Welcome to Brocktober.
This is a month fans of Iowa State Cyclones became familiar with during Brock Purdy’s time in Ames, Iowa. For whatever reason, Purdy showed an ability to elevate his game in the month of October.
The phenomenon began with Purdy’s first start against Oklahoma State. In his first start Purdy led a 1-3 Cyclone team to a 48-42 upset win on the road. The following week he led them to a 30-14 win over sixth ranked West Virginia. From that point forward a tradition took hold.
During Purdy’s time at Iowa State he went 12-3 in October. Over the course of his college career he threw for 3,966 yards, ran for 465 more, racked up 38 touchdowns and Iowa State averaged 36.9 points per game.
The only time Purdy came up short were one-score losses to Oklahoma State in 2019 and 2020, and West Virginia in 2021.
For Purdy, this didn’t start in college. It began during his time at Gilbert Perry High School in Arizona.
As a junior and senior, Purdy won six of eight games while putting up big numbers on the stat sheet and the scoreboard. When you combine Purdy’s time in high school and college he threw for 6,590 yards, ran for another 1,075 yards, scored 74 total touchdowns with only 16 interceptions and posted an 18-5 record in the month of October.
Purdy’s October magic has carried over to his first two starts in the month for the 49ers. In wins over Arizona and Dallas he has completed 37 of 45 pass attempts for 535 yards and five touchdowns.
In his first October start for the 49ers against the Cardinals, Purdy completed 20 of his 21 attempts for 283 yards and a touchdown. His 95.2 completion percentage breaking a franchise record set by Steve Young in 1991. He followed that up with a career-high four touchdown passes against the Cowboys on Sunday night.
Since taking over last season when Jimmy Garoppolo went down after the first series against Miami, Purdy has completed 208 of his 297 pass attempts for 2,579 yards with 22 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. In his ten starts Purdy has a passer rating of 121.1, better than the 112.7 posted by Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes over the same stretch. In fact, Purdy’s mark is the best in NFL history.