BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - A trio of Bulldogs etched their names into the record books as No. 15 Union College defeated visiting Belhaven (Miss.) College 36-7 Saturday.
Junior tailback Terence Pollock (Orange Park, Fla.) ran for 136 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries as he set the single-season records for most carries (214) and rushing yards (1,235), eclipsing the marks set by Clarence Mackey who ran for 1,158 yards on 208 attempts.
Defensively, senior linebacker Willie Williams (Miami, Fla.) set the single-season tackles record has he made 15 total stops, giving him 144 on the year to surpass Patrick O'Neal's mark of 143 set last season. Williams also had 3.5 tackles for a loss of 32 yards, three sacks, three quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and a force fumble.
Freshman Jacob Appleby (Harvest, Ala.) broke a couple of records as well. With his two field goals, he set the single-season mark with 12. Also, he owns the scoring record by a placekicker with 82 points.
The Bulldogs also set the season scoring record with 366 points, besting the 1994 team's mark of 334.
The win improved Union to 9-2 overall, while Belhaven dropped to 2-9. The nine wins are the most in program history, surpassing the 8-2 mark set by the 1992 Bulldogs.
Union outgained the Blazers 377-324 in total offense. Mike Brinkley (Anthony, Fla.) completed just 12-of-30 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns, extending his single-season record for touchdown passes to 32. Kyle Callahan (Covington, Ky.) hauled in four passes for 96 yards and a score for his school-record 13th receiving touchdown of the year. Chris Thomas (Hopkinsville, Ky.) caught three passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.
After Pollock, Antonio Drane (Louisville, Ky.) ran for 21 yards on four carries.
A Brinkley-to-Thomas 16-yard pass put Union up 7-0 early in the first. With 6:19 to go in the opening period, Appleby made it 10-0 with a 20-yard field goal.
The Bulldogs added a safety and an Appleby 35-yard field in the second to take a 15-0 lead into the half.
Thomas took the kickoff to open up the second half and returned it 41 yards to the Belhaven 36. Pollock ran the ball three straight times, scoring on a 13-yard run to give the Bulldogs a 22-0 cushion with 13:35 remaining in the third.
With 13:07 left in the game, Brinkley hit Callahan for a 60-yard scoring play to put Union up 29-0. Then, with 10:42 to go, Thomas returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown as the lead swelled to 36-0.
Belhaven finally got on the board when Anthony Embry pulled down an 8-yard pass from Andrew Carcich with 7:07 remaining, making the final 36-7.
Ricardo Bolton led the Blazer running attack with 70 yards on 18 carries with Carcich gaining 43 yards on eight rushes. Carcich completed 17-of-27 passes for 187 yards and a score. Embry caught 10 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown.
Reginald Lumpkin paced the Belhaven defense with 14 total stops while Eric Ortiz had 10.
Defensively for Union, Lee Miles (Ross, Ohio) and Josh Littleton (Waverly, Ga.) each recorded seven tackles, a season-high for both. Littleton also intercepted a pass. Depaul Peyton (Lexington, Ky.) had six tackles and a sack, while Arthur Johnson (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) and Terry Young (Orange Park, Fla.) also had six stops apiece.
Marekus Smith (Lithonia, Ga.) was all over the field as he made five tackles, one going for a loss, forced a fumble, intercepted a pass and blocked a field goal.
Union is awaiting to see if it will advance to the NAIA Playoffs. The official announcement will be Sunday by the NAIA.
While ranked 15th, Union still needed some help to get into the postseason, and it appears the Bulldogs have gotten more than enough. No. 12 Missouri Valley College, No. 13 Malone (Ohio) University and No. 14 Ottawa (Kan.) University all lost Saturday as did No. 11 Lambuth (Tenn.) University.
The final 2008 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced approximately at 2 p.m. Eastern Sunday with the playoff pairings to be released no later than 7 p.m. Eastern.
In addition to setting the single-season scoring record, Union also broke the mark for most touchdowns in a season as it currently has 47. The previous mark was 44, done twice in 1992 and 1994.
Terence Pollock recorded his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season and third in a row, marking the second time in his career he had three 100-yard games in a row. He first accomplished the feat during his freshman season. Pollock now has rushed for 100 yards or more in 12 games for his career.
Willie Williams now has 19.5 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks on the season, both rank second most in program history.