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1978 Big Eight Conference Year Summary

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Record: 50-42-0, .543 W-L% (6th of 14) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 9.46 (3rd of 14) ▪ SOS: 8.44 (3rd of 14)

Conference Champion: Nebraska and Oklahoma

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Iowa State, Nebraska and Oklahoma)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma)

Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
School W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Oklahoma 11 1 0 .917 7 1 0 .875 39.3 14.6 24.82 8.32
Nebraska 9 3 0 .750 6 2 0 .750 37.0 18.0 21.07 9.65
Iowa State 8 4 0 .667 4 3 0 .571 18.3 15.7 8.02 4.94
Missouri 8 4 0 .667 4 3 0 .571 30.7 19.7 15.31 9.64
Kansas State 4 7 0 .364 3 4 0 .429 18.3 31.1 -0.54 7.91
Oklahoma State 3 8 0 .273 3 4 0 .429 15.2 24.2 3.66 9.76
Colorado 6 5 0 .545 2 5 0 .286 20.9 18.7 6.69 5.42
Kansas 1 10 0 .091 0 7 0 .000 11.3 31.4 -3.33 11.85

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 9/11 9/18 9/25 10/2 10/9 10/16 10/23 10/30 11/6 11/13 11/20 11/27 12/4 Final
Oklahoma 4 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 4 4 4 3
Nebraska 10 12 12 12 10 8 5 4 4 4 2 7 6 6 8
Missouri   11 17 14   19 13 13       19 18 18 15
Colorado     19 16 13 13                  
Iowa State 20 19 20 17 15 20           20 19 19  

3 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1979-01-01 Orange Bowl Oklahoma 31 Nebraska 24 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
1978-12-23 Liberty Bowl Missouri 20 Louisiana State 15 Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)
1978-12-20 Hall of Fame Classic Texas A&M 28 Iowa State 12 Hall of Fame Classic (Birmingham, AL)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completion Percentage

1. Phil Bradley (Missouri) 60.2
2. Tom Sorley* (Nebraska) 58.5
3. Dan Manucci (Kansas State) 51.5
4. Bill Solomon (Colorado) 48.7

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Tom Sorley* (Nebraska) 8.7
2. Phil Bradley (Missouri) 7.9
3. Dan Manucci (Kansas State) 7.6
4. Bill Solomon (Colorado) 6.0

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Tom Sorley* (Nebraska) 8.1
2. Phil Bradley (Missouri) 6.9
3. Dan Manucci (Kansas State) 5.0
4. Bill Solomon (Colorado) 3.8

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Tom Sorley* (Nebraska) 145.7
2. Phil Bradley (Missouri) 135.0
3. Dan Manucci (Kansas State) 112.9
4. Bill Solomon (Colorado) 93.8

Rushing Yards

1. Billy Sims (Oklahoma) 1762
2. Dexter Green* (Iowa State) 1139
3. Rick Berns* (Nebraska) 1032
4. I.M. Hipp* (Nebraska) 1002
5. James Mayberry (Colorado) 920
6. James Wilder (Missouri) 873
7. Worley Taylor (Oklahoma State) 807
8. Earl Gant (Missouri) 789
9. Kenny King (Oklahoma) 779
10. Thomas Lott (Oklahoma) 577

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Kenny King (Oklahoma) 7.9
2. Billy Sims (Oklahoma) 7.6
3. Earl Gant (Missouri) 5.7
4. Rick Berns* (Nebraska) 5.6
5. James Wilder (Missouri) 5.5
6. I.M. Hipp* (Nebraska) 5.2
7. Thomas Lott (Oklahoma) 5.2
8. Andra Franklin* (Nebraska) 5.0
9. Mack Green (Kansas State) 5.0
10. Terry Suellentrop (Oklahoma State) 4.6

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Junior Miller* (Nebraska) 18.5
2. Stan Hixon* (Iowa State) 18.2
3. Kellen Winslow (Missouri) 16.5
4. Charlie Green (Kansas State) 15.8
5. Lamont Downer (Missouri) 15.0
6. Kenny Brown* (Nebraska) 14.6
7. Leo Lewis (Missouri) 13.4
8. Greg Howard (Colorado) 13.4
9. Guy Preston* (Iowa State) 11.8

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Billy Sims (Oklahoma) 1797
2. Dexter Green* (Iowa State) 1206
3. Rick Berns* (Nebraska) 1133
4. I.M. Hipp* (Nebraska) 1074
5. James Wilder (Missouri) 1037
6. James Mayberry (Colorado) 1000
7. Worley Taylor (Oklahoma State) 881
8. Earl Gant (Missouri) 872
9. Kenny King (Oklahoma) 779
10. Roosevelt Duncan (Kansas State) 678

Total Yards

1. Phil Bradley (Missouri) 2081
2. Tom Sorley* (Nebraska) 1901
3. Dan Manucci (Kansas State) 1804
4. Billy Sims (Oklahoma) 1762
5. Bill Solomon (Colorado) 1428
6. Walter Grant* (Iowa State) 1255
7. Dexter Green* (Iowa State) 1167
8. Rick Berns* (Nebraska) 1032
9. Thomas Lott (Oklahoma) 1017
10. I.M. Hipp* (Nebraska) 1002