Friday, January 11, 2008

A Rutgers Record That Will Never Be Broken?

In the 2007 Season Notebook that appeared on today, this nugget of information about the Knights' balanced offense appeared:

The 2007 Scarlet Knights are the first team in NCAA history to have a 3,000-yard passer, 2,000-yard rusher and a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in the same season.
Rutgers, 2007
Mike Teel (3,147 passer)
Ray Rice (2,012 rusher)
Kenny Britt (1,232 receiver)
Tiquan Underwood (1,100 receiver)
That sounds impressive enough, but I was thinking that there must have been at least one 3,000-yard passer / 2,000-yard rusher combo in the history of the NCAA, but no:

Only two other teams in NCAA history have had a 2,000-yard passer, 2,000-yard rusher and one 1,000-yard receiver.[emphasis added]

Oklahoma St., 1988
Mike Gundy [2,163 passer)
Barry Sanders [2,628 rusher)
Hart Lee Dykes [1,278 receiver]

Texas, 1998
Major Applewhite [2,453 passer]
Ricky Williams [2,124 rusher]
Wane McGarity [1,087 receiver]
It's interesting to see that it's a once-a-decade occurrence, usually with a star running back leading the way. Here's hoping that the Teel/Britt/Underwood airshow can keep defenses honest and open some running lanes for Kordell Young and Mason Robinson (and others) in 2008.

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