Nov. 23, 2005
Here’s the latest on Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn:
Brady Quinn burned the Stanford defense for 432 yards passing and three touchdowns, including an 80-yard scoring strike to Jeff Samardzija, to lead the Irish through a 38-31 come-from-behind victory over the Cardinal. Quinn completed 25 of 38 passes, shook off his first multiple-interception performance of the season, and led the Irish on an 80-yard drive in 51 seconds late in the fourth quarter for the game-winning touchdown. His three touchdown passes pushed his season total to 32, which currently leads all NCAA Division I quarterbacks.
Quinn and the Notre Dame Record Book
Junior QB Brady Quinn, in his third full year as the Irish starter, already has made a lasting mark on the Irish football record book. Here is a quick overview of some of his accomplishments and rankings all-time at Notre Dame (additional records broken are listed on page 26 of this notes package):
Touchdown Passes, Single Game – 6 – vs. BYU, the school record, breaking his previous mark of five posted earlier this season against Michigan State.
Touchdown Passes, Career – 58 – first on the all-time list ahead of Ron Powlus (52).
Touchdown Passes, Season – 32 – the Notre Dame single-season record, breaking Powlus’ mark of 19 from 1994.
Completions, Single Game – 33 – vs. Michigan State, matched Joe Theismann’s school record from the 1970 game at USC. Quinn completed 32 passes against BYU on Oct. 22.
Consecutive Completions – 12 – vs. BYU, second on the all-time list (matching Jarious Jackson) behind Ron Powlus’ 14 straight against Michigan State in 1997. Quinn has posted three consecutive completion streaks over 10 this season (11 at Pittsburgh and at Purdue, 12 vs. BYU).
Consecutive Passes Without an Interception – 130 – compiled vs. USC, BYU, Tennessee and Navy this season, breaking the old record of 127 by Carlyle Holiday during the 2002 season.
Passing Yards, Single Game – 487 – vs. Michigan State, second all-time behind Theismann’s 526 at USC in `70.
Passing Yards, First Half – 287 – vs. BYU, breaking his own record of 283 against Purdue earlier this season.
Passing Yards, Single Season – 3,633 – besting Jarious Jackson’s school record 2,753 from 1999.
Passing Yards, Career – 8,050 – breaking Powlus’ mark of 7,602. Passing Attempts, Single Season – 405 – breaking his own mark of 332 from 2003.
Passing Attempts, Career – 1,090 – passing Powlus (969).
Pass Completions, Single Season – 263 – breaking his own mark of 195 from 2004.
Pass Completions, Career – 611 – passing Powlus (558).
Games with Four or More Touchdown Passes – 4 – surpassing Powlus’ mark of three. Quinn has thrown at least four touchdown passes against Washington (2004), Michigan State (2005), BYU (2005) and Navy (2005).
Games with 250+ Passing Yards – 15 – beaking Jackson’s record of nine.
Passes Without An Interception, Game – 41 vs. BYU, breaking Steve Beuerlein’s record of 39 against Penn State in 1986.
And here are the records he is currently on pace to break –
Passing Attempts Per Game, Season – 36.8 currently, would break his own record of 29.4 from 2004.
Passing Attempts Per Game, Career – 31.1 currently, would break Powlus’ record of 22.0.
Pass Completions Per Game, Season – 23.9 currently, would break Terry Hanratty’s 16.6 from 1968.
Pass Completions Per Game, Career – 17.5 currently, woud break Powlus’ record of 12.6..
Consecutive Games Completing A Pass – 35 – tied for second all-time, behind Powlus’ 43 games.
Completion Percentage, Season – 64.9 currently, would break Kevin McDougal’s record of 61.6 from 1993.
Completion Percentage, Career – 56.1 currently, behind McDougal’s 62.2 from 1990-93.
Pass Efficiency Rating, Season – 162.91 currently, ahead of John Huarte’s 155.1 from 1964.
Avg. Passing Yards Per Game, Season – 330.3 – far ahead of Joe Theismann’s 242.9 from 1970.
Avg. Passing Yards Per Game, Career – 230.0 – currently first on the all-time list ahead of Powlus (172.7).
Quinn – Notre Dame Yardage King
Junior QB Brady Quinn already has surpassed the school records for single-season yardage gained (3,755) and career yardage gained (8,193), surpassing both records against Syracuse on Nov. 19.
Quinn broke Jarious Jackson’s total yardage mark from 1999 (3,217) and Ron Powlus’ career yardage mark (7,479) from 1994-97.
Since 1950, a Notre Dame quarterback has thrown for 300 yards or more 16 times. Junior QB Brady Quinn is responsible for seven of those performances – the most for any single Notre Dame quarterback. Quinn has thrown for 350 (vs. Boston College, 2003), 432 (vs. Purdue, 2004), 487 (vs. Michigan State, 2005), 327 (at Washington, 2005), 440 (at Purdue, 2005), 467 (vs. BYU, 2005) and 432 (at Stanford, 2005).
Quinn is the only Notre Dame quarterback to throw for over 400 yards five times in a career (in fact, he is the only one to do it twice) – and in Notre Dame’s road game at Purdue he became the first Irish signalcaller to throw for more than 300 yards in three consecutive games. He also is the first Irish quarterback to throw for 300 or more yards four times in a season.
Quinn On A Streak
Junior QB Brady Quinn has thrown at least one touchdown pass in his last 16 games played (and started) for the Irish, breaking John Huarte’s record of 10 set in 1964. The Dublin, Ohio, native has totaled 40 scoring tosses during the run (2.5 per game).
Quinn’s touchdown passes over the last 16 games:
2005 – 3 at Stanford, 2 vs. Syracuse, 4 vs. Navy 3 vs. Tennessee, 6 vs. BYU, 1 vs. USC, 3 at Purdue, 1 at Washington, 5 vs. Michigan State, 2 at Michigan, 2 at Pittsburgh
2004 – 2 vs. Oregon State (Insight Bowl), 1 at USC, 3 vs. Pittsburgh, 1 at Tennessee, 1 vs. Boston College
Quinn Throws Six
Junior QB Brady Quinn became the first Notre Dame quarterback to throw six touchdown passes in a single game against BYU on Oct. 22. Quinn finished the game 32 of 41 for 467 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. It ranks as possibly the greatest single-game performance by a Notre Dame quarterback and earned Quinn the ABC Sports/Cingular All-American Player of the Week award for the second time in 2005 (he also earned the award after his stellar performance at Purdue).
Quinn broke his own school record of five touchdown passes set earlier this season against Michigan State.
Quinn’s touchdown passes vs. BYU:
10 yards to Maurice Stovall, first quarter, 7:12
14 yards to Jeff Samardzija, second quarter, 10:33
15 yards to Stovall, second quarter, 4:18
21 yards to Samardzija, third quarter, 12:50
36 yards to Stovall, third quarter, 4:47
24 yards to Stovall, third quarter, 2:16
Quinn Throws 21 in Notre Dame Stadium
Junior QB Brady Quinn shattered the Notre Dame record for touchdown passes at Notre Dame Stadium this season, exploding for 21 scoring tosses this season – 5 vs. MSU, 1 vs. USC, 6 vs. BYU, 3 vs. Tennessee, 4 vs. Navy, 2 vs. Syracuse.
The previous record for touchdown passes in Notre Dame Stadium in a single-season was 11 by Ron Powlus (1994) and Jarious Jackson (1999). Quinn’s performance at home this season has been so dominating that his total home field touchdown passes would have broken the previous single-season record, regardless of venue, of 19 held by Ron Powlus. Quinn has thrown 11 touchdown passes in five road games this season (32 total).
Quinn a Touchdown Machine
Junior QB Brady Quinn has accounted for two or more touchdowns in 10 of Notre Dame’s 11 games this season (a single touchdown pass at Washington was the lone exception) and currently rides an eight-game streak of multiple touchdown performances – three (passing) at Purdue, two (one run, one pass) vs. USC, six (passing) vs. BYU, three (passing) vs. Tennessee, four (passing) vs. Navy, two (passing) vs. Syracuse and three (passing) at Stanford.