Tim Whitfield rushed for 175 yards and four touchdowns as the No. 21 Langston Lions defeated Wayland Baptist 35-20 on Saturday to clinch their third straight conference championship.
Following his record-setting performance, Whitfield is now the Langston University record holder for most career touchdowns (33) and most rushing touchdowns in a single season (20). He previously eclipsed the single season rushing record held by Carlos Ross last week during Langston’s 44-7 victory over Texas College.
Behind four first-half rushing touchdowns by Whitfield, Langston built a 28-0 lead with 8:26 remaining in the second quarter. The Pioneers trimmed the lead to 28-6 entering halftime after Nick Quintero hit Noah Lujan for a 53-yard touchdown pass.
Cooper finished the day 18-for-35 for 301 yards and one touchdown; Isaiah Shaputis led the aerial attack with five receptions for 138 yards and Person finished with five catches for 76 yards and one touchdown.
Langston (8-2, 7-1 SAC) improves to 38-8 under head coach Quinton Morgan and clinched their third straight conference championship. The Lions will now await to see if they’ve clinched an at-large berth into the NAIA FCS Playoffs tomorrow at 6 p.m. via the NAIA’s Facebook Page.