Pat White is a good quarterback. When he takes the snap. 


White, the quarterback of West Virginia who is also the NCAA’s all-time leading rushing quarterback with 4,480 yards, became the only quarterback in history to win four bowl games Saturday with a 31-30 victory over North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.


Pat White is a good quarterback. When he takes the snap. 

White, the quarterback of West Virginia who is also the NCAA’s all-time leading rushing quarterback with 4,480 yards, became the only quarterback in history to win four bowl games Saturday with a 31-30 victory over North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

And he did it with his arm. Something he has had many doubters of through his career. White threw for 332 yards completing 26 of 32 passes with three touchdowns and a clutch fourth-quarter drive.

"I'm sitting by the greatest winner in college football today," West Virginia coach Bill Stewart said of White.

That is just. White is 33-8 as a starting quarterback in four years at West Virginia. He is one of only eight players ever to compile 200 yards on the ground and in the air in the same game. He is also only the second player to rush for 4,000 yards and throw for 5,000 yards in a career. And of course there are the bowls. Wins over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl, Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl and Carolina in the Car Care Bowl.

Not too shabby for a someone who spurned LSU and Nick Saban because they didn’t want to let him play quarterback.

White, a product of Daphne, Ala., had committed to LSU but pulled a signing day surprise by switching his allegiance to West Virginia. He gave up a Major League Baseball career and six figure salary with the Anaheim Angels to play college football.

White went to West Virginia instead of LSU or Auburn or Alabama because coach Rich Rodriguez wanted him as a quarterback. The others paid lip service to White's wish to run the offense and all but put him on their depth charts as a wide receiver.

Yet, White did produce at quarterback and should get a chance at the next level at that position. He wins and nothing else matters.

LSU and Saban have both moved on but there association will just not disappear. Rivals.com has LSU’s recruiting class currently ranked No. 1. However, Alabama and Saban already have one Top 10 Louisiana recruit committed to Tuscaloosa in Destrehan’s Darrington Sentimore and before it is over could have four of the Bayou State’s Top 10 with Bastrop’s Reuben Randle, Dutchtown’s Eddie Lacy and even Barbe’s Janzen Jackson, an LSU commitment, showing interest. Losing top players out of state was something that Saban did not let happen. I don’t know how Les Miles’ best class at LSU could be considered the best in the country with a potential four top recruits from the state all going to Saban. That would be a disgrace.

It may all come down to whether either LSU or Alabama can win their bowl games. Pat White definitely knows how to do that.

Drew Brees is 48 feet away from Dan Marino.

Brees’ quest to break Marino’s 1985 single-season record for most passing yards fell 16 yards of the Hall of Famer’s 5,084 yards.

Needing 402 yards to pass Marino going into the regular season finale at the Superdome Sunday against Carolina, Brees managed just eight yards in the first quarter before entering the zone in the fourth quarter passing for 153 yards and three touchdowns.

A drive after compiling over 100 yards in the air due to penalties and needing just 61 yards to break the record, Carolina punter Jason Barker looked like he deliberately shanked a 21-yard punt to leave Brees with just a 45-yard field to work with. 

Brees was in the zone and it didn’t make a difference where he was going to start from, the Saints would score, which they did on a 13-yard pass to Lance Moore to go ahead 31-30 after being down 23-3 earlier.

But Louisiana native Jake Delhomme drove the Panthers down for what would be the winning field goal with one second remaining and it looked like Brees would not get the opportunity. Then kicker John Kasay’s squib kick went out of bounds untouched. Rather than going for the Hail Mary or a sure 20-yard completion to break the record, Brees went for something in between and one hopped it on probably his worst pass of the game.

“That record has stood for a long time and it belongs to one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time,” Brees said. “That’s not necessarily the way that record deserves to be broken. That’s how I can accept the fact that it didn’t happen. Winning the game was priority number one. If the record came along with it, then great, and it almost did.”

Is Brett Favre done?

If Favre decides he is finished, his final act will forever be recorded as an illegal forward pass.

"I'm sure everyone is going to say he's old and washed up and gray," Favre said after the Dolphins beat the Jets 24-17 to snare the AFC East title and eliminate the Jets from the postseason. "Maybe they're right."

Favre has done as much with a football as any man in NFL history. He has thrown miracle touchdowns and foolish interceptions but the final image of him may be that of a desperate man.