Statistics are statistics.

Sometimes, they can tell a lot about what is going on in sports. Other times, not so much. Some people can use certain statistics to try to prove a point, but it doesn’t paint the whole picture.

Regardless, milestones are what they are because people respect them. In college football, the 3,000-yard passing mark for a single season is still impressive, despite teams throwing it more now than ever.

In the Big Ten, for example, only Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins — a Heisman Trophy finalist — and Purdue’s David Blough threw for at least 3,000 yards during the regular season. However, two other B1G QBs still have a chance to reach that milestone thanks to bowl games:

  • Clayton Thorson, Northwestern — 2,942 yards, 58 yards needed against Utah on Dec. 31
  • Nate Stanley, Iowa — 2,638 yards, 362 yards needed against Mississippi State on Jan. 1

Thorson, of course, has the better odds of hitting 3,000. However, would it be insane for Stanley to throw for 362? It shouldn’t shock anyone.

Also, it should be noted that Indiana QB Peyton Ramsey currently sits at 2,875 yards passing and Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez is at 2,617 yards passing this season. However, Indiana (5-7) and Nebraska (4-8) are not competing in bowl games.

The pursuit for 5,000

Finally, Haskins has thrown for 4,580 yards this season. He obviously has hit not just the 3,000-yard mark, but the 4,000-yard mark as well. In order to hit 5,000, Haskins would need to throw for 420 yards against Washington on Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl.

That may seem like a lot, but consider this. Haskins averages over 352 yards passing per game this season as it is. It wouldn’t be that ridiculous to see him add 68 more on top of it in one game.

It’s head coach Urban Meyer’s final game at Ohio State. Haskins will want to make a statement for not just Meyer, but himself.

People believe Haskins could be a first-round draft choice in this upcoming year’s NFL Draft. What better way to show out than going berserk against a really good Washington team in the Rose Bowl?

Hitting 5,000 would be the cherry on top.