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1979 Big Ten Conference Year Summary

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Record: 58-54-2, .518 W-L% (4th 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 Completions
1. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 203
2. Mark Carlson (MN) 177
3. Tim Clifford* (IN) 160
4. Lawrence McCullough (IL) 130
5. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 105
6. Phil Suess (IA) 88
7. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 82
8. John Wangler* (MI) 78
9. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 72
10. Bryan Clark (MIST) 64
Pass Attempts
1. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 348
2. Mark Carlson (MN) 300
3. Tim Clifford* (IN) 288
4. Lawrence McCullough (IL) 228
5. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 200
6. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 195
7. Phil Suess (IA) 159
8. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 137
9. Bryan Clark (MIST) 131
10. John Wangler* (MI) 130
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Mark Carlson (MN) 59.0
2. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 58.3
3. Lawrence McCullough (IL) 57.0
4. Tim Clifford* (IN) 55.6
5. Phil Suess (IA) 55.3
6. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 52.5
7. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 42.1
Passing Yards
1. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 2377
2. Mark Carlson (MN) 2188
3. Tim Clifford* (IN) 2078
4. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 1816
5. John Wangler* (MI) 1431
6. Lawrence McCullough (IL) 1254
7. Phil Suess (IA) 1165
8. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 1082
9. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 961
10. Bryan Clark (MIST) 800
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 9.1
2. Phil Suess (IA) 7.3
3. Mark Carlson (MN) 7.3
4. Tim Clifford* (IN) 7.2
5. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 6.8
6. Lawrence McCullough (IL) 5.5
7. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 4.9
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 9.1
2. Tim Clifford* (IN) 6.6
3. Mark Carlson (MN) 6.5
4. Phil Suess (IA) 5.5
5. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 5.3
6. Lawrence McCullough (IL) 4.1
7. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 1.4
Passing Touchdowns
1. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 16
2. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 14
3. Tim Clifford* (IN) 13
4. Mark Carlson (MN) 11
5. John Wangler* (MI) 8
6. Lawrence McCullough (IL) 7
7. Phil Suess (IA) 6
8. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 5
  B.J. Dickey* (MI) 5
10. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 4
  Bert Vaughn (MIST) 4
  Bryan Clark (MIST) 4
  Pete Gales (IA) 4
Passing Interceptions
1. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 19
2. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 17
3. Tim Clifford* (IN) 10
  Lawrence McCullough (IL) 10
  Mark Carlson (MN) 10
6. Phil Suess (IA) 9
7. John Wangler* (MI) 7
  Bert Vaughn (MIST) 7
  Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 7
10. B.J. Dickey* (MI) 6
  Art Schlichter* (OHST) 6
  Bryan Clark (MIST) 6
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 145.9
2. Mark Carlson (MN) 125.7
3. Tim Clifford* (IN) 124.1
4. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 120.0
5. Phil Suess (IA) 118.0
6. Lawrence McCullough (IL) 104.6
7. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 72.8
Rush Attempts
1. Dennis Mosley (IA) 270
2. Mike Harkrader* (IN) 210
3. Steve Smith (MIST) 204
4. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 191
5. Wally Jones* (PUR) 183
6. Calvin Murray* (OHST) 173
7. Lonnie Johnson* (IN) 172
8. Mike Holmes (IL) 147
9. Stan Edwards* (MI) 136
10. Garry White (MN) 135
Rushing Yards
1. Dennis Mosley (IA) 1267
2. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 990
3. Steve Smith (MIST) 972
4. Calvin Murray* (OHST) 872
5. Garry White (MN) 861
6. Mike Harkrader* (IN) 807
7. Mike Holmes (IL) 792
8. Wally Jones* (PUR) 754
9. Lonnie Johnson* (IN) 708
10. Stan Edwards* (MI) 633
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. Garry White (MN) 6.4
2. Ben McCall* (PUR) 5.6
3. Lawrence Reid* (MI) 5.4
4. Mike Holmes (IL) 5.4
5. Derek Hughes (MIST) 5.3
6. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 5.2
7. Dave Mohapp (WI) 5.2
8. Ricardo Volley* (OHST) 5.0
9. Calvin Murray* (OHST) 5.0
10. Chucky Davis (WI) 5.0
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 13
2. Dennis Mosley (IA) 12
  Marion Barber (MN) 12
4. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 9
  Derek Hughes (MIST) 9
6. Tim Clifford* (IN) 8
  Wally Jones* (PUR) 8
8. Lonnie Johnson* (IN) 7
9. Calvin Murray* (OHST) 6
  Mike Holmes (IL) 6
  Lawrence Reid* (MI) 6
  Dean McKillip (IA) 6
  Mike Harkrader* (IN) 6
  Garry White (MN) 6
Receptions
1. Dave Young* (PUR) 55
2. Bob Stephenson* (IN) 49
3. Todd Sheets (NWEST) 43
4. Bart Burrell* (PUR) 40
5. Tom Stauss (WI) 38
6. Elmer Bailey (MN) 37
  Doug Donley* (OHST) 37
8. Doug Marsh* (MI) 33
9. Ray Smith* (PUR) 31
  Sam Poulos (NWEST) 31
Receiving Yards
1. Doug Donley* (OHST) 800
2. Tom Stauss (WI) 660
3. Todd Sheets (NWEST) 614
4. Doug Marsh* (MI) 612
5. Bart Burrell* (PUR) 607
6. Dave Young* (PUR) 584
7. Bob Stephenson* (IN) 564
8. Eugene Byrd (MIST) 559
9. Elmer Bailey (MN) 552
10. Gary Williams* (OHST) 479
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Doug Donley* (OHST) 21.6
2. Gary Williams* (OHST) 19.2
3. Eugene Byrd (MIST) 18.6
4. Doug Marsh* (MI) 18.5
5. Tom Stauss (WI) 17.4
6. Keith Chappelle (IA) 15.5
7. Bart Burrell* (PUR) 15.2
8. Elmer Bailey (MN) 14.9
9. Marion Barber (MN) 14.7
10. Ray Sydnor (WI) 14.5
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Dave Young* (PUR) 10
2. Anthony Carter* (MI) 7
  Elmer Bailey (MN) 7
4. Lee Boeke (IL) 5
  Doug Donley* (OHST) 5
6. Dennis Mosley (IA) 4
  Eugene Byrd (MIST) 4
  Steve Bogan (NWEST) 4
  Bob Stephenson* (IN) 4
10. Tom Stauss (WI) 3
  Keith Chappelle (IA) 3
  Doug Marsh* (MI) 3
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Dennis Mosley (IA) 291
2. Mike Harkrader* (IN) 227
3. Steve Smith (MIST) 218
4. Wally Jones* (PUR) 210
5. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 209
6. Calvin Murray* (OHST) 192
7. Lonnie Johnson* (IN) 189
8. Mike Holmes (IL) 172
9. Marion Barber (MN) 150
  Garry White (MN) 150
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Dennis Mosley (IA) 1502
2. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 1118
3. Calvin Murray* (OHST) 1111
4. Steve Smith (MIST) 1071
5. Wally Jones* (PUR) 1021
6. Garry White (MN) 1013
7. Mike Harkrader* (IN) 955
8. Mike Holmes (IL) 919
9. Lonnie Johnson* (IN) 910
10. Marion Barber (MN) 863
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Dennis Mosley (IA) 16
2. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 13
3. Marion Barber (MN) 12
4. Dave Young* (PUR) 10
5. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 9
  Derek Hughes (MIST) 9
  Lonnie Johnson* (IN) 9
8. Wally Jones* (PUR) 8
  Tim Clifford* (IN) 8
  Garry White (MN) 8
Total Plays
1. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 396
2. Mark Carlson (MN) 371
3. Tim Clifford* (IN) 355
4. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 333
5. Lawrence McCullough (IL) 271
6. Dennis Mosley (IA) 270
7. Phil Suess (IA) 222
8. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 218
9. Mike Harkrader* (IN) 211
10. Steve Smith (MIST) 204
Total Yards
1. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 2246
2. Tim Clifford* (IN) 2158
3. Mark Carlson (MN) 2149
4. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 2094
5. John Wangler* (MI) 1455
6. Dennis Mosley (IA) 1267
7. Phil Suess (IA) 1261
8. Lawrence McCullough (IL) 1183
9. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 1095
10. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 990
Total Touchdowns
1. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 23
2. Tim Clifford* (IN) 21
3. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 17
4. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 13
  Marion Barber (MN) 13
6. Mark Carlson (MN) 12
  Dennis Mosley (IA) 12
8. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 9
  Derek Hughes (MIST) 9
10. Wally Jones* (PUR) 8
  John Wangler* (MI) 8