In a cross-town rivalry game that pitted the Mercyhurst Lakers against the Gannon Golden Knights, Mercyhurst quarterback Brendan Boylan put together a career game in leading the Lakers to a thrilling 45-38 victory.
Boylan, a redshirt Junior from Independence, Ohio, completed 28-of-44 passes for 446 yards and four touchdowns — all were career highs.
Boylan became the first Laker quarterback to break the 400-yard mark in a game since 2011, when Travis Rearich threw for 424 yards against Kutztown. For the game, the Laker offense surpassed 600 yards in total offense, which was all the more impressive considering Gannon’s defense led the PSAC in total defense and scoring defense. Additionally, the Lakers came into the game ranked 15 out of 16 in the conference in total offense, averaging a mere 245.6 yards a game.
Clearly the Lakers ignored the statistics, and put together their best game of the season, led by the impressive performance of PSN’s Player of the Week, Brendan Boylan.
The Lakers will now look to repeat their performance against PSAC powerhouse Slippery Rock, as the teams will face each other at the University of Michigan this coming Saturday in the “Big House Battle.” Expected attendance is estimated to be over 80,000, so it should be a tremendous opportunity for exposure for both programs and the PSAC.
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