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Monday, October 20, 2008
Accurate McCoy in line for completion percentage records

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy could rip through the NCAA record book if he can continue his blistering current completion percentage pace after seven games.

 
  Brendan Maloney/US Presswire
 Texas quarterback Colt McCoy is on his way to breaking the NCAA's completion percentage record.

McCoy has completed a nation-best 81.22 percent of his passes. Putting that number into context, only six other players in the country have completed 70 percent of their passes. His next closest challenger, Chase Daniel of Missouri, has completed 75.90 percent.

The NCAA's single-season passing mark was set by Chris Hatcher at FCS Valdosta State in 1994, where he was coached by current Texas Tech coach Mike Leach. Hatcher completed 74.9 percent of his passes.

The NCAA's FBS record-holder for completion percentage is Daunte Culpepper of UCF, who completed 73.6 percent of his passes in 1998. And the Big 12's single-season record is 71.8 percent, set by Graham Harrell last season.

And McCoy was just off the single-game NCAA FBS mark when he completed 29-of-32 passes against Missouri last week. His 90.6 completion percentage was just off the NCAA mark for passers with at least 30 attempts of 91.2 percent set by BYU's Steve Sarkisian of BYU, who completed 31-of-34 passes against Fresno State on Nov. 25, 1995.

Making McCoy's night against Missouri even more remarkable was how Texas coaches charted his misses, according to Texas coach Mack Brown.

"Colt missed three passes on Saturday. Two were tipped at the line of scrimmage and he threw one away," Brown said. "It was near perfect."

Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis told the Austin American-Statesman that McCoy was even more accurate in practice in the last two weeks. McCoy had two days where he failed to throw an incompletion and two others where only one pass attempt hit the ground, Davis told the Statesman.

McCoy has completed at least 80 percent of his passes in five games this season. His lowest single-game completion percentage was 69 percent against UTEP this season.