizzlies’ touchdown receptions. Those included a 49-yard play in the fourth quarter that enabled Franklin to double its lead at 42-21. The junior receiver also made a 16-yard scoring catch in the opening period and reached the end zone on a 27-yard pass play midway in the third quarter.
Also having a big day on offense was sophomore running back Pasquale, who rushed 14 times for a career-best 97 yards and three touchdowns.
Pasquale scored on a 3-yard touchdown run to cap Franklin’s opening drive, which took less than five minutes. The sophomore also ran for scores of 4 yards in the second period and 49 yards in the final quarter.
Manchester’s touchdowns were tallied by quarterback Nick Williams on runs of 1 and 3 yards in the second and third periods, respectively, and Dante Dinkins on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter. The Spartans finished the day’s scoring with 26 seconds remaining when Logan Haston hit Brice Peyton on a 19-yard TD pass play.
Williams completed 13 of 21 pass attempts for 168 yards and gained 37 yards rushing and a pair of scores.
The Grizzlies rolled up 550 total offensive yards to the Spartans’ 349.
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