The season didn't end the way he wanted, but Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson still finished with an NCAA record.
Wilson went 19-of-25 for 296 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the Badgers' 45-38 loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl. That equated to a 193.9 passer rating, and it helped Wilson finish with a 191.8 pass efficiency rating for the season. That breaks the NCAA single-season record set by Hawaii's Colt Brennan (186) in 2006.
Wilson edged out Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor, who also eclipsed Brennan with a 189.5 passer rating.
It's pretty amazing to think that Wisconsin had the most efficient passer in FBS history and a running back (Montee Ball) who tied the FBS single-season record with 39 touchdowns in the same backfield this season. It's also hard to believe that a team with those two guys lost three games this season.
We should also recognize Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa for his record achievement.
Persa became the NCAA’s career leader in completion percentage by going 25-for-37 for 213 yards in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas loss to Texas A&M. Persa, who missed time this year with injury, needed 19 pass attempts in the bowl game to qualify for the record. He finished his career with a 72.7 completion percentage (460-for-633), beating Brennan's mark of 70.4. (Hawaii fans are cursing Big Ten quarterbacks right now.)
Persa set the Big Ten record for completion percentage in a season last year with 73.5 percent. That seemed like a difficult number to repeat, but amazingly Persa finished this season at 73.4 percent.