Ben Anderson had to be rewarded in some fashion for throwing 467 yards – and breaking a record in the process.

Ben Anderson had to be rewarded in some fashion for throwing 467 yards – and breaking a record in the process.


Anderson on Saturday rewrote the Arkansas-Pine Bluff record book for most passing yards in a game, breaking a 20-year-old mark by 105. Along with 66 rushing yards, he also accounted for 93.5 percent of the Golden Lions’ offense (570) against Grambling State.


It left no question that the SWAC on Monday would honor the senior as its Offensive Player of the Week despite UAPB’s 63-39 loss. Anderson, who earned the award for the second time this season, has 1,403 passing yards this season and now ranks ninth nationally in the Football Championship Subdivision with 1,785 total offensive yards. For his career, Anderson has 10,157 total yards.


"Knowing Ben, he would trade all that in for a winning record especially because it’s his senior year," UAPB coach Monte Coleman said Monday evening. "Hopefully, it’ll give other quarterbacks the assurance to come here and play. It’s hard to put in words what Ben accomplished."


Anderson needs 316.2 passing yards per game through the Lions’ five remaining games to reach 10,000 for his career. The official NCAA FCS records book only lists the top 25 career leaders prior to 2014 in each category, with Montana State’s Travis Lulay (2002-05) ranking 25th in yards with 10,746.


Coleman added the biggest accomplishment for Anderson has been charting big numbers under three offensive coordinators – two of which he actually played under. He was a redshirt in 2010 when Jerry Mack organized the offense and spent the next three years under Eric Dooley, who is now Grambling State’s offense chief. Anthony Jones is currently at the helm of the UAPB offense.


Lions haven’t lost confidence


The Lions’ backs are against the wall in their pursuit of a winning record.


They must win their remaining five games to solidify a 6-5 mark, which would be only the third winning record in Coleman’s seven seasons. Coleman had a tying season (5-5-1) in 2009.


Grambling State delivered the knockout blow in Saturday’s 63-39 win by outscoring UAPB 28-7 after leading 28-18 at halftime. But Coleman said he didn’t think the confidence level of his team went down then, and he doesn’t think it’s low going forward in the season.


"I think the coaches have done an outstanding job getting guys in position," Coleman said. "I admire the guys. They’re playing hard.


"We have not given up. We will not give up."


A mix of youth and Division I inexperience among upperclassmen, however, has proven costly for the Lions in the big plays that have shifted momentum in their opponents’ direction often during the season. A total of eight junior and senior starters on offense and defense actually played for UAPB last year.


Asked whether he’ll put more of an emphasis on recruiting potential transfers to address the youth, Coleman said: "That’s always a part of our strategy. Those are premiums. We’ll look for mid-year guys."


Players of the Week


The SWAC honored three more players of the week Monday:


- Jarius Moore of Texas Southern had 13 tackles and two pass breakups in a loss to Alcorn State.


- Johnta’ Hebert of Prairie View A&M returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in a 52-19 win over Mississippi Valley State. He added to that a 53-yard return.


- Jamil Cooks of Alcorn State made six tackles (four solo), including 3.5 sacks, against Texas Southern.