Oct. 14 - GAMBIER, Ohio - In a game that saw 118 combined points and a total of 1,251 yards of offense, the Hiram College rushing attack stole the show as the Terrier football team edged Kenyon, 62-56, on Saturday.
For the second-straight week, senior Danny Robinson headlined the offensive effort for the Terriers, rushing for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries. The senior upped his yards-per-game average from just over 90 to 120.7 per night in one outing.
His effort marked the second-consecutive week in which he has eclipsed 200 yards. He has already surpassed his previous single-season best with 724.
The tailback found pay dirt a career high four times on the day, including scampers of 47 and 75 yards. Always a threat for the big play, Robinson has now rattled off four runs of at least 40 yards over the past two weeks.
Robinson's rushing yards, along with the efforts of both CJ Maner and Rodney Myers Jr., helped the Terriers post 434 yards on the ground. It marked the most rushing yards by the Terriers since the school record of 449 was achieved against Oberlin in 1976.
Along with Robinson's scores, Maner captured lightning in a bottle, totaling 111 yards on just three carries. He scored twice, posting rushing touchdowns of 75 and 32 yards.
Myers nearly made it three Terriers with a 100-yard rushing day, finishing the afternoon with 93 yards. In addition, he completed 16 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns.
All told, the team posted a new single-game record with 702 yards of total offense. It eclipsed the previous high of 616 which was set in the same Oberlin game in 1976.
Despite the high point total, only one touchdown was scored in the opening quarter. Myers capped an eight-play 63-yard drive with a 28-yard strike to Luther Fortson III to give Hiram a 7-0 lead.
The touchdown reception marked Fortson's fifth in his last three games.
Kenyon would respond on the first play of the second quarter to knot the game at 7-7, before Hiram rattled off 14-straight points.
Freshman Tahj Lorthridge hauled in a pair of big catches, including a 12-yard snag on fourth-and-three to keep the drive alive. Robinson then finished the drive with his first touchdown of the day, giving Hiram a 14-7 advantage.
After the Terrier defense forced one of the few three-and-outs, Maner broke arguably the biggest play of the game, cutting back on a jet sweep to go 75 yards and extend the lead to 21-7.
From that point on, the two sides would trade punches, with the lead fluctuating between six and 13 points.
Each time the Lords went down for a score, Hiram would respond with a tally of their own, keeping Kenyon at arm's length.
In the fourth quarter, Lorthridge hauled in his first-career touchdown reception to push the lead to 55-42.
Following the score, the Terrier defense forced Kenyon to use the clock. Even though the Lords pulled within six once again, it took over five minutes of game clock to get the touchdown.
Immediately following the score, the Terriers once agin responded one play later, as Robinson broke the team's second 75-yard touchdown of the game. His fourth score of the night pushed the advantage to 62-56.
Kenyon would score the final touchdown of the game with 2:22 remaining in the fourth. The ensuing onside kick would find its way out of bounds, however, giving Hiram possession.
The Terriers sealed the win with a conversion on a fourth-and-three as Myers found Maner on an eight-yard completion. One kneel down later and Hiram had claimed the six-point win.
Hiram's point total marks the second time this season that the Terriers have erupted for at least 60. The last time prior to 2017 that Hiram has erupted for 60+ was in 1916.
Hiram will look to keep their offense rolling as they return home to face The College of Wooster on Homecoming weekend. The matchup on October 21 is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start