Yesterday, we ran our top 5 quarterback performances of the College Football Playoff, which proved to be very popular, so today, we’re going back a little further, to look at the best QB efforts in the history of BCS championship games – enjoy these throwback great performances! This list will be the Top 3 and cover only the official BCS games from 2006-2014.
Tim Tebow, Florida, 2008-09 vs. Ohio State: 18-30, 231 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 22 carries, 109 yds, 1 TD
#3 – Chris Leake, Florida, 2006-07 vs. Ohio State
In the first of Florida’s two titles in three years, the Gators were led by the quiet leadership of Chris Leake, who punctuated his four years as the starting signal-caller in the Swamp with one of the best BCS Championship performances. Leake went 25-36 for 213 yards and a touchdown, putting forth an efficient and mistake-free effort, which was more than enough for the Gators in their 41-14 victory. His 14-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter eliminated Ohio State’s only lead of the game, and he made a series of beautiful throws to extend possessions and milk an astounding 24:48 to 11:52 advantage in time of possession.
#2 – A.J. McCarron, Alabama, 2011-12 vs. LSU
AJ McCarron may not have found much of success in the NFL, but he put up some amazing postseason performances for the Crimson Tide. Posting a 23-34 effort for 234 yards, McCarron was extremely impressive in a highly defensive contest that saw no touchdowns in the first three quarters. Ultimately, on the strength of five field goals and a fourth quarter touchdown, the Tide rolled 21-0. While Alabama’s defense deservedly gets most of the credit, McCarron led the Tide to 21 first downs (to LSU’s five) and six scoring drives and played turnover-free football, forcing LSU into bad field position in nearly every drive. In a game where every small victory was needed, McCarron delivered for Alabama. Enjoy McCarron (and the rest of Alabama’s) highlights here:
#1 – A.J. McCarron, Alabama, 2012-2013 vs. Notre Dame
As an Irish fan, this one pains me to recall. I was a hopeful Notre Dame fan, ready to watch my beloved Irish take on the mighty Crimson Tide. My innocent optimism lasted for about 20 minutes, as McCarron and Alabama absolutely dismantled a Notre Dame defense that was previously untouchable and led by Heisman finalist Manti Te’o. From his 25-yard dot in the first minute of the game, to his 264 yards and four touchdowns, McCarron was on-point from the get-go, going 20-28 under center. Until the Irish return to glory, McCarron lives in my nightmares for this lethal performance.