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Record catch

Statitudes: The mighty Mississippi

Justin Bernard averages 10.2 catches this season.Justin Bernard averages 10.2 catches this season.
338 Saint Anselm WR Justin Bernard set the Division II all-time receptions record in a 55-24 victory against Merrimack. Bernard had 14 catches to give him 338 for his career, most among active players across all divisions. He broke the DII mark of 325 receptions held by Robert Holland of Chowan set last year. Bernard has made a reception in 35 consecutive games, tying a school record, and has caught a pass in all but one of his 40 career games. Bernard has racked up 3,697 career receiving yards, which is third most among all active NCAA players, and has 36 TD receptions, more than double anyone else in school history. BTW, the all-time NCAA receptions record is 463, belonging to Michael Zweifel, who played at DIII schools Wisconsin River-Falls (2007-08) and Dubuque (2009-11). 


734 Washington State QB Connor Halliday broke David Klingler's single-game FBS record of 716 passing yards (in 1990) with 734 in a 60-59 loss to Cal. Halliday also set the single-game mark for total offense (751 yards ) and, combined with Cal QB Jared Goff (527 yards), established an FBS record for most passing yards by two opposing players (1,261). Halliday has thrown for 3,052 yards this season, nearly 900 more than anyone else in the FBS.

3 Alabama has lost its past three games against ranked opponents -- Auburn and Oklahoma last season, Ole Miss this year. That hasn't happened to Nick Saban since 1997 when he was at Michigan State. The loss also marked Alabama's third in 81 games when leading by seven points in the fourth quarter. One final note: Alabama is just 5-for-16 on FGs in its five losses since 2011, including missing two in its six-point loss to Mississippi.

21 Miami (Ohio) gave up 41 points in the first half, but shut out Massachusetts in the second half to eke out a 42-41 victory and end the FBS' longest losing streak at 21 games. UMass (0-6 this season) now shares the current longest skid with Idaho at 12 games. The Vandals (0-5) lost to Texas State and Terrence Franks (more on him later) 35-30, despite going 5-for-5 on fourth down, committing two less turnovers (2 to 4) and dominating time of possession (41:12 to 18:48) thanks to a severe discrepancy in offensive plays (105 to 58).

8 Eric Speidel of Division III Wesley made all eight of his PATs in a 56-21 victory against Louisiana College. What's so great about that, you might ask? Speidel had never played football before -- ever. He was a ball boy at the team's home games when he asked the coaching staff for a tryout. His football debut also included a touchdown-saving tackle on a kickoff. Speidel is not without athletic prowess, however. He had played soccer in high school and last season was the starting third baseman on the Wesley baseball team, tying for the team lead in hits and for second in RBI, and ranking third in batting average, slugging and on-base percentage.

1 DIII Berry defeated Washington U. (Mo.) 29-23 in overtime for its first win since instituting varsity football last season. The Vikings had been 0-12, including 0-3 this season. Berry rallied with 13 fourth-quarter points, including a three-play, 76-yard drive that tied the game with 1:28 left on Dale Jackson's 63-yard TD pass to Trey Ciresi. A Jackson-to-Josh Bullock 25-yarder in OT won it. Whereas Berry was playing in just its 13th game, it was the 1,000th in the history of Washington U., which fell to 503-469-28 all time (1-4 this season).


300: Auburn became the fifth SEC team to reach 300 conference wins with its 41-7 victory against LSU, joining Alabama (384), Tennessee (322), Georgia (317) and LSU (300). Auburn is on a nine-game SEC winning streak since losing to LSU last year. ... 119: Cal has scored 119 points in its past two games, winning them both by a combined four points. ... 3: Mississippi State LB Richie Brown had three interceptions in a 48-31 win against Texas A&M, matching a school record set by five other Bulldogs. ... 9,134: East Carolina QB Shane Carden threw for 410 yards in a 45-21 win against SMU, becoming the school’s all-time career passing leader with 9,134 yards, breaking the mark of 9,029 set by David Garrard (1998-2001). ... 284: Texas State RB Terrence Franks more than doubled his season output with 284 yards rushing (sixth most in Sun Belt history) in a 35-30 win against Idaho. Franks (124 yards coming into the game) also matched his touchdown total on the season with three, on runs of 70, 70 and 96 yards. ... 99: Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams Jr. threw four TD passes in a 56-53 win against Idaho State -- despite playing with broken bones in his foot -- to give him 99 for his career, setting the Big Sky record. ... 49: Montana State and Sacramento State combined for 49 fourth-quarter points, with the lead changing hands four times, the last with 4 seconds left on a Dakota Prukop-to-Mitchell Herbert 4-yard TD pass for a 59-56 Bobcats win. For more on Prukop's performance, see the Social Number. ... 288: DIII Texas Lutheran's Marquis Barolle was named Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in five weeks after rushing for a school-record 288 yards (fifth most in SCAC history) in a 54-27 win against Howard Payne 54-27. Barrolle is second in DIII rushing with 905 yards and leads in all-purpose yardage (219.0 per game). ... 50: DIII Carnegie Mellon's Tyler Kohman kicked a school-record 50-yard field goal with no time on the clock to beat Westminster (Pa.) 27-24. Kohman got his shot when Carnegie Mellon, which tied the game on a TD with 43 seconds left, got one final play after Westminster was called for a personal foul on a sack on the final play of timed regulation.


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