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Lou Kusserow

Lou Kusserow (Football. Born, Braddock, PA, Sept. 6, 1927; died, LaQuinta, CA, June 30, 2001.) A star running back with Lou Little’s strong post-war teams, Louis Joseph Kusserow is the Columbia leader in points scored for a career and held the single season record for over a half-century. Despite missing the final four games of the 1947 season with a knee injury, Kusserow gained 1992 yards rushing and scored 270 points in his career (1945-48). As a freshman (1945), he set a single-season record with 15 touchdowns and broke his own record as a senior, scoring 18. That touchdown record stood until 2000, when running back Johnathan Reese had 19.  Kusserow scored only five touchdowns as a junior, but two of them came in the famous 21-20 Lions victory that ended Army’s 32-game unbeaten streak (Oct. 25, 1947). The Cadets had not allowed a point all season before that loss. Kusserow played for the Yankees of the A.A.F.C. in 1949 and the N.F.L. Yanks in 1950. He later became a director for NBC-TV Sports.

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