Earlier this afternoon, one Oklahoma player added his name to the NCAA record books. A short time later, a former Sooner found his name erased from the same book.,
Early in the first quarter of East Carolina’s game against Tulane, Justin Hardy hauled in a seven-yard catch from quarterback Shane Carden, the 349th of his career. That tied the FBS record set by Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles.
The next possession for the Pirates, Hardy grabbed a 22-yarder that was No. 350 and broke the record Broyles had set from 2007-11. Hardy added two more catches and now has 352 for his career with the rest of this half plus three more games — two in the regular season and one bowl game — to add to the record.
Hardy has been a significant weapon in ECU’s passing game from the moment he stepped on the field as a redshirt freshman. He pulled in 64 receptions in 2011 — 11 of them in his first-ever game at this level — then grabbed 88 and 114 in 2012 and 2013, respectively. He currently has 86 this season.
If you recall, Hardy was also the subject of an unusual rebuke earlier this week, with the AAC’s commissioner calling out the Biletnikoff Award for not including Hardy among its 10 semifinalists