All those yards and touchdowns and no rewards to show for it. Except for a place in history and some lasting memories.
Trevor Taylor of Mendocino College passed for an all-levels college record 796 yards on Saturday night against College of the Redwoods in Ukiah. Redwoods won 69-66 late in a Bay Valley Conference opener when Will Hissong hit Caleb Lomboy-Chavez with a 6-yard touchdown with five seconds remaining.
Some of the data collected by Fred Baer, the noted statistician and historian guru with the California Community College Athletic Association, and superb Santa Rosa Press Democrat reporter Phil Barber, is remarkable.
Taylor, a sophomore out of Ukiah, completed 38 of 52 passes and nine touchdowns. Hissong, a freshman from Oregon, completed 39 of 54 passes for five touchdowns. The short math shows they combined for 1,369 yads, which in itself could be an all-levels record.
What is known is Taylor's 796 is an all-levels mark.
Here's a closer look:
- 796: Trevor Taylor, Mendocino College vs. Redwoods, Saturday (JC)
- 781: Geary Davenport, College of Marin vs. Solano College, 2002 (JC)
- 731: Zamir Amin, Menlo College vs. Cal Lutheran, 2002 (Division III)
- 730 yards: Taylor Heincke, Old Dominion vs. New Hampshire, 2012 (Division I)
- 716 yards: David Klinger, Houston, vs. Eastern Washington, 1990. (Division I)
The best postseason passing effort for a community JC effort was the 645 yards Steve Sarkisian of El Camino College in Southern California unleashed on College of the Desert in a 59-48 loss in 1994. Sarkisian, now the Washington Huskies coach, set an all-time junior college efficiency season mark of 203.8, and he later broke records at BYU.
Just when you thought the aerial assault in college football started in recent years, consider this nugget unearthed by Fred Baer. The all-levels passing mark for a single game in 1970 was the 619 yards Bill August had for Chabot College in Hayward against Foothill College of Los Altos Hills.
All told, Mendocino on Saturday had 1,041 yards of offense and Redwoods 915. Mendocino running back Jakorian Graves ran for 257 yads on 30 carries and a score. All for naught, however, though the memories are sure to last. For one thing, Taylor wasn't even the clear-cut starter going in. He is now.
"It was a blast," Taylor told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. "It was one of the funnest experiences ever, just to see the guys out there playing hard. Our stadium was rocking, my whole family was there, my high school friends were there. It was one of best days you could ever ask for."
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