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1979 Big Eight Conference Year Summary

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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)

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 0 0 1.000 33.8 12.1 22.54 5.46
Nebraska 10 2 0 .833 6 1 0 .857 31.7 10.9 19.67 5.17
Oklahoma State 7 4 0 .636 5 2 0 .714 17.4 19.3 6.06 5.06
Missouri 7 5 0 .583 3 4 0 .429 21.7 13.8 10.38 6.38
Colorado 3 8 0 .273 2 5 0 .286 15.3 24.9 -1.22 6.50
Iowa State 3 8 0 .273 2 5 0 .286 12.5 20.1 -1.62 5.38
Kansas 3 8 0 .273 2 5 0 .286 15.6 31.5 -2.62 8.11
Kansas State 3 8 0 .273 1 6 0 .143 14.0 20.5 -1.94 4.06

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 9/10 9/17 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19 11/26 12/3 Final
Oklahoma 3 3 3 3 3 3 8 7 7 6 7 8 5 5 3
Nebraska 8 8 7 6 5 5 3 2 2 2 3 3 7 7 9
Missouri 12 11 9 5 15 15                  

3 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1980-01-01 Cotton Bowl Houston 17 Nebraska 14 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
1980-01-01 Orange Bowl Oklahoma 24 Florida State 7 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
1979-12-29 Hall of Fame Classic Missouri 24 South Carolina 14 Hall of Fame Classic (Birmingham, AL)

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. Kelly Phelps (OK) 5
  L.J. Brown (KSST) 5
8. Mike Higgins (KS) 4
  Andra Franklin* (NE) 4
  I.M. Hipp* (NE) 4
Receptions
1. Tim Smith* (NE) 31
2. Andy Gibler (MO) 23
  Kazell Pugh (CO) 23
  Gerry Ellis (MO) 23
  Junior Miller* (NE) 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
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
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
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
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Billy Sims (OK) 22
2. J.C. Watts (OK) 10
  Jarvis Redwine* (NE) 10
4. Gerry Ellis (MO) 9
5. Junior Miller* (NE) 7
6. Craig Johnson* (NE) 6
7. Kelly Phelps (OK) 5
  David Verser (KS) 5
  L.J. Brown (KSST) 5
10. Mike Higgins (KS) 4
  I.M. Hipp* (NE) 4
  Harry Sydney (KS) 4
  Worley Taylor (OKST) 4
  Andy Gibler (MO) 4
  Andra Franklin* (NE) 4
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
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
Total Touchdowns
1. Billy Sims (OK) 22
2. J.C. Watts (OK) 14
3. Bill Solomon (CO) 13
4. Jarvis Redwine* (NE) 9
5. Phil Bradley (MO) 8
  Jeff Quinn* (NE) 8
  Tim Hager* (NE) 8
  Gerry Ellis (MO) 8
9. Harold Bailey (OKST) 7
10. Brian Bethke (KS) 6
  L.J. Brown (KSST) 6
  Craig Johnson* (NE) 6