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Numbers prove White is one of the best QBs ever

By John Rohde Published: December 3, 2003
Depending how you crunch the numbers, no quarterback in NCAA history has had a more efficient season than Oklahoma's Jason White.

The NCAA record book ranks the all-time passing efficiency leaders based on a minimum of 15 pass attempts per game.

Tulane's Shaun King leads the way with a 183.3 rating in 1998, followed by Virginia Tech's Michael Vick at 180.4 in 1999 and Florida's Danny Wuerffel at 178.4 in 1995.

But if you double that minimum requirement to at least 30 pass attempts per game, White leads the pack with his 177.9 rating with two games remaining. (Based on an adjustment instituted last year, postseason games now count toward season and career totals.)

Translation: White owns the 12-game regular-season record for passing efficiency.

The funky passing efficiency formula in college ball is weighed heavily on yards-per-completion and yards-per-attempt. The next most important category is the touchdown-to- interception ratio. In the NFL, these priorities are flipped.

"Here's the guy who has set the (regular-season) record, and he's done it with big plays. That's how you do it," OU offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Chuck Long said. "It's not like he's been dinkin' and dunkin' all year."

White has 40 touchdown passes and just six interceptions, a ratio that rates third all-time.

Single-season passing efficiency leaders (minimum 15 attempts per game):

1. Tulane's Shaun King, 183.3 (1998).

2. Virginia Tech's Michael Vick, 180.4 (1999).

3. Florida's Danny Wuerffel, 178.4 (1995).

4. *Oklahoma's Jason White, 177.9 (2003).

5. BYU's Jim McMahon, 176.9 (1980).

Single-season touchdown-interception ratio leaders:

1. Tulsa's Jerry Rhome, 32-4 (8.0-1) in 1964.

2. Fresno State's Trent Dilfer, 28-4 (7.0-1) in 1993.

3. *Oklahoma's Jason White, 40-6 (6.7-1) in 2003.

4. Fresno State's David Carr, 42-7 (6.0-1) in 2001.

5. Tulane's Shaun King, 36-6 (6.0-1) in 1998.

* Two games remaining

(Note: Touchdown passes before 1946 were not available.)

White's reaction to all this number crunching?

"I'm not a big stat guy," White said with a shrug Tuesday. "I know we're 12- 0, and that's really all that matters."

  • Scalper's delight: OU will be allotted 16,000 tickets for the Sugar Bowl. So far, Sooner fans have requested an estimated 65,000 tickets.

    And you thought getting an OU-Texas ticket was tough?

  • Missing link: The Sooners' defense has been praised as arguably the finest in school history.
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