Junior quarterback Brady Quinn was fourth in the balloting for the 2005 Heisman Trophy, marking the best finish for a Notre Dame player since 1990.

Quinn Named National Player of the Week By The Sporting News

Oct. 2, 2005

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame junior quarterback Brady Quinn has been named College Football National Player of the Week by The Sporting News magazine and radio, the media outlet announced Sunday afternoon.

Quinn passed for 440 yards and three touchdowns against 22nd-ranked Purdue on Saturday night, leading No. 13 Notre Dame to a 49-28 victory. Quinn was 20-for-23 for 283 yards in the first half to lead Notre Dame (4-1) to a 28-0 intermission lead. He finished the game 29-of-36 – a career-high 80.5 percent – and threw a TD pass for a 10th straight game, tying a school record set by Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte in 1964.

Quinn passed for at least 300 yards for a third straight game. Previously, no Irish quarterback had passed for 300 yards twice in a season. He now has five games in his career of over 300 yards passing. In three of those he has surpassed 400 yards, but before Saturday night the two 400-yard efforts had ended in defeat. Quinn completed eight straight passes at one point and 11 straight at another.

For the season, Quinn has completed 124 of 190 passes (65.3 percent) for 1,621 yards and 13 touchdowns with only three interceptions. Quinn’s 440 total yards passing pushed his career total to 6,038 yards, making him the third Notre Dame quarterback to throw for over 6,000 yards in a career. Ron Powlus (1994-97) is the all-time leader with 7,602, followed by Steve Beuerlein (1983-86) with 6,527. Quinn surpassed Rick Mirer (5,997, 1989-92) in Saturday night’s game.