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Record Pace: The Luke Falk monster projection

UNTIL NOW, Luke Falk's monster statistics had been seen through the context of the regular season. But with Washington State (6-3) bowl eligible, they take on a whole different meaning when projected through 13 games. Record pace? Indeed, and then some.

At his current clip, Falk will smash the WSU program record -- and the Pac-12 all-time mark -- and become the first Cougar/Pac-12 quarterback ever to pass for more than 5,000 yards, with 5,396 hashes to be precise.

The WSU record is 4,597 yards (Connor Halliday, 2013). The single-season Pac-12 passing mark is held by Oregon State's Sean Mannion, with 4,662 yards.

Touchdowns? Glad you asked. Falk's 13-game pace projects to 47.6.

The all-time Pac-12 mark is 42, held by Oregon's Marcus Mariota (2014).

And with his next TD pass -- presumably this Saturday at UCLA (7:45 p.m., ESPN) Falk will tie Halliday for the most single-season TD passes in program history (34). Two TD tosses in Pasadena on Saturday would put the third-year sophomore all alone at the top of a list that features names like Thompson, Gesser and Bledsoe.

Falk is also right there when it comes to completion percentage, having completed 70.2 percent of his passes this season. That would slot him fourth all-time in Pac-12 history. Andrew Luck holds the top mark at 71.3. Falk would easily set the all-time WSU program mark if his percentage holds close to current levels (Halliday, 67.3 percent, 2014).

Through nine games this season, Falk has completed 353 of 503 throws. Those project to WSU program-, Pac-12- and possibly NCAA-history-making numbers through 13 games: 510 completions on 727 attempts.

Halliday holds the program and Pac-12 records with 449 completions and 714 attempts.

A pair of Mike Leach QBs hold the NCAA all-time marks: B.J. Symonds has the most pass attempts in a season with 719 in 2003. Graham Harrell, now the outside WRs coach at Washington State under Leach, holds the record for completions with 512 (2007).

NOTABLE NOTES ON NCAA RECORDS:
Single-season passing yards: 5,833
(Symons, Texas Tech, 2003)

Single-season passing touchdowns: 58
(Colt Brennan, Hawaii, 2006)

Single-season completion percentage: 76.67 (min. 150 att.)
(Colt McCoy, Texas, 2008)

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