Tim Tebow's Sugar Bowl performance propelled him into college football's history books before he hung up his Gators jersey for the last time.
Florida's star senior quarterback earned a 232.54 pass efficiency rating in a 51-24 victory over Cincinnati on New Years Day. That increased his career pass efficiency rating to 170.79, which ranks first all-time in the NCAA record book.
Boise State's Ryan Dinwiddie held the previous top mark of 168.9 rating (minimum of 325 completions) from 2000-03.
Tebow's 2009 season pass efficiency rating of 164.17 also was the best in the nation. Boise State's Kellen Moore finished second with a 161.7 rating after the Broncos' Fiesta Bowl appearance.
Before the Sugar Bowl, Tebow's 168.5 career pass efficiency rating already was first in SEC history. Florida's Danny Wuerffel's career rating of 163.6 ranks second.
The NCAA's pass efficiency rating, developed in 1979, is determined by a formula. The NCAA 2009 football statistician's manual states: "multiply a player's yards per attempt by 8.4, add his completion percentage, add his touchdown percentage multiplied by 3.3, then subtract his interception percentage multiplied by 2. Maintain the decimal point selector in the floating position and carry out all final percentages to two decimal places."
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1. First sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy (2007) and being a finalist three consecutive years.
2. First player in NCAA history to rush for at least 20 touchdowns and pass for at least 20 touchdowns in a season (32 passing, 23 rushing in 2007).
3. Broke SEC rushing touchdown record that was held by Georgia's Herschel Walker (1980-82).
4. Two-time national champion (won one as a starter) and two-time SEC champion (won one as a starter).
5. Holds NCAA's top mark for career pass efficiency rating (170.79).
6. Surpassed former UF quarterback Danny Wuerffel for the SEC record for touchdown responsibility. Tebow finished with 141 (85 passing, 56 rushing).
7. Threw only 16 interceptions in 995 career pass attempts.
8. SEC career leader in total offensive yards 11,699.
9. Associated Press offensive player of the year (2008).
10. Named either an All-American or All-American honorable mention all four years of his college career.