Bowling Green WR Freddie Barnes Breaks NCAA Single Season Reception Record
Bowling Green Falcons wide receiver Freddie Barnes has set an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision record for the most receptions in a single season with his fifth catch in the Humanitarian Bowl.
Barnes entered Wednesday’s game with 138 catches in his senior season. He got his fifth catch on a 7-yard reception late in the first quarter. The record was held by Manny Hazard when he caught 142 passes for Houston in 1989.
He set an NCAA mark for all divisions with his sixth catch, another 7-yarder early in the second quarter, passing the 143 receptions of Nick Smart from Division II Southwest Baptist in 2007. Both Hazard and Smart reached their totals in 11 games.
Barnes’ 17th catch of the game was a 51-yard touchdown that gave Bowling Green a 42-35 lead with 32 seconds left, but Idaho rallied for a stunning 43-42 win. Barnes finished with 155 catches on the season.
Barnes’ first catch was a 35-yard touchdown on Bowling Green’s opening drive.
Barnes finished the regular season averaging 11.5 catches a game, including a school-record 22 receptions for 278 yards and three touchdowns against Kent State in October.