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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 29, 2000


Grove City back sets rushing mark

BETHANY, W.Va. -- R.J. Bowers of Grove City College broke the all-division career rushing record a week later than he wanted, and now he must wait another week for the next milestone: 7,000 yards.

Bowers, who wears No. 33 in honor of one-time record-holder Tony Dorsett, carried 26 times for 128 yards and three touchdowns against Bethany College on Saturday, giving him 6,999 yards in four seasons.

Bowers' 1-yard gain on a dive over right guard with 10:27 left in the second quarter broke the record of 6,958 yards set by Brian Shay of Division II Emporia State from 1995-98.

"That certainly wasn't the way I envisioned it, a 1-yard run," Bowers, 26, said. "They gave me the ball, but I gave it to our trainer and went back to the huddle. To me, it was just another carry for another yard in another game and let's get on with it. I didn't want to jump around or anything like that."

Grove City won the Presidents' Athletic Conference game 20-14 in overtime as Bowers scored on runs of 11, 3 and 1 yard. He set Division III records for career touchdowns (85) and career scoring (538 points).

Spinal damage feared for Huskie

STANFORD, Calif. -- Washington safety Curtis Williams was under observation at Stanford Hospital after he was removed on a stretcher, and coach Rick Neuheisel said doctors were concerned the senior might have spinal damage.

Williams injured his neck in a head-to-head hit on Stanford running back Kerry Carter near the Cardinal goal line in the third quarter.

Williams, who was unconscious when he left the field, did not break his neck, Neuheisel said.

OREGON ST.: Ken Simonton became the first running back in Pac-10 history to gain at least 1,000 as a freshman, sophomore and junior. Simonton has 1,049 yards this season.

COLUMBIA: Running back Jonathan Reese rushed for 86 yards against Yale to become the school's career rushing leading with 2,076. Lou Kusserow had 1,992 from 1945-48.

DRAKE: The school's 734 yards of total offense against Butler broke its Pioneer League record of 671 against Aurora in 1993.

FAIRFIELD: Adam Ferreri became the school's career rushing leader with 1,213 yards. Marvin Royal gained 1,188 from 1997-98.

GEORGIA ST: Running back Adrian Peterson had his 31st straight regular-season 100-yard performance to tie the NCAA record set by Ohio State's Archie Griffin from 1973-75.

IOWA: Wide receiver Kevin Kasper caught three passes to reach 65 on the season, eclipsing the Hawkeyes' single-season mark of 64 by Keith Chappelle in 1980.

MINNESOTA: Tellis Redmon broke two school punt-return records against Northwestern. His 83-yard touchdown in the first quarter surpassed Bill Crockett's 80-yard return against Nebraska in 1964, and his 132 yards on five punts broke Tyrone Carter's record of 110 yards against Louisiana-Monroe last season.

TCU: Punter Joey Biasatti broke his right leg when he was hit by a Rice player in the first quarter. Biasatti had surgery at Harris Methodist Hospital and will miss the rest of the season.

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