ECU WR Justin Hardy breaks FBS career receiving record

ECU WR Justin Hardy became the FBS career receptions leader against Tulane. (USATSI)
ECU WR Justin Hardy became the FBS career receptions leader against Tulane. (USATSI)

ECU wide receiver Justin Hardy became the NCAA's all-time leading pass catcher on Saturday, breaking the record set by former Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles in the first half against Tulane.

The senior from Vanceboro, N.C., broke Broyles' record (349 career receptions) on an 8-yard play in the second quarter. He finished the night with nine catches for 104 yards in a 34-6 win for the Pirates.

NCAA Career Receptions
Catches Player, School Years
355 Justin Hardy, East Carolina 2011-14
349 Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma 2008-11
320 Tyron Carrier, Houston 2008-11
316 Taylor Stubblefield, Purdue 2001-04

"Out of the 34 years and 3,000-plus athletes I’ve coached some great, great young men, and [Hardy] is one of the best," ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill said after the game, via 247Sports. "He’s the example of the dedication of the team that we talk about and that we believe in to define our team. … I’m happy for his mom Tara. When Justin’s dad passed, I let Tara know I’m Justin’s dad, just like I am with 125 of those boys in there, and he knows that. I’m very proud of his accomplishments.

"When you’re saying you’re the best in the history of something – the best in the history of college football – that’s saying something."

During a timeout that followed the catch, the purple-clad ECU fans in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium celebrated Hardy's record while coach Ruffin McNeill gave him a game ball and a banner was dropped from the Murphy Center. 

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