Jason Vander Laan breaks rushing record in Bulldogs’ win over Ohio Dominican

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University quarterback Jason Vander Laan made history Saturday in a 38-17 win over Ohio Dominican University.

The senior quarterback needed 71 yards entering Saturday’s game against ODU to pass Wofford College’s Shawn Graves for most rushing yards by a quarterback in NCAA history at any level.

Vander Laan sprinted by the mark, rushing for 161 yards to set the record at 5,218 yards.

His record-breaking run was a 53-yard touchdown scamper down the home sideline to give the Bulldogs a 14-7 lead at the 13:47 mark of the second quarter.

The win improves No. 4 ranked FSU to 6-0 and also avenges the team’s only loss in its last 22 games. ODU defeated the Bulldogs 46-33 last year in the first round of the playoffs.

FSU receiver Jake Lampman dove and hit the pylon for a 3-yard touchdown rush with 20 seconds remaining in the half for a 24-7 lead.

Vander Laan extended the Bulldogs’ lead to 31-7 with 8:53 left in the third quarter with a 3-yard plunge into the end zone.

Vander Laan finished 16 of 25 passing for 159 yards.

The Bulldogs host Michigan Technological University next Saturday.

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Posted by Ryan Zuke

Ryan is the sports editor for the Big Rapids Pioneer, covering local prep sports and Ferris State athletics. He can be contacted at (231) 592-8363 or rzuke@pioneergroup.com.

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