This Week in Heisman History

Oct. 23, 1976

Pittsburgh’s Tony Dorsett ran for 180 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 2 Panthers to a 45-0 win over Navy.

In the process, Dorsett broke Archie Griffin’s year-old NCAA career rushing mark and became the first player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in each of his four seasons.

His 32-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was what did the trick, giving him 5,206 career yards.

Dorsett went on to win the Heisman Trophy that season while rushing for a then-NCAA record 1,948 yards.

He finished his career with 6,082 rushing yards, a mark that stood for 22 seasons before being broken by Ricky Williams of Texas.

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4 Responses to This Week in Heisman History

  1. Kevin October 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Cool story about Tony – one of my all-time favorite Cowboys. Unfortunately, your math is off. Tony won his Heisman 35 years ago, not 25…

  2. Heisman Pundit October 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Gulp, good catch. Time sure flies…

  3. starkweather October 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    Ummm, the math is still off because there are a couple of guys with more yds in NCAA history than Dorsett. 2 of them were 1-A players that each won a Heisman.

  4. HP October 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Wow. Mother of all brain farts. Chalk this up to a bad couple days of thinking.