BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Senior quarterback Joey Waters cemented his place in the record books as Union College used a big first half to send it to a 31-14 win over visiting Campbellsville (Ky.) University Saturday in Mid-South Conference interdivisional play.
Waters (McDonough, Ga.) completed 25-of-38 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns as he became the all-time leading passer in Bulldog history as he now has 6,627 career passing yards, surpassing Lee Worley's mark of 6,515. He also broke Stanley Niece's record for most career attempts as he now has 998. In all, Waters now owns all four major career passing records, which includes most yards, most attempts, most completions (563) and most touchdowns (56).
The 300-passing performance was Waters third of the season and second in a row. The last time a Bulldog quarterback threw for back-to-back 300-yard games came in 2005 when Waters accomplished the feat against University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) (312) and UVa-Wise (337). Last week against Cumberland (Tenn.) University, Waters passed for 358 yards in the win.
Waters wasn't the only Bulldog to reach a milestone. One of his favorite targets, Shawn Kelly (Owenton, Ky.) hauled in seven passes for 98 yards to move into third place on the all-time receptions list. He jumped past Jon Smith for the third spot as Kelly now has 110 catches. The senior wideout also became just the 13th player record 40 or more receptions in a season. Kelly currently has 43, which ranks him 11th.
Union (2-5 overall, 0-2 MSC East) dominated the game offensively, outgaining Campbellsville 569-249 in total offense. The Bulldogs racked up a season-high 218 yards rushing, nearly a 100 more than the team's previous best.
Meanwhile, Campbellsville (0-6 overall, 0-1 MSC West) struggled all day to move the ball. In the first half, the Tigers has just 80 yards in total offense with the bulk of their production coming in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs took the opening kick and needed just three plays to find the end zone. On a first down and 10 at the Tiger 48, Ben Kelly (Owenton, Ky.) broke through the line and found an outside lane in scoring the game's first points with 14:02 still to go in the first. James Hager's (Micanopy, Fla.) made it 7-0.
After Campbellsville went three and out, Union appeared to be on its way to another score. However, William Griffin picked off Waters at the Tiger 15 and returned it 85 yards to even the score at 7-7 with 9:12 left in the first.
Union rebounded nicely as it countered with a nine-play, 60-yard scoring drive. Waters capped the drive by finding Kyle Callahan (Covington, Ky.) for a 10-yard scoring pass to make it 14-7 with 4:28 on the clock.
Antonio Drane (Louisville, Ky.) putting the finishing touches on another long Bulldog drive a one-yard plunge with 5:40 remaining in the half. Taking advantage of a Tiger fumble, the Bulldogs needed just two minutes and 44 seconds to cover 90 yards in 10 plays.
Union took a 28-7 lead into the half following a Stephen Hunter (Pineville, Ky.) 17-yard scoring reception at the 2:10 mark in the second.
In the third, Hager added a 21-yard field goal to extend the lead to 31-7 with 7:39 on the clock.
Campbellsville's offense finally put points on the board midway through the fourth quarter as Greg Fountain punched the ball in from 6 yards out, capping an eight-play, 80-yard drive with 6:22 remaining. Taylor Pruitt's PAT made it 31-14.
Drane led the Union ground attack with a career-high 93 yards on 17 carries. Terence Pollock (Orange Park, Fla.) had 59 yards on 12 rushes, while Ben Kelly had 58 yards on six attempts. Callahan had eight catches for 128 yards, and Ben Kelly pulled down seven balls for 78 yards.
Defensively, Patrick O'Neal (Lula, Ga.) led the way with 13 total tackles, while Marekus Smith (Lithonia, Ga.) had seven with three going for a loss of 13 yards. Smith also had one fumble recovery and a sack of 11 yards. Terry Young (Orange Park, Fla.) helped out with six tackles with a forced fumble and interception.
For Campbellsville, Fountain led way with 107 yards rushing on 19 carries with Geoffrey James following with 63 yards on 12 attempts. Ben Meffert completed 7-of-13 passes for 66 yards.
Union will hit the road next weekend to face NCAA Division III Frostburg State (Md.) University. Game time is set for 1 p.m.