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1961 Big Eight Conference Leaders

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Record: 42-37-3, .530 W-L% (5th of 12) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 5.24 (4th of 12) ▪ SOS: 4.27 (5th of 12)

Conference Champion: Colorado

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Kansas)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Colorado and Missouri)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Gale Weidner (CO) 74
2. John Hadl (KS) 51
3. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 41
4. Dennis Claridge (NE) 38
5. Mike Miller (OKST) 37
6. Ron Taylor (MO) 31
7. Bill Leming (OKST) 21
8. Bob Page (OK) 17
9. Bill Van Burkleo (OK) 16
10. Ron Meade (NE) 14
11. Tom Cooper (KSST) 13
  Larry Corrigan (KSST) 13
13. Jim Johnson (MO) 10
14. Mike Hunter (MO) 9
15. Freddie Watts (KSST) 7
  Jim Elliott (OKST) 7
17. John Cooper (IAST) 4
18. Frank Montera (CO) 3
  Phillip Barger (KSST) 3
20. Ron Gilbreath (NE) 2
  Dave Hoover (IAST) 2
  Monte Deere (OK) 2

Pass Attempts

1. Gale Weidner (CO) 162
2. Dennis Claridge (NE) 104
3. John Hadl (KS) 103
4. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 91
5. Mike Miller (OKST) 86
6. Ron Taylor (MO) 62
7. Bill Leming (OKST) 49
8. Bill Van Burkleo (OK) 43
9. Bob Page (OK) 40
10. Tom Cooper (KSST) 32
11. Larry Corrigan (KSST) 30
12. Ron Meade (NE) 28
13. Freddie Watts (KSST) 25
  Jim Johnson (MO) 25
15. Jim Elliott (OKST) 21
16. Mike Hunter (MO) 20
17. Frank Montera (CO) 11
  John Cooper (IAST) 11
  Phillip Barger (KSST) 11
  Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 11

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Gale Weidner (CO) 45.7

Passing Yards

1. Gale Weidner (CO) 1101
2. John Hadl (KS) 729
3. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 718
4. Dennis Claridge (NE) 464
5. Ron Taylor (MO) 428
6. Mike Miller (OKST) 371
7. Larry Corrigan (KSST) 234
8. Bob Page (OK) 233
9. Bill Leming (OKST) 205
10. Bill Van Burkleo (OK) 168
11. Mike Hunter (MO) 162
12. Ron Meade (NE) 151
13. Tom Cooper (KSST) 140
14. Jim Johnson (MO) 87
15. Frank Montera (CO) 69
16. Freddie Watts (KSST) 65
17. John Cooper (IAST) 60
18. Jim Elliott (OKST) 52
19. Phillip Barger (KSST) 45
20. Ron Gilbreath (NE) 36

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Gale Weidner (CO) 6.8

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Gale Weidner (CO) 4.5

Passing Touchdowns

1. Gale Weidner (CO) 8
2. John Hadl (KS) 7
  Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 7
4. Mike Hunter (MO) 4
5. Dennis Claridge (NE) 3
6. Larry Corrigan (KSST) 2
  Bob Page (OK) 2

Passing Interceptions

1. Gale Weidner (CO) 12
2. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 11
3. John Hadl (KS) 8
4. Mike Miller (OKST) 7
5. Ron Taylor (MO) 6
  Bob Page (OK) 6
7. Bill Leming (OKST) 4
8. Dennis Claridge (NE) 3
  Freddie Watts (KSST) 3
  Tom Cooper (KSST) 3
11. Jim Johnson (MO) 2
  Ron Meade (NE) 2

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Gale Weidner (CO) 104.2

Rush Attempts

1. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 229
2. John Hadl (KS) 136
3. Curtis McClinton (KS) 135
4. Ken Coleman (KS) 130
5. Jim Dillard (OKST) 128
6. Bill Thornton (NE) 127
7. Loren Schweninger (CO) 122
8. Ted Woods (CO) 107
9. Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 105
10. Andy Russell (MO) 100
11. Phil Lohmann (OK) 98
12. Bill Tobin (MO) 87
13. Bill McFarland (OKST) 82
  Bill Harris (CO) 82
  Mike McClellan (OK) 82
16. Dave Hoover (IAST) 79
17. Joel Searles (KSST) 73
  Larry Corrigan (KSST) 73
  Bob Page (OK) 73
20. Ron Taylor (MO) 71

Rushing Yards

1. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 920
2. Ken Coleman (KS) 656
3. Jim Dillard (OKST) 627
4. Bill Thornton (NE) 618
5. Curtis McClinton (KS) 553
6. Ted Woods (CO) 525
7. Loren Schweninger (CO) 512
8. Mike McClellan (OK) 508
9. Phil Lohmann (OK) 436
10. Bill Harris (CO) 434
11. Andy Russell (MO) 412
12. Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 342
13. Rodger McFarland (KS) 334
14. Bill McFarland (OKST) 331
15. Dave Hoover (IAST) 327
16. John Hadl (KS) 318
17. Norman Beal (MO) 287
18. Tony Leiker (KS) 253
19. Joel Searles (KSST) 252
  Dick Beattie (OK) 252

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Mike McClellan (OK) 6.2
2. Bill Harris (CO) 5.3
3. Rodger McFarland (KS) 5.1
4. Ken Coleman (KS) 5.0
5. Ted Woods (CO) 4.9
6. Jim Dillard (OKST) 4.9
7. Bill Thornton (NE) 4.9
8. Phil Lohmann (OK) 4.4
9. Loren Schweninger (CO) 4.2
10. Dave Hoover (IAST) 4.1
11. Andy Russell (MO) 4.1
12. Curtis McClinton (KS) 4.1
13. Bill McFarland (OKST) 4.0
14. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 4.0
15. Dick Beattie (OK) 3.9
16. Joel Searles (KSST) 3.5
17. Bill Gallagher (KSST) 3.4
18. Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 3.3
19. Bill Tobin (MO) 2.7
20. John Hadl (KS) 2.3

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Curtis McClinton (KS) 8
2. Ken Coleman (KS) 7
  Bill McFarland (OKST) 7
4. Bob Page (OK) 6
  John Hadl (KS) 6
6. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 5
7. Bill Harris (CO) 4
  Ron Taylor (MO) 4
  Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 4
  Dave Hoover (IAST) 4
  Rodger McFarland (KS) 4
  Jim Dillard (OKST) 4
13. Tony Leiker (KS) 3
  Ozzie Clay (IAST) 3
  Loren Schweninger (CO) 3
16. Andy Russell (MO) 2
  Bill Tobin (MO) 2
  Leland Flachsbarth (KS) 2
  Gale Weidner (CO) 2
  Mike McClellan (OK) 2
  Jim Johnson (MO) 2
  Ted Woods (CO) 2

Receiving Yards

1. Dick Limerick (IAST) 402
2. Jerry Hillebrand (CO) 282
3. Don Brewington (OKST) 215
4. Larry Montre (IAST) 210
5. Ken Blair (CO) 200
6. Donald Purcell (NE) 173
7. Curtis McClinton (KS) 166
8. Richard McDaniel (NE) 158
9. Rodger McFarland (KS) 155
10. Larry Mavity (CO) 154
11. Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 143
12. Mike McClellan (OK) 125
13. Conrad Hitchler (MO) 124
14. Spencer Puls (KSST) 123
15. Charlie McBride (CO) 117
16. James Huge (NE) 111
17. Benny Boydston (KS) 110
18. Tommy Ward (OKST) 106
19. Bill Harris (CO) 102
20. Andy Russell (MO) 100

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Dick Limerick (IAST) 19.1

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Jerry Hillebrand (CO) 4
  Larry Montre (IAST) 4
  Dick Limerick (IAST) 4
4. Rodger McFarland (KS) 3
5. Ken Blair (CO) 2
  Curtis McClinton (KS) 2
  Ron McDonald (KSST) 2

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 229
2. Curtis McClinton (KS) 145
3. Jim Dillard (OKST) 142
4. John Hadl (KS) 136
5. Ken Coleman (KS) 134
6. Bill Thornton (NE) 129
7. Loren Schweninger (CO) 128
8. Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 117
9. Ted Woods (CO) 113
10. Andy Russell (MO) 107
11. Phil Lohmann (OK) 100
12. Bill Tobin (MO) 94
13. Mike McClellan (OK) 92
14. Bill Harris (CO) 88
15. Bill McFarland (OKST) 83
16. Dave Hoover (IAST) 79
17. Joel Searles (KSST) 74
  Rodger McFarland (KS) 74
19. Larry Corrigan (KSST) 73
  Bob Page (OK) 73

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 920
2. Curtis McClinton (KS) 719
3. Ken Coleman (KS) 717
4. Jim Dillard (OKST) 698
5. Mike McClellan (OK) 633
6. Bill Thornton (NE) 630
7. Ted Woods (CO) 579
8. Loren Schweninger (CO) 575
9. Bill Harris (CO) 536
10. Andy Russell (MO) 512
11. Rodger McFarland (KS) 489
12. Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 485
13. Dick Limerick (IAST) 458
14. Phil Lohmann (OK) 457
15. Bill McFarland (OKST) 339
16. Larry Mavity (CO) 337
17. Dave Hoover (IAST) 327
18. John Hadl (KS) 318
19. Don Brewington (OKST) 305
20. Bill Tobin (MO) 302

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Curtis McClinton (KS) 10
2. Ken Coleman (KS) 7
  Rodger McFarland (KS) 7
  Bill McFarland (OKST) 7
5. Bob Page (OK) 6
  John Hadl (KS) 6
7. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 5
  Bill Harris (CO) 5
9. Jim Dillard (OKST) 4
  Dick Limerick (IAST) 4
  Ron Taylor (MO) 4
  Larry Montre (IAST) 4
  Dave Hoover (IAST) 4
  Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 4
  Jerry Hillebrand (CO) 4
16. Mike McClellan (OK) 3
  Loren Schweninger (CO) 3
  Bill Tobin (MO) 3
  Tony Leiker (KS) 3
  Ozzie Clay (IAST) 3

Total Plays

1. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 320
2. John Hadl (KS) 239
3. Gale Weidner (CO) 194
4. Dennis Claridge (NE) 167
5. Curtis McClinton (KS) 135
6. Ron Taylor (MO) 133
7. Ken Coleman (KS) 130
8. Jim Dillard (OKST) 128
9. Bill Thornton (NE) 127
10. Loren Schweninger (CO) 122
11. Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 116
12. Bob Page (OK) 113
13. Ted Woods (CO) 107
14. Larry Corrigan (KSST) 103
15. Andy Russell (MO) 100
16. Mike Miller (OKST) 99
17. Phil Lohmann (OK) 98
18. Bill Tobin (MO) 87
19. Mike McClellan (OK) 86
  Tom Cooper (KSST) 86

Total Yards

1. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 1638
2. Gale Weidner (CO) 1069
3. John Hadl (KS) 1047
4. Ken Coleman (KS) 656
5. Jim Dillard (OKST) 627
6. Bill Thornton (NE) 618
7. Curtis McClinton (KS) 553
8. Dennis Claridge (NE) 539
9. Ted Woods (CO) 525
10. Ron Taylor (MO) 514
11. Loren Schweninger (CO) 512
12. Mike McClellan (OK) 508
13. Phil Lohmann (OK) 436
14. Bill Harris (CO) 434
15. Andy Russell (MO) 412
16. Bob Page (OK) 399
17. Dave Hoover (IAST) 349
18. Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 342
19. Rodger McFarland (KS) 334
20. Bill McFarland (OKST) 331