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SEC and NCAA Passing Records

The Game Before the Money Radio Show shared outstanding college football records. In this post, we talk about NCAA passing records.

John Reaves Sets Several Passing Records

In a 1969 game against Auburn, Florida quarterback John Reaves threw 66 passes, which set an SEC conference record. He completed 33 of those passes, which tied him with Archie Manning for the SEC conference record at the time. John Reaves also had 369 yards passing that day. That broke the single-season SEC passing yardage record, previously held by another Gators quarterback, Steve Spurrier.

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NCAA Single-Game Record for Interceptions

All of that sounds like a pretty good game for a quarterback, right? Well, John Reaves also threw nine interceptions, setting an NCAA single-game record that still stands over half a century later. As you can imagine, Florida lost that game. Auburn topped the Gators 38-12. That was the only game that Florida lost that entire season.

John Reaves Wins the Sammy Baugh Trophy

John Reaves led the country in pass completions in 1969. He also led the SEC in passing touchdowns and passing yards. Remember, Archie Manning was playing in the SEC at the time.

In 1971, John Reaves won the Sammy Baugh Trophy. He was the first-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL draft and had a pretty long NFL career. So, don’t just look at the record book and remember John Reaves for his college football record of nine interceptions in one game.

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