BATESVILLE, Ark. – Lyon College senior running back Michael Bowles made ‘the spotlight’ this past Saturday when he set a new Scot single-game rushing record with 253 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries in the Scots’ 63-26 victory over previously unbeaten Morthland College (Ill.). For his efforts Bowles has been put in the Scot Spotlight this week.
Bowles, a 5-8, 199-lb. runner from Earle, Ark., picked up 186 yards and a pair of scores on 18 carries in the first half of the game as the Scots built a 42-20 lead against the Patriots. He only carried the ball one time in the second half, adding a 67-yard touchdown to his total before going to the bench for the remainder of the game. He averaged 13.3 yards per carry.
The Lyon win was the first in 15 games since restarting the program in 2013. The Scots are in the second season of intercollegiate play after the college dropped the program in 1951.
Bowles has rushed for 511 yards in 66 attempts in four games this season. He is averaging 127.8 yards per game and 7.7 yards per carry and has scored four touchdowns. His three-touchdown game last week was a personal and team single-game record. It was the 10th time in his career he has ran for more than 100 yards and the first time he’s crossed the 200-yard barrier. His previous high was a 189-yard effort on 28 carries in Lyon’s first game against Tabor College in 2015.
Bowles, who has rushed for 1,942 yards during his one-plus season at Lyon, currently ranks No. 3 in NAIA in total rushing, third in rushing yards per game, 10th in all-purpose yards (560), 13th in total scoring, 23rd in all-purpose yards per game (140.0) and 38th in scoring per game (7.5).
Bowles even managed to lead the band during the postgame celebration.
Bowles and the Scots (1-3) will try to win their second straight game on Saturday when the Scots travel to Muskogee, Okla. to face Bacone College (0-3) in a 2 p.m. start. The game is the Central States Football League opener for both schools. The game will be played at Creek Nation Field at the Indian Bowl at Muskogee High School.