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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. Bob Page (OK) 2
  Larry Corrigan (KSST) 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
  Tom Cooper (KSST) 3
  Freddie Watts (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. Bill McFarland (OKST) 7
  Ken Coleman (KS) 7
4. John Hadl (KS) 6
  Bob Page (OK) 6
6. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 5
7. Bill Harris (CO) 4
  Dave Hoover (IAST) 4
  Rodger McFarland (KS) 4
  Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 4
  Ron Taylor (MO) 4
  Jim Dillard (OKST) 4
Receptions
1. Dick Limerick (IAST) 21
2. Jerry Hillebrand (CO) 17
3. Don Brewington (OKST) 14
  Richard McDaniel (NE) 14
  Jim Dillard (OKST) 14
6. Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 12
  Donald Purcell (NE) 12
8. Tommy Ward (OKST) 11
9. Larry Montre (IAST) 10
  Mike McClellan (OK) 10
  Ken Blair (CO) 10
  Curtis McClinton (KS) 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. Larry Montre (IAST) 4
  Jerry Hillebrand (CO) 4
  Dick Limerick (IAST) 4
4. Rodger McFarland (KS) 3
5. Curtis McClinton (KS) 2
  Ron McDonald (KSST) 2
  Ken Blair (CO) 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. Bill McFarland (OKST) 7
  Rodger McFarland (KS) 7
  Ken Coleman (KS) 7
5. John Hadl (KS) 6
  Bob Page (OK) 6
7. Bill Harris (CO) 5
  Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 5
9. Larry Montre (IAST) 4
  Dave Hoover (IAST) 4
  Jerry Hillebrand (CO) 4
  Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 4
  Ron Taylor (MO) 4
  Jim Dillard (OKST) 4
  Dick Limerick (IAST) 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. Curtis McClinton (KS) 8
  Bob Page (OK) 8
6. Ken Coleman (KS) 7
  Bill McFarland (OKST) 7
8. Dave Hoover (IAST) 5
9. Mike Hunter (MO) 4
  Bill Harris (CO) 4
  Rodger McFarland (KS) 4
  Jimmy Carpenter (OK) 4
  Ron Taylor (MO) 4
  Jim Dillard (OKST) 4