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.
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