Ottawa trips Tabor, claims KCAC crown
Ottawa Troy Thomas, a junior running back from Houston, rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown to lead Ottawa University to a 24-14 victory over Tabor on Saturday, clinching the KCAC for the Braves.
The Braves rushed for 261 yards, while limiting Tabor to minus-5 yards. Tabor QB Travis Davis was stuffed for -40 yards. Defensive lineman Darnell Rentie had seven tackles, including 31/2 sacks for the Braves. Defensive back Roy Salas had a team-high 10 tackles for OU.
OU quarterback Jay Alexander completed 11 of 22 passes for 107 yards.
Pitt's 1980 team, Marino honored
Pittsburgh Dan Marino completed his final pass.
Marino threw a perfect spiral to John Brown as the two former Pitt Panthers recreated one of the best-known plays in school history during a halftime ceremony Saturday night.
Marino and Brown re-enacted their 33-yard touchdown pass that beat Georgia with 35 seconds remaining in the Sugar Bowl. Marino was in Pittsburgh attending a reunion of the 1980 Panthers, called by Marino "the greatest team in college football history."
The 1980 team, denied a national championship by a 36-22 loss at Florida State, sent 12 seniors to the NFL, including every starting offensive and defensive lineman.
Marino, speaking to the crowd at halftime of the North Carolina-Pitt game, referred to his choice of hometown Pitt as "the best decision of my life."
Marino retired from the Miami Dolphins after the 1999 season. The leading passer in NFL history was given a framed copy of his No. 13 jersey that will be displayed in a room named for him at Pitt's new practice complex.
Bowers tops 7,000 yards, breaks scoring record
Grove City, Pa. R.J. Bowers ran for 128 yards to become the first player in NCAA history to rush for 7,000 career yards as Grove City beat Carnegie Mellon 14-10 on Saturday.
Bowers also set an NCAA all-division record for career points with 550, breaking the record of 544 set by Brian Shay of Emporia State in 1998. Bowers, who broke Shay's all-division NCAA career rushing record last week, has 7,127 yards. Bowers also increased his all-division record for career touchdowns to 90.
Grove City (5-4) was down 10-7 when Bowers ran 6 yards for a touchdown with 5:57 left.