Rashaan Dumas is one of the best -- and most durable -- running backs in Division II. Just ask Buffalo State.
The Bengals got a heavy dose of the redshirt freshman, who carried the ball 51 times for 224 yards and a touchdown Saturday to lead Southern Connecticut State to a 21-7 victory at soggy Jess Dow Field.
The Owls (6-1) put the game away early, scoring 21 points in the second quarter.
Dumas, whose 1,276 yards this season broke Southern's single-season record of 1,258 set by Ellis Robinson in 1994, scored from four yards out with 12:48 to go in the first half.
The 83-yard, 16-play drive was set up by an interception by quarterback Tracy Bacon, one of four turnovers on the day by the Bengals (4-1).
After a Buffalo State punt, fullback John Potkay broke through the middle and scored on a 49-yard run.
With less than a minute remaining in the first half, Southern quarterback Tom Kleine connected on a 33-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Rembert to put the Owls in front, 21-0.
The second half belonged to Dumas, who accounted for more than half of Southern's offense.
Dumas could not put any more points on the scoreboard, but his running kept the chains moving and burned up a lot of clock.
The most impressive aspect of his performance was he did not fumble despite the heavy work load and torrential rain that fell throughout the contest.
Overshadowed by Dumas' heroics was Buffalo State tailback Perez Dinkins, who rushed for 184 yards on 32 carries.
The Bengals' offense had a productive day in terms of yardage (359), but turnovers killed any scoring opportunities.
Buffalo State's only score, on its first possession of the second half, came on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Bacon to Al Thomas that ended an eight-play, 60-yard drive.
Middle linebacker J. R. Ferguson led the Southern defense with 23 tackles, while linebacker Jason Kolb (Maryvale) had 10 for Buffalo State.
The Bengals' road schedule takes them to Kean College next Saturday.