Quarterback passes out into record book history

Nathan Emert entered the record books Oct. 9.

Nathan Emert entered the record books Oct. 9.

Jacob W. Brower

Quarterback Nathan Emert secured himself a place in Missouri Southern football history during the Oct. 9 loss to Northwest Missouri State by shattering four school passing records.

Emert’s 35 pass completions on the game gave him 204 on the season, breaking Josh Chapman’s 2002 single-season record of 197 with four games to spare.

He also broke a 16-year old record for most passing yards in a game (419), most pass completions in a game (35) and most pass attempts in a game (55).

Southern head coach John Ware said he was pleased with his quarterback’s accomplishments.

“He had a great night and he’s having a great season,” Ware said. “Nathan is really becoming a leader. He’s only seven games into his freshman year so he still has a lot of untapped potential.”

Southern offensive coordinator Keeth Matheny echoed Ware’s sentiments.

“I’m happy to see Nathan have some success,” Matheny said. “It’s kind of a tainted deal because it wasn’t a team victory, but he’s making a lot of progress. He has a bright future and a bright rest of the season.”

Four of Emert’s seven performances this season rank in the top 10 in single-game passing yards in school history. His 347 yards against Missouri-Rolla ties for sixth place, his 344 yards against Bacone ranks eighth and his 338 yards against CMSU ranks ninth.

He also moved into fifth place in single season passing yards 2,267. He needs only 370 yards in four games to break Matt Cook’s 1991 school record.

He is also ninth in career passing yards.

Emert, however, said the team’s success is more important to him than personal goals.

“Records don’t matter if you don’t put points on the board,” he said.