KALAMAZOO - Corey Davis of Western Michigan has become the career FBS leader in yards receiving, setting the record in the second quarter tonight against Toledo.
Davis broke the mark of 5,005 yards set by Trevor Insley of Nevada from 1996-99.
Davis came into the game with 4,987 yards. After only one reception for no gain in the first quarter, he set the record on a touchdown drive late in the second. Davis caught a 13-yard pass from Zach Terrell on the first play of the drive, and a 7-yarder moments later moved him past Insley.
He later added an 11-yard catch on the drive. Three more catches early in the second half pushed his total to 5,056 yards.
No. 14 Western Michigan was trying to complete an unbeaten regular season with a victory.
The 6-foot-3 Davis has been a starter since his first season at WMU in 2013. He caught 67 passes for 941 yards that year, and it was the only season he’s been held under 1,000 yards receiving with the Broncos.
In 2014, he had 78 catches for 1,408 yards and 15 touchdowns, and last season, he caught 90 passes for 1,436 yards and 12 TDs.
He came into today's game with 16 touchdown receptions this season, then added a 1-yard scoring catch in the third quarter to tie the school’s single-season record. His numbers have been so impressive that there’s a website promoting him for the Heisman Trophy. His chances in that race are probably remote, but now he has a place in college football history with his yardage record.