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Morning Sun
  • Records fall as ESU wins Kanza Bowl

  • Emporia State senior quarterback Tyler Eckenrode finished his distinguished college tenure behind center with a school-record five touchdown passes Sunday afternoon during a 45-38 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville in the Kanza Bowl.

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  • Emporia State senior quarterback Tyler Eckenrode finished his distinguished college tenure behind center with a school-record five touchdown passes Sunday afternoon during a 45-38 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville in the Kanza Bowl.
    Eckenrode totaled 8,031 passing yards and 60 TDs on 637-1,078 passing during his time in Emporia. He saved his best for last — passing for school records 3,742 yards and 29 TDs this season and tying the single-game TD pass record Sunday. His career numbers rank him No. 1 in Emporia State history and Eckenrode ranks No. 7 all-time in career passing and 10th in total offense in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association annals. He was one of 24 Harlon Hill candidates this season.
    Both teams played a scoreless first quarter before combining for 83 points, including 31 during both the third and fourth quarters. Emporia State took advantage of five Javelina turnovers.
    Eckenrode connected with Adam Schiltz on three TDs (23, 7, and 6 yards) and home run threat Shjuan Richardson on a pair of 70-plus yard TDs, 77 and 75 yards. Schiltz caught eight passes for 65 yards and three TDs, Richardson six receptions for 193 yards and two TDs.
    The five TD passes by Eckenrode also broke former Washburn quarterback Dane Simoneau’s Kanza Bowl record set in 2010.
    Richardson, a senior, finished his season with 84 receptions for 1,375 yards and 13 TDs and his career with 169 receptions for 2,842 yards and 28 TDs.
    Emporia State (10-2) wins 10 games for the first time since 1989 and the first time since becoming a Division II member.
    MIAA teams have combined for a 4-1 postseason record thus far, the only loss Northwest Missouri’s double-overtime heartbreaker Saturday against Minnesota State-Mankato.
    In head-to-head competition with teams from the Great American Conference, Northwest Missouri and Missouri Western won both playoff games handily and eliminated Harding and Henderson State, respectively.
    Missouri Western plays in Mankato on Saturday in a quarterfinal game and Lindenwood takes on another Minnesota school (Winona State) Saturday in the Mineral Water Bowl.
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