RAPID CITY, SD — It was record-setting day for senior running back Connor Silveria and the South Dakota School of Mines football team as the Hardrockers won a convincing shootout over Adams State (Colo.) Saturday afternoon, 56-42, on Dunham Field at O’Harra Stadium in Rapid City, South Dakota.
The Electrical Engineering major from Redding, California, shattered the single-game rushing record Saturday racking up 425 yards on 46 carries and scored three touchdowns, including a 79-yarder in the first quarter — one of three first-quarter TDs. Silveria averaged 9.2 yards a carry as he ripped through the Grizzlies’ defense. His performance set a new NCAA Div. II single-game rushing record.
Silveria eclipsed the old record SD Mines school recordheld by Jim Guthrie (1977) and Kevin Ptak (1996), which was 245 yards and is the first Hardrocker since 2001 (Mark Hoffmann) to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. He currently has 1,028 on the season — and leads the RMAC.
As a team, the Hardrockers also broke three team single game records – total yards (705); total rushing yards (538) and first downs (36).
Two of the RMAC’s top offenses took center stage with over 100 points put up on the scoreboard. The Hardrockers led, 20-14, after the first quarter and after each team exchanged a pair of touchdowns in the second period, the score was knotted, 35-35, at the half. Adams State only led one time throughout the 60 minutes of play and it was a short lived, 21-20, edge midway through the second.
The Hardrocker then took to the ground in the second half while the SD Mines defense stiffened. SD Mines scored 14 points in the third quarter and added another score in the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies couldn’t keep pace as the ‘Rockers improved to 4-3 overall and got back to .500 in RMAC play at 3-3.
The ‘Rockers tallied 705 yards of record-setting total offense, collecting 538 on the ground and 167 through the air. Adams State amassed 193 on the ground and 263 through the air for 456 total yards.
The game also only saw three punts – all from the Grizzlies for 140 yards. No punts for the Hardrockers.
SD Mines quarterback Jake Sullivan also had a pretty outstanding performance Saturday, rushing the ball 13 times for 73 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw two TD passes to add to his career record — now at 59. In the game, he completed 11-20 passes for 167 yards.
Senior wide receiver Isaiah Manley also had a day, hauling in five passes for 118 reception yards and also scored a TD. Ira Murphy was also credited with one catch for a score in Saturday’s win.
Sophomore Enis Sefa had all the kicking duties in Saturday’s game, making good on 6-8 PAT attempts and racked up 463 yards on nine kickoffs.
Defensively, freshman Will Carroll led the Hardrockers with 10 total tackles while junior Michael Retland and Bryan Akunna both had seven. Retland had two tackles for a loss of 16 yards, had a pass breakup and forced a fumble. Sophomore Dominick Jackson added another interception on Saturday bringing his season total up to six for the season –which also leads the RMAC. Steven Nolasco also was credited with a INT in the game.
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