DANBURY, Conn. -- Western Connecticut State University senior running back Octavias McKoy ran all over his opponents last Saturday, smashing the all-division NCAA record for rushing with a stunning 455 yards.
McKoy ran for five touchdowns in the Colonials 55-35 win over Worcester State University on the road and garnered national attention for his breakout performance.
The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) named McKoy its Offensive Player of the Week, marking the third time this season he received that honor.
On Sunday, he was honored on ESPN’s “College Football Live” with a helmet sticker, an honor usually given exclusively to top performers at the Division I level and was featured on ESPN's "SportsCenter" on Monday.
McKoy carried the ball 43 times, averaging 10.6 yards per carry. His longest run of the day was a 71-yard touchdown dash for Danbury's WCSU.
The previous record was held by Dante Brown of Marrietta College, another Division III program, who rushed for 441 yards against Baldwin-Wallace on Oct. 5, 1996.
The other divisions’ marks are:
- FBS Division I - LeDainian Tomlinson TCU vs. UTEP, Nov. 20, 1999;
- FCS Division I - Maurice Hicks, North Carolina A&T vs. Morgan State, Oct. 6, 2001;
- Division II - Jarom Freeman, Southern Connecticut vs. Bryant, Nov. 2, 2007.
After scoring five touchdowns on Saturday, McKoy has 23 on the season in just seven games, with 19 during the Colonials’ last four contests. He leads the nation in touchdowns and points scored with 138, through seven games.
On the season, McKoy has amassed 1,556 yards on 180 carries.
The Indianapolis Colts were reportedly scouting McKoy, a Stratford native, at the game.