Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles made his first career start Sunday, replacing the injured Michael Vick against Washington. In the process, Foles ended one of football's most unfathomable streaks: Before Sunday, no quarterback from Arizona, Foles's alma mater, had started an NFL game since Bill Demory did so in 1973.
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The major-conference programs whose former quarterbacks have made the most NFL starts since 1970
The Wildcats have since tried Jim Krohn, Alfred Jenkins and Dan White, among others. None got an NFL snap.
Meanwhile, Arizona's Pac-12 Conference rival Southern California has three quarterbacks who started on Sunday. But Purdue may be the ultimate Quarterback U.
Since the 1970 merger, quarterbacks from Purdue have started 724 NFL games, easily the most of any major-conference program. Washington ranked second with 623.
The Pac-12 has been particularly dominant in this department, making Arizona's absence all the more vexing. Among the top 15 schools on the list, eight of them come from that conference.
There are some surprises. Duke, which hasn't played in a bowl game since the 1994 season, ranks 38th with 114 starts.
Alas, Foles didn't quite do the Wildcats proud in Philly's 31-6 loss. He hit 21 of 46 passes for 204 yards.—Jared Diamond