After running past Ty Detmer on Saturday to become the NCAA career leader in total offense and breaking the Division I-AA single-game yardage record, Steve McNair scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard run with 10 seconds remaining in Alcorn State's 41-37 victory over Southern.
McNair had 649 total yards against Southern, Division I-AA's top-ranked defense, to end Detmer's three-year stay atop the NCAA list. He has 15,049 in all. This season, he has 4,025 yards and 39 touchdowns (32 passing, seven rushing) for the Braves (6-2, 5-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference).
The senior quarterback threw for 587 yards and four touchdowns Saturday. He broke Detmer's record of 14,665 total yards on a 22-yard run on third and 21 with 1:26 left in the first half. McNair scrambled out of trouble, ran to the left sideline, cut back across the field and wasn't tackled until he had a first down and the record. The historic ball was presented to his mother.
"I'm glad (the record chase) is behind. I can control the things I do on the field now," said McNair. "I look forward to the next game and putting it out of reach the best I can."
Career offense leaders
1. x-Steve McNair, Alcorn St. (I-AA) 15,049
2. Ty Detmer, Brigham Young (I-A) 14,665
3. Neil Lomax, Portland St. (I-AA) 13,345
4. Willie Toten, Mississippi Val. (I-AA) 13,007
5. Kirk Baumgartner, Wis-Stevens Pt.(III) 12,767
6. Jamie Martin, Weber St. (I-AA) 12,287
7. Doug Nussmeier, Idaho (I-AA) 12,054
8. Doug Flutie, Boston College (I-A) 11,317
9. Ken Hobart, Idaho (I-AA) 11,217
10. Alex Van Pelt, Pittsburgh (I-A) 10,814