CANTON, Mo. -- Eventually the bully gets hit with an unexpected haymaker.
Korbin Marcum, Connor Perrine and the rest of the Culver-Stockton College football players delivered a series of such blows Saturday afternoon.
Marcum completed his first 14 passes, Perrine tied a school record before halftime with four touchdown receptions and the Wildcats ended a 14-game losing streak to Missouri Valley College with a 40-28 victory at Ellison Poulton Stadium.
"This is a big turning point," said Marcum, the junior quarterback who had four touchdown passes before throwing an incompletion. "We're not getting bullied anymore. We can finally go and bully other people."
The Vikings had been pretty good at that.
Missouri Valley's average margin of victory against C-SC during its 14-game winning streak was 36.3 points, but the Wildcats had been getting closer in recent years. They lost by 24 points in 2017 and just 10 points on the road last fall.
"We got the chance to put our foot on the gas, and we weren't scared to go out and be great and make plays," C-SC coach Tom Sallay said. "We've got pretty good players and they went out and executed. Nothing too special. Nothing out of the ordinary. They executed what they had prepared to do."
That was to score quick and score often.
The Wildcats (2-1) needed just five plays to score on the game's opening possession as Marcum and Perrine connected on a 40-yard touchdown pass. They capped a seven-play drive on the next possession with a 21-yard touchdown pass and went up 21-0 on the final play of the first quarter with a 90-yard touchdown.
It was the second-longest scoring reception in program history.
"We were clicking," Perrine said. "Once I ran my first route, I burned him a little bit and I was like, ĎAll right, it's going to be there all game.' I felt good about it. I had that good vibe."
Perrine caught six passes for 181 yards and four scores, matching the single-game record for touchdown receptions set by Kevin Wiley against Iowa Wesleyan in 1988.
"The first two games, I wasn't able to show what I could do after the catch," Perrine said. "So it was something I had worked on. I had that focus."
Meanwhile, Marcum focused on a quick release and taking what a defense gives. The Vikings gave him the chance to pick them apart as he went 33 of 41 for 513 yards and tied his own single-game record with six touchdown passes.
He threw for six touchdowns against Peru State as a freshman.
"I love catching the ball from Korbin," Perrine said. "He makes it so easy."
A stout offensive line helps with that. Marcum was sacked once, pressured just three times and had the benefit of a running game that averaged 5.8 yards per carry.
"Korbin did a great job of making sure he got the ball out on time," Sallay said. "He didn't stand there and re-adjust himself and figure out what was going on. He got the ball out so other guys could make plays."
The C-SC defense limited Missouri Valley (2-1) to just seven points in the first half and took away the Vikings' running game completely. They averaged just 2 yards per carry, allowed four sacks and reached the red zone only twice.
"If we play assignment football and run to the ball, everything is going to start bouncing our way and we are going to be able to take advantage of it," Sallay said. "Now, we're giving just eight or 10 or 14 points, not 20 or 21 or 28. Once we start doing that consistently, we're going be capable of doing some special things."
Culver-Stockton 40, Missouri Valley 28
18 First downs 25
34-68 Rushes-yards 20-115
231 Passing yards 513
299 Total yards 628
16-29-0 Comp-Att-Int 33-42-0
5-55 Penalties-yards 9-58
3-0 Fumbales-lost 0-0
Mo. Valley 0 7 14 7--28
C-SC 21 13 6 0
C-SC--Connor Perrine 40 pass from Korbin Marcum (Oscar Simon kick), 12:27
C-SC--Perrine 21 pass from Marcum (Simon kick), 3:26
C-SC--Perrine 90 pass from Marcum (Simon kick), :00
MV--James Denton 49 pass from Jake Bridges (Austin Johnson kick), 14:50
C-SC--Perrine 15 pass from Marcum (kick failed), 12:56
C-SC--Mateen Johnson 5 pass from Marcum (Simon kick), :12
MV--Ramiah Marshall 49 kick return (Johnson kick), 14:44
MV--Wayne Grant 26 pass from Bridges (Johnson kick), 10:47
C-SC--Brody Hassel 73 pass from Marcum (run failed), 9:59
MV--Bridges 8 run (Johnson kick), 12:12
RUSHING--Missouri Valley, Joshua Hill 8-43, Briquez Alvies 13-36, Grant 1-(minus 1), Bridges 12-(minus 10), C-SC, Nathan Barnes 10-99, Jordan Grant 4-11, Chauncey Garrison 3-9, Marcum 3-(minus 4).
PASSING--Missouri Valley, Bridges 16-29-231-0. C-SC, Marcum 33-41-513-0, Maxwell Blaschke 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING--Missouri Valley, Grant 9-77, Marshall 3-47, Denton 2-55, Moses Menchan 1-39, Kahil Harshaw 1-13. C-SC, Prrine 6-181, Hassel 6-129, Johnson 6-46, Alex Nicks 5-73, Barnes 3-45, Grant 3-18, Isaiah Eppinger 3-15, Garrison 1-6.