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Leinart sets Orange record with five TD passes

Posted: Tuesday January 4, 2005 11:18PM; Updated: Wednesday January 5, 2005 1:07AM
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Matt Leinart threw four of his TD passes in the first half.
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MIAMI (AP) -- Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart threw five touchdown passes Tuesday night against Oklahoma to set an Orange Bowl record previously shared by three others.

Leinart's 4-yard scoring pass to Steve Smith early in the third quarter was his fifth of the game, eclipsing the mark set by Florida State's Danny Kanell in 1996 and later matched by Michigan's Tom Brady in 2000 and Florida's Rex Grossman in 2002. It gave the Trojans a 45-10 lead.

It was the third time Leinart threw for five scores in a game, also doing so last season against Notre Dame and earlier this season against Oregon State.

The third-quarter catch was Smith's third touchdown of the game, tying an Orange Bowl mark shared by Florida State's Andre Cooper _ in the game where Kanell set the previous mark -- and Michigan's David Terrell five years ago.

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