BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Dominating. Powerful. Formidable. Crushing. Bruising. And record-setting. Such was the performance of senor running back Terence Pollock as he led Union to a 61-26 victory over visiting UVa-Wise Saturday.
All the Orange Park, Fla., native did was set the single-game rushing record with 231 yards on 20 carries, tie the single-game rushing touchdown mark with four and become the all-time touchdown down record holder with 35 career scores.
"And I'm not done," said Pollock of his performance.
Pollock equaled Clarence Mackey's rushing touchdown record, which he set against Tusculum (Tenn.) in 1993. The single-game rushing record had stood at 214 yards for 25 yards when James Fletcher set the mark against Tennessee Wesleyan in 1985. Fletcher needed 33 carries.
Already the career rushing leader, Pollock increased his total to 3,337 yards as he now has 528 on the season to go along with eight touchdowns. His 35 career touchdowns (32 rushing, three receiving) gives him 210 career points, six away from tying Jeremy Macejewski for the Bulldog record.
"I'm looking to break my own records and to set the standards higher for those who come after me," Pollock said of what is left for him to do. "Other than that, all I want to do is help the team win."
In all, Pollock owns or shares eight program records with two more in his sights: the scoring record and the single-season rushing touchdown record. Pollock has eight rushing touchdowns on the season and needs only six more to break Mackey's record of 13. The Bulldogs still have seven games to play.
About the only area Pollock disappointed was in meeting his expectations for the day.
"I was looking to get 250 (yards) and five touchdowns," the 5-foot-10 back said.
Pollock wasted no time is putting his stamp on the game. Union (2-2 overall) took the opening kick, and in five plays, it moved the ball 75 yards for a Pollock 6-yard scoring run. Pollock ran the ball four times on the drive for 72 yards as the Bulldogs seized the early 7-0 lead.
"My O-linemen did a great job opening up things for me, and when I got out in the open, I just looked to see what I could get," Pollock said.
With 12:16 to go in the second, Pollock put Union up 13-0 with a 30-yard scamper. Senior running back Armond Smith (Stone Mountain, Ga.) got in on the scoring act with a 7-yard touchdown run to make it 20-0 with 4:16 remaining in the half.
Smith had an amazing day himself as he ran for 130 yards and a couple of scores on only five carries.
UVa-Wise (0-5 overall) cracked the scoring column as time expired at the half when Stewart Robertson punched the ball in from a yard out. The PAT was no good, leaving the score 20-6 at the break.
The Cavaliers made things really interesting as they cut the margin to 20-13 thanks to a Broderick Gager 7-yard scoring pass from Hunter Hoke with 9:54 left in the third.
The Bulldogs, though, answered with a Pollock 1-yard scoring run and a Smith 80-yard touchdown run, upping the margin to 33-13 with 2:18 to play in the third.
In the fourth, both teams lit up the scoreboard as the teams combined for 41 points.
After UVa-Wise cut it to 33-19, Union upped the margin to 40-19 on a play that covered 63 yards. Mike Brinkley (Anthony, Fla.) hit Demetrius Hicks (Frankfort, Ky.) for what turnout to be a 61-yard pass play as Hicks fumbled at the Cavalier 2. However, P.J. Burrowes (Middlesboro, Ky.) was there to pounce on the loose ball in the end zone for the touchdown with 12:52 to go.
A little over a minute later, Union was at it again as Brinkley hit Sean Mackey (Reddick, Fla.) on a swing pass. Mackey weaved his way through the UVa-Wise defense for a 54-yard scoring play, giving Union a 47-19 cushion at the 11:33 mark.
Robertson scored his second touchdown of the day, pulling the Cavaliers within 47-26. UVa-Wise attempted an onside kick, but Union recovered on the Cavalier 40. On the very next play, Pollock raced 40 yards for his fourth touchdown of the day, making it 54-26 with 9:49 remaining.
"Terence just had an outstanding day," said Union coach Tommy Reid. "The offensive line and wide receivers all did a great job blocking, allowing him to spring for all those big runs.
"I'm just really glad he's on our team."
Union wrapped up the scoring when backup quarterback Zak Poole (Coconut Creek, Fla.) hit Jaque Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) for a 29-yard touchdown pass with 4:52 still on the clock. After the Jordan West (Tifton, Ga.) PAT, the final was 61-26.
During the final scoring drive, Pollock broke loose for 23-yard run on his 20th carry of the game to break the single-game rushing record.
And with a few new records in hand, Pollock had only one last thing to say: "Tell my momma 'I love her'."
The Bulldogs piled up the yardage as they outgained the Cavaliers 651-282 in total offense. Union ran only 53 offensive plays, averaging 12.3 yards per play. The Bulldogs racked up 391 rushing yards and passed for another 260.
Brinkley had a very efficient afternoon, going 8-for-12 for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Mackey hauled in four passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. This is second week in a row he posted over 100 yards receiving.
Defensively, Chris Bethel (Allensville, Ohio) led the way seven tackles with two going for a loss of nine yards. Jowann Peterson (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Zach Eagler (Florence, Ky.) both had six total stops. Cordaryl Strickland (LaGrange, Ga.) picked off his team-leading third interception of the season.
Hoke completed 12-of-27 passes for 105 yards and a score, while Michel Steele hauled in six passes for 55 yards. Robertson led the ground attack with 77 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.
The 61 points are the fourth most Union has ever scored in a game, and the 87 combined points are most scored in the 11-game history of the series, which the Bulldogs now lead 8-3.
Union returns to action Saturday when it opens Mid-South Conference West play at Cumberlands (Ky.). Game time is set for 1:30 p.m.