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MSU receiver sets NCAA mark

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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 29, 2002


EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State wide receiver Charles Rogers set an NCAA record, catching a touchdown pass in his 13th straight regular-season game in Saturday's 39-24 win over Northwestern.

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State wide receiver Charles Rogers set an NCAA record, catching a touchdown pass in his 13th straight regular-season game in Saturday's 39-24 win over Northwestern.

Rogers topped the mark shared by Marshall's Randy Moss, Michigan's Desmond Howard and Pacific's Aaron Turner.

Including last year's Silicon Valley Bowl, the junior has caught TDs in 14 consecutive games, surpassing the Big Ten mark set by Howard. NCAA records did not include postseason games until this season.

Rogers broke the record on a go-ahead TD in the second quarter on a 21-yard catch from Jeff Smoker, leaping over two defenders for the score.

Howard and Turner set marks over the 1990-91 seasons and Moss matched them in 1997.

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N. COLORADO ANALYST DIES: Bill Bishop, color analyst for Northern Colorado games and sports director at KFKA-AM, died after losing consciousness in the press box at Nottingham Field. The 56-year-old was doing his pregame preparations when he complained of difficulty breathing. He lost consciousness, and paramedics failed to revive him.

ARMY: Quarterback Matt Silva threw six interceptions, setting a school record, in a 27-6 loss against Southern Mississippi. Army opened the season with four straight losses for only the fourth time in school history but the second time in the past three years.

CINCINNATI: Gino Guidugli had his sixth game with 300-plus yards passing, tying a school record set by Greg Cook, who played from 1966-68.

DUQUESNE: Jeremy Conley set a school record with 245 yards receiving and caught a TD pass with nine seconds left in a 35-28 win over Dayton.

NORTHEASTERN: The Huskies tied a school record by sacking Hofstra's Ryan Cosentino seven times in a 28-17 win. Hofstra was held to minus-26 yards rushing as Northeastern climbed to 4-0 for the first time in 34 years.

TENNESSEE: Linebacker Kevin Simon broke his right ankle against Rutgers. The freshman became the starting weakside linebacker when Kevin Burnett was lost for the season with a knee injury. Simon was hurt at the beginning of the second half trying to tackle Rutgers quarterback Ryan Cubit. He was carried off the field, and team trainers said he had a fractured ankle.

TROY STATE: Defensive back Damien Coleman was taken off the field on a stretcher and hospitalized after he injured his neck in a 44-7 loss to Missouri. Troy State coach Larry Blakeney said Coleman had some weakness in his right hand. Results of a CT scan were negative, and results from a MRI were not available. Coleman collided head-on with Missouri running back Tyrone Roberson with 1:04 left in the second quarter.

VIRGINIA TECH: Lee Suggs scored two touchdowns to increase his career total to 40, a Big East record. All but two have come on the ground. William Green (Boston College, 1999-01) and Amos Zereoue (West Virginia, 1996-98) held the mark at 39.

WEST VIRGINIA: Avon Cobourne broke Zereoue's all-time school yardage record in a win against East Carolina. In the fourth quarter, Cobourne surpassed 4,086 yards, set from 1996-98, and has 4,093 total.

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