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Brown's Gessner ties mark: 24 catches

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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 6, 2002


KINGSTON, R.I. -- Brown receiver Chas Gessner caught 24 passes Saturday against Rhode Island to tie Jerry Rice's NCAA record for receptions in a game.

KINGSTON, R.I. -- Brown receiver Chas Gessner caught 24 passes Saturday against Rhode Island to tie Jerry Rice's NCAA record for receptions in a game.

Gessner had 207 yards receiving and caught two touchdowns from Kyle Slager, who was 44-of-59 for a school-record 497 yards in Brown's 38-28 loss.

Rice, who plays for Oakland and holds NFL records for career touchdowns and yards from scrimmage, caught 24 passes for Mississippi Valley State against Southern on Oct. 1, 1983. Another Brown player, Stephen Campbell, holds the Division I-AA record for catches in a season with 120, set in 2000. Gessner has 45 this season.

Sherrill tells Holtz he didn't like late TD

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A losing season could be wearing on Mississippi State coach Jackie Sherrill.

The Bulldogs (1-4) lost 34-10 to South Carolina. When Sherrill ran to midfield for a postgame handshake, he told Gamecocks coach Lou Holtz he was bothered by South Carolina's final touchdown, a 30-yard pass from third-string quarterback Erik Kimrey to tailback Kenny Irons with 1:34 left. The score came on fourth and 7.

A Columbia television crew, WLTX-TV, filmed the exchange. "You've got too much class to do what you did," Sherrill said. "And hey, we've been competing together too long to do what you did."

Holtz did not answer when asked about the meeting. "You'll have to talk to Coach Sherrill about it," he said.

"They jammed the line of scrimmage, they're blitzing everybody, you try to hand the ball off and you don't look good, guys are getting pounded, we'd lost guys already," Holtz said. "We just ran a swing pass to Kenny Irons and executed it very well."

AIR FORCE: The Falcons have won six straight against Navy and 19 of the past 21. If Air Force defeats Army on Nov. 9 it will win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the sixth straight year and 16th time overall since the trophy was inaugurated in 1972.

CALIFORNIA: Kyle Boller became the third quarterback to throw for five touchdowns against Washington, joining Washington State's Jack Thompson (1976) and Illinois' Tom O'Connell (1952).

DUKE: With Baylor breaking its 29-game losing streak in the Big 12, the Blue Devils own the nation's longest conference skid. Duke lost its 19th straight ACC game, 27-22 to Virginia.

FORDHAM: The Rams became the fifth Division I-AA team and first non-Ivy League school to win 700 games by beating Georgetown 41-10. Fourteen Division I programs have 700 wins.

STANFORD: The Cardinal has given up 156 points through four games and is on pace to break the school record of 389 points allowed, set in 1993.

TEXAS: The team's 17 points were its fewest at home since a 35-17 loss to Kansas State in 1999.

VIRGINIA: The Cavaliers have won road games in consecutive weeks for the first time since 1994.

WEST VIRGINIA: Avon Cobourne ran 30 times for 123 yards, setting a school record with his 22nd 100-yard game. ... Receiver Phil Braxton was carted off the field against Maryland with a neck injury in the second quarter and did not return. He was taken to a hospital as a precaution but the injury wasn't deemed serious.

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