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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 Completion Percentage

1. Phil Bradley (Missouri) 53.8
2. Bill Solomon (Colorado) 49.5
3. Harold Bailey (Oklahoma State) 44.8

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Bill Solomon (Colorado) 6.4
2. Harold Bailey (Oklahoma State) 6.2
3. Phil Bradley (Missouri) 6.1

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Harold Bailey (Oklahoma State) 5.2
2. Phil Bradley (Missouri) 5.0
3. Bill Solomon (Colorado) 4.3

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Bill Solomon (Colorado) 106.9
2. Phil Bradley (Missouri) 105.6
3. Harold Bailey (Oklahoma State) 98.0

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Billy Sims (Oklahoma) 6.7
2. Jarvis Redwine* (Nebraska) 6.7
3. Stanley Wilson (Oklahoma) 6.5
4. Craig Johnson* (Nebraska) 5.7
5. Andra Franklin* (Nebraska) 5.3
6. Lance Olander (Colorado) 5.0
7. Gerry Ellis (Missouri) 4.8
8. Worley Taylor (Oklahoma State) 4.6
9. I.M. Hipp* (Nebraska) 4.6
10. L.J. Brown (Kansas State) 4.5

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. David Verser (Kansas) 22.0
2. John Liebe (Kansas State) 19.2
3. Junior Miller* (Nebraska) 18.9
4. Kazell Pugh (Colorado) 16.3
5. Tim Smith* (Nebraska) 15.7
6. Andy Gibler (Missouri) 13.7
7. Gerry Ellis (Missouri) 12.4
8. David Newman (Missouri) 10.3
9. Willie Beebe (Colorado) 6.5

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Worley Taylor (Oklahoma State) 236
2. Billy Sims (Oklahoma) 225
3. James Wilder (Missouri) 175
4. Jarvis Redwine* (Nebraska) 172
5. L.J. Brown (Kansas State) 168
6. Gerry Ellis (Missouri) 144
7. Harry Sydney (Kansas) 143
8. I.M. Hipp* (Nebraska) 133
9. Phil Bradley (Missouri) 131
10. J.C. Watts (Oklahoma) 123

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Billy Sims (Oklahoma) 1548
2. Worley Taylor (Oklahoma State) 1187
3. Jarvis Redwine* (Nebraska) 1135
4. Gerry Ellis (Missouri) 869
5. L.J. Brown (Kansas State) 813
6. James Wilder (Missouri) 788
7. Harry Sydney (Kansas) 690
8. Andra Franklin* (Nebraska) 602
9. I.M. Hipp* (Nebraska) 598
10. Lance Olander (Colorado) 584

Punt Return Touchdowns

1. Leroy Irvin (Kansas) 2

Kickoff Return Yards

1. Ron Ingram (Oklahoma State) 406
2. Mark Haynes (Colorado) 397
3. Anthony Steels* (Nebraska) 313
4. Jimmy Little (Kansas) 244
5. Kenny Brown* (Nebraska) 230
6. Wayne Capers (Kansas) 201
7. Stanley Wilson (Oklahoma) 192
8. Bob Meyer (Missouri) 183
9. Tom Buck (Iowa State) 180
10. Mike Payne (Iowa State) 136

Interception Return Yards

1. Eric Wright (Missouri) 112
2. Darrol Ray (Oklahoma) 101
3. Bill Whitaker (Missouri) 96
  Bill Roe (Colorado) 96
5. Johnnie Lewis (Oklahoma) 60
  Lawrence Cole* (Nebraska) 60
7. Leroy Irvin (Kansas) 58
8. John Goodman (Oklahoma) 56
9. George Cumby (Oklahoma) 44
10. Jesse Johnson (Colorado) 41