All-Time Single-Game Passing Yardage Leaders

All-Time Single-Game Passing Yardage Leaders


April 18, 2019
Devin Gardner (image via Off Tackle Empire)

Last week I posted the all-time season rushing touchdown leaders (LINK).

This week we move on to the passing yardage leaders for a single game. I was aiming for the top 25, but I went ahead and listed all 300-yard passers, since there are only 29 in Michigan’s history:

  1. 503 – Devin Gardner (2013 vs. Indiana)
  2. 451 – Devin Gardner (2013 vs. Ohio State)
  3. 440 – Jake Rudock (2015 vs. Indiana)
  4. 389 – John Navarre (2003 vs. Iowa)
  5. 375 – Tom Brady (1998 vs. Ohio State)
  6. 373 – Chad Henne (2007 vs. Florida)
  7. 372 – Scott Dreisbach (1995 vs. Virginia)
  8. 369 – Tom Brady (2000 vs. Alabama)
  9. 362 – Wilton Speight (2016 vs. Maryland)
  10. 360 – John Navarre (2003 vs. Oregon)
  11. 353 – John Navarre (2003 vs. Minnesota)
  12. 352 – Todd Collins (1994 vs. Minnesota)
  13. 338 – Denard Robinson (2011 vs. Notre Dame)
  14. 337 – Denard Robinson (2011 vs. Northwestern)
  15. 337 – Jake Rudock (2015 vs. Rutgers)
  16. 328 – Chad Henne (2004 vs. Minnesota)
  17. 328 – Chad Henne (2004 vs. Ohio State)
  18. 323 – Brian Griese (1995 vs. Penn State)
  19. 319 – John Navarre (2002 vs. Florida)
  20. 316 – Chad Henne (2004 vs. Indiana)
  21. 314 – Devin Gardner (2012 vs. Iowa)
  22. 312 – Drew Henson (2000 vs. Northwestern)
  23. 312 – Wilton Speight (2000 vs. UCF)
  24. 310 – Jim Harbaugh (1986 vs. Wisconsin)
  25. 309 – Chad Henne (2006 vs. USC)
  26. 307 – Tom Brady (1999 vs. Illinois)
  27. 305 – Denard Robinson (2010 vs. Illinois)
  28. 303 – Drew Henson (2000 vs. Ohio State)
  29. 300 – Jim Harbaugh (1986 vs. Indiana)

The most 300-yard games come from:

  • 5 – Chad Henne
  • 4 – John Navarre
  • 3 – Tom Brady, Devin Gardner, Denard Robinson
  • 2 – Jim Harbaugh, Drew Henson, Jake Rudock, Wilton Speight

After years of watching Michigan football, I still think Devin Gardner is one of the biggest wastes of talent by a Michigan coaching staff in history. In my opinion, he had a chance to be great – and pulled off some great performances – but he was severely limited by Michigan’s scheme, personnel, and lack of development on the offensive line.

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    je93
    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:16 AM

    Devin had some really bone-headed moments, including his INT in the end zone against ND, an otherwise outstanding game. But, I agree there were so many “wow” moments that it really makes me wonder just how good he could have been. Probably not NFL-good, but college great is a possibility

    • Thunder
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      Apr 18, 2019 at 10:02 AM

      I agree. I’m just not sure how many of those moments were because of a lack of confidence in the rest of his teammates and/or coaches, so he felt like he had to be a superhero.

      • GKblue
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        GKblue
        Apr 18, 2019 at 1:39 PM

        Trying to make something out of nothing, I can’t tell you how many times I yelled for him to just get rid of the ball. This guy had too little coaching at the QB position for sure. Yet look at them stats!

        He could have been a very good receiver if he had some one to get the ball to him. Tough to split time like he did, but we were desperate to get athletes on the field.

        I could not stand Al Borges.

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    bluegoinggray
    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Poor, damn Devin Gardner. Would have been interesting to see him play under a different regime.

  3. 17years
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    17years
    Apr 18, 2019 at 12:41 PM

    “The most 300-yard games come from:

    5 – Chad Henne”

    Would like to see that record broken this year by Shea Patterson.

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Apr 18, 2019 at 1:46 PM

      Gattis and all that but considering he had zero last year I wouldn’t bet on this.

      The opportunities to enter a shootout are going to be rare given the returning Big Ten QBs.

      Over/under: 2?

  4. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Apr 18, 2019 at 1:39 PM

    I kind of think of Henne and Navarre as the two most productive Michigan passers and I guess this list may be a big reason why.

    Totally agree on Gardner. With apologies to Denard there is no bigger victim to the Hoke/Borges era. Not many QBs make it through 3 different OCs and 2 coach firings but Devin got that privilege.

    Gardner’s 451 yard game against OSU on a broken foot is the most bad-ass thing I’ve ever seen a player do in a Michigan uniform, including Woodson, Denard and all the rest. If that 2 point play at the end was converted dude would be legend. Instead he’s a quasi-tragic figure despite his many accomplishments.

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