East Carolina's Justin Hardy sets FBS record for career receptions Saturday against Tulane

East Carolina receiver Justin Hardy has set the record for most career receptions in bowl subdivision history.

The fifth-year senior needed four catches during Saturday's game against Tulane. He broke that record on an 8-yard catch from Shane Carden for a first down with about 5 minutes left in the second quarter.

That pushed him past the previous record of 349 set by Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles in 2011.

The record capped a remarkable climb for Hardy, who had just one Division II scholarship offer in high school before ending up at East Carolina as a preferred walk-on. He spent his first year on the scout team before earning a scholarship a year later and quickly earning a lead role in the pass-heavy offense.

The 6-foot, 188-pound Hardy entered the year needing 84 catches to break the record, well within reach considering he had 88 catches as a sophomore and 114 as a junior.

He entered this game with 80 catches for 1,002 yards and seven touchdowns, ranking third nationally in receptions per game (8.9) and eighth in average yards receiving (111.3).