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1979 Big Eight Conference Leaders

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Record: 47-44-0, .516 W-L% (6th of 14) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 6.41 (5th of 14) ▪ SOS: 5.76 (6th of 14)

Conference Champion: Oklahoma

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

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions
1. Phil Bradley (MO) 127
2. Harold Bailey (OKST) 94
3. Bill Solomon (CO) 91
4. Darrell Ray Dickey (KSST) 71
  Terry Rubley (IAST) 71
6. Brian Bethke (KS) 59
7. Jeff Quinn* (NE) 57
8. Kevin Clinton (KS) 55
9. Sheldon Paris (KSST) 52
10. Tim Hager* (NE) 46
11. J.C. Watts (OK) 39
12. John Doerner (OKST) 32
13. Walter Grant (IAST) 23
  Charles Davis (CO) 23
15. Pete Cyphers (CO) 8
16. Paul Hobbs (KSST) 6
  Bill Lillis (KS) 6
18. John Quinn (IAST) 4
19. Tim Jones (KS) 2
  Kelly Phelps (OK) 2
  L.J. Brown (KSST) 2
  Steve Smith (KS) 2
Pass Attempts
1. Phil Bradley (MO) 236
2. Harold Bailey (OKST) 210
3. Bill Solomon (CO) 184
4. Kevin Clinton (KS) 143
5. Darrell Ray Dickey (KSST) 140
6. Terry Rubley (IAST) 132
7. Sheldon Paris (KSST) 111
8. Jeff Quinn* (NE) 110
9. Brian Bethke (KS) 108
10. Tim Hager* (NE) 91
11. J.C. Watts (OK) 81
12. Walter Grant (IAST) 77
13. John Doerner (OKST) 66
14. Charles Davis (CO) 52
15. Pete Cyphers (CO) 24
16. John Quinn (IAST) 18
17. Bill Lillis (KS) 11
18. Kelly Phelps (OK) 8
  Paul Hobbs (KSST) 8
20. Steve Smith (KS) 7
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Phil Bradley (MO) 53.8
2. Bill Solomon (CO) 49.5
3. Harold Bailey (OKST) 44.8
Passing Yards
1. Phil Bradley (MO) 1448
2. Harold Bailey (OKST) 1301
3. Bill Solomon (CO) 1174
4. Darrell Ray Dickey (KSST) 915
5. Brian Bethke (KS) 874
6. J.C. Watts (OK) 785
7. Terry Rubley (IAST) 716
8. Jeff Quinn* (NE) 702
9. Tim Hager* (NE) 680
10. Kevin Clinton (KS) 570
11. Sheldon Paris (KSST) 565
12. John Doerner (OKST) 387
13. Walter Grant (IAST) 268
14. Charles Davis (CO) 232
15. Pete Cyphers (CO) 100
16. Bill Lillis (KS) 95
17. Tim Jones (KS) 94
18. Kelly Phelps (OK) 59
19. John Quinn (IAST) 53
20. L.J. Brown (KSST) 49
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Bill Solomon (CO) 6.4
2. Harold Bailey (OKST) 6.2
3. Phil Bradley (MO) 6.1
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Harold Bailey (OKST) 5.2
2. Phil Bradley (MO) 5.0
3. Bill Solomon (CO) 4.3
Passing Touchdowns
1. Bill Solomon (CO) 10
2. Tim Hager* (NE) 6
3. Phil Bradley (MO) 5
  Jeff Quinn* (NE) 5
  Harold Bailey (OKST) 5
  Brian Bethke (KS) 5
7. J.C. Watts (OK) 4
  Sheldon Paris (KSST) 4
  Darrell Ray Dickey (KSST) 4
10. John Doerner (OKST) 3
Passing Interceptions
1. Darrell Ray Dickey (KSST) 14
2. Bill Solomon (CO) 13
3. Terry Rubley (IAST) 9
  Kevin Clinton (KS) 9
5. Phil Bradley (MO) 8
6. Sheldon Paris (KSST) 7
  Harold Bailey (OKST) 7
8. John Doerner (OKST) 6
9. Jeff Quinn* (NE) 5
  J.C. Watts (OK) 5
  Brian Bethke (KS) 5
12. Tim Hager* (NE) 4
13. Walter Grant (IAST) 3
  Pete Cyphers (CO) 3
15. Bill Lillis (KS) 2
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Bill Solomon (CO) 106.9
2. Phil Bradley (MO) 105.6
3. Harold Bailey (OKST) 98.0
Rush Attempts
1. Billy Sims (OK) 224
2. Worley Taylor (OKST) 216
3. Jarvis Redwine* (NE) 165
4. James Wilder (MO) 155
5. L.J. Brown (KSST) 148
6. Phil Bradley (MO) 131
7. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 128
8. J.C. Watts (OK) 123
  Harry Sydney (KS) 123
10. Gerry Ellis (MO) 121
11. Andra Franklin* (NE) 110
12. Mike Payne (IAST) 108
13. Mike Higgins (KS) 105
  Jack Seabrooke (IAST) 105
15. Willie Beebe (CO) 101
16. Craig Johnson* (NE) 96
17. Bill Solomon (CO) 95
18. Dan Goodwin (IAST) 91
19. Lance Olander (CO) 88
20. Roosevelt Duncan (KSST) 87
Rushing Yards
1. Billy Sims (OK) 1506
2. Jarvis Redwine* (NE) 1100
3. Worley Taylor (OKST) 994
4. L.J. Brown (KSST) 668
5. James Wilder (MO) 645
6. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 585
7. Gerry Ellis (MO) 584
8. Andra Franklin* (NE) 583
9. Craig Johnson* (NE) 544
10. Harry Sydney (KS) 541
11. Stanley Wilson (OK) 491
12. J.C. Watts (OK) 455
13. Jack Seabrooke (IAST) 441
14. Lance Olander (CO) 440
15. Willie Beebe (CO) 408
16. Kelly Phelps (OK) 358
17. Mike Higgins (KS) 348
18. Mike Payne (IAST) 331
19. Roosevelt Duncan (KSST) 326
20. Phil Bradley (MO) 316
  Dan Goodwin (IAST) 316
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. Billy Sims (OK) 6.7
2. Jarvis Redwine* (NE) 6.7
3. Stanley Wilson (OK) 6.5
4. Craig Johnson* (NE) 5.7
5. Andra Franklin* (NE) 5.3
6. Lance Olander (CO) 5.0
7. Gerry Ellis (MO) 4.8
8. Worley Taylor (OKST) 4.6
9. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 4.6
10. L.J. Brown (KSST) 4.5
11. Harry Sydney (KS) 4.4
12. Jack Seabrooke (IAST) 4.2
13. James Wilder (MO) 4.2
14. Willie Beebe (CO) 4.0
15. Keith Dearring (KSST) 4.0
16. Roosevelt Duncan (KSST) 3.7
17. J.C. Watts (OK) 3.7
18. Walter Mack (KS) 3.6
19. Dan Goodwin (IAST) 3.5
20. Mike Higgins (KS) 3.3
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Billy Sims (OK) 22
2. J.C. Watts (OK) 10
3. Jarvis Redwine* (NE) 9
4. Gerry Ellis (MO) 8
5. Craig Johnson* (NE) 6
6. L.J. Brown (KSST) 5
  Kelly Phelps (OK) 5
8. Mike Higgins (KS) 4
  Andra Franklin* (NE) 4
  I.M. Hipp* (NE) 4
11. Phil Bradley (MO) 3
  James Wilder (MO) 3
  Rocky Gillis (IAST) 3
  Willie Beebe (CO) 3
  Terry Suellentrop (OKST) 3
  Harry Sydney (KS) 3
  Jeff Quinn* (NE) 3
  Bill Solomon (CO) 3
  Worley Taylor (OKST) 3
  Tim Wurth* (NE) 3
Receptions
1. Tim Smith* (NE) 31
2. Junior Miller* (NE) 23
  Gerry Ellis (MO) 23
  Kazell Pugh (CO) 23
  Andy Gibler (MO) 23
6. John Liebe (KSST) 22
7. David Newman (MO) 21
  David Verser (KS) 21
  Willie Beebe (CO) 21
10. James Wilder (MO) 20
  Worley Taylor (OKST) 20
  Don Echols (OKST) 20
  Harry Sydney (KS) 20
  L.J. Brown (KSST) 20
15. Ron Ingram (OKST) 19
16. Mickey Leafblad (IAST) 18
  Eddy Whitley (KSST) 18
18. Mark Cromer (OKST) 17
  Donnie Holmes (CO) 17
20. Greg Willett (CO) 16
Receiving Yards
1. Tim Smith* (NE) 487
2. David Verser (KS) 463
3. Junior Miller* (NE) 435
4. John Liebe (KSST) 423
5. Kazell Pugh (CO) 375
6. Ron Ingram (OKST) 323
7. Andy Gibler (MO) 316
8. Donnie Holmes (CO) 301
9. Don Echols (OKST) 293
10. Gerry Ellis (MO) 285
11. Freddie Nixon (OK) 257
12. Mark Cromer (OKST) 237
13. Forrest Valora (OK) 234
14. Eddy Whitley (KSST) 228
15. Jimmy Little (KS) 221
16. Lloyd Sobek (KS) 220
  Kevin Murphy (KS) 220
18. Phil Pickard (KSST) 218
19. David Newman (MO) 216
  James Cowins (OKST) 216
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. David Verser (KS) 22.0
2. John Liebe (KSST) 19.2
3. Junior Miller* (NE) 18.9
4. Kazell Pugh (CO) 16.3
5. Tim Smith* (NE) 15.7
6. Andy Gibler (MO) 13.7
7. Gerry Ellis (MO) 12.4
8. David Newman (MO) 10.3
9. Willie Beebe (CO) 6.5
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Junior Miller* (NE) 7
2. Andy Gibler (MO) 4
  David Verser (KS) 4
4. Kazell Pugh (CO) 3
  Donnie Holmes (CO) 3
  Ron Ingram (OKST) 3
  Eddy Whitley (KSST) 3
8. Phil Pickard (KSST) 2
  Mel Campbell (OKST) 2
  Don Echols (OKST) 2
  John Liebe (KSST) 2
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Worley Taylor (OKST) 236
2. Billy Sims (OK) 225
3. James Wilder (MO) 175
4. Jarvis Redwine* (NE) 172
5. L.J. Brown (KSST) 168
6. Gerry Ellis (MO) 144
7. Harry Sydney (KS) 143
8. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 133
9. Phil Bradley (MO) 131
10. J.C. Watts (OK) 123
11. Willie Beebe (CO) 122
12. Mike Payne (IAST) 118
13. Mike Higgins (KS) 114
  Jack Seabrooke (IAST) 114
15. Andra Franklin* (NE) 112
16. Dan Goodwin (IAST) 102
17. Lance Olander (CO) 100
18. Craig Johnson* (NE) 98
19. Roosevelt Duncan (KSST) 96
20. Bill Solomon (CO) 95
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Billy Sims (OK) 1548
2. Worley Taylor (OKST) 1187
3. Jarvis Redwine* (NE) 1135
4. Gerry Ellis (MO) 869
5. L.J. Brown (KSST) 813
6. James Wilder (MO) 788
7. Harry Sydney (KS) 690
8. Andra Franklin* (NE) 602
9. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 598
10. Lance Olander (CO) 584
11. Craig Johnson* (NE) 556
12. Willie Beebe (CO) 545
13. Stanley Wilson (OK) 532
14. Junior Miller* (NE) 515
15. David Verser (KS) 512
16. Jack Seabrooke (IAST) 493
17. Tim Smith* (NE) 487
18. J.C. Watts (OK) 455
19. Keith Dearring (KSST) 439
20. John Liebe (KSST) 423
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Billy Sims (OK) 22
2. Jarvis Redwine* (NE) 10
  J.C. Watts (OK) 10
4. Gerry Ellis (MO) 9
5. Junior Miller* (NE) 7
6. Craig Johnson* (NE) 6
7. David Verser (KS) 5
  Kelly Phelps (OK) 5
  L.J. Brown (KSST) 5
10. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 4
  Harry Sydney (KS) 4
  Mike Higgins (KS) 4
  Andy Gibler (MO) 4
  Worley Taylor (OKST) 4
  Andra Franklin* (NE) 4
16. Phil Bradley (MO) 3
  Tim Wurth* (NE) 3
  Terry Suellentrop (OKST) 3
  Eddy Whitley (KSST) 3
  Ron Ingram (OKST) 3
  David Overstreet (OK) 3
  Harold Bailey (OKST) 3
  Donnie Holmes (CO) 3
  Jeff Quinn* (NE) 3
  Bill Solomon (CO) 3
  Mike Payne (IAST) 3
  Rocky Gillis (IAST) 3
  James Wilder (MO) 3
  Kazell Pugh (CO) 3
  Willie Beebe (CO) 3
Total Plays
1. Phil Bradley (MO) 367
2. Harold Bailey (OKST) 293
3. Bill Solomon (CO) 279
4. Billy Sims (OK) 224
5. Worley Taylor (OKST) 216
6. J.C. Watts (OK) 204
7. Darrell Ray Dickey (KSST) 189
8. Jeff Quinn* (NE) 185
9. Terry Rubley (IAST) 183
10. Jarvis Redwine* (NE) 166
  Kevin Clinton (KS) 166
12. James Wilder (MO) 155
  Brian Bethke (KS) 155
14. Sheldon Paris (KSST) 153
15. L.J. Brown (KSST) 151
16. Charles Davis (CO) 135
17. Walter Grant (IAST) 132
18. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 128
19. Tim Hager* (NE) 124
  Harry Sydney (KS) 124
Total Yards
1. Phil Bradley (MO) 1764
2. Billy Sims (OK) 1506
3. Harold Bailey (OKST) 1389
4. J.C. Watts (OK) 1240
5. Bill Solomon (CO) 1192
6. Jarvis Redwine* (NE) 1113
7. Worley Taylor (OKST) 994
8. Jeff Quinn* (NE) 949
9. Darrell Ray Dickey (KSST) 940
10. Brian Bethke (KS) 883
11. Terry Rubley (IAST) 763
12. Tim Hager* (NE) 717
  L.J. Brown (KSST) 717
14. James Wilder (MO) 645
15. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 585
16. Gerry Ellis (MO) 584
17. Andra Franklin* (NE) 583
18. Craig Johnson* (NE) 544
19. Harry Sydney (KS) 541
20. Sheldon Paris (KSST) 509
Total Touchdowns
1. Billy Sims (OK) 22
2. J.C. Watts (OK) 14
3. Bill Solomon (CO) 13
4. Jarvis Redwine* (NE) 9
5. Gerry Ellis (MO) 8
  Tim Hager* (NE) 8
  Jeff Quinn* (NE) 8
  Phil Bradley (MO) 8
9. Harold Bailey (OKST) 7
10. Brian Bethke (KS) 6
  L.J. Brown (KSST) 6
  Craig Johnson* (NE) 6
13. Darrell Ray Dickey (KSST) 5
  Sheldon Paris (KSST) 5
  Kelly Phelps (OK) 5
16. Mike Higgins (KS) 4
  I.M. Hipp* (NE) 4
  Andra Franklin* (NE) 4
  Terry Suellentrop (OKST) 4
20. Willie Beebe (CO) 3
  Harry Sydney (KS) 3
  Worley Taylor (OKST) 3
  Rocky Gillis (IAST) 3
  John Doerner (OKST) 3
  James Wilder (MO) 3
  Tim Wurth* (NE) 3