Joyner hauls in career-high 80-yard TD reception for ECSU
Brandon Joyner of Fairbanks made the longest house call of his college football career, hauling in an 80-yard touchdown reception for Elizabeth City State University.
The senior wide receiver made the play on 3rd-and-15 in the third quarter when he got behind the defense after his quarterback was from flushed from the pocket.
It was an off-balanced throw and Joyner had to come back for the ball before making the catch and racing to the end zone.
Joyner’s first TD of the season gave Elizabeth City a 27-21 lead in a game the Vikings lost 35-27 to Bluefield State at the NCAA D2 level.
Joyner, of West Valley High fame, finished with two catches for 83 yards.
He also serves as the punter for Elizabeth City and had a 36-yard average on four punts, placing two of them inside the 20-yard line.
This is his first season as a college punter. His bread and butter is wide receiver, where he has posted 69 career receptions for 865 yards and seven touchdowns.
The 80-yard scoring strike almost doubled his previous longest TD reception of 42 yards set in 2017 when he was with Cheney University.
He also set the Cheney school record for the high jump at 6 feet, 9.75 inches, shattering the previous record that had stood for 42 years.