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Single Season Leaders and Records for Passing Touchdowns

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Since 1956

Rank Player TD Season School
1.Colt Brennan* 58 2006 Hawaii
2.David Klingler 54 1990 Houston
3.B.J. Symons* 52 2003 Texas Tech
4.Derek Carr* 50 2013 Fresno State
 Sam Bradford* 50 2008 Oklahoma
6.Brandon Doughty* 49 2014 Western Kentucky
7.Brandon Doughty 48 2015 Western Kentucky
 Case Keenum* 48 2011 Houston
 Graham Harrell* 48 2007 Texas Tech
10.Paul Smith* 47 2007 Tulsa
 Jim McMahon 47 1980 Brigham Young
12.Matt Johnson 46 2015 Bowling Green State
 David Johnson* 46 2008 Tulsa
 David Carr* 46 2001 Fresno State
 Tim Rattay 46 1998 Louisiana Tech
 Andre Ware 46 1989 Houston
17.Graham Harrell* 45 2008 Texas Tech
 Kliff Kingsbury* 45 2002 Texas Tech
19.Case Keenum* 44 2009 Houston
 Chase Clement* 44 2008 Rice
 Case Keenum* 44 2008 Houston
22.Jared Goff 43 2015 California
 Kellen Moore* 43 2011 Boise State
24.Marcus Mariota* 42 2014 Oregon
 Geno Smith* 42 2012 West Virginia
 Chad Pennington* 42 1997 Marshall
27.Omar Jacobs* 41 2004 Bowling Green State
 Ty Detmer 41 1990 Brigham Young
29.Rakeem Cato* 40 2014 Marshall
 Jameis Winston* 40 2013 Florida State
 Andre Woodson* 40 2007 Kentucky
 Jason White* 40 2003 Oklahoma
33.Cody Kessler* 39 2014 Southern California
 Rakeem Cato* 39 2013 Marshall
 Seth Doege* 39 2012 Texas Tech
 Matt Barkley 39 2011 Southern California
 Bryant Moniz* 39 2010 Hawaii
 Kellen Moore* 39 2009 Boise State
 Chase Daniel* 39 2008 Missouri
 Drew Brees* 39 1998 Purdue
 Danny Wuerffel 39 1996 Florida
 Dennis Shaw 39 1969 San Diego State
43.Luke Falk 38 2015 Washington State
 Nick Mullens 38 2015 Southern Mississippi
 Landry Jones* 38 2010 Oklahoma
 Colt Brennan* 38 2007 Hawaii
 Graham Harrell* 38 2006 Texas Tech
 Timmy Chang* 38 2004 Hawaii
 Matt Leinart* 38 2003 Southern California
 Byron Leftwich 38 2001 Marshall
 Shaun King* 38 1998 Tulane
 Doug Williams* 38 1977 Grambling State
53.Sean Mannion* 37 2013 Oregon State
 Johnny Manziel* 37 2013 Texas A&M
 Derek Carr* 37 2012 Fresno State
 Rakeem Cato 37 2012 Marshall
 Robert Griffin III* 37 2011 Baylor
 Andrew Luck* 37 2011 Stanford
 Brandon Weeden* 37 2011 Oklahoma State
 Dominique Davis* 37 2010 East Carolina
 Brady Quinn* 37 2006 Notre Dame
 Ben Roethlisberger* 37 2003 Miami (OH)
 Rod Rutherford* 37 2003 Pittsburgh
 Chad Pennington 37 1999 Marshall
 Tim Couch 37 1997 Kentucky
 Troy Kopp 37 1991 Pacific
 Dan Marino* 37 1981 Pittsburgh
68.Patrick Mahomes 36 2015 Texas Tech
 Baker Mayfield 36 2015 Oklahoma
 Matt Barkley* 36 2012 Southern California
 Tajh Boyd* 36 2012 Clemson
 Aaron Murray* 36 2012 Georgia
 Tim Hiller* 36 2008 Western Michigan
 Sam Bradford* 36 2007 Oklahoma
 Tim Couch 36 1998 Kentucky
 Peyton Manning 36 1997 Tennessee
77.Deshaun Watson 35 2015 Clemson
 Jared Goff 35 2014 California
 Keith Wenning* 35 2013 Ball State
 Aaron Murray* 35 2011 Georgia
 Kellen Moore* 35 2010 Boise State
 Taylor Potts* 35 2010 Texas Tech
 Max Hall* 35 2008 Brigham Young
 Colt Brennan 35 2005 Hawaii
 Jason White* 35 2004 Oklahoma
 Bart Hendricks 35 2000 Boise State
 Tim Rattay 35 1999 Louisiana Tech
 Danny Wuerffel 35 1995 Florida
 Ty Detmer 35 1991 Brigham Young
90.J.T. Barrett* 34 2014 Ohio State
 Tajh Boyd* 34 2013 Clemson
 Connor Halliday* 34 2013 Washington State
 Tyler Bray 34 2012 Tennessee
 Brandon Weeden* 34 2010 Oklahoma State
 Colt McCoy* 34 2008 Texas
 Mark Sanchez* 34 2008 Southern California
 Chase Holbrook 34 2006 New Mexico State
 Drew Olson* 34 2005 UCLA
 Philip Rivers* 34 2003 North Carolina State
 Rex Grossman 34 2001 Florida
 Nick Rolovich 34 2001 Hawaii
 Tim Lester 34 1999 Western Michigan
 Ryan Leaf* 34 1997 Washington State
 Tim Rattay 34 1997 Louisiana Tech
 Chris Vargas 34 1993 Nevada