Buchanan’s Orr sets MIAA rushing recordPublished 10:14am Monday, November 16, 2009
ALBION – Freshman running back Clinton Orr rushed for a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association single-game record 306 yards as Albion College completed the football season with a 60-10 victory over Alma College in front of more than 3,000 sun-drenched fans at Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium.
Orr collected his rushing total on just 24 carries with touchdown runs of 26, 71, and 90 yards.
Orr started by breaking Dustin Louwaert’s school single-game rushing record of 256 yards that stood since 2004. Brandon Grahm of Hope held the old MIAA conference record with 301 yards.
Alma drew first blood in the game on the opening drive. The Scots made it all the way down to the Albion three-yard line, but were forced to settle for a field goal. The score remained 3-0 for the entire first quarter.
But, the Britons came alive in the second quarter with 18 unanswered points. Albion got on the board when a snap inside the five yard line sailed over the head of Alma’s senior quarterback Mackenzie McGrady, and out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
Albion then scored touchdowns on back to back drives, and tacked on a field goal at the end of the first half to take an 18-3 halftime lead.
However, the offensive show had not even reached its peak yet. Just one minute and 12 seconds into the second half, freshman fullback Wes Dolen broke off a 58-yard touchdown run. Forty seconds later, sophomore cornerback Chris Greenwood returned a McGrady interception for a touchdown to give the Britons a 32-3 lead. It was his second interception of the game and seventh of the season, which led all players in the MIAA conference.
Alma did not score again until the fourth quarter when Albion already had the game well in hand with a 53-3 lead. McGrady connected with senior wide receiver Tyler Wise on a 12-yard touchdown pass.
Dolen capped off the scoring just three and a half minutes later with a 14-yard touchdown run. Dolen rushed for a career best 124 yards on 13 carries.
The win gave Albion a share of second place in the MIAA. The team was picked to finish fifth in the conference in the preseason.
Albion head coach Craig Rundle said, “It was a great effort by everyone these last two weeks to bounce back from that loss from Trine a few weeks back, and win these last two games to finish second in the conference. I was so proud of the way the seniors stepped up and led the team in the final weeks of the year.”