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Yellow Jackets overwhelm Cowboys as Gilmore sets single game rushing record

BHSU Media/Athletic Relations - October 13, 2018

SPEARFISH, S.D. – Payten Gilmore scored three touchdowns and broke the single game rushing record, as the Black Hills State University football team took down New Mexico Highlands University, 42-7, on a snowy Saturday afternoon.  

After the Cowboys (2-5, 2-4 RMAC) elected to receive the ball to begin the game, the Yellow Jacket (1-6, 1-6 RMAC) defense immediately stepped up. Kolten Johnson intercepted NMHU quarterback Danny Cameron on the third play of the game to set up the Green and Gold offense with great field position. BHSU went 42 yards in five plays, culminating in a 26-yard pass from Ryan Hommel to Zane Lindsey, as the home team took a 7-0 lead.

The second Cowboy possession ended in a Johnson forced turnover as well, this time a fumble. Once again, the Yellow Jackets made sure to take advantage of the field position, going 42 yards in four plays, as Gilmore scored his first touchdown of the day, a four-yard rush, to put BHSU up, 14-0. NMHU was able to score with 51 seconds remaining in the first quarter to narrow the score to 14-7.

The Yellow Jackets would not let the game remain close, scoring on their first drive of the second quarter. Gilmore rushed 33-yards on the first play of the possession, and on the following snap, the junior took it 23 yards into the end zone, giving BHSU a 21-7 lead with 13:03 left in the first half. For the next 12 minutes, neither team was able to move the ball productively, but after Johnson and Austin Goddard sacked the quarterback twice to force a turnover on downs, the Green and Gold got the ball back with 19 seconds to play in the half. They wasted no time putting more points on the board, taking the ball 56 yards in 19 seconds, with Dylan Reiners catching a 45-yard pass from Hommel to give the Yellow Jackets a 28-7 lead at halftime.

Despite the snow buildup on the field, BHSU opened the second half with a first possession score to keep the momentum going. Gilmore broke out for a 60-yard touchdown, giving him three on the day. On the following Yellow Jacket drive, Gilmore set up the offense with a 43-yard rush on the initial snap. Jack Walbye came in as the back on the second play, and rushed it in from 22 yards out, putting the Green and Gold up, 42-7. The fourth quarter was scoreless, as the Yellow Jacket defense kept the Cowboys off the board for the final 45 minutes of the game to earn the victory for the home team.

Gilmore rushed for 248 yards, a new school record for rushing in a single game. He averaged 11.3 yards per carry. Gilmore narrowly eclipsed the previous record of 244 yards, set by Phydell Paris against New Mexico Highlands in 2016 (Oct. 1). Ryan Hommel threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns, while Zane Lindsey (64 yards) and Dylan Reiners (45 yards) each caught a score. Walbye finished with 33 yards rushing and a touchdown. Defensively, Austin Goddard led the Yellow Jackets with 11 total tackles, recording 2.5 tackles for loss, and 0.5 sacks. Josh Gurnaby had 10 tackles.

For the Cowboys, Danny Cameron threw for 23 yards and a touchdown, which Jason Aguirre caught. Dione Alston had 118 rushing yards.

The Yellow Jackets will look to make it two consecutive wins when they welcome Colorado Mesa University on October 20. Kickoff against the Mavericks is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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