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1979 Big Ten Conference Year Summary

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Record: 58-54-2, .518 W-L% (3rd of 14) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 7.09 (4th of 14) ▪ SOS: 6.90 (3rd of 14)

Conference Champion: Ohio State

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

Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
School W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Ohio State 11 1 0 .917 8 0 0 1.000 32.5 10.5 21.71 6.54
Purdue 10 2 0 .833 7 1 0 .875 23.9 18.8 12.38 6.30
Michigan 8 4 0 .667 6 2 0 .750 26.0 12.6 15.36 7.11
Indiana 8 4 0 .667 5 3 0 .625 26.2 21.0 10.83 5.41
Iowa 5 6 0 .455 4 4 0 .500 21.7 19.6 7.26 8.08
Minnesota 4 6 1 .409 3 5 1 .389 24.0 24.6 7.12 7.85
Michigan State 5 6 0 .455 3 5 0 .375 21.8 23.0 6.42 6.60
Wisconsin 4 7 0 .364 3 5 0 .375 18.9 28.3 1.99 6.90
Illinois 2 8 1 .227 1 6 1 .188 14.2 24.2 -2.08 6.74
Northwestern 1 10 0 .091 0 9 0 .000 10.5 35.1 -10.05 7.50

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 9/10 9/17 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19 11/26 12/3 Final
Ohio State   15 16 14 8 8 6 4 5 3 2 2 3 1 4
Purdue 6 5 17 10 12 20 16 16 15 14 12 12 12 12 10
Michigan 7 6 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 13 16 15 14 18
Indiana                             19
Michigan State 10 10 8 7 16 19                  

4 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1980-01-01 Rose Bowl Southern California 17 Ohio State 16 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
1979-12-31 Bluebonnet Bowl Purdue 27 Tennessee 22 Bluebonnet Bowl (Houston, TX)
1979-12-28 Gator Bowl North Carolina 17 Michigan 15 Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)
1979-12-21 Holiday Bowl Indiana 38 Brigham Young 37 Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completion Percentage

1. Mark Carlson (Minnesota) 59.0
2. Mark Herrmann* (Purdue) 58.3
3. Lawrence McCullough (Illinois) 57.0
4. Tim Clifford* (Indiana) 55.6
5. Phil Suess (Iowa) 55.3
6. Art Schlichter* (Ohio State) 52.5
7. Mike Kerrigan (Northwestern) 42.1

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Art Schlichter* (Ohio State) 9.1
2. Phil Suess (Iowa) 7.3
3. Mark Carlson (Minnesota) 7.3
4. Tim Clifford* (Indiana) 7.2
5. Mark Herrmann* (Purdue) 6.8
6. Lawrence McCullough (Illinois) 5.5
7. Mike Kerrigan (Northwestern) 4.9

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Art Schlichter* (Ohio State) 9.1
2. Tim Clifford* (Indiana) 6.6
3. Mark Carlson (Minnesota) 6.5
4. Phil Suess (Iowa) 5.5
5. Mark Herrmann* (Purdue) 5.3
6. Lawrence McCullough (Illinois) 4.1
7. Mike Kerrigan (Northwestern) 1.4

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Art Schlichter* (Ohio State) 145.9
2. Mark Carlson (Minnesota) 125.7
3. Tim Clifford* (Indiana) 124.1
4. Mark Herrmann* (Purdue) 120.0
5. Phil Suess (Iowa) 118.0
6. Lawrence McCullough (Illinois) 104.6
7. Mike Kerrigan (Northwestern) 72.8

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Garry White (Minnesota) 6.4
2. Ben McCall* (Purdue) 5.6
3. Lawrence Reid* (Michigan) 5.4
4. Mike Holmes (Illinois) 5.4
5. Derek Hughes (Michigan State) 5.3
6. Butch Woolfolk* (Michigan) 5.2
7. Dave Mohapp (Wisconsin) 5.2
8. Ricardo Volley* (Ohio State) 5.0
9. Calvin Murray* (Ohio State) 5.0
10. Chucky Davis (Wisconsin) 5.0

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Doug Donley* (Ohio State) 21.6
2. Gary Williams* (Ohio State) 19.2
3. Eugene Byrd (Michigan State) 18.6
4. Doug Marsh* (Michigan) 18.5
5. Tom Stauss (Wisconsin) 17.4
6. Keith Chappelle (Iowa) 15.5
7. Bart Burrell* (Purdue) 15.2
8. Elmer Bailey (Minnesota) 14.9
9. Marion Barber (Minnesota) 14.7
10. Ray Sydnor (Wisconsin) 14.5

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Dennis Mosley (Iowa) 1502
2. Butch Woolfolk* (Michigan) 1118
3. Calvin Murray* (Ohio State) 1111
4. Steve Smith (Michigan State) 1071
5. Wally Jones* (Purdue) 1021
6. Garry White (Minnesota) 1013
7. Mike Harkrader* (Indiana) 955
8. Mike Holmes (Illinois) 919
9. Lonnie Johnson* (Indiana) 910
10. Marion Barber (Minnesota) 863

Punt Return Touchdowns

1. Todd Bell* (Ohio State) 2

Kickoff Return Touchdowns

1. Derek Hughes (Michigan State) 2

Interception Return Yards

1. Tim Wilbur* (Indiana) 167
2. Vince Skillings* (Ohio State) 76
3. Kent Ellis (Iowa) 67
4. Dart Ramsey* (Indiana) 60
5. Dave Ahrens (Wisconsin) 55
6. Ray Ellis* (Ohio State) 47
7. Mike Harden* (Michigan) 44
8. Wayne Smith* (Purdue) 42
9. Marcus McKinnie* (Purdue) 39
10. Keith Edwards (Minnesota) 37

Interception Return Touchdowns

1. Tim Wilbur* (Indiana) 2