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January 20, 2010

Inside the stats: Final look at '09 season

Each week during the college football season we looked at some statistics involving individuals and/or teams that we found intriguing.

This week we're taking a final look at some statistical record-setters from 2009:

Oklahoma's Sam Bradford leaves college as the NCAA's career leader in passing efficiency, at 175.62 points. Former Boise State QB Ryan Dinwiddie (2000-03) had held the record at 168.9 points. Florida's Tim Tebow, at 170.79, also bettered Dinwiddie's mark.

Bradford also leaves with the NCAA record for completion percentage for those between 875 and 999 attempts, at 67.64 (604-of-893). The old mark was by Maryland's Scott Milanovich (1992-95) at 66.2 percent (650-of-982). Texas' Colt McCoy came up just shy in the completion percentage category with at least 1,000 attempts. He finished at 70.33 percent (1,157-of-1,645); the record is 70.40 percent by Hawaii's Colt Brennan (1,115-of-1,584 from 2005-07).

Western Michigan RB Brandon West set the NCAA career mark for all-purpose yardage this season. He finished with 7,764 yards; the mark had been 7,573 by Memphis' DeAngelo Williams (2002-05). Clemson RB C.J. Spiller also passed the old mark. Spilller finished with 7,588 yards.

Spiller set the NCAA career mark for touchdowns on kickoff returns, with seven. The old mark had been six by Tulsa's Ashlan Davis (2004-05) and USC's Anthony Davis (1972-74). Spiller also tied the NCAA career mark for combined touchdowns on punt and kickoff returns, with eight. Colorado's Cliff Branch (1970-71), Nebraska's Johnny Rodgers (1970-72), Kentucky's Derek Abney (2000-03) and Hawaii's Chad Owens (2001-04) also had eight.

West set the NCAA career mark for kickoff-return yardage with 3,118; the record had been 2,945 by SMU's Jessie Henderson (2005-08).

Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour leaves with the NCAA career record for touchdown responsibility with 150. The record had been 146 and had been owned by Hawaii QB Colt Brennan (2005-07) and Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell (2005-08). LeFevour threw 102 TD passes, ran for 47 touchdowns and caught one touchdown pass.

Bowling Green WR Freddie Barnesset an NCAA single-season receptions record with 155; the record had been 142 by Houston's Manny Hazard in 1989.

Two quarterbacks joined the exclusive 2,000/1,000 club -- those who passed for 2,000 yards and rushed for 1,000 in the same season. Three quarterbacks actually reached those plateaus this season -- UAB's Joe Webb, Nevada's Colin Kaepernick and Middle Tennessee's Dwight Dasher -- but it's the second time Kaepernick has done it. Just seven quarterbacks in NCAA history have reached those marks.

Houston WRs James Cleveland, Tyron Carrier and Patrick Edwards each went over the 1,000-yard mark, making the Cougars just the fourth team in NCAA history to have three 1,000-yard receivers in the same season. Texas Tech (2003), Hawaii (2007) and Tulsa (2007) also have done it. Houston and Toledo (Eric Page and Stephen Williams) became the 34th and 35th teams in NCAA history with two 1,000-yard receivers.

Tebow and LeFevour are the 12th and 13th quarterbacks in NCAA history to finish with 4,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards.

And here are some quick statistical comparisons to the past four seasons:

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Here's a breakdown by league of the number of players who reached certain statistical plateaus:
League1,000-yd rushers3,000-yd passers1,000-yd receivers
Big 12464
Big East503
Big Ten231
Mt. West221
Sun Belt411
There were no 2,000-yard rushers this season; there was one in 2008, three in '07 and none in '06 and '05.

There were 53 1,000-yard rushers this season. There were 54 in 2008, 56 in '07, 36 in '06 and 46 in '05.

There was one 5,000-yard passer this season, Houston's Case Keenum. He is just the 10th passer in NCAA history to reach that plateau; there had been two each in '08 and '07 and one in '06 after none reached the mark in '05.

There were three 4,000-yard passers this season. There were six in '08 and '07, three in '06 and two in '05.

There were 25 3,000-yard passers this season; that equals the number from 2008. There were 36 in 2007 -- which is an all-time, single-season high -- 17 in 2006 and 18 in 2005.

There were three 1,500-yard receivers this season; that's more than in any of the past four seasons (one in 2008, two in '07, zero in '06 and one in '05).

There were 29 1,000-yard receivers this season; there were 33 in '08, 38 in '07, 21 in '06 and 28 in '05.

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.

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