Chase Clement owns the entirety of the Rice football passing record books including throwing a school-best 44 touchdown passes as a senior in 2008.
The Rice football passing record books are dominated by one name: Chase Clement. In a four year career spanning 2005 to 2008 he accomplished things at South Main that no soul has come anywhere close to equaling. His 44 touchdown passes in 2008 broke his own record of 29 touchdown passes in 2007. Driphus Jackson, sitting at third all-time, threw for 24 touchdowns in 2014.
It wasn’t just one or two productive seasons for Clement at Rice. He remains the only player in Owls history to top 6,200 passing yards. Clement threw for 9,785 yards in his career. He holds the school records for total touchdown passes (99), quarterback rushing touchdowns (25) and is third all-time with a 60.0 percent completion percentage (minimum 300 passes).
The numbers were impressive by themselves, but the awe is amplified when one considers the situation around him. As a freshman in 2005, he was a part of Ken Hatfield‘s last season at Rice, a 1-10 season. Hatfield gave way to Todd Graham who left Rice after one season for Tulsa. Clement was on his third coach in three years when David Bailiff took control of the program in 2007.
As the change intensified Clement got better and better. He improved in every significant passing metric every season of his collegiate career. As a freshman, he completed 42.7 percent of his passes for 582 yards, 4.7 yards per attempt and five touchdown passes. Three years late he completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 4,119 yards, 8.4 yards per attempt and the aforementioned 44 touchdown passes.
Mike Bloomgren’s offense doesn’t figure to be pass happy, but it’s worth noting his experience on staff at Stanford with Andrew Luck. He’s an offensive guy and has worked with one of the best college quarterbacks ever to play the game. That can only be a good thing for the Owls moving forward.