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Evan Samson celebrates

EMU football's Samson Evans ties Eagles' all-time career touchdown record

Eagles football legend Gary Patton previously held record with 31 career touchdowns

EMU running back Samson Evans has officially tied Gary Patton as Eastern Michigan University’s all-time career touchdown leader.

Samson Evans
Samson Evans is a running back for the Eastern Michigan University football team.

Evan's two-yard run in the third quarter on Saturday against Central Michigan University put his career mark at 31.

Evans, once an Iowa Hawkeye, transferred to EMU in 2020 after a two-year stint at the University of Iowa, where he saw little game action, bouncing between running back and wide receiver. 

Throughout his career at EMU, Evans has rushed for 1,926 yards on 420 attempts, averaging 58.4 yards a game. He ranks 14th in EMU history for total rushing yards. 

His best season in Ypsilanti, Mich. came last year when Evans finished as a second team All-MAC selection. He rushed for 1,166 yards and 15 touchdowns. 

In that same year, Evans also became third highest in EMU history for total rushing yards in a game, logging 258 rushing yards in EMU’s upset win over Arizona State University last season.

Samson Evans run

EMU running back Samson Evans carries the ball in this file photo from the Eastern Michigan University Athletic Department.