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Checkdowns: QB Playoff Wins by College

Watching Matt Barkley today against UCLA, I tweeted that Mark Sanchez is responsible for 4 of the 9 playoff wins by USC quarterbacks. Since twitter is not a very good medium for showing large datasets, here’s a quick look at which colleges have produced the quarterbacks with the most playoff victories.

Two pieces of fine print. One, I am using the player’s last college as his college, so Oklahoma does not get credit for Troy Aikman in this scenario. Second, I am giving only the quarterback who threw for the most passing yards for his team in that game as the “quarterback” to avoid giving credit to players who came in and took a couple of snaps at the end of blowouts (or who started games but were benched or injured early). So the number of playoff wins for each quarterback — listed in parentheses in the table below — could slightly differ from official figures.

Enjoy.

School
PWins
QB1
QB2
QB3
QB4
QB5
Notre Dame28Joe Montana (16)Joe Theismann (6)Daryle Lamonica (4)Steve Beuerlein (1)George Ratterman (1)
Stanford25John Elway (14)Jim Plunkett (8)John Brodie (2)Frankie Albert (1)
Purdue19Bob Griese (7)Drew Brees (5)Len Dawson (5)Jim Everett (2)
UCLA19Troy Aikman (11)Jay Schroeder (3)Billy Kilmer (2)Bob Waterfield (2)Tommy Maddox (1)
Michigan19Tom Brady (16)Jim Harbaugh (2)Elvis Grbac (1)
Alabama19Bart Starr (8)Ken Stabler (7)Richard Todd (2)Joe Namath (2)
Miami (FL)15Jim Kelly (9)Bernie Kosar (3)Vinny Testaverde (2)Steve Walsh (1)
Louisiana Tech14Terry Bradshaw (14)
Southern Mississippi13Brett Favre (13)
Brigham Young12Steve Young (8)Jim McMahon (3)Gifford Nielsen (1)
California11Aaron Rodgers (4)Craig Morton (4)Joe Kapp (2)Steve Bartkowski (1)
Navy11Roger Staubach (11)
Tennessee10Peyton Manning (9)Pat Ryan (1)
Delaware10Joe Flacco (5)Rich Gannon (4)Scott Brunner (1)
Mississippi10Eli Manning (8)Charlie Conerly (2)
Miami (OH)10Ben Roethlisberger (10)
USC9Mark Sanchez (4)Pat Haden (2)Bill Nelsen (2)Rodney Peete (1)
Washington9Mark Brunell (4)Warren Moon (3)Chris Chandler (2)
Arizona State9Danny White (6)Jake Plummer (2)Mark Malone (1)
Syracuse9Donovan McNabb (9)
Northern Iowa9Kurt Warner (9)
Northwestern9Otto Graham (9)
Pittsburgh8Dan Marino (8)
Maryland8Neil O'Donnell (3)Boomer Esiason (3)Frank Reich (2)
Washington State8Mark Rypien (5)Drew Bledsoe (3)
Georgia7Fran Tarkenton (6)Zeke Bratkowski (1)
Oregon6Dan Fouts (3)Norm Van Brocklin (2)Chris Miller (1)
Morehead State6Phil Simms (6)
Boston College5Matt Hasselbeck (5)
Alcorn State5Steve McNair (5)
Rice5Tobin Rote (3)Tommy Kramer (1)Frank Ryan (1)
West Virginia5Jeff Hostetler (4)Marc Bulger (1)
La-Lafayette5Jake Delhomme (5)
Grambling State5Doug Williams (4)James Harris (1)
Louisville5Johnny Unitas (5)
Fresno St.5Trent Dilfer (5)
Columbia5Sid Luckman (5)
North Carolina State4Philip Rivers (3)Erik Kramer (1)
Youngstown State4Ron Jaworski (4)
Nebraska4Vince Ferragamo (3)Glenn Presnell (1)
Illinois4Tony Eason (3)Jeff George (1)
Louisiana-Monroe4Stan Humphries (3)Bubby Brister (1)
Florida State4Brad Johnson (4)
Michigan State4Earl Morrall (4)
LSU3David Woodley (3)
UNLV3Randall Cunningham (3)
Milton3Dave Krieg (3)
Florida3Rex Grossman (2)Tim Tebow (1)
Penn St.3Kerry Collins (3)
Texas3Bobby Layne (3)
Ohio State3Mike Tomczak (3)
Kentucky3George Blanda (2)Babe Parilli (1)
TCU3Sammy Baugh (3)
Tulsa3Tommy Thompson (3)
Texas A&M-Commerce3Wade Wilson (3)
Santa Clara3Dan Pastorini (3)
San Jose State3Jeff Garcia (2)Steve DeBerg (1)
Virginia Tech2Michael Vick (2)
Marshall2Chad Pennington (2)
Augustana (IL)2Ken Anderson (2)
Dartmouth2Jay Fiedler (2)
Occidental2Jack Kemp (2)
Regis2Arnie Herber (2)
Central Florida2Daunte Culpepper (2)
Colorado2Kordell Stewart (2)
Fordham2Ed Danowski (2)
Vanderbilt2Jay Cutler (1)Billy Wade (1)
Virginia1Aaron Brooks (1)
SMU1Don Meredith (1)
Eastern Illinois1Tony Romo (1)
Arkansas1Joe Ferguson (1)
Tulane1Shaun King (1)
Auburn1Dieter Brock (1)
Pacific1Bob Lee (1)
Utah1Alex Smith (1)
North Carolina1T.J. Yates (1)
East Carolina1David Garrard (1)
Clemson1Steve Fuller (1)
Kansas St.1Lynn Dickey (1)
Missouri1Paul Christman (1)
Benedictine1Irv Comp (1)
Millikin1George Corbett (1)

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