Touchdown pass

In gridiron football, a touchdown pass is a pass thrown from the passer (usually the quarterback) to a receiver that results in a touchdown being scored. The pass can either be caught in the end zone itself, resulting in an immediate touchdown, or in the field of play, followed by the receiver carrying the ball into the endzone himself for the score. Either way, the quarterback is credited in his statistics with the touchdown pass.

The term "touchdown pass" is mostly used for statistical purposes for the quarterback. The statistic is considered to be highly prestigious among quarterbacks, and is one of the four factors in determining the passer rating.

In the game, the effect is simply the scoring of a touchdown (6 points). When a touchdown is achieved by running, the quarterback is not credited with a touchdown pass.

Larry Fitzgerald catches TD at 2009 Pro Bowl
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald catches a touchdown pass in the 2009 Pro Bowl

See also

1948 Sugar Bowl

The 1948 Sugar Bowl featured the fifth ranked Texas Longhorns and the sixth ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.

In the first quarter, Texas scored on a 99-yard touchdown pass form Bobby Layne to Blount, as Texas opened a 7-0 lead. In the second quarter, Alabama tied the game on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Gilmer to White. In the third quarter, Texas's Vic Vasicek recovered a fumble in the end zone as Texas took a 14-7 lead. Holder later returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown making it 21-7. Bobby Layne scored on a 1-yard touchdown run making the final score 27-7.

Bobby Layne was named Sugar Bowl MVP.

1960 Sugar Bowl

The 1960 Sugar Bowl to the featured the second-ranked Ole Miss Rebels, and the third ranked LSU Tigers. LSU was the defending national champion, playing in its home state, but faced a rematch of a tough 7-3 win in a regular season game.

After a scoreless first quarter of play, Ole Miss scored on a 43-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jake Gibbs to Cowboy Woodruff, as the Rebels took a 7–0 lead. In the third quarter, Bobby Franklin of Ole Miss threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Larry Grantham as Ole Miss led 14–0. In the fourth quarter, Franklin threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to George Blair as Ole Miss led 21–0. They held on to win the game.

The story of the game was Ole Miss's relentless defense, that may have been one of the best in any bowl game's history. It held LSU to just 74 yards of total offense, including –15 rushing yards, and never let LSU inside the Ole Miss 38-yard line during the game. Bobby Franklin was named the game's MVP.

1993 Hall of Fame Bowl

The 1993 Hall of Fame Bowl featured the 16th-ranked Boston College Eagles, and the 17th ranked Tennessee Vols. It was the seventh edition to the Hall of Fame Bowl. The game marked the first for the Vols under new head coach Phillip Fulmer, replacing Johnny Majors after his resignation.

Tennessee scored first after quarterback Heath Shuler scored on a 1-yard touchdown run making the score 7–0 Tennessee. Shuler fired a 27-yard touchdown pass to Corey Fleming, as Tennessee led 14–0 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Boston College's Glenn Foley threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell making the halftime score 14–7.

In the third quarter, Shuler scored on a 17-yard touchdown run making it 21–7. After a Tennessee field goal, Shuler threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Mose Phillips, as Tennessee took a 31–7 lead. In the fourth quarter, backup quarterback Colquitt fired a 48-yard touchdown pass to Corey Fleming as Tennessee opened up a 38–7 lead. A touchdown pass from Foley, and a 7-yard run by Campbell made the final margin 38–23.

1993 Orange Bowl

The 1993 Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1993. This 59th edition to the Orange Bowl featured the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and the Florida State Seminoles. Nebraska came into the game ranked number 11 at 9-2. Florida State entered the game ranked number 3 at 10-1.

In the first quarter, FSU quarterback Charlie Ward found wide receiver Tamarick Vanover for a 25-yard touchdown pass and a 7-0 Seminole lead. FSU's placekicker Dan Mowerey nailed a 41-yard field goal in the second quarter to give Florida State a 10-0 lead. Florida State's Charlie Ward threw a second touchdown pass to give Florida State a 17-0 second quarter lead. Dan Mowerey added 1 24-yard field goal with 2:34 left in the half to give FSU a 20-0 lead.

Tommie Frazier threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Corey Dixon with just over a minute in the half to make the halftime score 20-7 FSU. Late in the third quarter, Florida State's Sean Jackson took a handoff, and rushed 11 yards for a touchdown giving FSU a 27-7 lead. Tommie Frazier threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Armstrong in the fourth quarter to make the margin 27-14, but the Cornhuskers would get no closer. Florida State held on for a 27-14 win.

1994 Copper Bowl

The 1994 edition to the Copper Bowl featured the BYU Cougars, and the Oklahoma Sooners.

BYU quarterback John Walsh threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Doman as the BYU Cougars led 7–0 after the 1st quarter. In the second quarter, David Lauder hit a 22-yard field goal bringing the lead to 10–0. Walsh threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Mike Johnston to give BYU a 17–0 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, Walsh and Johnston connected for the second time on a 4-yard scoring pass giving the Cougars a 24–0 lead. Oklahoma scored its only points of the game on a 2-yard Moore touchdown run making it 24–6. Walsh's 28-yard touchdown pass to Doman made the final score BYU 31, Oklahoma 6.

In total, Walsh completed 31 of 45 passes for 454 yards and four touchdowns.

1998 Peach Bowl (December)

The 1998 Peach Bowl featured the Georgia Bulldogs and Virginia Cavaliers.After a scoreless first quarter, Virginia scored first on a 2-yard Anthony Southern touchdown run, making the score 7–0. Aaron Brooks threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Wilkins making the score 14–0. Brooks threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Jones as Virginia took a 21–0 lead. An 11-yard touchdown pass by Quincy Carter made the halftime score 21–7.In the third quarter, Carter threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Champ Bailey, as Georgia cut the deficit to 21–14. Olandis Gary's 15-yard touchdown run tied the game at 21. Brooks threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Wilkins, but Todd Braverman missed the extra point, giving Virginia a 27–21 lead at the end of three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Olandis Gary scored on a 2-yard run, giving Georgia a 28–27 lead. Quincy Carter later scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, giving the Bulldogs a 35–27 lead. In the fourth quarter, Brooks scored on a 30-yard scoring run, bringing the score to 35–33, but failed on the two-point conversion. After Virginia recovered the ensuing onside kick, Braverman's last second field goal attempt barely sailed wide right, giving Georgia the victory.

2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl

The 2000 GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl was an American college football bowl game. It was part of the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season, and was the second edition of the game (which was later renamed the GMAC Bowl). It was played in December 2000, and featured the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, and the TCU Horned Frogs.

TCU started the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Casey Printers to wide receiver George Layne to open up a 7–0 lead. Southern Miss tied it in the 1st quarter when Leo Barnes intercepted a pass, and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, Jeff Kelly threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to LeRoy Handy for a 14–7 Southern Miss lead.

TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson scored on touchdown runs of 7 and 33 yards in the third quarter, as TCU took a 21–14 lead into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, Jeff Kelly threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to LeRoy Handy to tie the game at 21. He threw the game-winning touchdown pass with 8 seconds left, with a 29-yard pass to Kenneth Johnson.

2000 Peach Bowl

The 2000 Peach Bowl was the 33rd Peach Bowl game and featured the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and the LSU Tigers.LSU scored first on a 32-yard John Corbello field goal to take a 3-0 lead. Georgia Tech responded with a 32-yard Joe Burns touchdown run to take a 7-3 lead. In the second quarter, Jermaine Hatch scored on a 9-yard touchdown run, giving Tech a 14-3 lead.In the third quarter, Rohan Davey threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Banks, as LSU got within 14-9. In the fourth quarter, Davey threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reed giving LSU a 17-14 lead. John Corbello kicked a 49-yard field goal giving the Tigers a 20-14 advantage. Davey later threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Banks as LSU won by a 28-14 count.

2000 Sun Bowl

The 2000 Wells Fargo Sun Bowl featured the UCLA Bruins, and the Wisconsin Badgers.

Wisconsin opened the scoring, after quarterback Brooks Bollinger threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Lee Evans for an early 7-0 lead. UCLA responded when Cory Paus threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Mitchell to even the score at 7. UCLA's Chris Griffin added a 31-yard field goal to push UCLA's lead to 10-7.

In the second quarter, running back DeShaun Foster rushed 7 yards for a touchdown, to increase the lead to 17-7. In the third quarter, Chris Griffin kicked his second field goal of the game, a 25 yarder, to move the lead to 20-7. Brooks Bollinger later found wide receiver Chris Chambers for a 3-yard touchdown pass, cutting the lead to 20-14. Michael Bennett's 6-yard touchdown run gave the Badgers a 21-20 lead, and eventually the ball game.

2001 Sun Bowl

The 2001 Wells Fargo Sun Bowl edition to the Sun Bowl featured the Washington State Cougars, and the Purdue Boilermakers.

Washington State's Jason David scored the game's first touchdown on a 45-yard interception return for a 7-0 WSU lead. Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser later threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Mike Bush to increase the Cougar's lead to 14-0. In the second quarter, Purdue running back Montrell Lowe scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 14-7.

Kicker Travis Dorsch kicked a 28-yard field goal to pull Purdue to within 14-10. Washington State's Drew Dunning answered with a 47-yard field goal of his own, to move the lead back to 17-10. Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton found wide receiver Taylor Stubblefield for a 3-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 17. Travis Dorsch's 50-yard field goal before halftime gave Purdue a 20-17 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Drew Dunning kicked the tying 34-yard field goal. Jason Gesser's subsequent 1-yard touchdown run gave Washington State a 27-20 lead. Drew Dunning added field goals of 30 and 37 yards to give WSU a 33-20 lead. With 1:53 left, Kyle Orton connected with Taylor Stubblefield with a 51-yard touchdown pass to make the final margin 33-27.

2002 Alamo Bowl

The 2002 Alamo Bowl featured the Wisconsin Badgers and the Colorado Buffaloes.

Colorado got on the board first, following a 91-yard interception return by Colorado cornerback Donald Strickland. Anthony Davis scored Wisconsin's first points, as he rushed 7 yards for a touchdown, to tie the game at 7. Colorado quarterback Robert Hodge threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver D. J. Hackett, to give Colorado a 14–7 lead.

Brooks Bollinger connected with wide receiver Brandon Williams for a 10-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 14. He later threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Darrin Charles to give Wisconsin a 21–14 lead, that held during halftime. Chris Brown rushed four yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, to tie the game at 21.

Zac Colvin threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Hackett to give Colorado a 28–21 lead. In the fourth quarter, Bollinger rushed one yard for a touchdown to tie the game at 28 in the final minute. The game headed into overtime, where the Wisconsin defense pushed Colorado backward, forcing them to take a 45-yard FG, which missed wide right. Wisconsin then just needed to stay in FG range, and Mike Allen kicked a 37-yard field goal to win the game for Wisconsin, 31–28.

2004 GMAC Bowl

The 2004 GMAC Bowl was an American college football bowl game. It was part of the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season, and was the 7th edition. It was played in December 2004, and featured the Memphis Tigers, and the Bowling Green Falcons.

Before the Game, heavy rains soaked the field and continued through almost the whole game. Running back PJ Pope scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, to give Bowling Green an early 7-0 lead. Quarterback Omar Jacobs threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Charles Sharon, stretching the lead out to 14-0. Memphis's quarterback Danny Wimprine threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to John Doucette to cut the lead to 14-7. Omar Jacobs again hooked up with Charlie Sharon, this time on a 36-yard touchdown pass to gain a 21-7 lead after the 1st quarter.

In the second quarter, Danny Wimprine found wide receiver Chris Kelly for a 61-yard touchdown pass, to get within 21-14. Omar Jacobs found Steve Sanders for a 31-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 28-14. Danny Wimprine found Maurice Avery for a 38-yard touchdown pass, and the lead was 28-21. DeAngelo Williams later scored on a 31-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 28.

Before halftime, Omar Jacobs found Steve Sanders again, this time for a 17-yard touchdown pass to regain the lead at 35-28. In the third quarter, he threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to PJ Pope, to extend the lead to 42-28. A Shaun Suisham field goal increased the lead to 45-28. A PJ Pope touchdown run in the fourth quarter increased the lead to 52-28. John Doucette scored on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Danny Wimprine, to make the final score 52-35.

2004 Insight Bowl

The 2004 Insight Bowl was the 16th edition of the bowl game. It featured the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and the Oregon State Beavers.

Oregon State scored first on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Derek Anderson to wide receiver George Gillett to take a 7–0 lead. Derek Anderson later found tight end Joe Newton for an 11-yard touchdown pass to take a 14–0 lead.

In the second quarter Derek Anderson threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Derek Haines, making it 21–0 OSU. Notre Dame got on the board with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Brady Quinn to Anthony Fasano, making the halftime score 21–7 Oregon State.

In the third quarter, Alexis Serna made a 38-yard field goal to increase Oregon State's lead to 24–7. Notre Dame running back Darius Walker scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to make it 24–14 Oregon State. In the fourth quarter, Derek Anderson threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game, a 1-yarder to Joe Newton to make it 31–14 Oregon State. Brady Quinn's 18-yard touchdown pass to Rhema McKnight, made it 31–21 OSU. A 2-yard Dwight Wright touchdown run made the final score 38–21 Oregon State.

2006 Sun Bowl

The 2006 Brut Sun Bowl featured the Oregon State Beavers of the Pac-10 and the Missouri Tigers of the Big 12 Conference.

Running back Tony Temple started the scoring for Missouri as he took a handoff and ran 7 yards for a touchdown, to give Missouri an early 7-0 lead. Quarterback Matt Moore threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Sammie Stroughter to tie the game at 7. Matt Moore later ran for a 1-yard touchdown to increase the lead to 14-7.

Missouri placekicker Jeff Wolfert kicked a 30-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-10. Quarterback Chase Daniel threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Danario Alexander, to give the lead to Missouri, 17-14.

In the third quarter, Matt Moore found all Pac-10 tight end Joe Newton for an 11-yard touchdown pass and a 21-17 Oregon State lead. Tight end Chase Coffman took a handoff, but then threw to a streaking Tommy Saunders for a 29-yard touchdown to give Missouri a 24-21 lead. Tony Temple later broke free on a 65-yard touchdown run to stretch the lead to 31-21.

Oregon State kicker Alexis Serna drilled a 29-yard field goal to cut the lead to 31-24. With 12:08 left in the game, Chase Daniel found Chase Coffman in the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown, stretching the lead to 38-24. With 6:02 left in the game, Matt Moore threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to running back Yvenson Bernard, to trim the lead to 38-31. Moore later fired a 14-yard touchdown pass to Joe Newton with only 23 seconds left to make it 38-37. Yvenson Bernard plowed ahead on the two-point conversion attempt, and Oregon State won 39-38.

Rihanna performed at halftime.

2011 New England Patriots season

The 2011 New England Patriots season was the 42nd season for the team in the National Football League and 52nd season overall. The Patriots finished the regular season at 13–3, and represented the AFC in Super Bowl XLVI. It was the seventh Super Bowl trip in franchise history, and the fifth for head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

The Patriots dedicated their 2011 season to the memory of Myra Kraft, the wife of owner Robert Kraft, who died on July 20, 2011 after a long fight against cancer. At both home and away games, the Patriots wore patches bearing Kraft's initials, MHK, on their uniforms. The Patriots elected to wear their Super Bowl patches on the right side of their uniforms, so that they could keep the MHK patch on the left as it had been all season. The Patriots were the only 2011 division winner that won their division the previous season.The Patriots lost in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants by a score of 21–17. The Patriots, as was the case in their previous appearance against these same Giants in Super Bowl XLII, had a chance to join the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Green Bay Packers as the only teams to win at least four Super Bowls (the Packers, who had entered the 2011 season as the defending champions, had not yet won a fourth Super Bowl when the Patriots had last appeared). Instead, the Patriots tied a then-NFL record for most losses in a Super Bowl that had been set by the Minnesota Vikings and tied by the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills, each of whom had lost four.

With the loss, along with losses in 1985, 1996, and 2007, the Patriots tied with the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings for most Super Bowl losses at four (although the Broncos would lose their fifth against the Seattle Seahawks two years later, and the Patriots would lose their fifth six years later).

2015 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team

The 2015 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team represented Mississippi State University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulldogs played their home games at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi and competed in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by seventh-year head coach Dan Mullen. The Bulldogs finished the season 9-4, having won the 2015 Belk Bowl.

2017 Detroit Lions season

The 2017 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 88th season in the National Football League (NFL), their 84th as the Detroit Lions, and their fourth and final under head coach Jim Caldwell. The Lions finished with a 9–7 record, the same record they had in 2016, but unlike the previous year, failed to qualify for the playoffs. After starting the season 3–1, they lost 6 of their next 12 games. They were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention in week 16 following their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite missing the playoffs, the Lions recorded consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1994–1995. They also won all of their division road games for the first time ever and swept their division rival Green Bay Packers for the first time since 1991. Despite this, Caldwell was dismissed by the Lions after the season, having accumulating a winning record of 36–28 (4-25 against teams that finished with winning records), but no playoff wins, in four seasons. The team also unveiled a new uniform set and logo, which removed the black that had been used a secondary color since 2003, as well an all gray uniform in week 15.

2018 Detroit Lions season

The 2018 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 89th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their first under a new coaching staff led by head coach Matt Patricia. With their loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 13, the Lions failed to improve on their 9–7 campaign from the season before. With their Week 15 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Lions clinched their first losing season since 2015, making this also their first losing season in the post-Calvin Johnson era. They also missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season and finished last in the NFC North for the first time since 2012 with a 6–10 record.

Despite the disappointing season, the Lions were able to upset the defending back-to-back AFC Champion New England Patriots 26–10 during Week 3, marking their first win over the Patriots since 2000, which was also the first year of the Brady/Belichick era (and so far the Patriots' last losing season). The Lions were also able to sweep the Green Bay Packers for the second straight year.

ArenaBowl X

ArenaBowl X was the Arena Football League's tenth ArenaBowl. The game featured the #2 Tampa Bay Storm of the National Conference against the #1 Iowa Barnstormers of the American Conference. Both teams ended their regular seasons at 12-2, yet Iowa had a better conference record (7-2 to 6-2). For the Storm, they were hoping to get their fourth championship title in six overall appearances, while the Barnstormers (in only their second season) were trying to win their very first league championship game.

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