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1961 Big Ten Conference Leaders

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Record: 52-38-1, .577 W-L% (1st of 12) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 11.51 (1st of 12) ▪ SOS: 8.95 (1st of 12)

Conference Champion: Ohio State

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Iowa, Michigan State and Ohio State)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Purdue)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions
1. Ron Miller (WI) 104
2. Matt Szykowny (IA) 79
3. Byron Broome (IN) 60
4. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 54
5. Ron DiGravio (PUR) 52
6. Dave Glinka (MI) 46
7. Pete Smith (MIST) 42
8. Tom O'Grady (NWEST) 28
9. Dave McGann (IL) 27
10. William Mrukowski (OHST) 23
11. Joe Sparma (OHST) 16
  Mel Romani (IL) 16
13. Bobby Eickhoff (NWEST) 15
  Fred Quinn (NWEST) 15
15. Gary Hogan (PUR) 14
16. Paul Golaszewski (IL) 11
17. John Fabry (WI) 8
18. Dick Proebstle (MIST) 7
  Ron Fearn (IL) 7
20. Bob Chandler (MI) 6
  Wilburn Hollis (IA) 6
  John Mummey (OHST) 6
Pass Attempts
1. Ron Miller (WI) 198
2. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 153
3. Matt Szykowny (IA) 139
4. Byron Broome (IN) 117
5. Ron DiGravio (PUR) 100
6. Dave Glinka (MI) 96
7. Pete Smith (MIST) 94
8. Tom O'Grady (NWEST) 59
9. Dave McGann (IL) 49
10. Mel Romani (IL) 47
11. Joe Sparma (OHST) 38
12. William Mrukowski (OHST) 35
13. Fred Quinn (NWEST) 34
14. Paul Golaszewski (IL) 33
15. Bobby Eickhoff (NWEST) 32
16. Ron Fearn (IL) 29
17. Gary Hogan (PUR) 27
18. Dick Proebstle (MIST) 18
19. John Fabry (WI) 15
  Wilburn Hollis (IA) 15
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Matt Szykowny (IA) 56.8
2. Ron Miller (WI) 52.5
3. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 35.3
Passing Yards
1. Ron Miller (WI) 1487
2. Matt Szykowny (IA) 1078
3. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 869
4. Ron DiGravio (PUR) 861
5. Pete Smith (MIST) 630
6. Byron Broome (IN) 627
7. Dave Glinka (MI) 588
8. Joe Sparma (OHST) 341
9. Tom O'Grady (NWEST) 322
10. Dave McGann (IL) 269
11. Fred Quinn (NWEST) 247
12. Gary Hogan (PUR) 236
13. William Mrukowski (OHST) 231
14. Mel Romani (IL) 174
15. Wilburn Hollis (IA) 130
16. Dick Proebstle (MIST) 120
17. Bobby Eickhoff (NWEST) 111
18. John Mummey (OHST) 106
19. Bob Chandler (MI) 100
20. Paul Golaszewski (IL) 94
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Matt Szykowny (IA) 7.8
2. Ron Miller (WI) 7.5
3. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 5.7
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Ron Miller (WI) 6.1
2. Matt Szykowny (IA) 3.9
3. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 3.0
Passing Touchdowns
1. Ron Miller (WI) 11
2. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 9
3. Matt Szykowny (IA) 7
4. Joe Sparma (OHST) 6
  Ron DiGravio (PUR) 6
6. Pete Smith (MIST) 5
  Dave Glinka (MI) 5
8. Byron Broome (IN) 3
9. Wilburn Hollis (IA) 2
  Lou Holland (WI) 2
  Larry Benz (NWEST) 2
Passing Interceptions
1. Matt Szykowny (IA) 15
2. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 13
3. Ron Miller (WI) 11
4. Byron Broome (IN) 9
5. Tom O'Grady (NWEST) 7
  Pete Smith (MIST) 7
7. Fred Quinn (NWEST) 6
  Mel Romani (IL) 6
9. Dave Glinka (MI) 5
10. Paul Golaszewski (IL) 3
  Dick Proebstle (MIST) 3
  Gary Hogan (PUR) 3
13. Joe Sparma (OHST) 2
  William Mrukowski (OHST) 2
  Ron DiGravio (PUR) 2
  Dave McGann (IL) 2
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Ron Miller (WI) 122.8
2. Matt Szykowny (IA) 117.0
3. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 85.4
Rush Attempts
1. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 202
2. Roy Walker (PUR) 123
3. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 122
4. Marvin Woodson (IN) 115
5. Dave Raimey (MI) 99
6. Bill Tunnicliff (MI) 96
7. Judge Dickson* (MN) 94
8. Byron Broome (IN) 90
9. George Saimes (MIST) 82
10. Bill Swingle (NWEST) 79
11. Paul Warfield (OHST) 77
12. Ron DiGravio (PUR) 76
  Sammie Harris (IA) 76
14. Bennie McRae (MI) 75
15. Al Wheatland (IL) 73
16. Dewey Lincoln (MIST) 72
17. Nate Ramsey (IN) 71
18. John Mummey (OHST) 69
19. Bill Munsey* (MN) 66
20. Tom O'Grady (NWEST) 65
Rushing Yards
1. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 938
2. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 533
3. Dave Raimey (MI) 496
4. Roy Walker (PUR) 491
5. Bill Swingle (NWEST) 476
6. Bennie McRae (MI) 453
7. George Saimes (MIST) 451
8. Marvin Woodson (IN) 425
9. Paul Warfield (OHST) 420
10. Sherman Lewis (MIST) 399
11. Bill Tunnicliff (MI) 396
12. John Mummey (OHST) 392
13. Bill Perkins (IA) 380
14. Dewey Lincoln (MIST) 374
15. Judge Dickson* (MN) 320
16. Nate Ramsey (IN) 300
17. Joe Williams (IA) 297
18. Tom O'Grady (NWEST) 283
19. Gary Ballman (MIST) 276
20. Sammie Harris (IA) 267
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. Sherman Lewis (MIST) 6.2
2. Bill Perkins (IA) 6.1
3. Bennie McRae (MI) 6.0
4. Bill Swingle (NWEST) 6.0
5. John Mummey (OHST) 5.7
6. George Saimes (MIST) 5.5
7. Paul Warfield (OHST) 5.5
8. Dewey Lincoln (MIST) 5.2
9. Dave Raimey (MI) 5.0
10. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 4.6
11. Joe Williams (IA) 4.6
12. Don Cromer (IN) 4.4
13. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 4.4
14. Tom O'Grady (NWEST) 4.4
15. Nate Ramsey (IN) 4.2
16. Bill Tunnicliff (MI) 4.1
17. Roy Walker (PUR) 4.0
18. Bill Munsey* (MN) 3.8
19. Marvin Woodson (IN) 3.7
20. Sammie Harris (IA) 3.5
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 11
2. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 8
  George Saimes (MIST) 8
4. Dave Raimey (MI) 6
5. Paul Warfield (OHST) 5
  Joe Williams (IA) 5
7. Sherman Lewis (MIST) 4
  Matt Szykowny (IA) 4
  Bill Swingle (NWEST) 4
  Roy Walker (PUR) 4
  Lou Holland (WI) 4
12. Bill Tunnicliff (MI) 3
  Bennie McRae (MI) 3
  Ron Miller (WI) 3
  Ron DiGravio (PUR) 3
  Wilburn Hollis (IA) 3
  Gary Ballman (MIST) 3
18. Paul Flatley (NWEST) 2
  Tom O'Grady (NWEST) 2
  Bob Klein (OHST) 2
  Bob Snider (NWEST) 2
  Bill Munsey* (MN) 2
  Jim Nettles (WI) 2
  Ron Hatcher (MIST) 2
  Jim Raeder (MI) 2
  Bruce McLenna (MI) 2
  Bill Perkins (IA) 2
Receptions
1. Pat Richter (WI) 47
2. Cloyd Webb (IA) 25
3. Bill Whisler (IA) 18
  Ron Staley (WI) 18
5. Bill Olsavsky (IN) 17
6. Dick Newell (IL) 16
  Jack Elwell (PUR) 16
  Gary Hembrough (IL) 16
9. Lonnie Sanders (MIST) 15
  Chuck Bryant (OHST) 15
11. George Mans (MI) 14
  Thomas Bloom (PUR) 14
13. Chuck Logan (NWEST) 13
14. Felton Rogers (IA) 12
  Bill Quinter (IN) 12
16. Tom Hall* (MN) 10
  Arthur Brandstatter (MIST) 10
  Bennie McRae (MI) 10
  Jim Cairns* (MN) 10
  Willie Stinson (NWEST) 10
Receiving Yards
1. Pat Richter (WI) 817
2. Cloyd Webb (IA) 425
3. Jack Elwell (PUR) 343
4. Chuck Bryant (OHST) 270
5. Lonnie Sanders (MIST) 247
6. Bill Whisler (IA) 244
7. Bill Olsavsky (IN) 237
8. Ron Staley (WI) 234
9. Bennie McRae (MI) 210
10. Tom Hall* (MN) 207
11. Dick Newell (IL) 184
12. Jim Cairns* (MN) 180
13. Tom Boris (PUR) 178
14. Felton Rogers (IA) 171
15. Gary Hembrough (IL) 170
16. Willie Stinson (NWEST) 158
17. Joe Williams (IA) 138
  George Mans (MI) 138
19. Arthur Brandstatter (MIST) 134
20. Chuck Logan (NWEST) 130
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Pat Richter (WI) 17.4
2. Cloyd Webb (IA) 17.0
3. Bill Olsavsky (IN) 13.9
4. Bill Whisler (IA) 13.6
5. Ron Staley (WI) 13.0
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Pat Richter (WI) 8
2. Cloyd Webb (IA) 4
  Chuck Bryant (OHST) 4
4. Jack Elwell (PUR) 3
  Joe Williams (IA) 3
  Tom Hall* (MN) 3
7. Bennie McRae (MI) 2
  Bill Munsey* (MN) 2
  Lou Holland (WI) 2
  John Campbell* (MN) 2
  Lonnie Sanders (MIST) 2
  Robert Brown (MI) 2
  Bill Olsavsky (IN) 2
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 203
2. Roy Walker (PUR) 125
3. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 122
4. Marvin Woodson (IN) 121
5. Dave Raimey (MI) 102
6. Judge Dickson* (MN) 96
  Bill Tunnicliff (MI) 96
8. Byron Broome (IN) 90
9. Paul Warfield (OHST) 86
10. Bennie McRae (MI) 85
11. Bill Swingle (NWEST) 82
  Sammie Harris (IA) 82
  George Saimes (MIST) 82
14. Ron DiGravio (PUR) 76
15. Nate Ramsey (IN) 75
16. Dewey Lincoln (MIST) 74
17. Al Wheatland (IL) 73
18. Lou Holland (WI) 71
  Joe Williams (IA) 71
20. Bill Munsey* (MN) 70
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 938
2. Pat Richter (WI) 817
3. Bennie McRae (MI) 663
4. Bill Swingle (NWEST) 563
5. Paul Warfield (OHST) 540
6. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 533
7. Dave Raimey (MI) 510
8. Roy Walker (PUR) 501
9. Sherman Lewis (MIST) 489
10. Marvin Woodson (IN) 462
11. George Saimes (MIST) 451
12. Joe Williams (IA) 435
13. Cloyd Webb (IA) 425
14. Bill Tunnicliff (MI) 396
15. Dewey Lincoln (MIST) 395
16. John Mummey (OHST) 392
17. Jim Cairns* (MN) 389
18. Bill Perkins (IA) 380
19. Sammie Harris (IA) 378
20. Thomas Bloom (PUR) 364
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 11
2. Pat Richter (WI) 8
  Joe Williams (IA) 8
  Sandy Stephens* (MN) 8
  George Saimes (MIST) 8
6. Lou Holland (WI) 6
  Dave Raimey (MI) 6
  Paul Warfield (OHST) 6
9. Bill Swingle (NWEST) 5
  Sherman Lewis (MIST) 5
  Bennie McRae (MI) 5
12. Cloyd Webb (IA) 4
  Roy Walker (PUR) 4
  Bill Munsey* (MN) 4
  Matt Szykowny (IA) 4
  Chuck Bryant (OHST) 4
17. Paul Flatley (NWEST) 3
  Bob Klein (OHST) 3
  Tom Hall* (MN) 3
  Wilburn Hollis (IA) 3
  Ron DiGravio (PUR) 3
  Ron Miller (WI) 3
  Bill Tunnicliff (MI) 3
  Jack Elwell (PUR) 3
  Gary Ballman (MIST) 3
Total Plays
1. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 275
2. Ron Miller (WI) 234
3. Byron Broome (IN) 207
4. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 202
5. Matt Szykowny (IA) 179
6. Ron DiGravio (PUR) 176
7. Dave Glinka (MI) 129
8. Tom O'Grady (NWEST) 124
9. Roy Walker (PUR) 123
10. Pete Smith (MIST) 117
11. Marvin Woodson (IN) 116
12. Dave Raimey (MI) 99
13. Bill Tunnicliff (MI) 96
14. Judge Dickson* (MN) 94
15. Mel Romani (IL) 90
16. Bill Swingle (NWEST) 85
17. Ron Fearn (IL) 84
18. John Mummey (OHST) 83
19. George Saimes (MIST) 82
20. Bobby Eickhoff (NWEST) 80
Total Yards
1. Ron Miller (WI) 1449
2. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 1402
3. Ron DiGravio (PUR) 980
4. Matt Szykowny (IA) 956
5. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 938
6. Byron Broome (IN) 711
7. Dave Glinka (MI) 630
8. Tom O'Grady (NWEST) 605
9. Pete Smith (MIST) 571
10. John Mummey (OHST) 498
11. Dave Raimey (MI) 496
12. Roy Walker (PUR) 491
13. Bill Swingle (NWEST) 476
14. Bennie McRae (MI) 453
15. George Saimes (MIST) 451
16. Marvin Woodson (IN) 425
17. Paul Warfield (OHST) 420
18. Sherman Lewis (MIST) 399
19. Bill Tunnicliff (MI) 396
20. Bill Perkins (IA) 380
Total Touchdowns
1. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 17
2. Ron Miller (WI) 14
3. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 11
  Matt Szykowny (IA) 11
5. Ron DiGravio (PUR) 9
6. George Saimes (MIST) 8
7. Dave Glinka (MI) 6
  Dave Raimey (MI) 6
  Lou Holland (WI) 6
  Joe Sparma (OHST) 6
11. Wilburn Hollis (IA) 5
  Paul Warfield (OHST) 5
  Pete Smith (MIST) 5
  Joe Williams (IA) 5
15. Sherman Lewis (MIST) 4
  Roy Walker (PUR) 4
  Bill Swingle (NWEST) 4
18. Bennie McRae (MI) 3
  Bill Tunnicliff (MI) 3
  Larry Benz (NWEST) 3
  Gary Ballman (MIST) 3
  Tom O'Grady (NWEST) 3
  Byron Broome (IN) 3