Coy turns lost into one for the record book at Mesa State

ALAMOSA — The game plan included the usual heavy dose of Bobby Coy.

The Mesa State College football team gave the running back the ball 27 times and he turned those carries into 136 yards and two touchdowns in Adams State’s 30-27 victory Saturday over the Mavericks at Rex Field.

It wasn’t a career-high for Coy in a single game. It wasn’t even a season high, but Coy turned in a day for the record books.

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound junior from Littleton surpassed Mike Vaughn’s single-season rushing record of 1,384 yards. Coy, who is third in the nation in rushing yards per game, has 1,400 yards for the season.

“Something like that is a compliment to the coaching staff and all the offensive linemen I’ve played with that stuck their necks out for me,” Coy said. “That honor is not just me; it’s everyone that I’ve played with.”

Coy has the Mesa career rushing record in sight as well. With 3,961 yards, Coy is 200 shy of Vaughn’s record of 4,161 yards.

“The thing about Bobby is he makes everyone around him better,” Mesa center Ryan Swope said. “You talk to him and he’s giving credit to everyone else besides himself. He is a great running back and makes things happen.

“With anyone that is always giving you credit, you want to see him succeed. We want to get him that record. It’s a tough loss, but that’s the thing, he’s not worried about the record, he’s worried about the loss.”

Coy has rushed for more than 100 yards in eight of the Mavericks’ nine games this season. He started with 201 in the opener against West Texas A&M. He went over the 1,000-yard mark this season with 237 against CSU-Pueblo.

The All-RMAC player had 125 of his 136 yards in the first three quarters Saturday. He broke the record on his final carry in the third quarter on the Mavericks’ 11-play, 63-yard drive that resulted in Jared Keating’s 35-yard field goal and a 27-22 lead.

After that drive, Adams State limited the Mavericks to four yards in total offense, allowing the Grizzlies a chance to win the game in the end.

Coy had six carries for 11 yards in the final quarter, but credited Adams State’s defense for the Mavericks’ lack of offense.

“I think we had a good week of practice, but you’ve got to tip your hat to Adams,” Coy said. “They played really well. Their offense moved the ball, the defense made some key stops whenever we needed first downs.

“This makes things complicated for us. It doesn’t mean the season’s over, but we’ve got to go into next week with that mindset.”

With Coy, the Mavericks’ RMAC title and NCAA playoff hopes are alive.

“Bobby has been phenomenal for us,” Mesa State coach Joe Ramunno said. “We could’ve got him more carries today. Bob is a great player. He is a team guy and works so dang hard.”


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