Broncos Vs. 8 Of The Top 20 QB's In History

Boise State will get another chance to stop Oregon's Jeremiah Masoli when the highly-regarded Duck quarterback visits the Blue Turf of Bronco Stadium. Bronco fans who have followed the team have been privileged to watch some of college football's greatest QB's.

Since Boise State has been a member of the pass-happy Big Sky and Western Athletic Conferences, it should come as no surprise that the Broncos have faced their share of great quarterbacks over the years.  In terms of career passing yards, Boise State has played against no less than eight of the top 20 in college football history and seven of the top 20 in Division I-A (Football Bowl Subdivision) history.

Here, in some kind of order representing their college and professional success, are the top signal-callers that have played Boise State.

 

Jake Plummer, Arizona State

(Plummer's #4-rated ASU team whipped Boise State 56-7 in 1996; Plummer was 10-15 for 203 yards and two touchdowns)  

Plummer (1993-1996) was 632-1,142 in his career for 8,827 yards and 65 touchdowns—all rank second in Arizona State history.  Plummer was 102-199 for 1,650 yards and nine touchdowns his freshman season, 159-294 for 2,179 yards and 15 TD's in 1994 and 173-301 for 2,222 and 17 TD's as a junior.  Jake hit 198 of 348 passes in 1996 for 2,776 yards and 24 touchdowns.   

Jake was drafted in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.   

Plummer played ten seasons in the NFL, going to the Denver Broncos in 2003.  His best years were with Denver , mostly because of a better offensive line and talent around him.  In 2003, he hit 62.6% of his passes (1899-302) for 2,182 yards and 15 touchdowns.  Plummer threw for over 4,000 yards in 2004 and hit over 60 percent again in 2005 (277-456 for 60.7%) for 3,366 yards and 18 touchdowns.  

In his career, Jake was 2,484-4,350 for 29, 253 yards and 161 touchdowns.

 

 

Colt Brennan , Hawai'i

(Played Boise State in 2005—Lost 44-41)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2006—Lost 41-34)

(Played Boise State in 2007—Won 39-27)

 

Brennan (2004-2007) took over the reins from Timmy Chang and all he did as a sophomore was finish as the nation's #2 passer, hitting 350 of 515 attempts (67.96%) for national bests of 4,301 yards and 35 touchdowns.  He was just getting warmed up.  Brennan was 406-559 (72.63%) in 2006 for 5,549 yards and 58 scores, one TD pass shy of David Klinger's NCAA record set in 1990.  Brennan led the nation in everything but attempts and completions. As a senior, Brennan was 359 of 510 (70.39%) for 4,343 yards and 38 touchdowns and was a Heisman Trophy award finalist, leading Hawai'i to an unbeaten regular season and Sugar Bowl appearance.  Brennan broke Ty Detmer's NCAA record of 122 career touchdown passes with a first-quarter TD pass against Boise State .   

Brennan finished with mind-blowing numbers for three seasons:  1,115 completions in 1,584 attempts (70.39%) for 14,193 yards and 131 touchdowns.  He won the Sammy Baugh Trophy and was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.  Brennan holds 31 NCAA records for his three years at Hawai'i .

 

Some of Brennan's achievements include:

  • NCAA record for most career touchdowns responsible for (146).
  • NCAA record for most 400 yard games (20). Achieved in 2007.
  • Tied NCAA record for most career touchdown passes by a quarterback-receiver combination (39 to Davone Bess)
  • NCAA single-season record for most touchdown passes, achieved in 2006 (58)
  • NCAA two-season record for most touchdown passes, (96, achieved 2006-2007)
  • NCAA record for passing efficiency (season), posting a 186.0 mark in 2006
  • NCAA record for most points responsible for (season) with 385. (2006)
  • NCAA record for highest pass completion percentage (70.4%).
  • Second all-time in career touchdown passes (131) behind Graham Harrell.
  • Fourth all-time in total passing yards with 14,193 behind Graham Harrell, Ty Detmer and Timmy Chang.

Brennan was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.  Brennan led all 2008 NFL rookies in touchdown passes, passing yards and quarterback rating through the preseason .  He finished the 2008 preseason with a strong performance, going 36-for-53, for 411 yards and three touchdowns and with no interceptions. For the preseason, Brennan's completion percentage was 67.9% and his quarterback rating was 109.9. He also carried the ball twice for 11 yards.  Redskin coach Jim Zorn is quoted as saying he is extremely impressed with Brennan this year.

 

 

Bobby Hebert, Northwestern State

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium—Lost 32-20)

 

Hebert was 267-490 in his career at Northwestern State from 1979-1982, throwing for 3,798 yards.  His best season was 1980, when he was 120-223 for 1,828 yards.   

He was chosen in the third round of the 1983 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints.  After playing in the United States Football League for two seasons, he signed with the Saints.  Hebert played for New Orleans , leading the Saints to their first-ever playoff appearance, and with the Atlanta Falcons.  He threw for 21,683 yards in the NFL 1,839-3121 and throwing 135 touchdown passes.  He was second in the NFL in passing percentage in 1989 (62.9%) and he ranked in the top ten four other years.  In 1993, he was 263-430 (61.2%) and threw for 2,978 yards and 24 touchdowns, making the Pro Bowl.  Hebert's career percentage of 58.9% ranks 41st all-time. 

 

 

David Carr, Fresno State

(Played Boise State in 2001—Lost 35-30)  

Carr started his final two seasons, hitting 216-349 (61.9%) of his passes in 2000 for 2,729 yards and 23 touchdowns.  He was sensational as a senior, completing 343 of 532 (64.5%) for 4,830 yards and 46 touchdowns (the sixth quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns).  Carr finished fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy, and was the winner of the Johnny Unitas Award and the Sammy Baugh Award among others.

In his career, Carr was 587-934 (62.8%) for 7,849 yards and 70 touchdowns, playing a little more than two years.   He is fourth at Fresno State with 70 career touchdown passes.  He holds the school record with 46 TD passes in '01 and he is sixth with 23 in 2000.

Carr's 2001 Awards

  •  Johnny Unitas Award

  •  Football News Offensive Player of the Year

  •  Sammy Baugh Award

  •  WAC Offensive Player of the Year

  •  First-team All-WAC

  •  CNN/SI Honorable mention All-American

  •  Sixth player ever with at least 4,000 passing yards/40 TD's

  •  First in the nation in passing yards (4,308) and TD's (42)

  • USA Today National Player of the Week (Oct. 3)

 

Carr was the first player selected in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.

  He started five seasons in Houston , with his best seasons being 2004, when he hit 285-466 (61.2%) for 3,531 yards and 16 touchdowns and 2006, when he was 302-442 (68.3%) for 2,767 yards and 11 scores.  He was released by Houston following that great season, when he signed with Carolina in 2007 and then the New York Giants last season.  In his NFL career so far, Carr has completed 1,325 of 2,218 passes for 14,141 and 64 touchdowns.  He has also run 293 times for 1,304 yards (4.5 avg.) and eight touchdowns.

 

 

Tim Rattay , Louisiana Tech

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1997—Won 31-27)

(Played Boise State in 1998--Rattay threw for 539 yards and seven touchdowns in a 63-28 win)

 

Rattay (1997-1999) was a prolific passer for Louisiana Tech, hitting 293 of 447 passes as a sophomore for 3,881 yards and 34 touchdowns.  Rattay's passing yards broke a then-29 year-old record at Louisiana Tech, previously held by a certain Terry Bradshaw.  

Rattay completed a Tech 380 passes out of 559 attempts for 4,943 yards and 46 touchdowns in 1998 (all are still school records) and 342-516 for 3,922 yards and 35 scores in 1999.  

Tim hit 1,015 passes out of 1,552 attempts over his three-year career (both second all-time at Ruston ) for a school record 12,146 yards and 115 touchdowns.  He had an unbelievable 27 games with over 300-yards passing, 12 games over 400-yards and seven over 500.    

Rattay threw seven TD passes in a game against both Boise State and Arkansas State in 1998.  He threw six aerial scoring strikes three times and five TD passes twice.  He holds the school record with 590 passing yards against Nebraska in 1998.  Tim has eight of the top ten passing games in school history.  

Rattay was a seventh round choice of the San Francisco 49'ers in the 2000 NFL Draft.    He played sparingly, other than in 2004 and 2005 when he started 13 games.  In 2004, he completed 198-325 (60.9%) for 2,169 yards and 10 touchdowns.  He played with Tampa Bay in 2005-06 and with Arizona in 2007.  In his eight-year career, Rattay was 432-714 (60.5%) for 4,853 yards and 31 touchdowns.

 

 

John Friesz, Idaho

(Played Boise State in 1987—Friesz threw for 423 yards and won 40-34)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1988—Won 26-20)

(Played Boise State in 1989—Won 26-21)

 

Friesz was one of the top quarterbacks of Division I-AA.  He was 311-502 for 3,677 yards and 28 touchdowns in 1987, 220-397 for 2,874 yards and 18 TD's as a junior and 260-425 for 4,041 yards and 31 touchdowns in 1989.  He finished his career with 801 completions out of 1,350 attempts for 10,697 yards and 77 scores.  

Friesz was drafted in the sixth round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.  He started every game in 1991, hitting 262 of 487 passes (53.8%) for 2,896 yards and 12 touchdowns.  Friesz's playing time diminished, and soon he was off to Washington in 1994, Seattle in 1995 and New England in 1999.  In ten seasons, he completed 745 of 1,364 passes (54.6%) for 8,699 yards and 45 touchdowns against 42 interceptions.

 

 

Matt Ryan, Boston College

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in the 2005 MPC Bowl—Won 27-21)

 

Ryan (2004-2007) had 35 completions in 71 attempts with two touchdown passes as a freshman.  The following season, Ryan hit 121 of 195 passes for 1,514 yards and eight touchdowns.  In 2006, he hit 263 of 427 passes for 2,942 yards and 15 touchdowns and passed for 4,507 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2007, beating Doug Flutie's school records of 3,454 and 27, respectively, set in 1984.  Ryan hit on 388 of 654 attempts.  He finished his career with 807 completions out of 1,347 attempts for 9,313 yards and 56 touchdowns.  

Ryan set school records with 807 completions and 1,347 attempts and he is third in career touchdown passes with 56 and third in yards with 9,313.  Matt also holds school marks for 300-yard games in a season (nine in 2007) and in a career (12).  He tied the single-game record with 57 attempts against Wake Forest in 2006. 

 

Ryan was a first round choice (third player overall) of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2008 NFL Draft.  He started every game last season, completing 265 of 434 passes (61.1%) for 3,440 yards and 16 touchdowns.

 

 

Derek Anderson, Oregon State

(Played Boise State in 2003—Won 26-24)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2004—Lost 53-34)

 

Anderson (2001-2004) was 17-41 as a freshman in 2001 for the Beavers.  He then enjoyed what are arguably the three best seasons by an Oregon State quarterback in Beaver history.  He completed 211 of 449 passes for 3,313 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2003, then 261-510 for 4,058 yards and 24 scores in 2003 and 279-515 for 3,615 yards and 29 TD's as a senior.  In his career, Derek was 768-1,515 for 11,249 yards and 79 scoring strikes.  He holds school records for attempts, passing yards and touchdowns.  

Anderson has played four NFL seasons, signing with his current team, the Cleveland Browns, in 2005.  He has started 27 games for the Browns, with 2007 being his best season.  Anderson hit 298 of 527 passes for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns in '07 and has connected on 506-927 passes for 6,195 yards and 43 touchdowns.

 

 

Chris Redman, Louisville

(Played Boise State in 1999 Humanitarian Bowl—Lost 34-31)

 

Redman (1996-1999) was 144-272 for 1,773 yards and eight touchdowns his freshman season and 261-445 for 3,079 yards and 18 TD's in 1997.  He completed 309-473 (65.3%) for 4,042 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior and 317-489 (64.8%) for 3,647 yards and 29 scores as a senior.   

Redman holds Louisville career records with 1,031 completions, 1,679 attempts, 84 touchdown passes, 23 300-yard games, eight 400-yard games and 12,541 career yards of total offense.  He is third in career completion percentage (61.4%).   

He holds Louisville season records for passing yards (4,042 in 1998; he is also second with 3,647 in 1999), he is 1-2-3 in completions (317 in 1999, 309 in 1998 and 261 in 1997) and tops in TD passes (29 in both 1998 and '99; he is also ninth with 18 in 1997), attempts (489 in 1999), yards of total offense (4,042 in 1998)  

Redman also holds single-season records for attempts (63 vs. Southern Mississippi in 1996), total offense and TD passes (592 and six, respectively, vs. East Carolina in 1998).  

Redman was drafted in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.  His best year with the Ravens was in 2002 when he started six games, completing 97 of 182 passes for 1,034 yards and seven touchdowns.  He left Baltimore after the 2003 season, was waived by New England and Tennessee in subsequent years, but then was sought by Atlanta coach Bobby Petrino, his former coach at Louisville .  He enjoyed a good season in 2007, going 89-149 (59.7%) for 1,079 yards and 10 touchdowns.    In his six-year career so far, Redman is 195-347 (56.2%) for 2,190 yards and 17 touchdown passes.

 

 

Jeremiah Masoli , Oregon

(Played Boise State in 2008--Lost 37-32)

 

Masoli hit136 of 239 passes last season for 1,744 yards and 13 scores.  The consummate dual threat, Masoli also ran 127 times for 718 yards (5.7 avg.) and 10 touchdowns.

 

 

Seneca Wallace, Iowa State

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in the 2002 Humanitarian Bowl—Lost 34-16)

 

Wallace (2001-2002) was 167-269 in 2001 with 2,044 yards passing and 11 TD passes and 244-443 for 3,245 yards and 15 scores in 2002.  In his career, Wallace was 411-712 for 5,289 yards and 26 touchdowns.   

Wallace holds Iowa State records for completions in a game (31 vs. Missouri in 2002), completions in a season (244 in 2002), attempts in a season (443 in 2002), completion percentage in a season (167-269 (62.1% in 2001), passing yards in a season (3,245 in '02) and holds the Big 12 Conference record for completion percentage in a game (22-24 (91.7%) vs. Baylor in 2001).  He also is the Cyclone record holder with 3,682 yards of total offense in 2002 and despite only playing two seasons, is second with 6,201 career yards of total offense.   

Wallace was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft and has been with the ‘Hawks ever since.  His best season was last year, when he started eight games, going 141-242 (58.3%) for 1,532 yards and 11 touchdowns.  Wallace has completed 255 of 436 career NFL passes (58.5%) for 2,847 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed 38 times for 212 yards (5.6 avg.).

 

 

Jamie Martin, Weber State

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1990—Lost 24-14)

(Played Boise State in 1991—Won 35-32)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1992—Lost 24-21)

 

Martin (1989-1992) was 256-428 his sophomore season (59.8%) for 3,700 yards and 23 scores.  He hit 310 of 500 passes in 1991 (62.0%) for 4,125 yards and 35 TD's and completed 282 of 463 (60.9%) in 1992 for 3,207 yards and 20 touchdowns.  

He is fourth in Big Sky Conference history with 297.73 yards per game.  Martin completed 934 of 1544 passes (60.5%) for 12,207 yards and 87 touchdowns.  

Martin has played 16 seasons in the NFL.  He started with the Los Angeles Rams in 1993, which moved to St. Louis in 1995.  He went to the Washington Redskins in 1997, then the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns.  He went back to Jacksonville in 2000, back to St. Louis the following year, the New York Jets in 2003, back to the Rams in 2004, the New Orleans Saints in 2006 and the San Francisco 49'ers last year.  His best season was in 2005 when he completed 124 of 177 passes for a sizzling 70.1 percentage rate.   

When he has been given a chance, he has done well, hitting 355-541 in his career for 3,814 yards and 20 touchdowns.

 

 

Luke McCown , Louisiana Tech

(Played Boise State in 2000—Won 48-42)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2002—Lost 36-10)

(Played Boise State in 2003—Lost 43-37)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2004—Lost 55-14)

 

McCown (2000-2003) was 214-369 as a freshman for 2,544 yards and 21 touchdowns.  He hit 277 of 469 passes the following season for 3,337 yards (sixth all-time at Louisiana Tech) and 28 scores.  Luke connected on 296 of 505 passes for 3,539 yards (#4 all-time) and 19 TD's in 2002 and hit 246 of 432 for 3,246 yards (7th in school history) and 19 touchdowns as a senior.  

McCown had 1,033 completions out of 1,775 career attempts, a school record, for 87 touchdowns, second only to Tim Rattay.  His passes covered 12,666 yards, just 80 shy of the school record set by Rattay.  

McCown set a school record with 47 completions in a game against Auburn in 2000 and also holds the mark for attempts with 72 vs. Miami that same year.  McCown had 21 games over 300 yards passing and nine over 400.  

McCown was chosen in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.  He was sent to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the next year, and was 94-139 (67.6%) for 1,009 yards and five touchdowns in 2007.  In his career thus far, McCown is 142-238 (59.7%) for 1,617 yards and nine touchdowns and has rushed 21 times for 157 yards (7.5 avg.).  

 

John Beck, BYU

(Played Boise State in 2003—Lost 50-12)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2004—Lost 28-27)

 

Beck (2003-2006) started as a freshman against Stanford and saw action in eight games, hitting 73 of 145 passes for 864 yards and five touchdowns.  He was 192-342 for 2,563 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2004.  In 2005, Beck was third in the nation in passing, connecting on 331 passes (out of 513) for 64.52%, 3,709 yards and 27 touchdowns.  Beck was 289-417 for 3,885 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2006.  He was a Johnny Unitas Golden Arm finalist and a Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist.  

Beck passed for 11,021 yards in his career (2nd all-time at BYU).  He is third behind Ty Detmer and Jim McMahon with 79 career TD passes.  He had 17 games with over 300-yards passing, tying McMahon and John Walsh for second.  In his career, he hit 885 of 1,417 passes.  Beck set the school record with 67 attempts against UNLV in 2004.   

Beck was chosen in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by Miami .  He is 60-107 in two seasons for 559 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions.

 

 

Dave Dickinson. Montana

(Played Boise State in 1993—Won 38-24)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1994—Lost 38-14)

(Played Boise State in 1995—Won 54-28)

 

Dickenson (1992-1995) hit 262 of 390 passes his sophomore year for 3,640 yards and 32 touchdowns.  In 1994, he threw of 3,053 yards and 24 TD's on 229-of-336 passing (68.1%).  Dickinson came back his senior year to hit a record 309 of 455 passes (67.9%) for 4,176 yards ( Montana record) and 38 touchdowns, leading the Grizzlies to the I-AA National Championship.   

He is second in Big Sky Conference history with 11,080 yards.  He finished his career completing 813 of 1,208 passes for 96 touchdowns.  When he left Missoula , Dickinson had the highest completion percentage, highest percentage of passes for a touchdown, and fewest interceptions per pass in NCAA Division I-AA history.  He holds school records with 72 attempts and 43 completions vs. Idaho in 1995 and six touchdowns vs. Boise State in ‘95.   

Dickinson played with Calgary and British Columbia of the CFL.  Dickenson led Calgary to the 1998 Grey Cup and topped the CFL in passing efficiency (114.1) and completion percentage (64.3%) in 2000.   He was named a CFL All-Star and generated interest from NFL teams.  The following two years, he was on the roster of San Diego , Seattle , Miami and Detroit of the NFL but never caught on.

 

 

Matt Moore, Oregon State

(Played Boise State in 2005—Won 30-27)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2006—Lost 42-14)

 

Moore was 211-355 for 2,711 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2005.  He set the school record for completion percentage in a season (60.6%) in 2006, hitting 229 of 378 passes for 3,022 yards and 14 touchdowns.  Moore finished his career fourth in career yards with 5,733.  He was 440-733 (60%) with 29 TD passes.  He set the school record by throwing 182 passes in 2006 without an interception.  

Moore was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007 by the Dallas Cowboys; he's currently with the Carolina Panthers.  Moore was 63-111 (56.8%) for 730 yards and three touchdowns in '07, his only NFL action thus far.

 

 

Mike Machurek, Idaho State

(Played Boise State in 1980—Lost 22-13)
(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1981—Won 21-10)

 

Machurek was a pure passer and led the Bengals to the Division I-AA National Championship in 1981.  He was a two-year starter, going 196-390 for 2,397 yards and 16 touchdowns in 1980 and 188-313 (60.1%) for 2,752 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior.  In his two-year career, Machurek was 384-703 for 5,149 yards and 38 touchdowns.  

Machurek was chosen in the sixth round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.  He only saw action in one season—1984, when he was just 14-43 for 193 yards.

 

 

Ken Hobart , Idaho

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1980—Lost 44-21)
(Played Boise State in 1981—Lost 45-43)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1982—Won 24-17)

(Played Boise State in 1983--Hobart 440 passing yards in a 45-24 win)

 

Hobart was more of a running threat than passing.  He hit 59 of 145 passes for 1,083 yards and 11 touchdowns as a freshman in 1980, then 81-179 for 1,541 and 12 touchdowns in 1981.  Hobart connected on 221 of 418 passes for 3,058 yards and 24 touchdowns in 1982 and 268-477 for 3,618 yards and 32 scores in 1983.   

Hobart played with Jacksonville of the United States Football League before moving on to the CFL.  He led Hamilton to a Grey Cup Championship in 1986 and played through 1990 with Hamilton and Ottawa .  He had 228 carries for 1,761 yards and 13 touchdowns for Hamilton from 1985-1987.  Hobart was named Most Outstanding Player in the Eastern Division and was a East Division All-Star in 1985.  In his CFL career, Hobart completed 415 of 879 passes for 5,080 yards, 31 touchdowns and 31 interceptions.

 

 

Marcus Brady, Cal State Northridge

(Played Boise State at Bronco Stadium in 1998—Lost 26-13)

 

Brady (1998-2001) started 43 straight games with the Matadors, finishing as the all-time school leader with 1,036 completions, 1,677 attempts, 12,479 yards, 75 touchdown passes and 34 touchdowns scored.   

Brady played with Toronto , Hamilton , Winnipeg and Montreal of the CFL. 

 

 

Kevin Sweeney, Fresno State

 

Sweeney was 227-421 for 3,259 yards and 20 touchdowns (10th all-time at Fresno State ) in 1984 and 186-314 for 2,789 yards and 17 TD's in 1985.  In his career, Sweeney was 740-1,355 for a record 10,808 yards and 69 touchdowns.

 

 Sweeney is fourth at Fresno State for passing yards in a season with 3,259 in 1984.  

He was chosen in the seventh round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.  He played six games in two seasons, hitting 47 of 106 passes for 605 yards and seven touchdowns.

 

 

Omar Jacobs, Bowling Green

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2005—Lost 48-20)

In 2004, his sophomore season, Jacobs set the record for the best touchdown-to-interception ration in NCAA Division I-A history (10.25:1).  He led the nation with 41 TD passes.  In 2005, an injury reduced his productivity but he still completed 60.7% of his passes for 2,591 yards and 26 touchdowns.  Jacobs was a Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist.

Jacobs skipped his senior season at Bowling Green to enter the NFL draft. Jacobs left Bowling Green as the school's all-time leader in touchdown passes (71) and third in career passing yards (6,938).

Jacobs was drafted in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was sent to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2006 and then the Kansas City Chiefs but has not played.

 

 

 Paul Pinegar, Fresno State

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2002—Lost 67-21; Pinegar was 27-53 for 371 yards and three touchdowns)

 

Pinegar (2002-2005) was 230-403 for 2,929 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2002 and threw for 1,773 yards in 2002 and 2,099 yards in 2004.  He was 265-416 for 3,335 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2005. Pinegar was 848-1,405 for his career with 10,136 yards (second all-time at Fresno ) and a record 84 touchdowns.  

Pinegar is tied for second in Bulldog history with 30 TD passes in 2005 and he is sixth with 23 in 2004 and 10th with 20 in 2002.

 

 

Timmy Chang, Hawai'i

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2001—Lost 28-21)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2002—Lost 58-31)

(Played Boise State in 2003—Lost 45-28)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2004—Lost 69-3)

 

Chang (2000-2004) saw a lot of action as a freshman, hitting 245 of 469 passes for 3,041 yards and 19 TD's but 19 interceptions.  In 2002, he as 83-140 for 1,100 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions in an injury-shortened year.  He hit 349-624 in 2002 for 4,474 and 25 touchdowns but 22 interceptions.  Chang was 353 out of 601 for 4,199 yards and 29 touchdowns against 20 interceptions as a junior.  In 2004, Chang received an extra year of eligibility--he completed 358 of 602 for 4,258 yards and 38 touchdowns.

In his career, Chang was 1,388 for 2,436 totaling an NCAA record 17,072 yards and 117 touchdowns but he did have 80 interceptions, also an NCAA record.

 

 

Rick Worman, Eastern Washington

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1984—Lost 45-17)

 

Worman hit 156 of 274 passes in 1984 and went 274-491 for 3,466 yards and 27 touchdowns in 1985.  Worman still holds the school record with 67 attempts against Nevada in 1985.  

Worman completed 430 of 765 throws in his two year career (1984-1985) for 5,548 yards and 45 touchdowns.

 

 

Erik Wilhelm, Oregon State

(Played Boise State in 1985—Won 34-3)

 

Wilhelm (1985-1988) completed 86 of 165 passes as a freshman for 880 yards and six touchdowns.  Wilhelm hit a school record 283 of 470 passes (60.2%) in 1986 for 2,871 yards and 11 touchdowns.  In 1987, he was 226-423 for 2,736 yards and 17 scores and was accurate on 275 of 422 throws in 1988 for 2,896 yards and 18 TD's.  

He is the career leader at Oregon State in completion percentage (58.8%), hitting a record 870 passes out of 1,480 attempts.  Wilhelm threw for 9,383 career yards and 52 scores. 

 

 

Jason Gesser, Washington State

(Played Boise State in 2000—Won 42-35)

(Played Boise State in 2001—Won 41-20)

 

Gesser (1999-2002) was 63-135  for 726 yards and one touchdown his freshman season, then hit 128 of 246 passes for 1,967 yards and 16 touchdowns his sophomore season.  Gesser was184-335 for 2,729 yards and 25 scores in 2001 and hit 236 of 402 in 2002 for 3,408 yards and 28 TD's.  

Jason had 611 completions in 1,118 career attempts at Washington State for 8,830 yards and 70 TD's.  All those figures rank second in school history.  

Gesser holds the school record with a six-TD pass performance against Arizona in 2000 and also has the distinction of being the Cougar quarterback with the longest streak of scoring passes (25 in 2001-02).  He is second all-time at Pullman with 27 200-yard passing games.  

Gesser spent some time with the Tennessee Titans of the NFL and now is in the Arena League.

 

 

Stefan LeFors, Louisville

(Played Boise State in the 2004 Liberty Bowl—Won 44-40)

 

LeFors was 219-357 for 3,145 yards (third in Louisville history) and 17 touchdowns in 2003 and 189-257 for 2,596 and 20 TD's (#7 at Louisville ) in 2004.   

LeFors hit 416 of 630 career attempts for 5,849 yards at Louisville and had five games of over 300 yards passing.  He holds records for completion percentage in a game (12-14 for 85.7% in 2004), in a season (189-257 for 73.5% in 2004) and for his career (416-630 for 66%).  He is tops at Louisville with a career average of 14.06 yards per completion, a passing efficiency of 159.84 and career rushing yards by a quarterback (756).  He is tied for fourth with 38 career touchdown passes.  

LeFors was drafted in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers but saw no action.  He currently is with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.

 

 

Brian Brohm, Louisville

(Played Boise State in the 2004 Liberty Bowl—Won 44-40)

 

In 2004, Brohm hit 66 of 98 passes for 819 yards and six touchdowns.  Brohm hit 207 of 301 passes (68.8%) as a sophomore for 2,883 yards (#8 at Louisville ) and 19 touchdowns.  That completion percentage is second at Louisville to Stefan LeFors' 73.5% in 2004.  The following season, Brohm completed 199 of 313 passes (63.58%) for 3,049 yards (fifth all-time) and 16 scores.  Brohm hit 308-473 (65.1%--fourth in school history) as a senior for 4,024 yards and 30 touchdowns, breaking Chris Redman's record of 29.  He fell nine completions and 18 yards short of Redman's 1999 record of 317 completions and his 1998 mark of 4,042 passing yards.  

Brohm was 780-1,185 (65.8%) for his career, throwing for 10.775 yards and 71 touchdowns.  He is second in career percentage and career passing efficiency (157.85) behind LeFors, second in career completions behind Chris Redman, third in career attempts and third in career touchdown passes.  

Brian was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.  To date, he has no playing time.

 

 

Brett Ratliff, Utah

(Played Boise State in 2006—Lost 36-3)

 

Ratliff was 48 of 77 for 872 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior.  He started in his senior year and was 228-391 for 2,796 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2006.    

He had 3,668 career passing yards, going 276-468 and throwing 31 TD passes.   

Ratliff is currently with the Cleveland Browns.

 

 

Chris Petersen, Cal-Davis

 

In 1985, Petersen was 191-279 for 2,590 yards and 19 touchdowns his junior year and 250-354 for 2,965 yards and 23 scores in 1986.  He still holds the school record for season completion percentage (70.6% in 1986) and career percentage (69.7% on 386 of 554 passes).  His best game came against Chico State in 1986 when he threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns.   

Petersen ranks third and fifth in season passing efficiency (163.18 in 1985 and 157.90 in 1986) at Cal-Davis.    

 

 

Ryan Leaf, Washington State

(Played Boise State in 1997—Won 58-0)

 

Leaf (1994-1997) attempted 373 and 2,811 yards in 1996 and 410 and 3,968 yards (all-time record) and 33 touchdowns in 1997.  

Leaf was 473-880 in career attempts at WSU for 7,433 yards and 59 touchdowns.   

Leaf is tied for the most 300-yard passing games with 12.  He is third with 23 200-yard games.  He not only was an All-American, but finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting as a junior.  

He opted to not continue his schooling at Washington State and enter the NFL Draft.  Leaf was the second player drafted that year (behind Peyton Manning), chosen by the San Diego Chargers.  He spent three seasons with San Diego and one with Dallas , completing just 317 of 655 career passes for 3,666 yards and 14 touchdowns against 36 interceptions.

 

 

Doug Nussmeier, Idaho

(Played Boise State in 1989—Won 26-21)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1990—Won 21-14)

(Played Boise State in 1991—Won 28-24)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1992—Won 62-16)

 

Nussmeier (1989-1992) played considerably in four years, starting the last three.  He was 124-204 (61.3%) in 1990 for 1,536 yards and 11 touchdowns.  In his sophomore year, he was 230-384 for 3,300 yards and 25 scores.  In 1992, Doug went 206-333 for 3,028 yards and 22 TD's and he was 185-304 for 2,960 and 33 touchdowns he senior year.  

In his career, he ranks as the seventh best passer in the Big Sky Conference, hitting 746 of 1,225 passes for 10,824 yards and 91 touchdowns.  

Nussmeier played two seasons with the New Orleans Saints, going 46-82 for 455 yards and one touchdown against four interceptions.

 

 

Jeff Lewis, Northern Arizona

(Played Boise State in 1992—Lost 20-14)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1993—Won 23-9)

(Played Boise State in 1994—Lost 28-16)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1995—Won 32-13)

 

Lewis (1992-1995) threw for 2,497 yards in 1993.  He was 272-450 (60.4%) for 3,355 yards and 26 touchdowns in 1994 and set an NAU record hitting 66.8% in 1995 (202-313), with 22 TD strikes.  Lewis only threw three interceptions in 1995.   

Lewis was 784-1,315 (59.6%, #2 at Northern Arizona ) in his Lumberjack career for 9,639 yards and 67 touchdowns.   

Lewis was drafted in the fourth round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.  He played three seasons with the Broncos before going to the Carolina Panthers for his final two seasons.    He saw only limited duty in both locations, hitting 28 of 54 career passes for 210 yards.

 

 

David Neill, Nevada

(Played Boise State in 1998—Won 52-24)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1999—Lost 52-17)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2001—Lost 49-7)

 

Neill (1998-2001) threw for 3,249 yards and 29 touchdowns in 1998 and hit 247 of 423 passes for 3,402 yards in 1999.  He was 179-353 for 2,334 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2000.  Neill finished his four-year career as a starter by hitting 138 of 256 for 1,918 yards and 11 scores.  

Neill completed 763 of 1,374 attempts (both Wolf Pack records).  Neill threw for 10,901 yards in his great career, a Wolf Pack record, and threw 73 scoring passes, #2 all-time at Nevada .  He set another record when he had a 611-yard performance against New Mexico State in 1998.

 

 

Greg Wyatt, Northern Arizona

(Played Boise State in 1986—Won 17-14)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1987—Lost 48-18)

(Played Boise State in 1988—Lost 24-21)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1989—Lost 21-14)

 

Wyatt (1986-1989) fired 250-of-396 (63.1%) for 2,862 yards in 1986, 268-412 (65%, #2 at NAU) for 3,002 yards and 24 TD's  the following year, 183-301 (60.8%)as a junior and 225-405 for 2,683 yards in 1989.   

Wyatt threw 1,512 passes in his career (#3 at Northern Arizona ), completing a record 926.  He holds the school record with a 61.2% career percentage.  Greg threw for 10,697 yards and 70 career TD strikes (third all-time).  

 

 

Doug Gaynor, Long Beach State

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1985—Won 17-16)

 

Gaynor is eighth in NCAA history with 305 yards of total offense per game for his career.  

Gaynor was chosen in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.  He played one season (1986) and was 3-3 for 30 yards. 

 

 

Brent Pease, Montana

(Played Boise State in 1985—Lost 28-3)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1986—Lost 31-0)

 

Brent Pease (1985-1986) completed 241 of 440 passes in 1986 for 3,056 yards and 30 touchdowns and led the nation in total offense.  He totaled 3,655 yards passing and 34 TD passes in his two-year career.  

Pease was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and played in 1987 and 1988 with the Houston Oilers.  He also played in the CFL and was the first player chosen in the inaugural draft of the World League of American Football.

 

 

Jeff Rowe, Nevada

(Played Boise State in 2002—Lost 44-7)

(Played Boise State in 2004—Lost 58-21)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2005—Lost 49-14)

(Played Boise State in 2006—Lost 38-7)

 

Rowe (2002-2006) hit 230 of 395 passes in 2004 for 2,633 yards and 15 touchdowns.  Rowe completed 241 of 389 attempts for 2,925 yards and 21 TD's in 2005.  Rowe was 172-266 for 1,907 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2006.  He was 682 for 1,122 in his career for 7,862 yards and 55 touchdowns.  

Rowe was drafted in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and is now with the Seattle Seahawks.

 

 

Fred Gatlin, Nevada

(Played Boise State in 1989—Won 30-14)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1990—Lost 30-14)

(Played Boise State in 1991—Won 17-14)

 

Gatlin (1989-1992) was 613-1,116 in his career, throwing for 8,312 yards and 63 touchdowns.  

Gatlin was with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL.

 

 

Chris Vargas, Nevada

(Played Boise State in 1993—Won 38-10)

 

Vargas (1990-1993) was 331-490 for 4,265 yards and 34 touchdowns in 1993, setting Nevada records for yards and touchdowns.  

In his career, Vargas connected on 625 passes in 1,027 attempts.  He threw for 8,130 yards and 60 touchdowns.  He is the co-record holder with seven touchdown passes in a game vs. UNLV in 1993  

Vargas played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.

 

 

Jason Whitmer, Idaho State

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1987—Won 35-32)

(Played Boise State in 1988—Lost 31-10)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1989—Lost 20-7)

(Played Boise State in 1990—Lost 44-16)

 

Whitmer threw for 2,616 yards and 20 touchdowns in 1987, and 2,250 yards in 1988.  Whitmer then threw for 1,967 yards in 1999 and 2,248 in 1990.   

Jason was 721-1,349 in his career with 9,081 passing yards and 55 touchdown passes.

 

 

Eric Beavers, Nevada

(Played Boise State in 1983—Won 38-20)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1984—Lost 37-12)

(Played Boise State in 1985—Won 37-10)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1986—Won 21-16)

 

Beavers (1983-1986) threw for 27 touchdowns in 1985 and 2,810 yards and 25 touchdowns in 1986.   

Beavers hit 642 of 1,095 passes for 8,629 yards and a record 78 touchdowns in his career.

 

 

Kelly Bradley, Montana State

(Played Boise State in 1984—Won 22-18)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1985—Lost 58-21)

Played Boise State in 1986—Lost 31-14)

 

Bradley (1983-1986) completed 289 of 499 attempts in 1984 for 3,508 yards and 30 touchdowns.  He hit 714 of 1,238 in his career for 8,152 yards and 76 touchdowns.

 

 

Jeff Carlson, Weber State

 

Carlson (1984-1988) connected on 384 of 723 career attempts for 6,147 yards and 47 touchdowns.  

He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams but quickly sent to Tampa Bay .  He played with the Buccaneers until 1992, when he played his last season for the New England Patriots.  In his career, Carlson was 49-114 for 636 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 17 times for 57 yards.

 

 

Grady Bennett , Montana

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1988—Lost 31-28)

(Played Boise State in 1989—Won 48-13)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1990—Lost 41-3)

 

Bennett (1988-90) threw for 1,682 yards in 1988, struck for 3,089 yards and 20 touchdowns in 1989 and threw for 3,005 yards and 24 TD's in 1990.  He finished his career with 641 completions in 1,097 attempts for 7,778 yards and 55 touchdowns.

 

 

Mike Maxwell , Nevada

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1994—Lost 37-27)

 

Maxwell (1993-1995) threw for 3,537 yards (#3 all-time) and 24 touchdowns in 1994 and 3,611 yards and 33 touchdowns (both #2 at Nevada ) in 1995.  He was for 271-447 in 1994 and 277-409 in 1995.  

Maxwell was 560-881 for 7,256 yards and 62 touchdowns in his career.  He holds the all-time record with seven TD passes in a game, which he accomplished twice in 1995, against UNLV and Louisiana-Monroe.

 

 

Aaron Flowers, Cal State-Northridge

(Played Boise State at Bronco Stadium in 1997 and won 63-23, but had to forfeit the game)

 

Flowers was 247-414 for 3,540 yards and 30 touchdowns in 1996 and hit 255 of 404 passes in 1997 (63.1%) for 3,226 yards and 24 touchdowns.  He had 6,754 yards of total offense in his career, which is third all-time in yards per game for the Football Championship Subdivision. 

 

 

Rick Worman, Eastern Washington

Worman (1982-1985) completed 222 of 393 attempts in 1985 for 2,842 yards.  He set 10 school records, including career completions (378) and career passing yards (4,964).  He was drafted by Jacksonville in the 1986 United States Football League, but chose to play in the CFL instead.  He began his CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders in 1986.  He was then acquired by the Edmonton Eskimos in late 1988 before re-signing with the Stampeders for the 1990 season. He spent the 1991 season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

 

 

Brad Lebo , Montana

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1990—Lost 41-3)

(Played Boise State in 1991—Won 21-7)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1993—Won 38-24)

 

Lebo (1989-1992) threw for 3,384 yards and 21 touchdowns in 1991 and another 2,646 yards in 1992.  He finished with 6,716 career passing yards and 41 touchdown strikes.

 

 

Paul Peterson, Idaho State

(Played Boise State in 1982—Lost 27-24)

(Played Boise State in 1984—Lost 26-23)

 

Peterson was 228-444 for 2,623 yards and 13 aerial strikes for touchdowns in 1982 and threw for 3,041 yards and 19 TD's in 1983, going 244-489.  He holds the school record by flinging 74 passes in a game vs. Nevada in1983.   

Peterson completed 472 of 933 passes in his Bengal career for 5,664 yards and 32 touchdowns.

 

 

Top Division I-A (FBS) and I-AA (FCS) Quarterbacks:

 1.  Timmy Chang, Hawaii (17,072)

 2.  Graham Harrell, Texas Tech (15,793)

 3.  Ty Detmer, BYU (15,031)

 4.  Steve McNair, Alcorn State (14,496)

 5.  Colt Brennan , Hawai'i (14,193)

 6.  Philip Rivers, North Carolina St . (13,484)

 7.  Neil Lomax, Portland State (13,220)

 8.  Kevin Kolb, Houston (12,964)

 9.  Tim Rattay , Louisiana Tech (12,746)

10.  Willie Totten, Mississippi Valley State (12,711)

11.  Luke McCown , Louisiana Tech (12,666)

12.  Chris Redman, Louisville (12,541)

13.  Chase Daniel, Missouri (12,515)

14.  Marcus Brady, Cal State-Northridge (12,479)

15.  Kliff Kingsbury , Texas Tech (12,429)

16.  Chad Pennington, Marshall (12,348)

17.  Jamie Martin, Weber State (12,207)

18.  Byron Leftwich, Marshall (11,903)

19.  Chase Holbrook, New Mexico State (11,846)

20.  Brady Quinn, Notre Dame (11,762)

 

 

Top Division I-A (FBS) Quarterbacks:

 1.  Timmy Chang, Hawaii (17,072)

 2.  Graham Harrell, Texas Tech (15,793)

 3.  Ty Detmer, BYU (15,031)

 4.  Colt Brennan , Hawai'i (14,193)

 5.  Philip Rivers, North Carolina St . (13,484)

 6.  Kevin Kolb, Houston (12,964)

 7.  Tim Rattay , Louisiana Tech (12,746)

 8.  Luke McCown , Louisiana Tech (12,666)

 9.  Chris Redman, Louisville (12,541)

10.  Chase Daniel, Missouri (12,515)

11.  Kliff Kingsbury , Texas Tech (12,429)

12.  Byron Leftwich, Marshall (11,903)

13.  Chase Holbrook, New Mexico State (11,846)

14.  Brady Quinn, Notre Dame (11,762)

15.  David Greene, Georgia (11,528)

16.  Gino Guidugli, Cincinnati (11,453)

17.  Todd Santos, San Diego St. (11,425)

18.  Carson Palmer, Southern California (11,388)

19.  Tim Lester, Western Michigan (11,299)

20.  Derek Anderson, Oregon State ( 11,249)

 


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