Junior quarterback Zach Zulli was named the PSAC Eastern Division Offensive Player of the Week on Sunday morning after completing 27-of-38 passes for 496 yards and five touchdowns in a, 63-21, rout of East Stroudsburg University. It is the third straight week that Zulli has been honored by the league.
Zulli’s efforts set Shippensburg University single-game records for passing yards and total offense. His individual marks rank 12th and 18th in PSAC single-game history. The production came from just three quarters as Zulli was used sparingly in the second half.
By halftime, Zulli had already completed 21-of-28 passes for 422 yards and four touchdowns. In just the second quarter alone, Zulli was 14-of-15 for 301 yards and three touchdowns.
The Raiders’ 63 points were the most scored against ESU at home in its history. SU actually trailed after the first quarter, 14-7, before reeling off 56 consecutive points.
Zulli completed 11 consecutive passes at one stretch of the second quarter, two short of the school record.
In the first half this season (three games), Zulli is 54-of-82 for 953 yards, 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
SU scored on all four of its drives to end the second quarter, needing just 18 plays to travel 296 yards for the four scores. Those four drives lasted a grand total of 4 minutes, 50 seconds.
Zulli shares this week’s PSAC East offensive award with West Chester University quarterback Mike Mattei, who threw for 358 yards and six touchdown passes in a lopsided victory over Millersville — a game in which the Golden Rams gained 655 yards of total offense against the Marauders.
The Raiders hosts Millersville at 1 p.m. Saturday from SU Student Association Field at Seth Grove Stadium.