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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. Mackie Prickett (SC) 15
  Frank Cackovic (NCST) 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. Dave Reed (NC) 4
  Bill Franklin (NCST) 4
3. Charlie Carpenter (WAKE) 2
  Nelson Yarbrough (VA) 2
  Tom Katich (NCST) 2
  Sonny Jurgensen (DUKE) 2
  Pryor Millner (DUKE) 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
  Dave Reed (NC) 4
  Bill Franklin (NCST) 4
  John Fritsch (MD) 4
  Frank Cackovic (NCST) 4
  Bob Brodhead (DUKE) 4
  Ed Sutton (NC) 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. Bob Spooner* (CLEM) 5
  Ed Sutton (NC) 5
5. Charlie Horne* (CLEM) 4
6. John Fritsch (MD) 3
  Emil DeCantis (NC) 3
  Nelson Yarbrough (VA) 3
  Sonny Jurgensen (DUKE) 3
  Wray Carlton (DUKE) 3
  Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 3
Receptions
1. Fred Polzer (VA) 24
2. Bob Gunderman (VA) 15
3. Ed Sutton (NC) 14
4. Jack Ladner (WAKE) 12
  Bob Pepe (NCST) 12
6. John Collar (NCST) 11
  Dick Daniels (WAKE) 11
8. Alex Hawkins (SC) 10
9. Buddy Bass (DUKE) 9
10. Jim Dalrymple (WAKE) 8
  Ronnie Gall (NCST) 8
  Tucker McLaughlin (VA) 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. Ed Sutton (NC) 2
  Bob Pepe (NCST) 2
  Eddie Rushton (DUKE) 2
  Julius Derrick (SC) 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. Charlie Horne* (CLEM) 4
  Eddie Rushton (DUKE) 4
7. John Collar (NCST) 3
  Wray Carlton (DUKE) 3
  Sonny Jurgensen (DUKE) 3
  Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 3
  Emil DeCantis (NC) 3
  Nelson Yarbrough (VA) 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
Total Touchdowns
1. Joel Wells* (CLEM) 8
2. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 6
  Ed Sutton (NC) 6
4. Bob Spooner* (CLEM) 5
  Dave Reed (NC) 5
  Sonny Jurgensen (DUKE) 5
  Nelson Yarbrough (VA) 5
8. Charlie Horne* (CLEM) 4
  Bill Franklin (NCST) 4
10. Wray Carlton (DUKE) 3
  Pryor Millner (DUKE) 3
  Emil DeCantis (NC) 3
  Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 3
  Charlie Bussey* (CLEM) 3
  John Fritsch (MD) 3
  Charlie Carpenter (WAKE) 3
  Bob Brodhead (DUKE) 3