It was a game for the record books for the Briar Cliff Chargers’ football team’s offense.
Matt Harshman scored his second touchdown as a Charger, then his third and fourth as he led the Chargers to a 54-14 homecoming victory over Dordt at the Dakota Dome in Vermillion, S.D. Harshman finished with seven catches for a school record 250 yards and three scores Sept. 28. He is one of only four BCU receivers to ever score three touchdowns in the same game.
Quarterback Kevin Van Egdom, returning to the lineup after missing last week’s game with an injury, was 12 of 23 passing for 385 yards and four touchdowns. His 99-yard touchdown pass to Harshman to open the fourth quarter is the longest play in program history. In addition to the three to Harshman, one touchdown pass, for 85 yards, went to junior Bret Van Muyden of Hawarden. Van Muyden, a West Sioux alumnus, had two catches for a total of 108 yards. As unit, the BCU offense racked up a school record 54 points and 560 yards total offense, also a school record. The previous records were 38 points against Northwestern in 2010 and 534 yards against Hastings in 2008.
Briar Cliff amassed 175 yards on the ground, the most for the program since rushing for 219 yards against Waldorf, Sept. 10, 2011. Mitch Heikes and Kenny Thompson led the way in the rushing department, gaining 63 and 61 yards, respectively. Both runners found the end zone as did Delenzia Turner-Green, resulting in BCU’s first three rushing touchdowns of the season. Tutner-Green’s touchdown, a 25-yard scamper, was the first of his BCU career as he finished with five carries for 36 yards. His average of 7.2 yards per catch led all Chargers’ runners.
Dordt controlled time of possession, 36:01 to 23:52, but BCU took care of the ball. The Chargers did not fumble and had only one interception. The Chargers defense recovered a Dordt fumble and recorded three interceptions with one interception going for a touchdown. The Defenders had 300 yards rushing but only 124 yards passing.
The Chargers improved to 1-3 overall record and 1-2 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) while Dordt was 1-3, 0-2. BCU is at Hastings, Neb. for a 1 p.m. game Oct. 5 in GPAC action.