Passing Yards Year-by-Year Leaders and Records

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  • Since 1956
Leaders Table
Year Player Yds School
2017Mason Rudolph4904Oklahoma State
2016Patrick Mahomes5052Texas Tech
2015Brandon Doughty*5055Western Kentucky
2014Brandon Doughty*4830Western Kentucky
2013Derek Carr*5083Fresno State
2012Nick Florence*4309Baylor
2011Case Keenum*5631Houston
2010Bryant Moniz*5040Hawaii
2009Case Keenum*5671Houston
2008Graham Harrell*5111Texas Tech
2007Graham Harrell*5705Texas Tech
2006Colt Brennan*5549Hawaii
2005Colt Brennan4301Hawaii
2004Sonny Cumbie*4742Texas Tech
2003B.J. Symons*5833Texas Tech
2002Kliff Kingsbury*5017Texas Tech
2001David Carr*4839Fresno State
2000Chris Weinke4167Florida State
1999Tim Rattay3922Louisiana Tech
1998Tim Rattay4943Louisiana Tech
1997Ryan Leaf*3968Washington State
1996Josh Wallwork4090Wyoming
1995Mike Maxwell3611Nevada
1994John Walsh3712Brigham Young
1993Chris Vargas4265Nevada
1992Jimmy Klingler3818Houston
1991Ty Detmer4031Brigham Young
1990Ty Detmer5188Brigham Young
1989Andre Ware4699Houston
1988Scott Mitchell4322Utah
1987Todd Santos3932San Diego State
1986Mike Perez*3225San Jose State
1985Robbie Bosco4273Brigham Young
1984Robbie Bosco3875Brigham Young
1983Steve Young3902Brigham Young
1982Todd Dillon3517Long Beach State
1981Sam King3778Nevada-Las Vegas
1980Jim McMahon4571Brigham Young
1979Marc Wilson3720Brigham Young
1978Mike Ford3007Southern Methodist
1977Doug Williams*3286Grambling State
1976Gifford Nielsen*3401Brigham Young
1975Craig Penrose2660San Diego State
1974Steve Bartkowski2580California
1973Jesse Freitas2993San Diego State
1972Don Strock3243Virginia Tech
1971Gary Huff2736Florida State
1970Jim Plunkett*2980Stanford
1969Dennis Shaw3185San Diego State
1968Greg Cook3272Cincinnati
1967Sal Olivas2225New Mexico State
1966Mark Reed2368Arizona
1965Bill Anderson3464Tulsa
1964Jerry Rhome2870Tulsa
1963Don Trull2157Baylor
1962George Mira*1893Miami (FL)
1961Ron Miller1487Wisconsin
1960Norm Snead1676Wake Forest
1959Dick Norman1963Stanford
1958Randy Duncan*1397Iowa
1957Lee Grosscup1398Utah
1956John Brodie1633Stanford

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