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1976 Big Ten Conference Year Summary

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Record: 55-55-2, .500 W-L% (8th of 14) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 7.84 (3rd of 14) ▪ SOS: 7.95 (2nd of 14)

Conference Champion: Michigan and Ohio State

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Michigan and Ohio State)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Michigan and Ohio State)

Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
School W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Michigan 10 2 0 .833 7 1 0 .875 36.0 7.9 24.67 7.00
Ohio State 9 2 1 .792 7 1 0 .875 25.4 12.4 20.66 10.24
Minnesota 6 5 0 .545 4 4 0 .500 18.3 19.2 7.51 6.06
Illinois 5 6 0 .455 4 4 0 .500 21.4 22.5 9.19 10.37
Indiana 5 6 0 .455 4 4 0 .500 11.8 23.1 0.86 8.68
Purdue 5 6 0 .455 4 4 0 .500 17.1 21.2 5.63 8.45
Iowa 5 6 0 .455 3 5 0 .375 14.6 21.3 3.10 7.28
Wisconsin 5 6 0 .455 3 5 0 .375 27.1 24.2 7.03 5.94
Michigan State 4 6 1 .409 3 5 0 .375 21.5 25.3 4.07 7.79
Northwestern 1 10 0 .091 1 7 0 .125 12.2 28.3 -4.27 7.73

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 9/14 9/21 9/28 10/5 10/12 10/19 10/26 11/2 11/9 11/16 11/23 11/30 Final
Michigan 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 4 2 2 3
Ohio State 4 2 2 8 10 9 9 8 8 8 8 12 11 6
Illinois     14                      

2 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1977-01-01 Orange Bowl Ohio State 27 Colorado 10 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
1977-01-01 Rose Bowl Southern California 14 Michigan 6 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Ed Smith (MIST) 132
  Mike Carroll (WI) 132
3. Tony Dungy (MN) 104
4. Randy Dean (NWEST) 87
  Kurt Steger (IL) 87
6. Mark Vitali (PUR) 73
7. Rick Leach* (MI) 50
8. Scott Arnett (IN) 42
9. Marshall Lawson (MIST) 37
  Butch Caldwell (IA) 37

Pass Attempts

1. Mike Carroll (WI) 262
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 257
3. Tony Dungy (MN) 234
4. Kurt Steger (IL) 187
5. Randy Dean (NWEST) 177
6. Mark Vitali (PUR) 172
7. Rick Leach* (MI) 105
8. Butch Caldwell (IA) 101
9. Scott Arnett (IN) 93
10. Marshall Lawson (MIST) 76

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Ed Smith (MIST) 51.4
2. Mike Carroll (WI) 50.4
3. Randy Dean (NWEST) 49.2
4. Kurt Steger (IL) 46.5
5. Tony Dungy (MN) 44.4
6. Mark Vitali (PUR) 42.4

Passing Yards

1. Ed Smith (MIST) 1749
2. Mike Carroll (WI) 1627
3. Randy Dean (NWEST) 1384
4. Tony Dungy (MN) 1291
5. Kurt Steger (IL) 1243
6. Mark Vitali (PUR) 1184
7. Rick Leach* (MI) 973
8. Butch Caldwell (IA) 616
9. Marshall Lawson (MIST) 526
10. Jim Pacenta* (OHST) 404

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Randy Dean (NWEST) 7.8
2. Mark Vitali (PUR) 6.9
3. Ed Smith (MIST) 6.8
4. Kurt Steger (IL) 6.6
5. Mike Carroll (WI) 6.2
6. Tony Dungy (MN) 5.5

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Randy Dean (NWEST) 6.2
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 6.1
3. Kurt Steger (IL) 4.6
4. Mike Carroll (WI) 4.3
5. Tony Dungy (MN) 3.6
6. Mark Vitali (PUR) 2.7

Passing Touchdowns

1. Rick Leach* (MI) 13
  Ed Smith (MIST) 13
  Mike Carroll (WI) 13
4. Kurt Steger (IL) 10
5. Randy Dean (NWEST) 8
6. Tony Dungy (MN) 4
7. Butch Caldwell (IA) 3
  Marshall Lawson (MIST) 3
  Scott Arnett (IN) 3
10. Tom McLaughlin (IA) 2
  Terry Jones (IN) 2

Passing Interceptions

1. Mike Carroll (WI) 17
2. Mark Vitali (PUR) 16
3. Kurt Steger (IL) 13
4. Tony Dungy (MN) 12
5. Butch Caldwell (IA) 11
6. Randy Dean (NWEST) 10
  Ed Smith (MIST) 10
8. Rick Leach* (MI) 8
  Steve Breitbeil (NWEST) 8
  Scott Arnett (IN) 8

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Randy Dean (NWEST) 118.4
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 117.4
3. Kurt Steger (IL) 106.1
4. Mike Carroll (WI) 105.9
5. Tony Dungy (MN) 86.2
6. Mark Vitali (PUR) 81.7

Rush Attempts

1. Rob Lytle* (MI) 221
  Larry Canada (WI) 221
3. Jeff Logan* (OHST) 218
4. Scott Dierking (PUR) 201
5. Mike Harkrader (IN) 192
6. Richard Baes (MIST) 187
7. Pete Johnson* (OHST) 186
8. John Skibinski (PUR) 173
9. James Coleman (IL) 170
10. Kent Kitzmann (MN) 168

Rushing Yards

1. Rob Lytle* (MI) 1469
2. Jeff Logan* (OHST) 1248
3. Mike Harkrader (IN) 1003
4. Scott Dierking (PUR) 1000
5. Larry Canada (WI) 993
6. Richard Baes (MIST) 931
7. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 912
8. John Skibinski (PUR) 871
9. Pete Johnson* (OHST) 724
10. Kent Kitzmann (MN) 696

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Rob Lytle* (MI) 6.6
2. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 5.9
3. Jeff Logan* (OHST) 5.7
4. Russell Davis* (MI) 5.7
5. Rick Leach* (MI) 5.6
6. Mike Harkrader (IN) 5.2
7. Ira Matthews (WI) 5.0
8. John Skibinski (PUR) 5.0
9. Richard Baes (MIST) 5.0
10. Scott Dierking (PUR) 5.0

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Pete Johnson* (OHST) 19
2. Rob Lytle* (MI) 14
3. Jim Perkins (MN) 13
4. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 11
  Scott Dierking (PUR) 11
6. Rick Leach* (MI) 10
7. James Coleman (IL) 9
8. Mark Vitali (PUR) 8
9. Chubby Phillips (IL) 7
  Rod Gerald* (OHST) 7
  Richard Baes (MIST) 7

Receptions

1. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 39
2. Scott Yelvington (NWEST) 34
  David Charles (WI) 34
4. Ron Kullas (MN) 33
5. Mark Bailey (NWEST) 32
6. Eugene Byrd (MIST) 31
7. Keith Calvin (IN) 26
  Jim Smith* (MI) 26
9. Mark Brammer (MIST) 24
  Frank Johnson (IL) 24

Receiving Yards

1. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 748
2. Jim Smith* (MI) 714
3. Scott Yelvington (NWEST) 649
4. Eugene Byrd (MIST) 539
5. Mark Bailey (NWEST) 496
6. David Charles (WI) 449
7. Ron Kullas (MN) 372
8. Eric Rouse (IL) 326
9. Marty Friel (IL) 321
10. Keith Calvin (IN) 319

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Jim Smith* (MI) 27.5
2. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 19.2
3. Scott Yelvington (NWEST) 19.1
4. Eugene Byrd (MIST) 17.4
5. Mark Bailey (NWEST) 15.5
6. David Charles (WI) 13.2
7. Frank Johnson (IL) 12.8
8. Keith Calvin (IN) 12.3
9. Mark Brammer (MIST) 11.3
10. Ron Kullas (MN) 11.3

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 7
2. Jim Smith* (MI) 6
3. Ron Egloff (WI) 4
  Eric Rouse (IL) 4
  Scott Yelvington (NWEST) 4
  Bill Schultz (IA) 4
  Mark Bailey (NWEST) 4
8. Eugene Byrd (MIST) 3
  Gene Johnson* (MI) 3
  David Charles (WI) 3

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Larry Canada (WI) 233
2. Rob Lytle* (MI) 230
3. Jeff Logan* (OHST) 223
4. Scott Dierking (PUR) 209
5. Richard Baes (MIST) 207
6. Mike Harkrader (IN) 197
7. Pete Johnson* (OHST) 190
8. John Skibinski (PUR) 186
9. James Coleman (IL) 180
10. Kent Kitzmann (MN) 175

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Rob Lytle* (MI) 1550
2. Jeff Logan* (OHST) 1292
3. Larry Canada (WI) 1094
4. Scott Dierking (PUR) 1092
5. Richard Baes (MIST) 1056
6. Mike Harkrader (IN) 1040
7. John Skibinski (PUR) 989
8. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 912
9. Jim Smith* (MI) 871
10. James Coleman (IL) 856

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Pete Johnson* (OHST) 19
2. Rob Lytle* (MI) 16
3. Jim Perkins (MN) 13
4. Scott Dierking (PUR) 11
  Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 11
6. Rick Leach* (MI) 10
  James Coleman (IL) 10
8. Mark Vitali (PUR) 8
9. Chubby Phillips (IL) 7
  Ira Matthews (WI) 7
  Richard Baes (MIST) 7
  Kirk Gibson (MIST) 7
  Rod Gerald* (OHST) 7

Total Plays

1. Tony Dungy (MN) 343
2. Mike Carroll (WI) 325
3. Ed Smith (MIST) 277
4. Mark Vitali (PUR) 272
5. Randy Dean (NWEST) 268
6. Kurt Steger (IL) 237
7. Butch Caldwell (IA) 226
8. Larry Canada (WI) 221
  Rob Lytle* (MI) 221
10. Jeff Logan* (OHST) 219
  Rick Leach* (MI) 219

Total Yards

1. Mike Carroll (WI) 1773
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 1738
3. Tony Dungy (MN) 1639
4. Rick Leach* (MI) 1611
5. Randy Dean (NWEST) 1561
6. Mark Vitali (PUR) 1501
7. Rob Lytle* (MI) 1469
8. Jeff Logan* (OHST) 1284
9. Kurt Steger (IL) 1258
10. Butch Caldwell (IA) 1005

Total Touchdowns

1. Rick Leach* (MI) 23
2. Pete Johnson* (OHST) 19
3. Mike Carroll (WI) 17
4. Rob Lytle* (MI) 14
5. Ed Smith (MIST) 13
  Jim Perkins (MN) 13
7. Scott Dierking (PUR) 11
  Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 11
  Kurt Steger (IL) 11
10. Tony Dungy (MN) 9
  Randy Dean (NWEST) 9
  James Coleman (IL) 9