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Symons sets NCAA passing mark

By Wire services
Published November 23, 2003

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech's B.J. Symons set the Division I record for passing yards in a season Saturday against Oklahoma.

Symons, who entered 83 yards shy of breaking the record, got it on a 15-yard pass to Nehemiah Glover with 6:35 left in the second quarter. He topped the 5,188 yards set in 1990 by BYU's Ty Detmer. Symons, a fifth-year senior, came from virtual obscurity this season, having played backup the past three seasons while Kliff Kingsbury led the offense.

Symons also set a single-season record for total offense in 12 games. He needed 2 yards coming in and set the mark on Tech's third play when he completed a 9-yard pass to Glover. David Klingler of Houston holds the 11-game record with 5,221 yards set in 1990. No player since, regardless of the number of games, has amassed more yards, so there is no record for 12 games.

FAREWELL GAME: East Tennessee State went out a winner. With two seconds left, Jonathan Godfrey kicked a 22-yard field goal for a 16-13 win over The Citadel in the Buccaneers final football game.

ETSU, a I-AA school, decided before the season to drop the program because of rising budget deficits.

STREAK ENDS: A 51-yard field-goal attempt was a few feet from extending BYU's 28-year streak of not being shut out. The Cougars fell 3-0 to state rival Utah, ending an NCAA record of scoring in 361 straight games. Texas is thought to have the longest current streak without a shutout at 276 games. It was BYU's first shutout since losing at Arizona State 20-0 on Sept.27, 1975.

BROWN: Nick Hartigan became the Ivy League record-holder for rushing yards by a sophomore with 1,498 for the season, exceeding the 1,409 by Cornell's Ed Marinaro in 1969. Hartigan rushed for 201 yards in a 42-10 victory over Columbia.

IDAHO: Coach Tom Cable lost his job after a 20-13 win over Utah State; school officials said they will not renew his contract. Cable finished 3-9 this season and was 11-35 in four years at his alma mater.

"I don't like it, and I don't really agree with it," Cable said. "But there's nothing I can do about it."

MEMPHIS: DeAngelo Williams, who leads the nation in all-purpose yards averaging 190.7, left against Cincinnati with a knee injury after rushing for 136 yards on 23 carries. He will have an MRI exam Monday.

MIAMI (OHIO): Ben Roethlisberger completed 19-of-28 for 294 yards in three quarters against Ohio. The junior topped his school record with 3,532 yards for the season and matched his school record of 290 completions in a season. Roethlisberger, Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich are the only MAC quarterbacks to throw for 3,000 yards in each of three seasons.

OREGON ST.: Kick returner Harvey Whiten was taken to a hospital for evaluation after being hit by Oregon's Jerry Matson. He did not move as he was carted off on a stretcher but later was moving his arms and legs. He was diagnosed with a concussion; his status for the Dec.6 game vs. USC was unknown.

VIRGINIA TECH: Running back Kevin Jones hasn't decided if he'll return for his senior season or declare for the NFL draft. "Right now it's 50-50," he said after the Hokies' loss to Boston College. "I've just got to re-evaluate after the bowl game."

Jones, who ran for 165 yards against the Eagles, became the school's single-season record-holder with 1,410 yards, topping Cyrus Lawrence's 1982 mark of 1,403.

[Last modified November 23, 2003, 01:46:45]

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