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It was 1994

Monday, November 14, 2005

It was 1994. West Virginia Wesleyan was battling rival Glenville State for West Virginia bragging rights.

Glenville's quarterback Jed Drenning threw the ball for 579 yards passing. The scoreboard was lit up all day. However, underdog West Virginia Wesleyan defeated Glenville, 45-44.

In his sixth year covering college football games, Craig Burroughs watched the entire contest.

"There were points scored on the first snap," Burroughs said. "There were points scored on the last snap. And if you took a breath in between, you missed something."

That is just Burroughs' favorite game. After covering the DePauw and Wabash Monon Bell Game Saturday, Burroughs has now covered 906 college football games and a record 766 college football teams. He has seen more than half the teams in college football twice or more. His mark in college football was forever etched in stone Saturday, as Burroughs' 766 football teams established a world record in the "Guinness Book of World Records."

"It ranges from Trinity Bible College to Alabama," Burroughs said. "I've been to schools that you've never heard of."

It took him 17 years of strenuous, non-stop, college football action.

Burroughs previously worked as a railroad developer, writing professional business plans. He had the experience writing and loved football. It only made sense to combine the two.

"It's fun to write about something that you really love," Burroughs said.

The love affair started in rural Northern Iowa in 1959. Burroughs was a slight, 125-pound Greene High School, with a passion to play football. It was like something out of the film "Rudy," except Rudy was allegedly pretty good in high school.

"I wasn't very good because I only weighed 125 pounds," Burroughs said. "And a 125 pound guard doesn't do much in high school even."

Burroughs started writing for Don Hansen's Weekly Football Gazette in 1995. Since that time, he has went on a tear, covering more college football teams than any else on the planet. The record was likely shattered years ago, but only recently did the application be approved for the world record.

"I think I broke the record along time ago," Burroughs said. 'I don't think there's any human being that's walking the face of the earth that's come even close to doing this."

Along with Burroughs' name, the DePauw University and Wabash College 2005 Monon Bell game will be inscribed in the record books. It will forever be remembered as the world record setting game - that is, until someone else breaks it.

"This is probably the best small college rivalry," Burroughs said. "If you go back through the closeness of the games, and the fact that after 111 games they're tied, it doesn't get any better than that."

Expect Burroughs record to stand strong. When asked how long he wants to continues his streak, Burroughs' response puts his passion in perfect perspective.

"Probably until I die," Burroughs said. "When you love something, you don't want to stop doing it."

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