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Photo by Mercer University / Former McCallie School quarterback Robert Riddle has Mercer off to a 2-0 start this season, with the Bears having averaged 47 points per game.

Former McCallie School quarterback Robert Riddle set a Mercer University record during Saturday's 45-7 win at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina.

Riddle already had thrown for a 13-yard touchdown and rushed for a 17-yard score when he connected with Rob Lake on a 98-yard touchdown for a 21-0 advantage in the first quarter. It marked the longest offensive play in Mercer history.

The Bears (2-0) opened their season with a 49-27 Southern Conference win at Western Carolina.

Riddle, a 6-foot-3, 207-pound redshirt sophomore from Lookout Mountain, has completed 29 of 50 passes (58.0%) for 532 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions through two games. He also has rushed four times for 35 yards (8.8 per carry) and a score.

A SoCon All-Freshman selection last year despite playing fewer than four full games due to a season-ending collarbone injury, Riddle is 4-0 in games he has started and finished against fellow Football Championship Subdivision competition.

Mercer's home opener is Saturday night against Austin Peay.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524. Follow him on Twitter @DavidSPaschall.

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