On October 23rd, 1976, Pittsburgh Panthers running back Tony Dorsett rushed for 180 yards in a 45-0 pummeling of Navy. In the process, Dorsett passed Howard Stevens to become the greatest rusher in NCAA history, setting the new record for the most rushing yards in a career at 5,206. Dorsett would end his career with 6,526 rushing yards.
This was the 15th straight game Dorsett eclipsed the 100 yard mark. The Aliquippa native also set a major‐college record of 931 career rushing attempts, eclipsing the mark of 918 set by Ed Marinaro in only three varsity seasons at Cornell, the last 1971. (You may also know Marinaro from Hill Street Blues and Blue Mountain State fame!)
In addition, Dorsett became the first player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of four varsity seasons. He totaled 1,586 yards as a freshman in 1973, 1,004 yards as a sophomore in 1974, 1,544 in his 1975 junior year, and the Hopewell alum finished his 1976 senior campaign with an astounding 2,105 yards.
Dorsett’s record held strong until the 1998 season, when Texas Longhorn Ricky Williams passed Dorsett in a game against Texas A&M.
Below is a highlight package from Dorsett’s magical day!
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