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McCoy breaks 1,000-yard mark

LeSean McCoy joined some elite company in Pitt history by eclipsing the 1,000-yard rushing mark today in a Big East Conference game against Syracuse.

McCoy became the first Panthers’ rusher to eclipse the mark since Kevan Barlow had 1,167 yards in 2000. McCoy also became the first Panthers freshman to crack the milestone since Curvin Richards had 1,228 in 1988 and only the third in school history.

McCoy broke the barrier on a 13-yard run with 7:42 remaining in the third quarter. He has 17 carries for 92 yards against Syracuse and 1,017 yards for the season.

Tony Dorsett holds Pitt’s freshman rushing records with 1,686 yards and 13 touchdowns in 12 games.

McCoy is the fifth freshman in Big East history to break the 1,000-yard mark and is on pace to break the conference’s freshman single-season rushing record of 1,261 yards, set by Rutgers’ Terrell Willis in 1993. West Virginia’s Avon Cobourne (1,139), Steve Slaton (1,128) and Amos Zereoue (1,035) are the others.

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