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."
And you thought getting an OU-Texas ticket was tough?
And, yes, an astounding nine players are finalist for national awards.
But keep in mind senior linebacker Lance Mitchell, who is arguably the Sooners' second-best player to junior defensive tackle Tommie Harris, was lost in the third game with a season-ending knee injury.
Good as it is, OU's defense isn't even operating at full strength.
Despite such heady company, OU's Mark Clayton was still able to make his mark and is one of three finalists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award.
"To win it would definitely be a blessing and accomplishment," Clayton said. "I'm definitely surprised with everything that's been going on this season."
Presumably, the award already has been engraved with Fitzgerald's name on it, even though Clayton has 71 receptions for 1,289 yards and 15 touchdowns -- all school records.
Lest ye forget, Clayton played less than a quarter in the season opener against North Texas because of a bruised quadriceps muscle.
The Golden Hurricane is worthy of postseason bid and its coach, Steve Kragthorpe, should be named national coach of the year. Media members might not be smart enough to do it, but Kragthorpe's peers should be wise enough to cast their vote for him.
TCU said it could arrive the day before the game, but GMAC bowl officials wanted the team there no later than Dec. 13.
Instead, the second-place Horned Frogs were gracious enough to accept the No. 6 conference bid to the Fort Worth Bowl staged five days later on their home field.
GMAC officials are now considering offering a bid to a team outside Conference USA.
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