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1977 Big Ten Conference Year Summary

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Record*: 56-55-2, .504 W-L% (9th of 15) (Schedule and Results)
*W-L-T adjusted to 57-54-2 by NCAA.

SRS: 6.44 (5th of 15) ▪ SOS: 6.74 (5th of 15)

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 29.4 10.3 19.65 7.07
Ohio State 9 3 0 .750 7 1 0 .875 28.6 10.0 19.94 6.94
Michigan State 7 3 1 .682 6 1 1 .813 23.6 14.7 13.04 5.86
Indiana 5 5 1 .500 4 3 1 .563 18.6 20.7 4.83 6.47
Minnesota 7 5 0 .583 4 4 0 .500 14.3 15.0 7.64 7.23
Purdue 5 6 0 .455 3 5 0 .375 21.0 22.5 4.69 4.69
Iowa 4 7 0 .364 3 5 0 .375 15.5 20.8 3.63 7.99 W-L-T adjusted to 5-6 by NCAA.
Wisconsin 5 6 0 .455 3 6 0 .333 12.1 18.2 1.49 3.77
Illinois 3 8 0 .273 2 6 0 .250 12.8 26.5 -3.13 8.32
Northwestern 1 10 0 .091 1 8 0 .111 9.3 30.6 -7.38 9.08

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 9/12 9/19 9/26 10/3 10/10 10/17 10/24 10/31 11/7 11/14 11/21 11/28 Final
Michigan 2 1 1 3 3 1 1 6 6 6 5 4 4 9
Ohio State 5 6 4 6 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 8 9 11
Minnesota               19            
Wisconsin         19 14                

3 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1978-01-02 Rose Bowl Washington 27 Michigan 20 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
1978-01-02 Sugar Bowl Alabama 35 Ohio State 6 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
1977-12-22 Hall of Fame Classic Maryland 17 Minnesota 7 Hall of Fame Classic (Birmingham, AL)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions
1. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 175
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 117
3. Tom McLaughlin (IA) 78
4. Rick Leach (MI) 76
5. Scott Arnett (IN) 73
6. Rod Gerald* (OHST) 67
7. Anthony Dudley (WI) 64
8. Scott Stranski (NWEST) 37
9. Mike McCray (IL) 36
10. Charles Green (WI) 34
Pass Attempts
1. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 319
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 240
3. Tom McLaughlin (IA) 152
4. Scott Arnett (IN) 151
5. Rick Leach (MI) 147
6. Anthony Dudley (WI) 127
7. Rod Gerald* (OHST) 114
8. Scott Stranski (NWEST) 95
9. Wendell Avery (MN) 76
10. Charles Green (WI) 64
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 54.9
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 48.8
Passing Yards
1. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 2453
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 1731
3. Rick Leach (MI) 1109
4. Tom McLaughlin (IA) 1081
5. Rod Gerald* (OHST) 1016
6. Anthony Dudley (WI) 877
7. Scott Arnett (IN) 796
8. Scott Stranski (NWEST) 541
9. Wendell Avery (MN) 461
10. Mike McCray (IL) 418
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 7.7
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 7.2
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Ed Smith (MIST) 5.4
2. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 5.0
Passing Touchdowns
1. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 18
2. Rick Leach (MI) 13
3. Ed Smith (MIST) 10
4. Scott Arnett (IN) 5
5. Rod Gerald* (OHST) 4
  Tom McLaughlin (IA) 4
  Scott Stranski (NWEST) 4
8. Wendell Avery (MN) 3
9. Greg Castignola* (OHST) 2
  Charles Green (WI) 2
  Bobby Commings (IA) 2
  Anthony Dudley (WI) 2
Passing Interceptions
1. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 27
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 14
3. Tom McLaughlin (IA) 13
4. Rod Gerald* (OHST) 11
5. Scott Stranski (NWEST) 10
  Anthony Dudley (WI) 10
7. Scott Arnett (IN) 8
8. Rick Leach (MI) 7
9. Kurt Steger (IL) 6
10. Charles Green (WI) 5
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 121.1
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 111.4
Rush Attempts
1. Russell Davis (MI) 207
2. Ron Springs* (OHST) 200
3. Ric Enis (IN) 199
4. Leroy McGee (MIST) 162
5. Harlan Huckleby (MI) 160
6. Darrick Burnett (IN) 157
7. Kent Kitzmann (MN) 151
8. John Skibinski (PUR) 147
9. James Coleman (IL) 143
10. Marion Barber (MN) 128
Rushing Yards
1. Ron Springs* (OHST) 1166
2. Russell Davis (MI) 1013
3. Ric Enis (IN) 978
4. Darrick Burnett (IN) 774
5. Harlan Huckleby (MI) 743
6. Leroy McGee (MIST) 720
7. James Coleman (IL) 715
8. Jim Earley (MIST) 668
9. John Skibinski (PUR) 665
10. Kent Kitzmann (MN) 647
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. Jim Earley (MIST) 6.1
2. Ron Springs* (OHST) 5.8
3. Jeff Logan* (OHST) 5.7
4. James Coleman (IL) 5.0
5. Darrick Burnett (IN) 4.9
6. Ric Enis (IN) 4.9
7. Russell Davis (MI) 4.9
8. Ira Matthews (WI) 4.8
9. Harlan Huckleby (MI) 4.6
10. Marion Barber (MN) 4.5
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Joel Payton* (OHST) 13
2. Ron Springs* (OHST) 7
  Rick Leach (MI) 7
  Rod Gerald* (OHST) 7
  Russell Davis (MI) 7
6. Harlan Huckleby (MI) 6
  Leroy McGee (MIST) 6
  Scott Arnett (IN) 6
9. Darrick Burnett (IN) 5
  Paul Campbell* (OHST) 5
Receptions
1. Reggie Arnold (PUR) 44
2. Keith Calvin (IN) 41
3. Ray Smith (PUR) 38
4. John Skibinski (PUR) 32
5. David Charles (WI) 29
6. Terry Breuscher (WI) 28
  Dave Young (PUR) 28
8. Mark Brammer (MIST) 27
9. Mike Brady (IA) 26
10. Edgar Wilson (MIST) 23
Receiving Yards
1. Reggie Arnold (PUR) 840
2. Keith Calvin (IN) 604
3. Ray Smith (PUR) 565
4. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 531
5. David Charles (WI) 437
6. Edgar Wilson (MIST) 418
7. Ralph Clayton (MI) 393
8. Mark Brammer (MIST) 385
9. Dave Young (PUR) 373
10. Mike Brady (IA) 357
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 24.1
2. Reggie Arnold (PUR) 19.1
3. Edgar Wilson (MIST) 18.2
4. Mark Bailey (NWEST) 15.8
5. David Charles (WI) 15.1
6. Ray Smith (PUR) 14.9
7. Keith Calvin (IN) 14.7
8. Mark Brammer (MIST) 14.3
9. Mike Brady (IA) 13.7
10. Dave Young (PUR) 13.3
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Reggie Arnold (PUR) 8
2. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 6
3. Dave Young (PUR) 5
4. Jim Harrell* (OHST) 3
  Gene Johnson (MI) 3
  David Charles (WI) 3
  Dave Harangody (IN) 3
  Ray Smith (PUR) 3
9. Mark Bailey (NWEST) 2
  Mark Schmerge (MI) 2
  Ralph Clayton (MI) 2
  Rick White (MI) 2
  Jon Lazar (IA) 2
  Edgar Wilson (MIST) 2
  Mike Brady (IA) 2
  Jeff Anhorn (MN) 2
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Russell Davis (MI) 219
2. Ron Springs* (OHST) 216
3. Ric Enis (IN) 203
4. John Skibinski (PUR) 179
5. Harlan Huckleby (MI) 172
  Leroy McGee (MIST) 172
7. Darrick Burnett (IN) 157
8. Kent Kitzmann (MN) 151
9. James Coleman (IL) 145
10. Mike Morgan (WI) 131
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Ron Springs* (OHST) 1256
2. Russell Davis (MI) 1161
3. Ric Enis (IN) 993
4. John Skibinski (PUR) 886
5. Harlan Huckleby (MI) 847
6. Reggie Arnold (PUR) 840
7. Jim Earley (MIST) 816
8. Leroy McGee (MIST) 810
9. Darrick Burnett (IN) 774
10. James Coleman (IL) 735
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Joel Payton* (OHST) 13
2. Russell Davis (MI) 8
  Reggie Arnold (PUR) 8
4. Ron Springs* (OHST) 7
  Rick Leach (MI) 7
  Rod Gerald* (OHST) 7
7. Harlan Huckleby (MI) 6
  Kirk Gibson (MIST) 6
  Scott Arnett (IN) 6
  Leroy McGee (MIST) 6
Total Plays
1. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 354
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 277
3. Scott Arnett (IN) 276
4. Rick Leach (MI) 253
5. Rod Gerald* (OHST) 238
6. Tom McLaughlin (IA) 229
7. Russell Davis (MI) 207
8. Ron Springs* (OHST) 200
9. Ric Enis (IN) 199
10. Anthony Dudley (WI) 191
Total Yards
1. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 2190
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 1571
3. Rick Leach (MI) 1479
4. Rod Gerald* (OHST) 1462
5. Scott Arnett (IN) 1197
6. Ron Springs* (OHST) 1166
7. Tom McLaughlin (IA) 1081
8. Russell Davis (MI) 1013
9. Ric Enis (IN) 978
10. Anthony Dudley (WI) 834
Total Touchdowns
1. Rick Leach (MI) 20
2. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 18
3. Joel Payton* (OHST) 13
4. Rod Gerald* (OHST) 11
  Scott Arnett (IN) 11
  Ed Smith (MIST) 11
7. Tom McLaughlin (IA) 7
  Russell Davis (MI) 7
  Ron Springs* (OHST) 7
10. Harlan Huckleby (MI) 6
  Leroy McGee (MIST) 6