Sunday, Sept. 11, 8:30 p.m. PT
A quick glance at the stat line and it's obvious Darron Thomas had an outstanding day in Oregon's win over Nevada on Saturday: 13 completions in 19 attempts for 295 yards and six touchdowns against zero interceptions.
But upon closer examination, and thanks to the outstanding statistical resource that is cfbstats.com , it was revealed that the junior quarterback had one of the top college football performances from a passing efficiency standpoint in recent memory.
Taking into account all games against FBS competition since 2005, where a QB attempted at least 15 passes - a sample size of thousands - Thomas' pass efficiency rating of 303.05 was the fourth-highest behind Mike Teel of Rutgers (314.03 vs. Louisville in 2008), Dan LeFevour of Central Michigan (303.73 vs. Buffalo in '06) and Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen (303.66 vs. Nevada in '09).
Thomas' mark was the highest of six Pac-10 performances among the national top 50 since 2005, edging out UCLA's Drew Olson, who had a 301.26 rating vs. Arizona State in '05. Former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was 43rd on the list for his game at Oregon State in '08, when he was 11 of 17 for 274 yards and tossed three touchdowns for a 258.34 efficiency rating.
The other Pac-10 QBs among the top 50 were No. 34 Mark Sanchez of USC (263.76 vs. Washington State in 2008), No. 35 Matt Leinart of USC (263.35 vs. Arkansas in '05) and No. 47 Kevin Riley of Cal (255.24 vs. Air Force in '07).
THOMAS, JAMES WIN NATIONAL WEEKLY HONORS
The College Football Performance Awards named Thomas as the National Performer of the Week and National QB of the Week for his play in the 69-20 win against the Wolf Pack.
James was also one of six players nationally to be named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll.
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