Without Kade Harrington, a relative of Wyatt Earp might not have won a shootout against Sam Houston State last week.
While Lamar quarterback Carson Earp passed for for 223 yards and four touchdowns, Harrington piled up 313 of the Cardinals’ 515 total yards in one of the biggest upsets in school history to run away with ASN’s FCS Player of the Week honors.
Harrington, a junior running back, rushed for a career-high 230 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns in a 49-46 win against Sam Houston State, which was ranked No. 3 in the STATS FCS Top 25. He scored on a 73-yard touchdown run after the Bearkats rallied to within 42-39 in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory.
“The last two times we’ve played these guys, we went into the game with Kade not healthy,” said Woodard. “Tonight was the first time he’s been healthy in this game, and it showed. Kade is a special player who gets better as the game goes on.”
It was the second-best rushing game in school history and most rushing yards by a Cardinals running back since Burton Murchison’s school-record 259 in 1985. He also caught two passes for 83 yards and a touchdown as the Cardinals beat the Bearkats for the second time ever.
“The last two times we’ve played these guys, we went into the game with Kade not healthy,” said Lamar head coach Ray Woodard. “This was the first time he’s been healthy in this game, and it showed. Kade is a special player who gets better as the game goes on.”
Harrington, who also was named STATS FCS Co-National Player of the Week and Southland Conference Player of the Week, received 82% of votes cast on americansportsnet.com.
Northern Illinois cornerback Shawun Lurry won ASN’s FBS Player of the Week.
The FBS nominees included Villanova’s Zack Bednarczyk, William & Mary’s Steve Cluley and Liberty’s Chima Uzowihe.
- Bednarczyk, a redshirt freshman quarterback replaced an injured John Robertson, last year’s Walter Payton Award winner, with less than seven minutes remaining in the game and rallied Villanova to a 28-21 victory over Delaware. He passed for a touchdown, ran for another and scored on a two-point conversion to lead the Wildcats, ranked No. 6 in the STATS FCS Top 25, to the 600th victory in program history.
- Cluley, a junior quarterback completed 23 of 36 passes for 226 yards with three touchdowns, nearly leading the Tribe to an upset at Virginia. He was especially productive in the first half, completing 11 of 14 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Trailing 35-29 late, the Tribe drove to Virginia’s 30-yard line. But they were was stopped on downs with 1:27 remaining.
- Uzowihe, a senior defensive end and STATS FCS Preseason Defensive Player of the Year had two sacks against Montana to become the Big South’s career leader (22.5). The Flames, ranked No. 15 in the STATS FCS Top 25, held off No. 8 Montana, 31-21. Uzowihe, who had a pass breakup and a sack on the game’s final two plays, leads the nation with 1.83 sacks per game (5.5 sacks in three games).
The final tally on americansportsnet.com:
- Kade Harrington, Lamar (82%, 375 Votes)
- Steve Cluley, William & Mary (16%, 73 Votes)
- Zack Bednarczyk, Villanova (2%, 10 Votes)
- Chima Uzowihe, Liberty (0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 459