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).

Name School 4th Down Rating
1 Deshaun Watson Clemson 606.4
2 DeShone Kizer Notre Dame 488.8
3 Trevone Boykin TCU 463.6
4 Josh Rosen UCLA 420.4
5 Will Grier Florida 372.64
6 Seth Collins Oregon St 323.8
7 Perry Orth South Carolina 305.47
8 Tommy Armstrong Jr. Nebraska 303.2
9 Joshua Dobbs Tennessee 302.67
10 Mason Rudolph Okla St 259.6
11 Tanner Mangum BYU 251.48
12 Treon Harris Florida 250.8
13 Jared Goff California 239.4
14 Anu Solomon Arizona 219.2
15 Seth Russell Baylor 213.6
16 Kevin Hogan Stanford 209.2
17 John Wolford Wk Forest 209.2
18 Patrick Towles Kentucky 199.9
19 Kyle Allen Texas A&M 193.47
20 Sefo Liufau Colorado 190.88
21 Cardale Jones Ohio State 184
22 Clayton Thorson N’western 184
23 Chris Laviano Rutgers 173.7
24 Ryan Willis Kansas 160
25 Johnny McCrary Vanderbilt 156.11
26 Wes Lunt Illinois 155.88
27 Luke Falk Wash St 152.98
28 Jake Rudock Michigan 150.67
29 Patrick Mahomes II Texas Tech 148.32
30 Mike Bercovici Ariz St 145
31 Lamar Jackson Louisville 138.2
32 Travis Wilson Utah 136.3
33 Nate Peterman Pittsburgh 135.9
34 Connor Cook Mich St 129.04
35 Brad Kaaya Miami (Fl) 126.16
36 Nate Sudfeld Indiana 125.73
37 Sam Richardson Iowa State 124.34
38 Jacoby Brissett NC State 122.67
39 Cody Kessler USC 118.47
40 Christian Hackenberg Penn State 111.47
41 Kendall Hinton Wk Forest 103.68
42 Vernon Adams Jr. Oregon 83.68
43 Justin Thomas Ga Tech 73.6
44 Matt Johns Virginia 70.69
45 Joel Stave Wisconsin 66.8
46 Mitch Leidner Minnesota 57.55
47 Jake Coker Alabama 52.57
48 Skyler Howard WVU 48.1
49 C.J. Beathard Iowa 47.33
50 David Blough Purdue 43.27
51 Dak Prescott Mississippi State 22.13
52 Everett Golson FSU 0
53 Montell Cozart Kansas 0
54 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma 0
55 Jeremy Johnson Auburn 0
56 Greyson Lambert Georgia 0
57 Sean White Auburn 0
58 Joe Hubener Kansas St 0
59 Kyle Bolin Louisville 0
60 Thomas Sirk Duke 0
61 Jerrod Heard Texas 0
62 Jake Browning Washington 0
63 Drew Lock Missouri 0
64 Maty Mauk Missouri 0
65 Caleb Rowe Maryland -8
66 Brenden Motley Va Tech -8.2
67 Chad Kelly Ole Miss -12.2
68 Brandon Allen Arkansas -66.67
69 Marquise Williams N Carolina -200
70 Perry Hills Maryland -200

I’ve ranked these 70 quarterbacks in other  “clutch” stats such as fourth quarter performance at BestofArkansasSports.com.