© St. Petersburg Times, published September 22, 2002
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State receiver Charles Rogers tied an NCAA record by catching a touchdown pass in his 12th straight regular-season game Saturday against Notre Dame.
Rogers tied the record shared by Marshall's Randy Moss, Michigan's Desmond Howard and Pacific's Aaron Turner. Including last year's Silicon Valley Bowl, Rogers has caught TD passes in 13 consecutive games, tying the Big Ten mark set by Howard.
The NCAA does not count postseason games toward national records.
The 38-yard catch from Jeff Smoker early in the fourth cut Michigan State's deficit to 14-10. Rogers also went over 100 yards receiving for the eighth straight game, which extended his school record.
BYU: Tailback Marcus Whalen left with a pulled groin midway through the second quarter in Georgia Tech's 28-19 win. The nation's No. 6 rusher had only 13 yards on four carries. In the first three games, he had 416 yards and four touchdowns. Freshman Curtis Brown replaced Whalen and ran for 32 yards.
GEORGIA: The athletic association approved a $21.2-million expansion of Sanford Stadium, which will make it the fifth largest on-campus stadium in the country. The expansion is expected to begin in November and be completed before next season. A new upper deck on the north side will add 5,200 seats, bringing capacity to 91,780.
MISSISSIPPI: Tight end Doug Zeigler is out for the season after breaking his left leg in the 45-38 win over Vanderbilt. The Rebels also lost a second starter in the first half when outside linebacker Lanier Goethie broke his left foot. He left the sideline on crutches and may be out for the year. Zeigler was taken off the field on a stretcher in the first quarter with a compound fracture. The senior was hurt while blocking on first and goal at the 7 and lay motionless several minutes. The team said tests showed Zeigler broke his tibia and fibula. He has eight catches for 75 yards this season.
NOTRE DAME: Quarterback Carlyle Holiday left with a left shoulder injury late in the third quarter and watched the game from the sideline, with his arm and shoulder secured by a brace and a bandage. Notre Dame has next week off, and Holiday said he will play at Stanford. Holiday was 5-of-17 for 84 yards and threw Notre Dame's first touchdown pass of the season.
OHIO STATE: The Buckeyes, who did not face an in-state opponent from 1934-92, almost lost to an Ohio school for the first time since a 7-6 setback to Oberlin in 1921. The Buckeyes have not lost a road game to a state opponent since falling to Case 9-0 in 1910.
RUTGERS: The Scarlet Knights lost their 16th consecutive Big East game dating to 1999 and fourth in a row to Pittsburgh.
WASHINGTON STATE: Quarterback Jason Gesser injured his ribs and right shoulder in a 45-28 win over Division I-AA Montana State. Gesser, who throws with his right arm, was taken to the hospital for X-rays. He was sacked while throwing with about 11 minutes left in the third. The Pac-10's leading passer last season, Gesser threw for 3,000 yards and 25 TDs in a 10-2 season. Gesser, who threw five touchdowns in his first three games this season, entered averaging 236 yards.