DANBURY, CT - Bright lights will shine upon Western Connecticut State University senior running back Octavias McKoy, this time under the studio lights in the ESPN studio for Monday nights SportsCenter beginning with its 9 pm live show. The broadcast will run throughout the night on most of ESPN's channel line up.
Last Saturday, McKoy rushed for a NCAA all-divisions 455 yards in the Colonials' 55-35 win over Worcester State University.
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 October 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.
On Sunday, he was honored on ESPN's College Football Live with a helmet sticker, an honor usually give exlusively to top performers at the Division I level.