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July 6, 2013

Countdown to Labor Day: 58



The countdown to the start of the 2013 season is under way, as Pitt is 58 days away from its Labor Day opener against Florida State at Heinz Field. Panther-Lair.com is counting down the days until the biggest season opener in recent memory.

Today's number is 58, so we're looking at another record held by the greatest player in Pitt history.

It's not too difficult to find Tony Dorsett's name in the Pitt record book. He holds 15 individual records and shares the lead for two others, and to say that one record is more impressive than another is difficult.

But of all of Dorsett's 17 Pitt records, a few are probably untouchable, and his career scoring is probably among those few. In four years as a Panther, the former Hopewell star rushed for 58 touchdowns.

Dorsett's high-water mark for rushing touchdowns came in his senior season when he ran for 22 scores in Pitt's undefeated national championship campaign. From 1900-68, 24 Pitt teams failed to score as many points as Dorsett did on the ground in 1976.

With 63 total career touchdowns and a two-point conversion, Dorsett stands on top of the list for all-time scorers in Pitt history with 380 points. Kickers Carson Long and Conor Lee are next with 268 and 263 points, respectively.

LeSean McCoy is next closest on the all-time rushing touchdowns list with 35 scores on the ground, and while he did that in two seasons - averaging more touchdowns per season than Dorsett - it's unlikely that any player with that kind of production would stay for a full four years, thus putting the record Dorsett set from 1973-76 mostly out of reach.

Previous entries in the Countdown

Countdown: 59 - The rare 59-point game
Countdown: 60 - A record that won't be broken
Countdown: 61 - Pitt's longest-running rivalry
Countdown: 62 - The last touchdown against Penn State
Countdown: 63 - The No Bowl Panthers
Countdown: 64 - The most passes in a game
Countdown: 65 - The other 13-9
Countdown: 66 - A local star
Countdown: 67 - One-win seasons
Countdown: 68 - The most prolific receiving game
Countdown: 69 - One of the biggest plays in Pitt history
Countodwn: 70 - The origin of Pitt's nine championships
Countdown: 71 - A good player in a bad era
Countdown: 72 - An All-American who became a dentist
Countdown: 73 - May Day
Countdown: 74 - A "groundwork" season
Countdown: 75 - A successful DL-to-OL move
Countdown: 76 - The 1976 national championship
Countdown: 77 - The last three-sport athletes
Countdown: 78 - An underrated pro
Countdown: 79 - One of the best
Countdown: 80 - The greatest non-championship team in Pitt history
Countdown: 81 - A crushing end to a great season
Countdown: 82 - The dawn of the Foge Era
Countdown: 83 - The most accurate kicker in Pitt history
Countdown: 84 - Pitt in the Pro Bowl
Countdown: 85 - A play that will never be matched
Countdown: 86 - A long but unfulfilled play
Countdown: 87 - The final year of Ironhead
Countdown: 88 - Pitt's All-American tradition
Countdown: 89 - Iron Mike
Countdown: 90 - The four 9-0's
Countdown: 91 - The two longest plays in Pitt history
Countdown: 92 - The senior year of the most productive QB in Pitt history
Countdown: 93 - The only 9-3 season in Pitt history
Countdown: 94 - The statistical oddity of 1994
Countdown: 95 - A relentless player and his dominant season
Countdown: 96 - The biggest win in Pitt history
Countdown: 97 - A dominant current Panther
Countdown: 98 - A transition year
Countdown: 99 - Hugh Green
Countdown: 100 - A look at Pitt in 1913






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