CANTON, Mo. -- Connor Perrine knew what kind of jolt his 30-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the fourth quarter would give the Culver-Stockton College football team.
He had no idea it was historic, too.
"I came off the field and onto the sideline and someone told me about it," Perrine said. "That's special."
Perrine caught senior quarterback Korbin Marcum's 55th career touchdown pass, breaking the mark previously held by Jon Enrico, who played quarterback from 1984-87. It was one of four touchdowns Marcum threw in the 34-17 victory over Evangel on Saturday at Ellison Poulton Stadium.
A 6-yard scoring strike to Perrine with 3:36 remaining was his 56th career touchdown pass and cemented the season-opening outcome.
"A guy like Korbin, he works hard and he wants to be great," Perrine said. "He went out there and didn't let anything get in his head. He was just being great."
Marcum completed 25 of 46 passes for 257 yards, the majority of which came after he threw an interception on C-SC's first drive of the game. It led to Evangel's first touchdown and a 7-0 deficit. That was erased when Marcum found Perrine for a 15-yard touchdown on the next possession.
Marcum's bounce-back mentality is a big reason for his success.
"He made a mistake on a throw, but he learns from it," C-SC coach Tom Sallay said. "He has so much pride in what he does and what this team accomplishes that he pushes himself to give the best effort to help this team reach its goals."
His teammates know Saturday's victory means more than the record, but they also want to celebrate what Marcum has done because they've had a hand in it as well.
"We take great pride in our teammates' successes," senior right tackle Alex Gonzalez said. "Individual accolades are always cool, but to be able to see your teammates being successful and being a driving force behind that is a big deal for us. A 100-yard rusher and Korbin throwing all these touchdowns, that's our reward."
With a number of other career records within Marcum's reach, the rewards should be plenty as long as the victories are too.