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1981 Atlantic Coast Conference Year Summary

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Record: 41-37-1, .525 W-L% (5th of 14) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 6.87 (4th of 14) ▪ SOS: 6.16 (2nd of 14)

Conference Champion: Clemson

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(North Carolina)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Clemson and North Carolina)

Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
School W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Clemson 12 0 0 1.000 6 0 0 1.000 28.2 8.8 21.34 5.84
North Carolina 10 2 0 .833 5 1 0 .833 31.3 12.5 15.97 3.88
Maryland 4 6 1 .409 4 2 0 .667 21.1 17.6 8.93 7.29
Duke 6 5 0 .545 3 3 0 .500 19.1 20.9 3.99 5.63
North Carolina State 4 7 0 .364 2 4 0 .333 16.5 20.3 4.69 7.97
Wake Forest 4 7 0 .364 1 5 0 .167 19.7 33.2 -2.45 5.56
Virginia 1 10 0 .091 0 6 0 .000 11.5 23.7 -4.40 6.97

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 9/7 9/14 9/21 9/28 10/5 10/12 10/19 10/26 11/2 11/9 11/16 11/23 11/30 Final
Clemson       19 14 9 6 4 3 2 2 2 2 1 1
North Carolina 12 13 10 9 6 5 4 3 9 8 13 12 10 11 9

2 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1982-01-01 Orange Bowl Clemson 22 Nebraska 15 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
1981-12-28 Gator Bowl North Carolina 31 Arkansas 27 Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 241
2. Boomer Esiason (MD) 122
3. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 110
4. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 107
5. Gordie Whitehead (VA) 95
6. Tol Avery (NCST) 70
7. Rod Elkins (NC) 69
8. Ron Sally (DUKE) 61
9. David Webber (WAKE) 45
  Scott Stankavage (NC) 45

Pass Attempts

1. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 404
2. Boomer Esiason (MD) 242
3. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 202
4. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 196
5. Gordie Whitehead (VA) 178
6. Tol Avery (NCST) 139
7. Rod Elkins (NC) 136
8. Ron Sally (DUKE) 131
9. Todd Kirtley (VA) 95
10. Scott Stankavage (NC) 85

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 59.7
2. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 54.6
3. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 54.5
4. Gordie Whitehead (VA) 53.4
5. Boomer Esiason (MD) 50.4

Passing Yards

1. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 2572
2. Boomer Esiason (MD) 1635
3. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 1630
4. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 1445
5. Gordie Whitehead (VA) 1116
6. Rod Elkins (NC) 994
7. Ron Sally (DUKE) 888
8. Tol Avery (NCST) 825
9. Scott Stankavage (NC) 495
10. Todd Kirtley (VA) 477

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 8.3
2. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 7.2
3. Boomer Esiason (MD) 6.8
4. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 6.4
5. Gordie Whitehead (VA) 6.3

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 7.2
2. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 6.1
3. Boomer Esiason (MD) 5.8
4. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 4.8
5. Gordie Whitehead (VA) 4.8

Passing Touchdowns

1. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 18
2. Gordie Whitehead (VA) 9
  Boomer Esiason (MD) 9
  Rod Elkins (NC) 9
  Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 9
6. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 7
7. Ron Sally (DUKE) 6
8. Tol Avery (NCST) 3
  Scott Stankavage (NC) 3
10. David Webber (WAKE) 2
  Todd Kirtley (VA) 2
  Ron Laraway (NCST) 2
  Bob Milkovich (MD) 2

Passing Interceptions

1. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 22
2. Ron Sally (DUKE) 11
3. Tol Avery (NCST) 10
  Todd Kirtley (VA) 10
  Gordie Whitehead (VA) 10
6. Boomer Esiason (MD) 9
  Rod Elkins (NC) 9
  Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 9
9. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 8
10. Ron Laraway (NCST) 5

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 130.4
2. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 118.1
3. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 116.9
4. Boomer Esiason (MD) 112.0
5. Gordie Whitehead (VA) 111.5

Rush Attempts

1. Joe McIntosh (NCST) 222
2. Mike Grayson (DUKE) 179
3. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 168
4. Cliff Austin* (CLEM) 163
5. Charlie Wysocki (MD) 159
6. Kelvin Bryant (NC) 152
7. Tyrone Anthony (NC) 146
8. Chuck McSwain* (CLEM) 144
9. Derek Jenkins (VA) 118
10. John Nash (MD) 115

Rushing Yards

1. Joe McIntosh (NCST) 1190
2. Kelvin Bryant (NC) 1015
3. Cliff Austin* (CLEM) 824
4. Mike Grayson (DUKE) 744
5. Charlie Wysocki (MD) 715
6. Tyrone Anthony (NC) 699
7. Chuck McSwain* (CLEM) 692
8. Greg Boone (DUKE) 502
9. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 486
10. Alan Burrus (NC) 463

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Kelvin Bryant (NC) 6.7
2. Greg Boone (DUKE) 6.3
3. Joe McIntosh (NCST) 5.4
4. Cliff Austin* (CLEM) 5.1
5. Chuck McSwain* (CLEM) 4.8
6. Tyrone Anthony (NC) 4.8
7. Jeff McCall* (CLEM) 4.8
8. Alan Burrus (NC) 4.7
9. Wayne McMillan (WAKE) 4.5
10. Charlie Wysocki (MD) 4.5

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Kelvin Bryant (NC) 17
2. Cliff Austin* (CLEM) 9
3. Chuck McSwain* (CLEM) 7
  Charlie Wysocki (MD) 7
5. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 6
  Tyrone Anthony (NC) 6
7. Jeff McCall* (CLEM) 5
  Joe McIntosh (NCST) 5
9. Wayne McMillan (WAKE) 4
10. Carlos Cunningham (WAKE) 3
  Alan Burrus (NC) 3
  Mike Atkinson (DUKE) 3

Receptions

1. Perry Tuttle* (CLEM) 52
2. Phil Denfeld (WAKE) 51
3. Cedric Jones (DUKE) 42
4. Kenny Duckett (WAKE) 37
  Ron Frederick (DUKE) 37
6. Kevin Riccio (VA) 32
  Mike Quick (NCST) 32
  Dan Dougherty (WAKE) 32
9. John Tice (MD) 31
10. Tim Ryan (WAKE) 29

Receiving Yards

1. Perry Tuttle* (CLEM) 883
2. Cedric Jones (DUKE) 832
3. Ron Frederick (DUKE) 565
4. Mike Quick (NCST) 508
5. Russell Davis (MD) 498
6. Phil Denfeld (WAKE) 461
7. Kenny Duckett (WAKE) 457
8. Henry Johnson (VA) 427
9. Greg Taylor (VA) 418
10. Tim Ryan (WAKE) 397

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Cedric Jones (DUKE) 19.8
2. Russell Davis (MD) 19.2
3. Perry Tuttle* (CLEM) 17.0
4. Greg Taylor (VA) 16.7
5. Mike Quick (NCST) 15.9
6. Henry Johnson (VA) 15.8
7. Wayne Baumgardner (WAKE) 15.8
8. Ron Frederick (DUKE) 15.3
9. Tim Ryan (WAKE) 13.7
10. Mike Lewis (MD) 13.3

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Cedric Jones (DUKE) 10
2. Perry Tuttle* (CLEM) 8
3. Kenny Duckett (WAKE) 7
4. Kevin Riccio (VA) 5
5. John Tice (MD) 4
6. Larry Griffin (NC) 3
  Mike Lewis (MD) 3
  Tim Ryan (WAKE) 3
  Mike Quick (NCST) 3
  Bill Ruffner (WAKE) 3
  Ron Frederick (DUKE) 3
  Greg Taylor (VA) 3

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Joe McIntosh (NCST) 233
2. Mike Grayson (DUKE) 200
3. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 168
4. Cliff Austin* (CLEM) 165
5. Charlie Wysocki (MD) 163
6. Kelvin Bryant (NC) 160
  Tyrone Anthony (NC) 160
8. Chuck McSwain* (CLEM) 146
9. Derek Jenkins (VA) 134
10. John Nash (MD) 131

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Joe McIntosh (NCST) 1287
2. Kelvin Bryant (NC) 1075
3. Perry Tuttle* (CLEM) 904
4. Mike Grayson (DUKE) 900
5. Tyrone Anthony (NC) 864
6. Cliff Austin* (CLEM) 842
7. Cedric Jones (DUKE) 832
8. Charlie Wysocki (MD) 771
9. Chuck McSwain* (CLEM) 706
  John Nash (MD) 706

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Kelvin Bryant (NC) 18
2. Cedric Jones (DUKE) 10
3. Cliff Austin* (CLEM) 9
4. Perry Tuttle* (CLEM) 8
  Tyrone Anthony (NC) 8
6. Kenny Duckett (WAKE) 7
  Charlie Wysocki (MD) 7
  Chuck McSwain* (CLEM) 7
9. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 6
10. Kevin Riccio (VA) 5
  Jeff McCall* (CLEM) 5
  Mike Lewis (MD) 5
  Joe McIntosh (NCST) 5

Total Plays

1. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 461
2. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 364
3. Boomer Esiason (MD) 296
4. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 249
5. Gordie Whitehead (VA) 228
6. Joe McIntosh (NCST) 225
7. Tol Avery (NCST) 196
8. Mike Grayson (DUKE) 181
9. Rod Elkins (NC) 172
10. Ron Sally (DUKE) 170

Total Yards

1. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 2428
2. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 2116
3. Boomer Esiason (MD) 1560
4. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 1386
5. Joe McIntosh (NCST) 1197
6. Gordie Whitehead (VA) 1078
7. Rod Elkins (NC) 1032
8. Kelvin Bryant (NC) 1015
9. Ron Sally (DUKE) 918
10. Tol Avery (NCST) 828

Total Touchdowns

1. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 19
2. Kelvin Bryant (NC) 17
3. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 15
4. Rod Elkins (NC) 10
5. Gordie Whitehead (VA) 9
  Cliff Austin* (CLEM) 9
  Boomer Esiason (MD) 9
8. Chuck McSwain* (CLEM) 7
  Charlie Wysocki (MD) 7
  Ben Bennett (DUKE) 7
  Ron Sally (DUKE) 7