Bogan, Lamar chase USF records on Saturday
USF receivers Dontavia Bogan and Lindsey Lamar have a chance to break school single-season records in Saturday's regular-season finale against Connecticut, with Boganin range of the school's receiving yards mark and Lamar in position to break the kickoff return yardage record.
Bogan enters the game with 600 yards on 39 catches, and Carlton Mitchell's USF record, set last season, is 706 yards, meaning that Bogan needs just 107 yards to reset the mark. Bogan hasn't had a 100-yard game this season, but he's facing a Connecticut defense with the second-worst pass defense in the Big East, allowing 207 yards per game through the air. Bogan can move into USF's top-five for catches in a season with two receptions Saturday, and with seven catches, he'd move into the career top five as well. His nine career touchdown passes has him already tied for fifth in that category. It's reasonable that Bogan could also chase down Mitchell's career yardage record of 1,648 yards, as he has 1,449, putting him within 200 yards with two games remaining.
Could Bogan gain a major record and lose one in the same game? His single-season kickoff return record of 770 yards, set in 2008 and 2009, is in jeopardy if Lamar can get a few solid returns. Lamar enters the game with 696 yards, so he'd need just 75 Saturday to set the record. Lamar's current average of 29.0 yards per return ranks as the third-best season mark in USF history -- barring another 100-yard touchdown, he's probably out of range to beat J.R. Reed's school record of 31.7 yards per return, set in 2003.
One more statistical note to watch -- senior Mo Plancher already has piled up the most yards by a USF running back since 2005, when Andre Hall had 1,374. Plancher has 684, and his average per carry of 4.7 yards is nearly the best since Hall's 2005 season.