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Cade McNown Boasts a Quarterbacking Resume Full of Accolades
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

December 6, 1998

Cade McNown, one of the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy and the Pacific-10 Conference's career total offense leader, has already won the Johnny Unitas Award, presented to the nation's top senior quarterback, and has been selected Pac-10 co-Offensive Player of the Year. He is one of three Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award finalists and one of three finalists for the Maxwell Award. He was also one of five finalists for the Football News' Offensive Player of the Year Award.

He has led the Bruins to a 10-1 record and a berth in the 1999 Rose Bowl and his offense is averaging 40.5 points (No. 5 in the nation) and 482.6 yards (No. 8 nationally) per outing. UCLA scored 40 points in each of the first five games, a school record, and has done it seven times overall.

In 11 games, McNown has completed 188 of 323 passes (58.2 percent) for 3,130 yards and 23 touchdowns. McNown has 107 completions of at least 10 yards and 27 of at least 35 yards (five each against Miami and Oregon).

McNown has already set new school records for passing yards (3,130) and total offense (3,297) with the Rose Bowl still to be played and UCLA has set team records in both categories. In addition, he now ranks fifth on the Pac-10 season total offense list and eighth on the Pac-10 season passing yardage list.

He finished second in the Pac-10 in total offense (299.7 yards) and third in passing efficiency (156.9). He ranks ninth nationally in both total offense and passing efficiency.

McNown saved his best for his final regular-season game. Against Miami in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 5, he shattered UCLA's single-game passing record, finishing with 513 yards by completing 26 of 35 attempts. He also tied his own school record by throwing five touchdown passes. In the process, he also set a school record with 515 yards total offense. Three of his touchdown passes measured at least 59 yards -- 77 yards to Danny Farmer, 61 yards to Brian Poli-Dixon and 59 yards to Brad Melsby -- and he had six completions of at least 30 yards. The 77-yard TD to Farmer was the third-longest of his career and the 12th longest in school history. He also scored once, giving him a hand in all six touchdowns.

His 513 yards passing rank No. 3 on the Pac-10's single-game list and his 515 yards of total offense rank No. 2.

McNown owns six of the top 10 passing days in school history and is the only Bruin to pass for more than 355 yards in a game more than once (he has done it six times). He is also the only Bruin in school history to account for at least 360 yards total offense in a game more than once (he has done it seven times). He has also passed for at least 300 yards 10 times, another school record.

On Nov. 21, he became the first quarterback in the history of the UCLA-USC series to win four games, leading the Bruins to a 34-17 victory at the Rose Bowl. He completed 12 of 20 passes for 146 yards and one touchdown. The Bruins, leading 27-10 at halftime, attempted just six passes in the second half.

Against Washington, he became the Pac-10's career total offense leader with 10,231 yards. On the afternoon, he completed 12 of 24 passes for 233 yards, including two passes of at least 40 yards and led the offense to seven scoring drive (two touchdowns and five interceptions). UCLA attempted just eight passes in the second half of the Husky contest.

On Nov. 7 in the 41-34 victory at Oregon State, he demonstrated why he is one of the leading candidates for the Heisman Trophy. He rallied the Bruins from a third-quarter deficit by leading them to 24 points in the final 16:22. Oregon State tied the score twice in the final quarter and each time McNown moved the Bruins right down the field for a go-ahead score.

With UCLA trailing 24-17 in the third quarter, McNown drove the Bruins to the game-tying touchdown by running, passing and receiving. From his own 37-yard line, he scrambled 30 yards to put the Bruins in scoring position. Two plays later, he pitched the ball to tailback Jermaine Lewis, who passed back to McNown, who ran 22 yards to the four-yard line with the first reception of his career. After a five-yard penalty and a two-yard run by DeShaun Foster, McNown hit Danny Farmer for a seven-yard touchdown to tie the game.

With 10 minutes remaining in the game, McNown hit Farmer for a 43-yard yard touchdown to give UCLA a 31-24 lead. After OSU tied the game, he drove the Bruins to Chris Sailer's 30-yard field goal with just 1:17 remaining. After OSU tied the game at 34 with just 31 seconds remaining, McNown found Brad Melsby alone on the right sideline for the game-winning 61-yard touchdown pass.

On the afternoon, McNown completed 23 of 37 passes for 377 yards and four touchdowns with just one interception on a deflection. He also rushed for 37 net yards (three shy of the team lead) on five attempts and made one reception for 22 yards. His 414 yards of total offense rank No. 2 on UCLA's all-time list, trailing only Tommy Maddox's 445 vs. USC in 1990. His 377 passing yards rank eighth on that UCLA list and fourth on the McNown list. The four touchdown passes were just one shy of the school record of five he set last year at Texas.

On Oct. 31, McNown led the Bruins on two fourth-quarter touchdown drives to erase a 10-point deficit and defeat the Stanford Cardinal, 28-24 at the Rose Bowl. On the afternoon, he completed 19 of 31 passes for 254 yards and one touchdown, a 53-yard strike to Brian Poli-Dixon. He had four completions of at least 20 yards. He also had a touchdown pass negated by a holding call.

On Oct. 24, McNown used his left arm and his legs to lead the Bruins to their 16th straight victory, extending the school record. He completed 15 of 27 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns - first-quarter strikes of 17 and 35 yards to Brian Poli-Dixon to give the Bruins a 14-7 lead. He also ran for net 57 yards, the second-best total of his career (he ran for 82 in the 1995 Aloha Bowl). His 34-yard scamper on third-and-six set up UCLA's third TD to give the Bruins a 21-9 halftime lead. He also had second-half runs of 16, 11 and 11 yards that produced first downs. His 16-yard sweep on second-and-four came two plays prior to Jermaine Lewis' touchdown pass.

On Oct. 17 against 11th-ranked and undefeated (5-0) Oregon, he fought off illness to lead the Bruins to a 41-38 overtime victory. McNown completed 20 of 36 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns. In addition, he had two other passes dropped, one of which would have been a 59-yard touchdown. After becoming ill on the field in the third quarter and missing one play, he completed nine of his final 13 pass for 202 yards and one touchdown.

On the afternoon, he had five completions of at least 40 yards. His 51-yard scoring pass to DeShaun Foster opened the scoring and his 60-yard strike to Danny Farmer with 2:36 remaining in regulation gave the Bruins a 38-31 lead. After Oregon tied the game with 22 seconds remaining, McNown hit backup quarterback Drew Bennett on a 53-yard pass to put the Bruins in possession for a game-winning 21-yard field goal. The Bruins did not take advantage but won the game with a field goal in the first overtime period.

McNown's 395 passing yards against the Ducks tied the fourth best effort in school history (McNown vs. Arizona State in 1996) and tied for second on his personal list (he passed for 400 yards vs. Tennessee last year).

On Oct. 10 at No. 10 Arizona, he rebounded from a slow start to lead the Bruins to a 52-28 victory, their first in Tucson in 10 years. Beginning with the second quarter, he led UCLA to six touchdowns and one field goal on nine possessions, resulting in 45 points. During that span, he completed eight of 14 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns and ran for the go-ahead score. His first TD pass was a 14-yard strike to Brian Poli-Dixon on an inside screen. On his second, with UCLA leading by three early in the final quarter, he faked an option run, dropped back and hit a streaking Danny Farmer for a 64-yard score. McNown's three-yard run with 20 seconds remaining in the third quarter gave UCLA the lead for good, 31-28.

On Oct. 3 against Washington State, he led UCLA to touchdowns on each of its first three possessions en route to a 49-17 victory at the Rose Bowl -- UCLA's school-record 13th straight win. The Bruins led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and 35-10 at halftime. His most spectacular play was his six-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, on which he hurdled a would-be tackler at the goal line, twisted in mid-air and game down on his back.

On the day, McNown completed 14 of 27 passes for 205 yards, including a 51-yard pass to Danny Farmer and a seven-yard touchdown to Brian Poli-Dixon, and became the first Bruin to record over 8,000 career passing yards. Overall, he completed passes to six different receivers. It was his 18th straight game with at least 200 passing yards, extending his own school record.

On Sept. 19 at Houston, McNown became the only player in school history to pass for over 300 yards in back-to-back games. That afternoon, he passed for 315 yards and one touchdown as UCLA overcame a 6-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter to win, 42-24. McNown's touchdown pass, a 61-yard strike to Brian Poli-Dixon, gave the Bruins the lead early in the second quarter. On the afternoon, McNown had four completions of at least 40 yards and completed passes to eight different receivers.

In the opener against No. 22 (at the time) Texas, McNown completed 20 of 30 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns with just one interception. He led UCLA to touchdowns on five of its first six possessions and six of its first eight and averaged 11.3 yards per pass attempt and 17.0 yards per completions. In the first 30 minutes, he completed 13 of 17 attempts for 222 yards, two touchdowns and nine first downs (including the two scores).

In 11 games, McNown is 63 for 105 for 996 yards and six scores on first down, 72 of 111 for 1,209 yards and eight scores on second down, 53 of 106 for 925 yards and nine touchdowns on third down and zero for one on fourth down. Forty-one of his 55 third-down completions have resulted in first downs. Forty-five of his completions have measured at least 20 yards, 27 at least 35 yards.

McNown's 77-yard TD pass to Danny Farmer at Miami was the third-longest of his career and ranks 12th in school history. His 79-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Mitchell against Texas in the opener was the second-longest completion of his career and ranks eighth (tied) on UCLA's all-time list. He threw an 88-yard touchdown to Farmer in the 1996 opener at Tennessee.

McNown had a school-record streak of 18 games with at least 200 passing yards stopped in the victory at Arizona.

Last year, the Bruin quarterback was one of three finalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. He led the country in passing efficiency, finished eighth in the Heisman race and was named a third-team All-American by Associated Press and The Sporting News.

McNown finished the regular season with a quarterback rating of 168.6, the 12th-highest in NCAA history. He was the first Bruin since Tom Ramsey in 1982 to lead the nation. He also broke the Pac-10 record of 164.5, set by Cal's Dave Barr in 1993.

In the 1998 Cotton Bowl, McNown engineered the second-largest comeback in the bowl's history, rallying UCLA from a 16-0 deficit in the 29-23 victory over Texas A&M. Only Notre Dame's Joe Montana led a bigger comeback (22 points).

On the afternoon, he completed 16 of 29 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns. The TD pass to Hicks was his 24th of the year, tying the school record held by Troy Aikman. He also became the first 3,000-yard passer in school history, finishing with 3,116 yards.

CADE McNOWN SNAPSHOT

  • 1998 Johnny Unitas Award winner
  • 1998 Davey O'Brien Award finalist
  • 1998 Maxwell Award finalist
  • 1998 Pac-10 co-Offensive Player of the Year
  • Set a UCLA record with 3,130 passing yards in 1998, breaking his own record
  • Set a UCLA record with 3,297 total offense yards in 1998, breaking his own record
  • 10 career games of at least 300 passing yards
  • Set school record with five touchdown passes against Texas in 1997 and tied it at Miami in 1998
  • Set school records with 513 yards passing and 515 yards total offense versus Miami in 1998, shattering the old records of 409 and 445, respectively
  • 30-13 as UCLA's starting quarterback (most wins by a Bruin starting quarterback)
  • First in UCLA career completions (675)
  • First in UCLA career passing yards (10,368)
  • First in UCLA career passing touchdowns (66)
  • First in UCLA career total offense (10,930)
  • First in Pac-10 career total offense (10,930)
  • Second in Pac-10 career passing yards (10,368)
  • Forty-two consecutive starts, the most by a Bruin T-formation quarterback
  • In his last 21 games (20-1) he has completed 331 of 558 passes (59.3%) for 5,589 yards, 45 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

    His 66 career touchdown passes have also set a new school record, breaking the mark of 50, set by Tom Ramsey in 1979-82. He has started 43 games, including 42 straight, and has played in 46 contests. His 42 consecutive starts are a school record for a T-formation quarterback, breaking the mark of 24 held by Ramsey and Aikman.

    His 10,930 yards of total offense ranks first on the Pac-10 career list. His 10,368 passing yards rank second while his 66 touchdown passes rank third.

    1998 McNOWN Passing

      
    Game        PA  PC  Int.Yds TD
    TEX*        30  20  1   339 3
    HOU*        32  17  1   315 1
    WSU*        27  14  1   205 1
    ARIZ*       24  10  0   171 2
    ORE*        36  20  2   395 3
    CAL*        27  15  0   182 2
    STAN*       31  19  2   254 1
    OSU*        37  23  1   377 4
    WASH*       24  13  0   233 0
    USC*        20  12  2   146 1
    MIA*        35  26  0   513 5
    1998        323 188 10  3130*   23
    1997        312 189 6   3116    24*
    1996        336 176 16  2424    12
    1995        245 122 8   1698    7 
    CAR        1216 675* 40 10368*  66*
    
    1997 McNOWN Passing
      
    Game        PA  PC  Int.Yds TD
    WSU*        34  19  0   257 1
    TENN*       43  27  2   400**   1
    TEX*        23  15  0   202 5*
    ARIZ*       24  18  0   266 0
    HOU*        14  11  0   297 4
    ORE*        25  15  1   248 1
    OSU*        25  11  1   210 2
    CAL*        20  11  0   259 2
    STAN*       28  15  1   205 0
    WASH*       23  16  0   320 3
    USC*        24  15  0   213 3
    TEXAS A&M*  29  16  1   239 2
    Total       312 189 6   3116*   24*
    **career high, #2 all-time at UCLA (Tommy Maddox 409 vs. USC in 1990)
    * school  record
    
    1996 McNOWN Passing
    Game        PA  PC  Int.Yds  TD
    TENN*       24  16  0   230  1
    NELouisiana*20  13  0   164  0
    MICH*       27  8   3   39   0
    ORE*        24  13  2   158  1
    ASU*        41  22  1   395  3
    WASH*       31  17  1   218  0
    CAL*        28  16  2   273  1
    STAN*       34  14  3   156  1
    WSU*        32  16  2   230  3
    ARIZ*       28  12  1   205  1
    USC*        47  29  1   356  1
    Total       336 176 16  2424 12
    
    1995 McNOWN Passing
    Game        PA  PC  Int.Yds TD
    MIAMI       2   2   0   15   0
    BYU         18  9   0   91   0
    ORE*        24  12  1   183  0
    WSU         17  9   0   114  1
    Fresno St.* 22  18  0   306  1 
    ARIZ*       18  3   1   80   0
    STAN*       27  15  1   150  1
    CAL*        24  13  0   157  1
    ASU*        23  13  0   289  0
    WASH*       19  7   3   61   0
    USC*        17  8   2   131  0
    KANSAS*     34  13  0   121  3
    Total       245 122 8   1698 7
    
    CHARTING McNOWN
    Career Completions: 675, FIRST; #2 Tom Ramsey 441
    Career Passing Yards: 10,368, FIRST, #2 Ramsey 6168
    Career Total Offense: 10,930 FIRST; #2 Ramsey 6255
    Career TD Passes: 66, FIRST; #2 Ramsey 50
    He has started 43 games, including 42 straight, and has played in 46 contests overall.

    UCLA SEASON PASSING LEADERS (YARDS)

                 Years   PA  PC  Yds      Pct.   TD
    Cade McNown  1998    323 188 3130    .582    23
    Cade McNown  1997    312 189 3116    .606    24
    Tom Ramsey   1982    336 209 2986    .622    21
    Troy Aikman  1988    354 228 2771    .644    24
    Tommy Maddox 1990    327 182 2682    .557    17
    
    UCLA SEASON TOTAL OFFENSE LEADERS
                 Year    Plays   Rush Pass    Yds
    Cade McNown  1998    386     167  3130    3297
    Cade McNown  1997    391     26   3116    3142
    Tom Ramsey   1982    470     138  2986    3124
    Troy Aikman  1988    432     83   2771    2854
    Tommy Maddox 1990    417     148  2682    2830
    
    UCLA CAREER PASSING LEADERS (YARDS)
                 Years   PA   PC  Yds      Pct.    TD
    Cade McNown  1995-98 1216 675 103 68   .555    66
    Tom Ramsey   1979-82 751  441 61  68   .587    50
    Troy Aikman  1987-88 627  406 52  98   .648    41
    Tommy Maddox 1990-91 670  391 53  63   .584    33
    Wayne Cook   1991-94 612  352 47  23   .575    34
    
    UCLA CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE LEADERS
                 Years   Plays   Rush    Pass    Yds
    Cade McNown  1995-98 1517    562     10368   10930
    Tom Ramsey   1979-82 1055    87      6168    6255
    Tommy Maddox 1990-91 837     119     5363    5482
    Gary Beban   1965-67 937     1271    4087    5358
    Troy Aikman  1987-88 784     -4      5298    5294
    


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