Tim Jefferson hadn’t said much about the possibility of becoming Air Force’s all-time winningest quarterback, but after getting his 23rd victory as Falcons starting quarterback to pass Dee Dowis, he acknowledged it was pretty special.
“I must say, it is an honor,” Jefferson said after Air Force’s 63-24 win against Tennessee State. “I’m very grateful for it.”
Without missing a beat, Jefferson did what he has done whenever he has been asked about that record, which is deflect the attention to his teammates.
“The quarterback doesn’t win a game by himself,” Jefferson said. “When you look at this record, you especially have to look at the senior class. We’ve gone through the grind and we’ve done this together. It’s not just me. It’s people like Jonathan Warzeka, Asher Clark, Jon Davis and Anthony Wright, it’s all of us. Put as asterisk by my name when you look in the record book at this record. It’s not just me.”
Jefferson’s effort on Saturday was worthy of his record-setting day. He completed 11-of-13 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns. His teammates understood the importance of Jefferson’s record.
“You can go down the list – Blane Morgan, Mike Thiessen, Dee Dowis, Shaun Carney – guys that have been in the program that have proven themselves to be pretty good players,” Warzeka said. “To put T.J. above all them, that says a lot about him. He’s not going to admit it, but he’s a pretty good quarterback.”