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ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -- As the Valdosta State offense is warming up, so is senior wide receiver Reggie Mosley.

The fifth-year senior from Valdosta High had his biggest yardage day in almost two seasons to help Valdosta State to a 51-10 win Saturday at Ouachita Baptist. Mosley caught four passes for 173 yards, the most since his school-record 232-yard night at West Georgia in 2000.

"We've still got work to do, but we're coming along game by game," said Mosley. "When all is said and done, we want to be No. 1."

Mosley also continued to write his name into the record book. His three touchdowns gave him 40 for his career, a new school record. He's now just 52 yards short of the career receiving yardage record.

Mosley and fellow fifth-year senior C.J. Lofton are continuing to climb up the career catches list. Lofton has 177 catches, fifth all-time, while Mosley is one catch behind. Neither will catch Sean Pender's 247 catches, but they should finish second and third on the list.

"He's been solid out there," said head coach Chris Hatcher of Mosley. "When you have C.J. on the other side, it's hard to double up both of them.

"Reggie plays hard and shows up to play each Saturday. It's our job to get him the football. When we do he makes big plays."

The three touchdowns Saturday came on three different plays. The first came on VSU's first score, when quarterback Buster Faulkner found Mosley behind Ouachita's unusual defense. While the Tigers had just two down linemen with the nose guard standing, everyone was within 20 yards of the football. Faulkner scrambled, found Mosley open and 68 yards later it was 7-0.

"When you get out of the pocket, coverage usually breaks down downfield," Faulkner said. "The receivers just get to the open spot. They make plays, I just try to get them the ball."

The second score was a more routine 22-yard pass into the end zone, with Mosley beating the defender to the back corner.

The third score was a simple quick screen. Like last week vs. Southern Arkansas, Mosley caught the pass and used his blockers and was off for a 72-yard run.

"That's my advantage, my speed," Mosley said. "If Buster gets it out to me quick, I'll just run. Hopefully nobody catches me."

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BIG DAY: The 541 yards of total offense and 51 points were season highs. It was game five before VSU (now 5-0, 3-0 in the Gulf South) posted 50-plus points last season. Then the Blazers ran off six 50-point games.

"We've got a few things we can work on," said Faulkner, who now has 18 touchdown passes in five games. "We'll keep working on the mistakes in practice and try to get things corrected."

While Faulkner has thrown just one interception in three games, the Blazers did lose four fumbles (of nine this season) Saturday.

"We've got a lot of improvements to make," said Hatcher.

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PLAY OF THE DAY: This didn't happen on the field, but somewhere over south Georgia Saturday night.

The Miami Air charter flight the Blazers took to and from the game was preparing for landing in Valdosta. However, the light indicating the front landing gear was locked into place didn't come on. As the plane circled Valdosta, and calls about a possible emergency landing went out over the police radio, the flight crew visually checked the gear and confirmed it was in place.

And while the passengers were asked to make extremely sure their seat belts were securely fastened, the landing was no more than the usual bumpy event.



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