DELAND, Fla. (AP) — Colin McGovern threw for 498 yards and six touchdowns, both school records, Donald Parham caught three scoring passes for 257 yards receiving — another single-game record — and Stetson beat Valparaiso 45-31 on Saturday.
McGovern completed 31 of 50 passes to become the first Hatter to throw for more than 400 yards in a single game and he also became the all-time leading passer in school history.
McGovern’s 15-yarder to Bensley Bornelus put the Hatters (8-2, 6-2 Pioneer Football League) up for good 28-24 in the third quarter. He hit Luke McDermott on a 23-yarder and Parham on a 53-yard score, also in the third.
Parham, who with 12 catches became the first Hatter with more than 200 receiving yards in a single game, also caught TD passes of 64 and 5 yards. Bornelus had seven receptions for 85 yards and two TDs and McDermott finished with five catches for 78 yards for the Hatters (8-2, 6-2 Pioneer Football League), who entered the game tied for second place in the conference.
Valparaiso (2-9, 2-6) struck first, on Chris Duncan’s 19-yard TD pass to Parker Fox, tied it at 14 on Cody Boxrucker’s 1-yard run, then led 21-14 after Kellan McKeag returned a second-quarter blocked punt 25 yards for a score.