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Northeastern football highlights through the years

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  November 23, 2009 05:17 PM

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Sarina Mathai of the Globe's sports staff sifted through the record books to come up with this look at Northeastern football through the years. The school on Monday announced it was dropping football.

Northeastern football highlights
Record: Since 1933, Northeastern's is 289-364-17.

Largest margin of victory: 72 (defeated Stonehill 78-6 on Aug. 30, 2003

Largest losing margin: 77 (lost to UMass 77-0 on Oct. 9, 19999

Notable moments
Maurice Murray rushed a school-record 55 times for 206 yards in a 31-13 win over New Hampshire.

2002: Huskies set team record for wins and conference wins (10-3, 7-2 Atlantic-10) and placed 10 players in the All-Atlantic 10 team that year. They won the Atlantic-10 title and advanced to the NCAA playoffs for the first time with Tyler Grogan, son of Patriot legend Steve Grogan, as their star receiver/punter. Lost to Fordham 29-24 in first round of NCAA playoffs.

2002: Don Brown won Coach of the Year honors from the Atlantic-10, the New England Football Writers and the AFCA (Region I).

1997: “Murphy's Miracle” came on quarterback Jim Murphy’s 41-yard pass to freshman Dave Klemic as time expired to defeat Maine, 23-17. The Black Bears had tied the game at 17 with a 32-yard field goal with 1:06 remaining.

1994: Won first-ever overtime game against fifth-ranked James Madison, which came into the game on a seven-game win streak. The Huskies won 9-6 on a 47-yard field goal.

1963: Coach Joe Zabilski led Northeastern to an 8-0 record and the Huskies played in the Eastern Bowl in Allentown, Pa., where they lost to East Carolina 27-6. Zabilski coached from1948 to 1971.

1951: Was one point away from true perfection, but a 13-13 tie against Coast Guard left Northeastern 6-0-1. Outscored opponents 194-60 that year.

1935: Went undefeated in only third season with a 5-0-3 record under coach Alfred McCoy. In its first three years of play, Northeastern went 12-4-5.

Career leaders
Passing yards:
Jim Murphy (1997) 2,823 yards, 372 attempts, 220 completions.
Touchdown passes: 22, Fred Vallett (1998)
Rushing yards: L.J. McKanas (2001) 1,756 yards, 342 attempts.
Rushing touchdowns: 14, Maurice Murray, 2007; Tim Gale, 2002; L.J. McKanas 2001
Scoring: 96 points, Tim Gale (2002) and Dave Klemic (1998)
Total touchdowns: 16, Tim Gale

Notable players
Dan Ross:
Played in the NFL for eight seasons (1979-1986), the first six with the Cincinnati Bengals. He caught 11 passes for the Bengals in Super Bowl XVI. In 1982, he earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Sean Jones: Played in the NFL for 13 seasons (1984-1996). He is ranked 15th in the NFL All-Time sacks list with 113 and he was a part of the Green Bay Packers team that defeated the Patriots the Super Bowl.

Keith Willis: 11 NFL seasons, 1982-1993. First nine seasons with Pittsburgh; ranked 83rd on all time sack list with 59.

Bob Cappadona: Drafted by the Boston Patriots. Was Patriots’ rookie of the year in 1966.

Darin Jordan: Played with the 49ers when they won Super Bowl XXIX in 1995

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