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November 8, 2003

Numerous records fall in 2003 finale

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- In winning Saturday's season finale against Kings Point, several Grove City players entered their name into the Wolverine record book with stellar individual performances.

Offensively, quarterback Sam Mowrey (Titusville, Pa./Titusville) closed his collegiate career with a pair of touchdown passes in the victory. Mowrey finished 2003 with 16 touchdown passes, a new single-season record. 

On Oct. 11, Mowrey set a new single-game record with four touchdown passes against Washington and Jefferson. Mowrey's 16 career touchdown passes also rank second in school history, trailing only Mike Zeigler, who threw 32 touchdown passes from 1964-67. Jeff Cass (1985-88) also threw 16 touchdown passes.

Mowrey's 227 pass attempts this year represents the third-highest single-season total in school history while his 114 completions are fourth. In addition, his yardage total of 1,468 yards is third-best, also.

Junior split end Dave DiDonato (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette) obliterated the old single-season touchdown reception mark of seven by pulling in 10 touchdown passes from Mowrey this year. DiDonato's 719 receiving yards are the third-most in school history while his 52 catches rank fourth. 

Defensively, junior linebacker Mike Choby (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) set a new career record with 40 tackles for loss after making three stops behind the line of scrimmage Saturday. His 20 tackles for loss this is the second-highest one-year total in College annals, trailing only Mark Furgeson, who had 21 TFL in 1998. 

In addition, Choby's 9.5 sacks this year are the third-highest sum and second-highest among linebackers. Furgeson had a school-record 15 sacks in 1998 while linebacker Ed Fox also had 11 sacks that year. 

Grove City also set a pair of individual special teams records this year. Senior Steve Roberts (East Petersburg, Pa./Hempfield) became Grove City's all-time leader in punt return yardage this year 681 while senior punter Michael Titzel (Greenville, Pa./Greenville) became the College's leader in career punt average at 38.4 yards per kick.

The Wolverines finished 5-5, which represents a two-win improvement over 2003. Grove City also finished fourth in the Presidents' Athletic Conference after being picked last in the preseason poll.  

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