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1961 Big Eight Conference Year Summary

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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)

Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
School W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Colorado 9 2 0 .818 7 0 0 1.000 16.7 9.5 12.94 5.03
Missouri 7 2 1 .750 5 2 0 .714 12.4 5.7 10.69 3.99
Kansas 7 3 1 .682 5 2 0 .714 24.5 8.0 15.22 4.22
Oklahoma 5 5 0 .500 4 3 0 .571 12.2 14.1 5.87 7.77
Iowa State 5 5 0 .500 3 4 0 .429 15.1 13.3 3.06 0.96
Oklahoma State 4 6 0 .400 2 5 0 .286 15.4 16.6 0.83 3.03
Nebraska 3 6 1 .350 2 5 0 .286 11.9 13.5 2.18 4.28
Kansas State 2 8 0 .200 0 7 0 .000 5.8 23.2 -8.83 4.87

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 9/25 10/2 10/9 10/16 10/23 10/30 11/6 11/13 11/20 11/27 Final
Colorado         9 10 8 8 8 7 6 7
Missouri             10 10     10 11
Kansas 8                 10    

2 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1962-01-01 Orange Bowl Louisiana State 25 Colorado 7 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
1961-12-16 Bluebonnet Bowl Kansas 33 Rice 7 Bluebonnet Bowl (Houston, TX)

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

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

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

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. Bob Page (OK) 6
  Ron Taylor (MO) 6
7. Bill Leming (OKST) 4
8. Dennis Claridge (NE) 3
  Freddie Watts (KSST) 3
  Tom Cooper (KSST) 3

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

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

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

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. Ron Taylor (MO) 4
  Jim Dillard (OKST) 4
  Bill Harris (CO) 4
  Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 4
  Dave Hoover (IAST) 4
  Rodger McFarland (KS) 4

Receptions

1. Dick Limerick (IAST) 21
2. Jerry Hillebrand (CO) 17
3. Jim Dillard (OKST) 14
  Richard McDaniel (NE) 14
  Don Brewington (OKST) 14
6. Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 12
  Donald Purcell (NE) 12
8. Tommy Ward (OKST) 11
9. Curtis McClinton (KS) 10
  Larry Montre (IAST) 10
  Mike McClellan (OK) 10
  Ken Blair (CO) 10

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

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

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

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. Bill Harris (CO) 5
  Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 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

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

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

Total Touchdowns

1. John Hadl (KS) 13
2. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 12
3. Gale Weidner (CO) 10
4. Bob Page (OK) 8
  Curtis McClinton (KS) 8
6. Ken Coleman (KS) 7
  Bill McFarland (OKST) 7
8. Dave Hoover (IAST) 5
9. Jim Dillard (OKST) 4
  Ron Taylor (MO) 4
  Bill Harris (CO) 4
  Mike Hunter (MO) 4
  Rodger McFarland (KS) 4
  Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 4