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Fitzgerald Sets Record

November 02, 2003|From Associated Press

Larry Fitzgerald knew the play would work. After all, it worked all week in practice.

Fitzgerald set an NCAA record with a touchdown catch in his 14th consecutive game -- a 35-yard halfback option pass late in the fourth quarter on Saturday that helped No. 25 Pittsburgh defeat Boston College, 24-13, at Boston.

"Every time we practiced it, it was pretty much the same thing," Fitzgerald said. "The scout squad would bite on it."

Tailback Jawan Walker, who threw the touchdown pass, also ran for a score and caught a 47-yard scoring pass to lead the Panthers (6-2, 3-0 Big East).

Rod Rutherford completed 24 of 37 passes for 329 yards, and Fitzgerald caught seven passes for 156 yards.

Fitzgerald set a record, but Coach Walt Harris also praised Walker.

"I'd say he had quite a good afternoon," Harris said. "He did an outstanding job."

Derrick Knight carried 19 times for 119 yards, giving him consecutive 1,000-yard seasons for Boston College (5-4, 1-3).

"To get it on a day like today, a day that didn't go our way, it is tough," Knight said.

Connecticut 41, Western Michigan 27 -- Cornell Brockington ran for four touchdowns and caught a pass for another as the Huskies rallied to win at East Hartford, Conn.

Connecticut (7-3) trailed, 17-0, in the first quarter against the Broncos (3-6).

The Huskies are bowl eligible for the first time since the program began its upgrade to Division I-A five years ago. The Huskies are in their final year as an independent and will join the Big East next year.

West Virginia 36, Central Florida 18 -- Quincy Wilson ran for 135 yards and the Mountaineers (4-4) recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown to win a nonconference game at Morgantown, W.Va.

Central Florida (3-6) managed only 44 yards rushing in remaining winless on the road.

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