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McNair Totally Awesome : Alcorn State: He passes Detmer with 649 yards against Southern.

October 23, 1994|From Associated Press

LORMAN, Miss. — Steve McNair ran past Ty Detmer to become the NCAA career leader in total offense, and he did it by breaking his own Division I-AA single-game yardage record.

McNair had 649 total yards Saturday against Southern, Division I-AA's top-ranked defense, to end Detmer's three-year stay atop the NCAA career list.

After Alcorn State's 41-37 victory, McNair had 15,049 total yards. He has 4,025 yards and has accounted for 39 touchdowns (32 passing and seven rushing) for the Braves (6-2, 5-1 SWAC) this season.

The senior quarterback broke Detmer's record of 14,665 yards on a 22-yard run on third-and-21 with 1:26 left in the first half of the Braves' Southwestern Athletic Conference game. McNair scrambled out of trouble, ran to the left sideline, cut back across the field and wasn't tackled until he had a first down and the record. The historic ball was presented to his mother.

"I'm glad it is behind. I can control the things I do on the field now," McNair said. "I look forward to the next game and putting it out of reach the best I can."

He led the way as Alcorn State came from behind twice in the last four minutes, scoring the winning touchdown on a one-yard run with 10 seconds remaining.

"Steve had a brilliant performance," Alcorn Coach Cardell Jones said. "There are not enough superlatives to describe that young man."

Against Southern, McNair passed for 587 yards and four touchdowns, taking over second place on the Division I-AA career lists for passing yards (12,924) and touchdowns (107). He was 32 for 58 with one interception. He also rushed 14 times for 62 yards.

"If there's a better player in this country, I don't know where he is," Jones said. "You might go out of the universe and find one, but in this hemisphere, I'd say Steve is the greatest. He proved that."

Before his game-winning run, McNair hit Robert Hinton for 52 yards to the one.

"Steve is best under pressure," Jones said. "When the game is on the line, he has just done it so many times in his career. . . . at least seven or eight times we have had to score touchdowns in the final two minutes to win."

Three minutes earlier, McNair threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Hinton for a 34-29 lead. But Southern regained the lead when Eric Randall hit L'jean McKnelly on a 47-yard crossing pattern with 2:15 left.

McNair, playing in his 39th college game, needed 266 yards against Southern to break Detmer's mark. Southern was allowing only 190 yards per game before Saturday.

But McNair was able to break his own I-AA single-game record of 647 yards, set Sept. 10 at Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Detmer, the 1990 Heisman Trophy winner, picked up his yardage at Brigham Young from 1988-91.

One-Man Wrecking Crews

College football's all-time total offense leaders.

Player, Team Rush Pass Total Steve McNair, Alcorn St. 2,125 12,924 15,049 Ty Detmer, BYU -366 15,031 14,665 Neil Lomax, Portland St. 125 13,220 13,345 Willie Totten, Miss. Valley 296 12,711 13,007 K. Baumgartner, Stevens Pt -261 13,028 12,767 Jamie Martin, Weber St. 80 12,207 12,287 Doug Nussmeier, Idaho 1,230 10,824 12,054 Doug Flutie, Boston Col. 738 10,579 11,317 Ken Hobart, Idaho 1,827 9,300 11,127 Alex Van Pelt, Pitt -99 10,913 10,814

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