October 28, 2013

Western's Octavias McKoy brings national attention to program and University

DANBURY, CT - Western Connecticut State University senior running back, Octavias McKoy, (Stratford) rushed for a NCAA all-divisions 455 yards in the Colonials' 55-35 win over Worcester State University last Saturday. Since then, he has begun preparing for this week's opponent, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, while he, the university and its football program garner national attention.

Video highlights of his outstanding day can be viewed here: THE REAL McKOY.

Through Sunday, the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) named McKoy its Offensive Player of the Week, marking the third time this season he received that honor. Later in the week, he is expected to be the front-runner for many more regional and national awards.

On Sunday, he was honored on ESPN's "College Football Live" with a helmet sticker, an honor usually given exclusively to top performers at the Division I level.

He has been invited to be on Monday night's ESPN "SportsCenter" broadcast and will be in studio for the 9 p.m. airing.

Against the Lancers, McKoy carried the ball 43 times, amassed the record-breaking 455 yards and scored five touchdowns. His touchdown runs were from 15, one, 41, 53 and 71 yards, respectively, as the Colonials broke a 21-21 at intermission and 28-28 third-quarter deadlock with Worcester State and outscored the Lancers 27-7 over the final 30 minutes.

The previous record was held by Dante Brown of Marrietta College, another Division III program, as he rushed for 441 yards against Baldwin-Wallace on Oct. 5, 1996. The other divisions' marks are: FBS Division I - LeDainian Tomlinson TCU vs. UTEP, Nov. 20, 1999; FCS Division I - Maurice Hicks, North Carolina A&T vs. Morgan State, Oct. 6, 2001; Division II - Jarom Freeman, Southern Connecticut vs. Bryant, Nov. 2, 2007.

The five touchdowns McKoy scored on Saturday give him 23 on the season, in just seven games, and 19 during the Colonials' last four contests. He leads the nation in touchdowns and points scored with 138, through seven games.

On the season, McKoy, listed at 5'10" and 191 pounds, has 1,556 yards on 180 carries and 23 visits to pay dirt. He is averaging 8.6 yards per carry with a long run of 71 yards, which was his final touchdown run last Saturday.

The eyes of NFL scouts are beginning to fix on McKoy. Back on Oct. 12, when the Colonials hosted Massachusetts Maritime, an Indianapolis Colts scout came to view Western defensive back, Tory Mack, (Stratford) but turned his attention to McKoy, and for good reason.

Against the Buccaneers, McKoy rushed for 372 yards and scored five touchdowns in the first of three consecutive five-touchdown games. That week, he received the coveted Ray Gallant Insurance New England Football Writers' Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Award and will likely earn his second region's top award this Wednesday.

Over the past three games, he is averaging 351 yards on 35.6 carries for an average of 9.8 yards per touch.

McKoy, a Stratford High School graduate in 2008, set out to take his talents to a Division I school.  After short stints at Garden City Community College and Eastern Arizona College, he returned "home" and transferred to Western prior to the start of the 2012 campaign.

A year ago, McKoy had 176 carries for 680 yards and scored eight touchdowns, including the game-winner in the Colonials' 20-14 overtime victory over Montclair State University on Oct. 27. The win ended a 28-game losing streak that spanned parts of four seasons.  

Fifty-two weeks later, he basks in the spotlight again, for obviously other reasons, and the Western football program and community could not be happier.

With three weeks remaining (two games sandwiched around a bye week) in his collegiate career, McKoy is poised to re-write the Western Football Record Book.  Thus far, he has broken 13 rushing and scoring records, and still has two games remaining in the season.

McKoy needs just 96 yards to break Mike Megura's career mark of 2,332 rushing yards from 1984 through 1986.

The Colonials, now 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the MASCAC, close out the season against the Corsairs on Saturday, Nov. 2, before celebrating Senior Day at the Westside Athletic Complex against Westfield State on Nov. 16.

Below is a current list of articles surely to grow, found from around the nation mentioning the special performance by McKoy and the Colonials on October 26.  Duplicated titles are actually articles in different publications and web sites.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 26 TO NOVEMBER 2, 2013

Octavias McKoy sets NCAA single game rushing record - October 29  
Record-setting back a bit of a nomad - October 29  
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
Converted defensive back Octavias McKoy shows he has right stuff to break NCAA rushing record - October 28  

 

RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
NCAA rushing phenom was almost a Hawkeye - October 28  
Octavias McKoy sets NCAA single-game rushing record - October 28  
Western's McKoy makes ESPN SportsCenter appearance, collects more hardware - October 28  
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
Converted defensive back Octavias McKoy shows he has right stuff to break NCAA rushing record - October 28  
Senior at Danbury's WestConn smashes NCAA rushing record with 455 yards - October 28  
Stratford High grad sets NCAA all-division rushing record - October 28  
Western's McKoy brings national attention to program, school - October 28 
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
WCSU running back breaks NCAA rushing record - October 28   RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
Converted defensive back Octavias McKoy shows he has right stuff to break NCAA rushing record - October 28  
Herald Heroes - October 28  
RB has proved to be right spot for Octavias McKoy - October 28  
McKoy sets record with 455 yards - October 27  
Octavias McKoy posts NCAA-record 455 rushing yards - October 27  
Western Connecticut State's McKoy sets all-division single-game rushing record - October 27  
McKoy sets rushing mark in Western Connecticut's 55-35 win over Worcester State - October 27  
McKoy breaks all-division rushing mark - October 27  
Div. III star Octavias McKoy breaks NCAA rushing record with 455 yards - October 27  
DIII RB rushes for record 455 yards - October 27  
Octavias McKoy: One-game wonder or overlooked prospect? - October 27  
Octavias McKoy posts NCAA-record 455 rushing yards - October 27  
Millions of zebra mussels infest lakes Zoar, Lillinonah - October 27  
WCSU's Octavias McCoy sets rushing record in win - October 26  

College football: Running back sets NCAA record with 455 yards rushing - October 26  
Western Connecticut's Octavias McKoy runs for NCAA-record 455 yards in Division III game - October 26  
DIII running back sets NCAA record with 455 yards rushing - October 26  
Western Connecticut's Octavias McKoy runs for NCAA-record 455 yards in Division III game - October 26  
W Conn RB sets NCAA record with 455 yards rushing - October 26  
Octavias McKoy, D-III RB, breaks NCAA rushing record with 455 yards - October 26  
Western's McKoy rushes for 455 yards to set record - October 26  
Western's Octavias Is the real McCoy - October 26  
Division III RB Octavias McKoy breaks NCAA single-game rushing record - October 26  
Octavias McKoy sets rushing record - October 26  
Western Connecticut RB Octavias McKoy sets NCAA rushing record - October 26  
W Conn RB sets NCAA record with 455 yards rushing - October 26  
Octavias McKoy of Western Connecticut State sets NCAA single-game rushing record - October 26  
D-III RB sets NCAA rushing record - October 26