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1978 Big Eight Conference Year Summary

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Record: 50-42-0, .543 W-L% (3rd 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 Completions
1. Phil Bradley (MO) 136
2. Dan Manucci (KSST) 122
3. Tom Sorley* (NE) 120
4. Bill Solomon (CO) 77
5. Walter Grant* (IAST) 66
6. Scott Burk (OKST) 50
7. Harry Sydney (KS) 44
8. Kevin Clinton (KS) 33
9. Jeff Hines (KS) 32
10. Terry Rubley* (IAST) 21
  Thomas Lott (OK) 21
Pass Attempts
1. Dan Manucci (KSST) 237
2. Phil Bradley (MO) 226
3. Tom Sorley* (NE) 205
4. Bill Solomon (CO) 158
5. Walter Grant* (IAST) 154
6. Scott Burk (OKST) 134
7. Harry Sydney (KS) 107
8. Kevin Clinton (KS) 82
9. Jeff Hines (KS) 69
10. Thomas Lott (OK) 55
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Phil Bradley (MO) 60.2
2. Tom Sorley* (NE) 58.5
3. Dan Manucci (KSST) 51.5
4. Bill Solomon (CO) 48.7
Passing Yards
1. Dan Manucci (KSST) 1808
2. Tom Sorley* (NE) 1791
3. Phil Bradley (MO) 1780
4. Walter Grant* (IAST) 992
5. Bill Solomon (CO) 944
6. Scott Burk (OKST) 722
7. Harry Sydney (KS) 605
8. Thomas Lott (OK) 440
9. Kevin Clinton (KS) 435
10. Jeff Hines (KS) 390
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Tom Sorley* (NE) 8.7
2. Phil Bradley (MO) 7.9
3. Dan Manucci (KSST) 7.6
4. Bill Solomon (CO) 6.0
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Tom Sorley* (NE) 8.1
2. Phil Bradley (MO) 6.9
3. Dan Manucci (KSST) 5.0
4. Bill Solomon (CO) 3.8
Passing Touchdowns
1. Tom Sorley* (NE) 14
2. Phil Bradley (MO) 12
3. Dan Manucci (KSST) 9
4. Thomas Lott (OK) 6
  Walter Grant* (IAST) 6
6. Terry Rubley* (IAST) 5
7. Bill Solomon (CO) 3
8. Harry Sydney (KS) 2
  Kevin Clinton (KS) 2
  Scott Burk (OKST) 2
  Jeff Hines (KS) 2
  J.C. Watts (OK) 2
Passing Interceptions
1. Dan Manucci (KSST) 18
2. Phil Bradley (MO) 10
3. Bill Solomon (CO) 9
  Tom Sorley* (NE) 9
5. Harry Sydney (KS) 8
6. Kevin Clinton (KS) 7
  Scott Burk (OKST) 7
8. Harold Bailey (OKST) 6
9. Thomas Lott (OK) 4
  Walter Grant* (IAST) 4
  J.C. Watts (OK) 4
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Tom Sorley* (NE) 145.7
2. Phil Bradley (MO) 135.0
3. Dan Manucci (KSST) 112.9
4. Bill Solomon (CO) 93.8
Rush Attempts
1. Dexter Green* (IAST) 251
2. Billy Sims (OK) 231
3. James Mayberry (CO) 230
4. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 191
5. Bill Solomon (CO) 189
6. Rick Berns* (NE) 183
7. Worley Taylor (OKST) 176
8. James Wilder (MO) 160
9. Earl Gant (MO) 138
10. Phil Bradley (MO) 135
Rushing Yards
1. Billy Sims (OK) 1762
2. Dexter Green* (IAST) 1139
3. Rick Berns* (NE) 1032
4. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 1002
5. James Mayberry (CO) 920
6. James Wilder (MO) 873
7. Worley Taylor (OKST) 807
8. Earl Gant (MO) 789
9. Kenny King (OK) 779
10. Thomas Lott (OK) 577
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. Kenny King (OK) 7.9
2. Billy Sims (OK) 7.6
3. Earl Gant (MO) 5.7
4. Rick Berns* (NE) 5.6
5. James Wilder (MO) 5.5
6. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 5.2
7. Thomas Lott (OK) 5.2
8. Andra Franklin* (NE) 5.0
9. Mack Green (KSST) 5.0
10. Terry Suellentrop (OKST) 4.6
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Billy Sims (OK) 20
2. James Mayberry (CO) 13
3. Rick Berns* (NE) 11
  James Wilder (MO) 11
5. Dexter Green* (IAST) 10
6. Thomas Lott (OK) 9
7. Earl Gant (MO) 8
8. Roosevelt Duncan (KSST) 7
  Bill Solomon (CO) 7
  I.M. Hipp* (NE) 7
Receptions
1. Charlie Green (KSST) 39
2. Junior Miller* (NE) 33
3. Kellen Winslow (MO) 29
4. Leo Lewis (MO) 28
  Kenny Brown* (NE) 28
  Greg Howard (CO) 28
7. Stan Hixon* (IAST) 26
8. Guy Preston* (IAST) 25
9. Tim Smith* (NE) 22
  Lamont Downer (MO) 22
Receiving Yards
1. Charlie Green (KSST) 616
2. Junior Miller* (NE) 609
3. Eugene Goodlow (KSST) 547
4. Kellen Winslow (MO) 479
5. Stan Hixon* (IAST) 474
6. Kenny Brown* (NE) 410
7. Leo Lewis (MO) 376
8. Greg Howard (CO) 374
9. Kevin Murphy (KS) 346
10. Lamont Downer (MO) 331
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Junior Miller* (NE) 18.5
2. Stan Hixon* (IAST) 18.2
3. Kellen Winslow (MO) 16.5
4. Charlie Green (KSST) 15.8
5. Lamont Downer (MO) 15.0
6. Kenny Brown* (NE) 14.6
7. Leo Lewis (MO) 13.4
8. Greg Howard (CO) 13.4
9. Guy Preston* (IAST) 11.8
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Junior Miller* (NE) 6
  Kellen Winslow (MO) 6
3. Eugene Goodlow (KSST) 4
  Ray Hardee* (IAST) 4
5. Victor Hicks (OK) 3
  Dexter Green* (IAST) 3
  Charlie Green (KSST) 3
8. Leo Lewis (MO) 2
  Bobby Kimball (OK) 2
  Tim Smith* (NE) 2
  Kirby Criswell (KS) 2
  Frank Lockett* (NE) 2
  Guy Preston* (IAST) 2
  Kenny Brown* (NE) 2
  Stan Hixon* (IAST) 2
  Greg Howard (CO) 2
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Dexter Green* (IAST) 263
2. James Mayberry (CO) 241
3. Billy Sims (OK) 232
4. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 200
5. Rick Berns* (NE) 194
6. Bill Solomon (CO) 190
7. James Wilder (MO) 180
8. Worley Taylor (OKST) 179
9. Earl Gant (MO) 149
10. Roosevelt Duncan (KSST) 138
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Billy Sims (OK) 1797
2. Dexter Green* (IAST) 1206
3. Rick Berns* (NE) 1133
4. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 1074
5. James Wilder (MO) 1037
6. James Mayberry (CO) 1000
7. Worley Taylor (OKST) 881
8. Earl Gant (MO) 872
9. Kenny King (OK) 779
10. Roosevelt Duncan (KSST) 678
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Billy Sims (OK) 20
2. James Mayberry (CO) 13
  Dexter Green* (IAST) 13
4. Rick Berns* (NE) 12
  James Wilder (MO) 12
6. Thomas Lott (OK) 9
7. Roosevelt Duncan (KSST) 8
  Earl Gant (MO) 8
9. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 7
  Bill Solomon (CO) 7
Total Plays
1. Phil Bradley (MO) 361
2. Dan Manucci (KSST) 357
3. Bill Solomon (CO) 347
4. Tom Sorley* (NE) 292
5. Walter Grant* (IAST) 273
6. Scott Burk (OKST) 264
7. Dexter Green* (IAST) 256
8. Billy Sims (OK) 231
9. James Mayberry (CO) 230
10. Harry Sydney (KS) 210
Total Yards
1. Phil Bradley (MO) 2081
2. Tom Sorley* (NE) 1901
3. Dan Manucci (KSST) 1804
4. Billy Sims (OK) 1762
5. Bill Solomon (CO) 1428
6. Walter Grant* (IAST) 1255
7. Dexter Green* (IAST) 1167
8. Rick Berns* (NE) 1032
9. Thomas Lott (OK) 1017
10. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 1002
Total Touchdowns
1. Billy Sims (OK) 20
  Tom Sorley* (NE) 20
3. Phil Bradley (MO) 18
4. Thomas Lott (OK) 15
5. Dan Manucci (KSST) 14
6. James Mayberry (CO) 13
7. Rick Berns* (NE) 11
  James Wilder (MO) 11
9. Bill Solomon (CO) 10
  Dexter Green* (IAST) 10