I-AA star catches six TD passes

Saturday, September 16th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) _ Cos DeMatteo had six touchdown receptions to set an NCAA Division I-AA record as Chattanooga beat Mississippi Valley State 72-17 on Saturday

DeMatteo teamed with quarterback Chris Sanders on scoring plays of 61, 8, 57, 28, 23 and 4 yards to break the mark of five held by five players, including Jerry Rice. The NFL star did it twice at Mississippi Valley.

DeMatteo finished with nine catches for 203 yards, four short of his school record. The Division I-A record also is six TDs, set by Tim Delaney of San Diego State against New Mexico State in 1969.

Chattanooga (2-1) scored on all but two possessions. The Mocs were stopped by the end of the first half, and they punted for the first time with 1:33 left in the game.

Chattanooga's 72 points were its most since a 75-7 victory over Evansville in 1951. Chris Sanders tied the Southern Conference record for TD passes in a game.