Roberts also set a UC single-season rushing record, finishing with 1,622 yards on 238 carries, to break the mark of 1,430 he set last year. UC's records date back to 2003, the year the school revived football after a 47-yard absence.
Roberts entered the game averaging 127.1 rushing yards to rank 15th in Division II, and his 183.8 all-purpose yards were seventh. He leads the West Virginia Conference in both categories.
UC, which has won 16 of its last 19 games, loses 11 seniors, who, said Kirkland, have been essential to the team's progress.
"I can't say enough about the group of seniors,'' he said. "This season has been a direct reflection of them, their work ethic and their dedication to this football program. Our seniors got the boat in the right direction.''
The Yellow Jackets (2-9) ended the season with six straight losses and, if all goes well, might see an increase in scholarships next year. State coach Earl Monroe estimates the school now offers only "12 or 13,'' which is far below the NCAA maximum of 36.
"We're trying to increase the scholarships,'' said Monroe. "I know they're working on that, but to say how many and when, I say we'll probably know in the near future.''
In the meantime, Monroe was not pleased with his team's play on Saturday, especially in its attempts to tackle Roberts.
"We were just arm tackling,'' he said, "and he was running through us. I was hoping it would be a spark for a linebacker or defensive end, knowing you're playing against one of the top guys in the country. I was hoping it would motivate them to have a good game. But [the Golden Eagles] were just more physical than we were today. We have to get more physical guys who play with a little more attitude.''
State totaled just 150 yards of offense and never advanced past the UC 32 in the first half.
Reach Mike Whiteford at mikewhitef...@wvgazette.com.