Southern QB moves up in school records

Updated: October 21, 2003, 4:57 PM ET

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Southern University quarterback Quincy Richard has thrown for 3,384 yards in his career. That puts him fifth all-time in school record books, trailing Norman Gibbs, who threw for 3,857 yards from 1978-82.

"That's good, but I want that championship more than anything," Richard said. "Records are going to be broken. The charts will steadily keep moving, but you can always have a ring, something to prove for a championship."

Richard's 1,808 yards, with five regular-season games remaining, put him in range of setting the school single-season mark of 2,249, set by Terrence Levy in 2000.

"It's a reflection of the whole team effort: keeping him healthy, receivers catching the ball, us creating some extra room in the passing game by running the ball," offensive coordinator David Oliver said. "It's a testament to the job everyone did in the offseason. He's the guy who kind of gets a lot of the credit, but everyone around him is playing well, too. And that doesn't take away from the job he's done." ^------<

HISTORY LESSONS: Southern is 7-0 for the 10th time in school history and the fourth time under Pete Richardson, who has had three 8-0 starts. Only College Football Hall of Fame member A.W. Mumford, with five starts of at least 8-0, has done better. Southern has never lost the eighth game after starting 7-0. The 1931 team went 7-0 in a seven-game season, with Southern then winning the 1932 season opener.

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PHILLIPS IS VIP: After six tackles in four games last season, junior cornerback Victor Phillips is emerging as a key part of Southern's secondary, as a key reserve cornerback and as a nickelback and part of the dime packages. Phillips has 19 tackles, getting four, with his first career sack on blitz, Saturday.

"He's come a long way," secondary coach Henry Miller said. "He's one of those steady players." ^------<

LAGNIAPPE: Three players -- LB Kendrick Paul, LB Glynn Mangum and WR Keshaun Fudge -- were suspended for one game for a violation of team rules and did not make the trip Saturday. ... The Jaguars' 86-yard, third-quarter TD drive was their second-longest of the season. They went 88 yards against North Carolina A&T. Of Southern's 34 offensive TDs, five have required drives of 80 or more yards.

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