(HILLSDALE, Mich.) – Nate Dantley Jr. set a new single game record for receiving yards in a game with 185, but it wasn't enough as Lake Erie fell to Hillsdale 34-14 on Saturday afternoon. The sophomore caught 13 passes for the total and hauled in a 49 yard pass for a score in the process.
He broke the previous record of 183 set by Brandon James set in the first season of the program's history. James set that mark on November 1, 2008, in a 38-31 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan.
"Nate is very talented. We were expecting for him to have a break out game like this," said Head Coach Reilly Murphy.
Javarian Smith was responsible for most of the passing as he had a career game himself with 342 yards. He completed 29-of-50 with a pair of touchdowns. His yardage total now sits seventh all-time for most passing yards in a single game.
In addition to his scoring strike to Dantley, he found Peyton Brown from 30 yards out for his first touchdown of the day. The score came right before the half and made the score 14-7. Smith's second touchdown put Lake Erie within striking distance again at 20-14 as the third quarter ended.
Brown had an impressive game himself with 119 yards on seven catches.
The turning point came early in the final period as the Storm looked to cut the deficit even more with a field goal, but the attempt was blocked and returned 74 yards the other way to make it a two-possession game.
Hillsdale's David Graham later added an insurance touchdown from 15 yards out to set the final score. It was his third of the game as he proved difficult to stop after also having scores from 76 and 55 yards out. He finished the day with 232 yards.
"We know how to compete. Our guys play extremely hard. Now we just have to learn what it takes to win," said Murphy. "Too many mistakes to beat a team like Hillsdale. In the 4th quarter we were driving to take the lead against the defending conference champs and we stall out in the red zone. We were forced to kick a field goal which ultimately got blocked."
Big plays were the story of the game as five of the seven touchdowns scored were of 30 yards in length or more.
The Storm offense had its best game of the season thus far as it churned out 447 total yards and 25 first downs. Hillsdale narrowly outgained Lake Erie with 467 yards but were limited to 17 first downs.
The Storm will return home next week as they take on Kentucky Wesleyan. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. with the game streamed live on the Great Midwest Digital Network.