By AARON GREENFIELD
Published October 8, 2006
A QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE WEEKEND'S ACTION
Rice record surpassed
David Ball caught his 51st touchdown to break the Division I career record held by Jerry Rice and help host New Hampshire defeat Richmond 27-17. Ball, who grew up idolizing Rice, tied the record two weeks ago against Dartmouth then went two games without catching a touchdown. "I'm glad it's over with," Ball said. "It's been a fun experience, but it's been haunting me for a while." The record-breaker came with Richmond leading 14-6 with 9:26 left in the third. Ricky Santos faked a handoff and hit Ball, who was open in the back of the end zone, with a 1-yard score. Rice set the record playing for Division I-AA Mississippi Valley State from 1981-84. He went on to set NFL records of 1,549 receptions for 22,895 yards and 197 receiving touchdowns.
Temporary mascot dies
Everett Harris, director of the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, said the zoo is awaiting pathology results to determine the cause of death of a hawk being used on an interim basis as Louisiana-Monroe's mascot. The school ditched its nickname, the Indians, after it was among 18 schools deemed by the NCAA to have nicknames, mascots or logos that are "hostile or abusive" to American Indians. It also retired the cartoonish mascot Chief Brave Spirit. Harris said the red-tailed hawk died unexpectedly Sept. 30. The hawk, which had been at the zoo for two years, had been rehabilitated from unspecified injuries. Harris said the official university mascot, also a red-tailed hawk, is expected to arrive at the zoo Thursday.
OBSCURE GAME OF THE DAY
Central Conn. 62, St. Francis (Pa.) 21: Justise Hairston rushed 23 times for a school-record 332 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns for the host Blue Devils. In all, Central Connecticut rushed for eight touchdowns and a school-record 462 yards.
PLAYERS OF THE DAY
LaRod Stephens-Howling, pitt: The sophomore, listed at 5 feet 7, 175 pounds, ran for 221 yards and a touchdown in a 21-11 win over Syracuse.
Jeremy Trimble, army: The junior returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown and caught a 15-yard touch-down in a 62-7 win over I-AA VMI. The last time the Black Knights scored 60 points was 1958, 68-6 over Colgate.
P.J. Hill, Wisconsin: The freshman ran for 249 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown on the game's second play, in a 41-9 win over Northwestern.
Steve Slaton, west virginia: The sophomore ran for 185 yards, including nine runs of 10 yards or longer, and a touchdown in a 35-14 win over Mississippi State.
Leon Patton, kansas st.: The freshman ran for 151 yards and a touchdown and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in a 31-27 win over Oklahoma State.
MINICONFERENCE OF THE DAY
commander-in-chief's: Brian Hampton rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns and Adam Ballard 134 yards to lead Navy past Air Force 24-17. The Midshipmen can clinch their fourth consecutive title in the round-robin series among the three service academies by beating Army on Dec. 2. Navy's senior class also could become the first to go 4-0 against both academies.
NUMBER OF THE DAY
4: Division I-A teams this season that have lost in overtime thanks to missed extra points after Minnesota did so Saturday, falling 28-27 to Penn State. Clemson lost 34-33 to Boston College on Sept. 9. And on Sept. 23, Alabama lost to Arkansas and Navy lost to Tulsa, both games ending 24-23.
DATES OF THE DAY
sept. 19, 1987 and oct. 8, 2005: 1987 (31-17 over Kansas) was the last time Kent State had beaten a I-A nonconference team and any nonconference team on the road until Saturday. Julian Edelman passed for a touchdown and ran for one to lead the Golden Flashes past Temple 28-10 in Philadelphia. Temple, which joins Kent State in the MAC next season, scored on the game's first possession for its first lead since 7-0 over Maryland in 2005.