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1961 Big Ten Conference Year Summary

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Record: 52-38-1, .577 W-L% (2nd 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)

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Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
School W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Ohio State 8 0 1 .944 6 0 0 1.000 24.6 9.2 19.20 6.76
Minnesota 8 2 0 .800 6 1 0 .857 16.1 7.8 17.43 9.83
Michigan State 7 2 0 .778 5 2 0 .714 21.3 5.6 20.05 7.38
Purdue 6 3 0 .667 4 2 0 .667 16.2 9.7 12.35 6.69
Wisconsin 6 3 0 .667 4 3 0 .571 19.9 17.6 10.75 8.75
Michigan 6 3 0 .667 3 3 0 .500 23.6 18.1 16.83 11.72
Iowa 5 4 0 .556 2 4 0 .333 23.9 18.0 14.86 9.19
Northwestern 4 5 0 .444 2 4 0 .333 14.6 11.7 9.53 8.64
Indiana 2 7 0 .222 0 6 0 .000 10.7 18.0 1.32 8.32
Illinois 0 9 0 .000 0 7 0 .000 5.9 32.1 -7.21 12.23

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 9/25 10/2 10/9 10/16 10/23 10/30 11/6 11/13 11/20 11/27 Final
Ohio State 2 3 8 7 7 6 5 3 3 2 2 2
Minnesota               5 5 3 7 6
Michigan State 6 10 6 5 1 1 1 6 9 8 8 8
Purdue                 7     12
Iowa 1 1 1 2 4 5 9          
Michigan     9 6                

1 Bowl Game

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1962-01-01 Rose Bowl Minnesota 21 UCLA 3 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)

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

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

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

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. Ron DiGravio (PUR) 6
  Joe Sparma (OHST) 6
6. Pete Smith (MIST) 5
  Dave Glinka (MI) 5
8. Byron Broome (IN) 3
9. Larry Benz (NWEST) 2
  Lou Holland (WI) 2
  Wilburn Hollis (IA) 2

Passing Interceptions

1. Matt Szykowny (IA) 15
2. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 13
3. Ron Miller (WI) 11
4. Byron Broome (IN) 9
5. Pete Smith (MIST) 7
  Tom O'Grady (NWEST) 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

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

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

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

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. Lou Holland (WI) 4
  Bill Swingle (NWEST) 4
  Roy Walker (PUR) 4
  Sherman Lewis (MIST) 4
  Matt Szykowny (IA) 4

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

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

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. Chuck Bryant (OHST) 4
  Cloyd Webb (IA) 4
4. Tom Hall* (MN) 3
  Joe Williams (IA) 3
  Jack Elwell (PUR) 3
7. Lou Holland (WI) 2
  John Campbell* (MN) 2
  Lonnie Sanders (MIST) 2
  Bennie McRae (MI) 2
  Robert Brown (MI) 2
  Bill Munsey* (MN) 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. Bill Tunnicliff (MI) 96
  Judge Dickson* (MN) 96
8. Byron Broome (IN) 90
9. Paul Warfield (OHST) 86
10. Bennie McRae (MI) 85

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

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 11
2. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 8
  Pat Richter (WI) 8
  George Saimes (MIST) 8
  Joe Williams (IA) 8
6. Dave Raimey (MI) 6
  Lou Holland (WI) 6
  Paul Warfield (OHST) 6
9. Bennie McRae (MI) 5
  Sherman Lewis (MIST) 5
  Bill Swingle (NWEST) 5

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

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

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. Lou Holland (WI) 6
  Joe Sparma (OHST) 6
  Dave Glinka (MI) 6
  Dave Raimey (MI) 6