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November 8, 2007 at 8:46 PM

Locker can break Pac-10 record

We have an answer to a question many of you have asked in recent days — what is the record for the most rushing yards by a Pac-10 quarterback?
According to Pac-10 officials, Jeff Dankworth of UCLA holds the modern day record with 815 in 1976.
Locker has 793 yards, so obviously he is likely to break that record with any kind of game on Saturday.
As I pointed out in a story on Wednesday, USC’s Morley Drury rushed for 1,163 yards in 1927 and was listed as a quarterback. But at that was time when the position was similar to halfback, so if Locker breaks Dankworth’s mark this week, most people will likely regard that as the best rushing season for a QB in Pac-10 history.
That it took a while for this record to get tracked down shows how big-time rushing QBs have been rare in Pac-10 history.
The Pac-10 has always been known as a passing league first, and the full-fledged option rarely took hold with teams out here.
The Bruins finished 9-2-1 in 1976 with Dankworth at QB in what was the first season for Terry Donahue as head coach, losing to Alabama in the Liberty Bowl.
INTERESTING CLASSIC GAME ON TONIGHT: As I type this, FSN-NW is showing the 2000 Oregon State-UW game, one of the best in the history of this series with two teams that finished 11-1. It’s on until 10 p.m.
UPDATE — Someone asked the NCAA record for rushing yards by a QB so I’ll throw that on here. It’s 1,494 by Beau Morgan of Air Force in 1996. And the single-game record is tough to top — 308 by Stacey Robinson of Northern Illinois in 1990.

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