For faster navigation, this Iframe is preloading the Wikiwand page for Total offense.

Total offense

Total offense (or total offence) is a gridiron football statistic representing the total number of yards rushing and yards passing by a player or team. Total offense differs from yards from scrimmage, which gives credit for passing yardage to the person receiving the football rather than the person throwing the football. In football, progress is measured by advancing the football towards the opposing team's goal line. The team on offense can make progress during the play by advancing the ball from the line of scrimmage.

When the offensive team advances the ball by rushing the football, the player who carries the ball is given credit for the net gain, measured in rushing yards. When the offensive team advances the ball by pass reception, the player who throws the ball earns passing yards and the player who receives the ball earns receiving yards. The total of rushing yards and passing yards (but not receiving yards) is known as total offense. Although the ball may also be advanced by penalty, these yards do not contribute to total offense. Progress lost via quarterback sacks are classified differently, depending upon the league and/or level of football.

In the National Football League (NFL), the formula for a quarterback's total offense is:[1]

When defenses are measured on total offense allowed, it is called total defense.

Some definitions of individual total offense give credit to both the passer and receiver for passing yards. Thus, if a quarterback catches a pass in a trick play, or a non-quarterback throws a pass, some statistical issues arise.[2]

Steve McNair holds the NCAA career and single-season total offense/game records. Case Keenum, B. J. Symons, and David Klingler hold the total offense career, single-season and single game records.[3][4]

In the NFL, Patrick Mahomes holds the single season record for total offense with 5,420 yards in 2022.[5] Tom Brady holds the NFL's career record with 86,761 yards.[6]

NCAA definition

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) defines total offense as the total of net gain rushing and net gain forward passing: receiving and runback yards are not included in total offense. (at pg. 206).[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Pro Football Reference: Total Offense Single-season Leaders". Retrieved June 25, 2023.
  2. ^ "TOTAL OFFENSE". Time Inc. Retrieved January 1, 2008.
  3. ^ "UH's Keenum becomes NCAA's all-time leader in offense in 63-28 win". October 22, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Official 2007 NCAA Division I Football Record Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 1, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2008.
  5. ^ "Pro Football Reference: Total Offense Leaders". Retrieved June 25, 2023.
  6. ^ "Pro Football Reference: Total Offense Career Leaders". Retrieved June 25, 2023.
{{bottomLinkPreText}} {{bottomLinkText}}
Total offense
Listen to this article

This browser is not supported by Wikiwand :(
Wikiwand requires a browser with modern capabilities in order to provide you with the best reading experience.
Please download and use one of the following browsers:

This article was just edited, click to reload
This article has been deleted on Wikipedia (Why?)

Back to homepage

Please click Add in the dialog above
Please click Allow in the top-left corner,
then click Install Now in the dialog
Please click Open in the download dialog,
then click Install
Please click the "Downloads" icon in the Safari toolbar, open the first download in the list,
then click Install

Install Wikiwand

Install on Chrome Install on Firefox
Don't forget to rate us

Tell your friends about Wikiwand!

Gmail Facebook Twitter Link

Enjoying Wikiwand?

Tell your friends and spread the love:
Share on Gmail Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Buffer

Our magic isn't perfect

You can help our automatic cover photo selection by reporting an unsuitable photo.

This photo is visually disturbing This photo is not a good choice

Thank you for helping!

Your input will affect cover photo selection, along with input from other users.


Get ready for Wikiwand 2.0 ๐ŸŽ‰! the new version arrives on September 1st! Don't want to wait?