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Pitt WR sets touchdown record

By Wire services
Published November 2, 2003

BOSTON - Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald caught a touchdown for the 14th consecutive game Saturday, breaking the NCAA record set last season by Michigan State's Charles Rogers.

Fitzgerald, running alone in the secondary on a halfback option play, caught a 35-yard pass from running back Jawan Walker with 8:13 left in a 24-13 victory over Boston College.

The touchdown was Fitzgerald's 16th in eight games this season, a Big East record. He topped the 1997 mark of 13 set by Pitt's Terry Murphy.

"It's quite an accomplishment," Fitzgerald said. "It's something you really don't think about now, but I will when my career is over."

Fitzgerald, a sophomore, has caught 24 touchdowns during the streak. He also has the NCAA record with 28 in his first two seasons. He needs one TD catch to tie Julius Dawkins' single-season school record of 16, set when Dan Marino threw for 37 touchdowns in 1981.

Gagliardi ties career wins mark

ST. PAUL, Minn. - John Gagliardi tied Eddie Robinson as college football's career victories leader, guiding Division III St. John's 15-12 over St. Thomas.

Gagliardi, celebrating his 77th birthday, is 408-114-11 in 55 years as coach, the past 51 at St. John's. He can break the record next weekend in a home game against Bethel.

Gagliardi, who has won three national championships, coached at Carroll College in Montana before coming to St. John's in 1953. Robinson was 408-165-15 at Grambling. Gagliardi has no intention of retiring any time soon.

"I get asked that question all the time," he said. "And I've finally got a good answer. I want my tombstone to read: "I'd rather be coaching."'

HAPPY 100TH: The Crimson celebrated the 100th anniversary of Harvard Stadium during halftime against Dartmouth. When the stadium was built, it was the largest reinforced concrete structure in the world and first large permanent arena for American college sports. The stadium was recognized as a national landmark in 1987. Harvard and Dartmouth played in the stadium's first game Nov.14, 1903. Dartmouth won 11-0. Saturday's game, which Dartmouth won 30-16, was the 637th Harvard game in the stadium.

MORE RECORDS: Mark Bartosic of Division III Susquehanna (Pa.) became the first NCAA receiver to top 1,000 yards in four straight seasons. Bartosic caught nine passes for 132 yards, giving him 1,068 for the season, in a 55-31 loss to Albright. ... Fort Lewis' (Colo.) Andrew Webb set a Division II record for career passing, reaching 11,227 yards in a 22-15 overtime victory over Western New Mexico. Webb was 16-of-32 for 155 yards and topped the 11,213 of Nebraska-Kearney's Justin Coleman from 1997-2000.

MEMPHIS: DeAngelo Williams rushed for 137 yards, giving him eight 100-yard games this season and 1,140 yards, both school season records.

KANSAS: With starter Bill Whittemore out with a shoulder injury, freshman quarterback Adam Barmann, a prized recruit, shed his redshirt to start against Texas A&M. He went 25-of-37 for 294 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a touchdown.

WEST VIRGINIA: Quarterback Rasheed Marshall suffered a concussion midway through the third quarter and did not return. His status is unknown.

[Last modified November 2, 2003, 07:26:04]


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