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Football: UF put together memorable, historical 2017 campaign

The 2017 season was quite a memorable one for the University of Findlay football team.
A 10-3 finish with a playoff victory gave the team plenty to be proud of.
It also was a uniquely historical campaign.
Over the course of the season, plenty of individual and team records were set.
Most notably, the Oilers scored more points than any prior season with 578 points over 13 games (44.5 per game).
They needed 16 points entering Saturday’s playoff game against Assumption to break the previous mark of 567 set during the 1997 NAIA title run (13-0).
Their 80 total touchdowns fell just short of the record also held by that 1997 team.
Here’s a deeper look at how UF rewrote parts of its record book:
OFFENSVIELY: Collectively, the Oilers set the new bar for total yards with 6,702.
Only two teams nationally averaged more yards than Findlay (515.5 ypg) in the regular season.
Juinor quarterback Rhys Gervais had broken nearly every UF passing mark in his freshman and sophomore seasons prior to 2017 — be it single-game, -season or -career.
Despite having the fewest pass attempts of his career by 63, he completed the fourth-most passes in one season (194). Gervais already owned the top two marks of 236 (2016) and 228 (2015).
In addition to extending his career marks for passing yards (8,726) and touchdowns (82), he broke Bo Hurley’s career record for total offense (7,538 yards) midway through the year and now stands alone at 8,837 yards.
A good chunk of those yards went to fellow junior and standout wide receiver Jason Moore.
The 6-foot-3 target fell just short of a second 1,000-yard season (980) but still moved into the all-time lead for career receiving yards (2,722) and receiving touchdowns (36).
His 174 receptions are just three behind Lloyd Henry’s career record set from 2011-14.
Moore notched his third, fourth and fifth career three-touchdown games this season.
But Findlay’s bread and butter was an overwhelming ground attack that ran for 260.0 yards per game — sixth nationally.
Senior Daouda Sylla went for 129.5 ypg of that total and finished 10 yards shy (1,554) of the fourth-highest single-season total (Robert Campbell, 2002).
Sylla’s 6.4 yards per carry were the most as the team’s leading rusher since Joel McDaniel 6.5 in 2005 (568 yards) and highest for a 1,000-yard back since Milan Smith (7.2, 1993).
Sylla also posted the fifth-highest scoring marks with 19 touchdowns — all rushing.
DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS: While they aren’t all-time records, UF did have its best defensive season in the Rob Keys era.
They surrendered bests of 19.2 points and 306.3 yards per game.
Within that, they proved to be the stoutest against the run at 123.9 yards per game and 3.9 yards per carry.
Only two individual marks of note fit here.
Senior Aaron Ivory picked off five passes, returning three for touchdowns to tie the single-season UF mark in that category.
Only Nate Weihrauch accomplished the feat of three pick-sixes in 1995.
Meanwhile, the shifty Jacob Hill set the single-game mark of 212 kick return yards against Ohio Dominican, including a dazzling 93-yard return for a touchdown.
He finished with 666 kick return yards, 1,198 all-purpose yards.

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