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1956 Atlantic Coast Conference Year Summary

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Record: 31-42-8, .432 W-L% (12th of 12) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 2.00 (6th of 12) ▪ SOS: 3.72 (5th of 12)

Conference Champion: Clemson

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Duke and Maryland)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Clemson)

Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
School W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Clemson 7 2 2 .727 4 0 1 .900 15.2 9.2 8.01 2.01
Duke 5 4 1 .550 4 1 0 .800 18.4 10.0 12.47 6.97
South Carolina 7 3 0 .700 5 2 0 .714 12.6 6.7 6.14 0.24
Maryland 2 7 1 .250 2 2 1 .500 6.8 16.8 -0.36 8.84
North Carolina 2 7 1 .250 2 3 1 .417 9.9 18.3 -2.19 5.41
North Carolina State 3 7 0 .300 2 4 0 .333 9.4 16.9 -2.21 3.09
Wake Forest 2 5 3 .350 1 5 1 .214 9.1 10.2 -1.89 1.21
Virginia 3 7 0 .300 1 4 0 .200 9.2 16.7 -3.98 2.02

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19 11/26 Final
Clemson         15 20 13 11 13     19
Duke 16                      
Maryland 6                      
North Carolina State   20                    
South Carolina   17   20 20              

1 Bowl Game

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1957-01-01 Orange Bowl Colorado 27 Clemson 21 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Nelson Yarbrough (VA) 43
2. Charlie Carpenter (WAKE) 34
3. Whitey Clarke (VA) 31
4. Sonny Jurgensen (DUKE) 28
5. Charlie Bussey* (CLEM) 26
6. John Fritsch (MD) 23
7. Dave Reed (NC) 22
8. Fred Petrella (MD) 19
9. Bill Franklin (NCST) 18
10. Frank Cackovic (NCST) 15
  Mackie Prickett (SC) 15

Pass Attempts

1. Nelson Yarbrough (VA) 91
  Charlie Carpenter (WAKE) 91
3. Whitey Clarke (VA) 70
4. Charlie Bussey* (CLEM) 68
5. Sonny Jurgensen (DUKE) 59
6. Dave Reed (NC) 54
7. John Fritsch (MD) 52
8. Frank Cackovic (NCST) 49
9. Bill Franklin (NCST) 45
10. Mackie Prickett (SC) 44

Passing Yards

1. Nelson Yarbrough (VA) 626
2. Charlie Carpenter (WAKE) 495
3. Sonny Jurgensen (DUKE) 371
4. Charlie Bussey* (CLEM) 330
5. Dave Reed (NC) 313
6. Bill Franklin (NCST) 275
7. Whitey Clarke (VA) 269
8. Fred Petrella (MD) 235
9. John Fritsch (MD) 219
10. Frank Cackovic (NCST) 217

Passing Touchdowns

1. Bill Franklin (NCST) 4
  Dave Reed (NC) 4
3. Sonny Jurgensen (DUKE) 2
  Tom Katich (NCST) 2
  Pryor Millner (DUKE) 2
  Nelson Yarbrough (VA) 2
  Charlie Carpenter (WAKE) 2

Passing Interceptions

1. Charlie Carpenter (WAKE) 9
2. Nelson Yarbrough (VA) 8
3. Sonny Jurgensen (DUKE) 6
4. Charlie Bussey* (CLEM) 5
5. Mackie Prickett (SC) 4
  Frank Cackovic (NCST) 4
  Bob Brodhead (DUKE) 4
  Ed Sutton (NC) 4
  Dave Reed (NC) 4
  Bill Franklin (NCST) 4
  John Fritsch (MD) 4

Rush Attempts

1. Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 203
2. Joel Wells* (CLEM) 174
3. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 168
4. King Dixon (SC) 136
5. Alex Hawkins (SC) 130
6. Ed Sutton (NC) 120
7. Dick Christy (NCST) 119
8. Rudy Hayes* (CLEM) 98
9. Hal McElhaney (DUKE) 90
10. Dick Hunter (NCST) 86

Rushing Yards

1. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 1010
2. Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 879
3. Joel Wells* (CLEM) 803
4. Ed Sutton (NC) 748
5. King Dixon (SC) 655
6. Dick Christy (NCST) 589
7. Alex Hawkins (SC) 566
8. Hal McElhaney (DUKE) 449
9. Don Johnson (SC) 415
10. Rudy Hayes* (CLEM) 384

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Ed Sutton (NC) 6.2
2. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 6.0
3. Don Johnson (SC) 5.5
4. Hal McElhaney (DUKE) 5.0
5. Eddie Rushton (DUKE) 5.0
6. Dick Christy (NCST) 4.9
7. King Dixon (SC) 4.8
8. Joel Wells* (CLEM) 4.6
9. Alex Hawkins (SC) 4.4
10. Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 4.3

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Joel Wells* (CLEM) 8
2. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 6
3. Ed Sutton (NC) 5
  Bob Spooner* (CLEM) 5
5. Charlie Horne* (CLEM) 4
6. Nelson Yarbrough (VA) 3
  Sonny Jurgensen (DUKE) 3
  Wray Carlton (DUKE) 3
  Emil DeCantis (NC) 3
  John Fritsch (MD) 3
  Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 3

Receptions

1. Fred Polzer (VA) 24
2. Bob Gunderman (VA) 15
3. Ed Sutton (NC) 14
4. Bob Pepe (NCST) 12
  Jack Ladner (WAKE) 12
6. Dick Daniels (WAKE) 11
  John Collar (NCST) 11
8. Alex Hawkins (SC) 10
9. Buddy Bass (DUKE) 9
10. Jim Dalrymple (WAKE) 8
  Tucker McLaughlin (VA) 8
  Ronnie Gall (NCST) 8

Receiving Yards

1. Fred Polzer (VA) 221
2. Dick Daniels (WAKE) 192
3. Bob Pepe (NCST) 171
4. Ed Sutton (NC) 159
5. John Collar (NCST) 157
6. Bob Gunderman (VA) 153
7. Buddy Bass (DUKE) 136
8. King Dixon (SC) 126
9. Jack Ladner (WAKE) 125
10. Ronnie Gall (NCST) 124

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Fred Polzer (VA) 9.2

Receiving Touchdowns

1. John Collar (NCST) 3
2. Julius Derrick (SC) 2
  Ed Sutton (NC) 2
  Eddie Rushton (DUKE) 2
  Bob Pepe (NCST) 2

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 205
2. Joel Wells* (CLEM) 178
3. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 171
4. King Dixon (SC) 143
5. Alex Hawkins (SC) 140
6. Ed Sutton (NC) 134
7. Dick Christy (NCST) 121
8. Rudy Hayes* (CLEM) 102
9. Hal McElhaney (DUKE) 95
10. Dick Hunter (NCST) 93

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 1051
2. Ed Sutton (NC) 907
3. Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 894
4. Joel Wells* (CLEM) 883
5. King Dixon (SC) 781
6. Alex Hawkins (SC) 657
7. Dick Christy (NCST) 627
8. Hal McElhaney (DUKE) 485
9. Dick Hunter (NCST) 454
10. Eddie Rushton (DUKE) 441

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Joel Wells* (CLEM) 8
2. Ed Sutton (NC) 7
3. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 6
4. Bob Spooner* (CLEM) 5
5. Eddie Rushton (DUKE) 4
  Charlie Horne* (CLEM) 4
7. Nelson Yarbrough (VA) 3
  Wray Carlton (DUKE) 3
  John Collar (NCST) 3
  Sonny Jurgensen (DUKE) 3
  Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 3
  Emil DeCantis (NC) 3
  John Fritsch (MD) 3

Total Plays

1. Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 203
2. Joel Wells* (CLEM) 176
3. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 168
4. Charlie Carpenter (WAKE) 160
5. Nelson Yarbrough (VA) 150
6. King Dixon (SC) 147
7. Alex Hawkins (SC) 146
8. Ed Sutton (NC) 134
9. Dick Christy (NCST) 133
10. Charlie Bussey* (CLEM) 125

Total Yards

1. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 1010
2. Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 879
3. Ed Sutton (NC) 819
4. Joel Wells* (CLEM) 803
5. King Dixon (SC) 716
6. Dick Christy (NCST) 712
7. Alex Hawkins (SC) 706
8. Nelson Yarbrough (VA) 658
9. Charlie Carpenter (WAKE) 473
10. Hal McElhaney (DUKE) 449