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1978 Big Ten Conference Year Summary

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Record: 51-55-7, .482 W-L% (10th of 14) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 4.79 (5th of 14) ▪ SOS: 5.81 (5th of 14)

Conference Champion: Michigan and Michigan State

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

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 31.0 8.8 21.25 6.42
Michigan State 8 3 0 .727 7 1 0 .875 37.4 15.5 18.39 5.48
Purdue 9 2 1 .792 6 1 1 .813 21.8 10.8 13.08 3.25
Ohio State 7 4 1 .625 6 2 0 .750 28.3 18.0 12.99 6.40
Minnesota 5 6 0 .455 4 4 0 .500 19.1 24.3 0.11 2.84
Wisconsin 5 4 2 .545 3 4 2 .444 20.3 25.2 3.64 3.92
Indiana 4 7 0 .364 3 5 0 .375 20.7 26.4 3.73 6.82
Iowa 2 9 0 .182 2 6 0 .250 11.4 26.5 -5.50 7.50
Illinois 1 8 2 .182 0 6 2 .125 9.4 28.8 -6.15 8.22
Northwestern 0 10 1 .045 0 8 1 .056 8.4 40.0 -13.60 7.31

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 9/11 9/18 9/25 10/2 10/9 10/16 10/23 10/30 11/6 11/13 11/20 11/27 12/4 Final
Michigan 6 4 5 4 3 5 9 8 8 7 7 6 5 5 5
Michigan State                 18 17 16 14 12 12 12
Purdue             19 17 14 12 15 18 17 17 13
Ohio State 7 6 16 13 14 16         19 16 20 20  

3 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1979-01-01 Rose Bowl Southern California 17 Michigan 10 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
1978-12-29 Gator Bowl Clemson 17 Ohio State 15 Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)
1978-12-25 Peach Bowl Purdue 41 Georgia Tech 21 Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions
1. Ed Smith (MIST) 169
2. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 152
3. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 151
4. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 107
5. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 87
6. Rick Leach* (MI) 78
7. Mark Carlson (MN) 64
8. Tim Clifford (IN) 60
  Wendell Avery (MN) 60
10. Rich Weiss (IL) 58
Pass Attempts
1. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 307
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 292
3. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 274
4. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 231
5. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 175
6. Rick Leach* (MI) 158
7. Tim Clifford (IN) 130
8. Mark Carlson (MN) 113
9. Wendell Avery (MN) 111
10. Rich Weiss (IL) 109
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Ed Smith (MIST) 57.9
2. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 55.5
3. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 49.7
4. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 49.2
5. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 46.3
Passing Yards
1. Ed Smith (MIST) 2226
2. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 1904
3. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 1526
4. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 1378
5. Rick Leach* (MI) 1283
6. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 1250
7. Mark Carlson (MN) 736
8. Tim Clifford (IN) 726
9. Rich Weiss (IL) 665
10. Wendell Avery (MN) 663
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Ed Smith (MIST) 7.6
2. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 7.1
3. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 6.9
4. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 6.0
5. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 5.0
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Ed Smith (MIST) 7.8
2. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 6.0
3. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 4.3
4. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 3.5
5. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 2.2
Passing Touchdowns
1. Ed Smith (MIST) 20
2. Rick Leach* (MI) 17
3. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 14
4. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 12
5. Mark Carlson (MN) 6
  Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 6
7. Tim Clifford (IN) 4
  Art Schlichter* (OHST) 4
  Scott Arnett (IN) 4
10. Wendell Avery (MN) 3
  Jeff Green (IA) 3
Passing Interceptions
1. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 21
2. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 14
3. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 13
4. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 12
5. Tim Clifford (IN) 9
  Mark Carlson (MN) 9
7. Ed Smith (MIST) 8
8. Rich Weiss (IL) 6
  Bill Dolan (IA) 6
  Wendell Avery (MN) 6
  Rick Leach* (MI) 6
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Ed Smith (MIST) 139.0
2. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 121.9
3. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 101.5
4. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 93.3
5. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 88.9
Rush Attempts
1. Marion Barber (MN) 247
2. John Macon (PUR) 225
3. Mike Harkrader (IN) 198
4. Russell Pope (PUR) 164
5. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 157
6. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 154
  Rich Weiss (IL) 154
8. Russell Davis* (MI) 153
9. Rick Leach* (MI) 145
10. Paul Campbell* (OHST) 142
Rushing Yards
1. Marion Barber (MN) 1210
2. John Macon (PUR) 913
3. Mike Harkrader (IN) 880
4. Steve Smith (MIST) 772
5. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 741
6. Russell Davis* (MI) 683
7. Russell Pope (PUR) 673
8. Ira Matthews (WI) 654
9. Rick Leach* (MI) 611
10. Paul Campbell* (OHST) 591
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. Steve Smith (MIST) 6.7
2. Leroy McGee (MIST) 6.0
3. Tom Stauss (WI) 5.9
4. Ricardo Volley* (OHST) 5.5
5. Wayne Strader (IL) 5.3
6. Lonnie Johnson (IN) 5.2
7. Ira Matthews (WI) 5.0
8. Marion Barber (MN) 4.9
9. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 4.8
10. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 4.7
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 13
2. Rick Leach* (MI) 12
3. Paul Campbell* (OHST) 9
4. Marion Barber (MN) 8
  Steve Smith (MIST) 8
6. Mike Harkrader (IN) 7
7. Darrick Burnett (IN) 5
  Lonnie Middleton (MIST) 5
  Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 5
  Russell Pope (PUR) 5
  Bruce Reeves (MIST) 5
  Brad Reid (IA) 5
Receptions
1. Eugene Byrd (MIST) 43
2. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 42
3. David Charles (WI) 38
4. Russell Pope (PUR) 35
5. Mike Harris (PUR) 34
6. Mark Brammer (MIST) 33
7. Bart Burrell (PUR) 31
8. Dave Young (PUR) 27
  Ray Sydnor (WI) 27
  Elmer Bailey (MN) 27
Receiving Yards
1. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 806
2. Eugene Byrd (MIST) 718
3. David Charles (WI) 573
4. Ralph Clayton* (MI) 546
5. Doug Donley* (OHST) 510
6. Mike Harris (PUR) 495
7. Bart Burrell (PUR) 467
8. Elmer Bailey (MN) 464
9. Mike Friede (IN) 412
10. Dave Young (PUR) 400
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Ralph Clayton* (MI) 21.8
2. Doug Donley* (OHST) 21.2
3. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 19.2
4. Elmer Bailey (MN) 17.2
5. Eugene Byrd (MIST) 16.7
6. Steve Bogan (NWEST) 16.0
7. David Charles (WI) 15.1
8. Bart Burrell (PUR) 15.1
9. Dave Young (PUR) 14.8
10. Mike Harris (PUR) 14.6
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Ralph Clayton* (MI) 8
2. Eugene Byrd (MIST) 7
  Kirk Gibson (MIST) 7
4. Doug Marsh* (MI) 6
  Steve Bogan (NWEST) 6
6. David Charles (WI) 5
7. Mike Harris (PUR) 4
  Bart Burrell (PUR) 4
  Elmer Bailey (MN) 4
10. Roosevelt Smith* (MI) 3
  Dave Young (PUR) 3
  Samson Howard (MIST) 3
  Mike Friede (IN) 3
  Wayne Souza (WI) 3
  Doug Donley* (OHST) 3
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Marion Barber (MN) 269
2. John Macon (PUR) 245
3. Mike Harkrader (IN) 205
4. Russell Pope (PUR) 199
5. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 161
6. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 157
  Russell Davis* (MI) 157
8. Rich Weiss (IL) 154
9. Paul Campbell* (OHST) 147
10. Rick Leach* (MI) 145
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Marion Barber (MN) 1381
2. John Macon (PUR) 1075
3. Russell Pope (PUR) 965
4. Mike Harkrader (IN) 904
5. Steve Smith (MIST) 888
6. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 859
7. Ira Matthews (WI) 797
8. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 794
9. Eugene Byrd (MIST) 727
10. Russell Davis* (MI) 708
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 13
2. Rick Leach* (MI) 12
3. Marion Barber (MN) 10
4. Paul Campbell* (OHST) 9
  Kirk Gibson (MIST) 9
  Ralph Clayton* (MI) 9
7. Steve Smith (MIST) 8
8. Mike Harkrader (IN) 7
  Eugene Byrd (MIST) 7
10. Roosevelt Smith* (MI) 6
  Doug Marsh* (MI) 6
  Lonnie Middleton (MIST) 6
  Russell Pope (PUR) 6
  Steve Bogan (NWEST) 6
  Brad Reid (IA) 6
Total Plays
1. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 363
2. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 332
3. Ed Smith (MIST) 321
4. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 309
5. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 304
6. Rick Leach* (MI) 303
7. Rich Weiss (IL) 263
8. Marion Barber (MN) 247
9. John Macon (PUR) 225
10. Mike Harkrader (IN) 200
Total Yards
1. Ed Smith (MIST) 2247
2. Rick Leach* (MI) 1894
3. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 1840
4. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 1824
5. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 1547
6. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 1295
7. Marion Barber (MN) 1210
8. Rich Weiss (IL) 962
9. John Macon (PUR) 913
10. Mike Harkrader (IN) 897
Total Touchdowns
1. Rick Leach* (MI) 29
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 21
3. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 17
4. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 15
5. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 13
6. Paul Campbell* (OHST) 9
7. Scott Arnett (IN) 8
  Marion Barber (MN) 8
  Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 8
  Steve Smith (MIST) 8