The Best 3rd & 4th Down Quarterbacks in Major College Football

 

Name School 3rd Down Rating
1 Everett Golson FSU 182.89
2 Vernon Adams Jr. Oregon 181.87
3 Anu Solomon Arizona 167.74
4 Trevone Boykin TCU 166.28
5 Seth Russell Baylor 164.21
6 Cody Kessler USC 163.15
7 DeShone Kizer Notre Dame 159.17
8 Patrick Mahomes II Texas Tech 157.45
9 Deshaun Watson Clemson 154.62
10 Treon Harris Florida 153.69
11 Matt Johns Virginia 152.6
12 Brandon Allen Arkansas 143.65
13 Luke Falk Wash St 142.6
14 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma 141.97
15 Jake Browning Washington 139.09
16 Will Grier Florida 138.88
17 Dak Prescott Mississippi State 138.69
18 Jacoby Brissett NC State 138.02
19 Sefo Liufau Colorado 137.68
20 Mason Rudolph Okla St 135.73
21 Montell Cozart Kansas 135.4
22 Jared Goff California 134.71
23 Mike Bercovici Ariz St 131.43
24 Connor Cook Mich St 128.19
25 Tommy Armstrong Jr. Nebraska 127.52
26 Kyle Allen Texas A&M 127.28
27 Patrick Towles Kentucky 126.81
28 Sam Richardson Iowa State 125.68
29 Lamar Jackson Louisville 125.66
30 Travis Wilson Utah 124.6
31 Skyler Howard WVU 122.53
32 Perry Orth South Carolina 121.25
33 Chris Laviano Rutgers 120.4
34 Tanner Mangum BYU 119.29
35 Jake Rudock Michigan 117.95
36 Joshua Dobbs Tennessee 117.3
37 Maty Mauk Missouri 117.06
38 Josh Rosen UCLA 116.85
39 Brenden Motley Va Tech 116.6
40 Thomas Sirk Duke 115.67
41 Jerrod Heard Texas 115.33
42 Sean White Auburn 114.19
43 C.J. Beathard Iowa 111.03
44 Ryan Willis Kansas 109.87
45 Clayton Thorson N’western 109.03
46 Mitch Leidner Minnesota 108.09
47 Johnny McCrary Vanderbilt 107.43
48 Nate Peterman Pittsburgh 105.74
49 Brad Kaaya Miami (Fl) 105.52
50 Chad Kelly Ole Miss 103.14
51 Joe Hubener Kansas St 102.4
52 Wes Lunt Illinois 102.24
53 Kevin Hogan Stanford 101.79
54 Cardale Jones Ohio State 101.11
55 Joel Stave Wisconsin 100.87
56 Marquise Williams N Carolina 100.28
57 Greyson Lambert Georgia 100.22
58 Nate Sudfeld Indiana 94.29
59 David Blough Purdue 91.29
60 Seth Collins Oregon St 88.71
61 Christian Hackenberg Penn State 85.55
62 Jake Coker Alabama 85.33
63 Caleb Rowe Maryland 84.26
64 John Wolford Wk Forest 83.82
65 Perry Hills Maryland 80.98
66 Jeremy Johnson Auburn 70.78
67 Kendall Hinton Wk Forest 67.88
68 Drew Lock Missouri 55.34
69 Justin Thomas Ga Tech 52.24
70 Kyle Bolin Louisville 48.1

All stats are passer ratings gathered from cfbstats.com through the first seven weeks of the 2015 season. I’m essentially looking at current/ex starting quarterbacks and backups who have played heavy minutes (sometimes as former starters).

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Brandon Allen’s 4th Quarter Dropoffs in Performance Lead the Nation

By Evin Demirel

On the whole, Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen doesn’t deserve the flak he’s received from Razorback fans angry at the regular fourth-quarter letdowns which have marked his career since 2013. It’s all the more frustrating this season because the fifth-year senior has been so good early in games – he’s by far the best first-half passer in the SEC:

Name School Conference 1st Half Rating QB Rating
Seth Russell Baylor Big 12 233.46
Cody Kessler USC Pac 12 210.85
Brandon Allen Arkansas SEC 207.19
Kyle Allen Texas A&M SEC 194.46
Greyson Lambert Georgia SEC 194.43
Skyler Howard WVU Big 12 189.16
Jerrod Heard Texas Big 12 186.64
Jacoby Brissett NC State ACC 182.55
Trevone Boykin TCU Big 12 182.27

Unfortunately, Allen’s consistently hot starts keep coinciding with consistently cold finishes. Two years ago, he was nowhere near as good overall, yet still had a roughly 50 point dropoff in QB rating on average from his first-half performances to his fourth-quarter performances.

Last year, his disparity there was the nation’s most severe among high-use Power 5 quarterbacks:

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This year, after three fairly close losses in a row, Allen again leads the nation in 1st half-to-4th quarter dropoff in passer rating, according to data on cfbstats.com:

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These stats, of course, need context.

Allen, for instance, has had to adjust to a raft of injuries on the offensive side of the ball. Too many of his teammates are incurring too many penalties. And, under a new offensive coordinator, it has taken at least four games for the offensive line to begin playing with the same coherency and domination flashed last year.

The margin for error is so small at this level. The No. 2 player above, junior Jared Goff, led a struggling California Bears team in 2013 and 2014. Now, despite his relative fourth-quarter letdowns, he and his team has made enough plays (and avoided enough penalties) to stand at 4-0 this season. The Hogs are only a few plays away from being 3-1 on the season.

Brandon Allen believes it’s in the team’s power to still turn it around.

“There’s a mind-set of when we’re in the fourth quarter and we have a lead, there’s a don’t lose mind-set more than a let’s go win it mind-set,” he said. “I think we’ve got to have the same mind-set as we’ve had in the first three quarters when we’ve been moving the ball well and carry that into the fourth quarter.”

So, what do you think – will the Razorback offense’s fourth-quarter struggles continue through October and November?


 

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