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1977 Independent Year Summary

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Record*: 212-180-9, .540 W-L% (11th of 15) (Schedule and Results)
*W-L-T adjusted to 213-179-9 by NCAA.

SRS: 1.81 (7th of 15) ▪ SOS: 0.24 (8th of 15)

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Notre Dame, Penn State and Pittsburgh)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Florida State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh and San Diego State)

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Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
School W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Notre Dame 11 1 0 .917 0 0 0 35.0 11.6 26.18 9.93
Penn State 11 1 0 .917 0 0 0 32.5 15.6 22.11 8.52
Colgate 10 1 0 .909 0 0 0 34.5 19.7 2.13 -11.88
San Diego State 10 1 0 .909 0 0 0 31.7 15.0 11.13 -3.32
Tennessee State 8 1 1 .850 0 0 0 24.5 9.1 3.58 -8.72
Florida State 10 2 0 .833 0 0 0 26.2 14.2 16.23 4.56
North Texas 9 2 0 .818 0 0 0 29.1 16.3 10.33 -0.49 W-L-T adjusted to 10-1 by NCAA.
Pittsburgh 9 2 1 .792 0 0 0 35.7 11.2 22.30 7.89
East Carolina 8 3 0 .727 0 0 0 24.4 14.0 4.42 -4.67
Rutgers 8 3 0 .727 0 0 0 26.5 16.5 2.81 -5.10
Army 7 4 0 .636 0 0 0 26.1 22.3 3.95 1.23
Louisville 7 4 1 .625 0 0 0 24.3 16.2 -0.89 -6.39
Boston College 6 5 0 .545 0 0 0 22.0 24.5 3.23 2.23
Cincinnati 5 4 2 .545 0 0 0 22.7 11.0 0.93 -4.53
Georgia Tech 6 5 0 .545 0 0 0 20.4 20.1 8.88 6.61
Memphis 6 5 0 .545 0 0 0 20.7 17.6 5.56 3.47
Northwestern State 6 5 0 .545 0 0 0 17.8 16.6 -8.40 -9.40
Syracuse 6 5 0 .545 0 0 0 19.8 21.3 8.60 7.96
William & Mary 6 5 0 .545 0 0 0 18.6 18.5 0.29 -0.26
Southern Mississippi 6 6 0 .500 0 0 0 17.9 20.8 0.22 2.22
Temple 5 5 1 .500 0 0 0 20.8 26.0 -1.40 -0.22
Hawaii 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 22.7 21.2 -1.00 -2.36
Navy 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 20.8 20.9 6.52 6.25
West Virginia 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 22.2 24.0 4.04 5.77
South Carolina 5 7 0 .417 0 0 0 17.9 16.8 4.56 4.31
Utah State 4 7 0 .364 0 0 0 16.1 22.6 -3.08 0.65
Villanova 4 7 0 .364 0 0 0 21.0 21.6 -4.89 -3.26
Illinois State 3 7 1 .318 0 0 0 17.6 21.6 -12.51 -8.06
Virginia Tech 3 7 1 .318 0 0 0 15.8 19.1 0.18 4.18
Indiana State 3 7 0 .300 0 0 0 14.9 24.0 -18.12 -9.32
Miami (FL) 3 8 0 .273 0 0 0 11.4 22.3 3.11 10.84
Richmond 3 8 0 .273 0 0 0 11.7 26.6 -10.00 2.18
Tulane 3 8 0 .273 0 0 0 16.5 26.3 -1.10 6.18
Air Force 2 8 1 .227 0 0 0 10.4 26.9 -6.24 6.85
Holy Cross 2 9 0 .182 0 0 0 11.8 24.5 -17.99 -6.53
Louisiana-Monroe 2 9 0 .182 0 0 0 11.1 27.0 -20.63 -8.63

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
Notre Dame 3 3 11 14 11 11 11 5 5 5 6 5 5 1
Penn State 13 10 5 4 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 8 5
Pittsburgh 7 16   16 15 17 14 13 12 10 10 10 10 8
Florida State               20 15 16 13 20 19 14
San Diego State                       16 16 16
Colgate                   20        
West Virginia     17                      

5 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1978-01-02 Cotton Bowl Notre Dame 38 Texas 10 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
1977-12-30 Gator Bowl Pittsburgh 34 Clemson 3 Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)
1977-12-25 Fiesta Bowl Penn State 42 Arizona State 30 Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)
1977-12-23 Tangerine Bowl Florida State 40 Texas Tech 17 Tangerine Bowl (Orlando, FL)
1977-12-17 Independence Bowl Louisiana Tech 24 Louisville 14 Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Joe Davis (SDGST) 174
2. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 151
3. Ken Smith (BC) 149
4. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 142
  Bob Relph (COLG) 142
6. Dave Ziebart (AF) 140
7. Dan Kendra (WV) 121
8. Roch Hontas (TLN) 118
9. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 110
  Bob Lesczynski (NAVY) 110

Pass Attempts

1. Dave Ziebart (AF) 298
2. Joe Davis (SDGST) 290
3. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 265
4. Ken Smith (BC) 257
5. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 246
6. Bob Relph (COLG) 241
7. Dan Kendra (WV) 226
8. Butch Monaghan (ILST) 224
9. Bob Lesczynski (NAVY) 223
10. Bill Hurley (SYR) 201

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Roch Hontas (TLN) 63.4
2. Joe Davis (SDGST) 60.0
3. Bob Relph (COLG) 58.9
4. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 58.8
5. Ken Smith (BC) 58.0
6. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 57.7
7. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 57.0
8. Bill Hurley (SYR) 53.7
9. Dan Kendra (WV) 53.5
10. Jeff Duva (HI) 53.3

Passing Yards

1. Joe Davis (SDGST) 2360
2. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 2221
3. Bob Relph (COLG) 2178
4. Ken Smith (BC) 2073
5. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 1944
6. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 1844
7. Dan Kendra (WV) 1674
8. Joe Montana (NDAME) 1604
9. Dave Ziebart (AF) 1562
10. Bob Lesczynski (NAVY) 1509

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 9.9
2. Bret Kosup (RUT) 9.2
3. Bob Relph (COLG) 9.0
4. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 9.0
5. Joe Montana (NDAME) 8.5
6. Joe Davis (SDGST) 8.1
7. Ken Smith (BC) 8.1
8. Lloyd Patterson (MEM) 7.9
9. Jeff Duva (HI) 7.5
10. Eric Hipple (UTST) 7.5

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 10.0
2. Bret Kosup (RUT) 8.8
3. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 8.6
4. Joe Davis (SDGST) 7.9
5. Joe Montana (NDAME) 7.7
6. Bob Relph (COLG) 7.7
7. Lloyd Patterson (MEM) 6.8
8. Jeff Duva (HI) 6.7
9. Bill Hurley (SYR) 6.7
10. Joe Adams (TNST) 6.7

Passing Touchdowns

1. Joe Davis (SDGST) 24
2. Bob Relph (COLG) 20
3. Ken Smith (BC) 17
4. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 15
  Leamon Hall (ARMY) 15
  Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 15
7. Dan Kendra (WV) 13
8. Joe Adams (TNST) 12
9. Joe Montana (NDAME) 11
10. Butch Monaghan (ILST) 10
  Jeff Duva (HI) 10
  Eric Hipple (UTST) 10
  Jimmy Jordan (FLST) 10
  Ken Washington (NTX) 10
  Bret Kosup (RUT) 10

Passing Interceptions

1. Dave Ziebart (AF) 22
2. Ken Smith (BC) 20
3. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 18
4. Bob Lesczynski (NAVY) 17
  Dan Kendra (WV) 17
6. Bob Relph (COLG) 16
7. Kenny Philibert (NWST) 12
  Ron Bass (SC) 12
  Joe Davis (SDGST) 12
  Tom Rozantz (WMMARY) 12

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 161.7
2. Bob Relph (COLG) 148.9
3. Joe Davis (SDGST) 147.4
4. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 146.4
5. Bret Kosup (RUT) 142.9
6. Joe Montana (NDAME) 134.4
7. Ken Smith (BC) 132.0
8. Joe Adams (TNST) 127.2
9. Jeff Duva (HI) 125.3
10. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 123.7

Rush Attempts

1. Joe Gattuso (NAVY) 266
2. Rick Parros (UTST) 261
3. David Turner (SDGST) 240
4. Larry Key (FLST) 239
5. Vince Thompson (NOVA) 233
6. Vincent Allen (INST) 231
7. Jerome Heavens (NDAME) 229
8. Ben Garry (SMS) 219
9. Calvin Prince* (LOU) 218
10. Bill Hurley (SYR) 200

Rushing Yards

1. Joe Gattuso (NAVY) 1292
2. David Turner (SDGST) 1252
3. Rick Parros (UTST) 1135
4. Ben Garry (SMS) 1134
5. Larry Key (FLST) 1117
6. Calvin Prince* (LOU) 1050
7. Henry White (COLG) 1032
8. Vincent Allen (INST) 1026
9. Elliott Walker* (PITT) 1025
10. Nathan Poole* (LOU) 1007

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Henry White (COLG) 7.9
2. Leander Green (ECAR) 6.9
3. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 6.2
4. Elliott Walker* (PITT) 6.0
5. Mark Lassiter (RUT) 5.9
6. Eddie Lee Ivery (GATECH) 5.9
7. Bob Torrey (PAST) 5.8
8. Mark Bright (TEMP) 5.8
9. Gary Hardie (GATECH) 5.8
10. Spencer Clark (SC) 5.8

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Calvin Prince* (LOU) 13
  David Turner (SDGST) 13
3. Mike Jones (NTX) 12
  Elliott Walker* (PITT) 12
5. Anthony Anderson (TEMP) 11
6. Ben Garry (SMS) 10
  Pat Healy (COLG) 10
8. Mike Fisher (RUT) 9
  Bob Avery (SYR) 9
10. Vincent Allen (INST) 8
  Spencer Clark (SC) 8
  Matt Suhey (PAST) 8
  Leamon Hall (ARMY) 8
  Dan Conway (BC) 8
  David Lamie (VATECH) 8
  Jimmy Southerland (ECAR) 8
  Bob Relph (COLG) 8
  Vince Thompson (NOVA) 8

Receptions

1. Ken MacAfee (NDAME) 54
2. Clennie Brundidge (ARMY) 51
3. Dennis Pearson (SDGST) 49
  Dennis Pearson (SDGST) 49
5. Jeffrey Gowan (ILST) 47
6. Gordon Jones* (PITT) 45
7. Dick Slenker (COLG) 44
8. Ronnie Smith (SDGST) 42
9. Jimmy Bryant (UTST) 41
  Art Monk (SYR) 41

Receiving Yards

1. Dennis Pearson (SDGST) 864
  Dennis Pearson (SDGST) 864
3. Clennie Brundidge (ARMY) 842
4. Ernest Gray (MEM) 826
5. Ken MacAfee (NDAME) 797
6. Gordon Jones* (PITT) 793
7. Dick Slenker (COLG) 782
8. Mike Godbolt (BC) 711
9. Jeffrey Gowan (ILST) 702
10. Mike Shumann (FLST) 701

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Ernest Gray (MEM) 29.5
2. Mike Shumann (FLST) 21.2
3. Kris Haines (NDAME) 21.0
4. Mike Godbolt (BC) 20.9
5. Joe Manderfield (WMMARY) 19.6
6. John Floyd (LAMON) 19.1
7. Paul McCarty (BC) 19.0
8. Terry Gallaher (ECAR) 19.0
9. Cedric Thomas (WV) 18.9
10. Ron Cassidy (UTST) 18.8

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Ronnie Smith (SDGST) 12
2. Gordon Jones* (PITT) 9
3. Cedric Thomas (WV) 8
4. Dick Slenker (COLG) 7
  Jerrold McRae (TNST) 7
6. Jimmy Bryant (UTST) 6
  Ernest Gray (MEM) 6
  Jeffrey Gowan (ILST) 6
  Mike Shumann (FLST) 6
  Mike Godbolt (BC) 6
  Ken MacAfee (NDAME) 6

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Joe Gattuso (NAVY) 288
2. Rick Parros (UTST) 281
3. David Turner (SDGST) 273
4. Larry Key (FLST) 261
5. Vincent Allen (INST) 251
6. Jerome Heavens (NDAME) 241
7. Ben Garry (SMS) 236
8. Vince Thompson (NOVA) 233
9. Calvin Prince* (LOU) 229
10. Pat Healy (COLG) 210

Yards From Scrimmage

1. David Turner (SDGST) 1669
2. Joe Gattuso (NAVY) 1461
3. Rick Parros (UTST) 1388
4. Larry Key (FLST) 1360
5. Henry White (COLG) 1338
6. Elliott Walker* (PITT) 1267
7. Ben Garry (SMS) 1198
8. Mike Jones (NTX) 1185
9. Pat Healy (COLG) 1174
10. Art Monk (SYR) 1156

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Mike Jones (NTX) 16
2. Elliott Walker* (PITT) 15
3. Ronnie Smith (SDGST) 14
  David Turner (SDGST) 14
5. Calvin Prince* (LOU) 13
6. Anthony Anderson (TEMP) 11
  Pat Healy (COLG) 11
8. Ben Garry (SMS) 10
  Mike Fisher (RUT) 10
10. Bob Avery (SYR) 9
  Gordon Jones* (PITT) 9

Total Plays

1. Dave Ziebart (AF) 438
2. Bill Hurley (SYR) 401
3. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 346
4. Joe Davis (SDGST) 336
5. Ron Bass (SC) 327
6. Bob Relph (COLG) 315
7. Butch Monaghan (ILST) 309
8. Bob Lesczynski (NAVY) 300
9. Tom Rozantz (WMMARY) 297
10. Ken Smith (BC) 295

Total Yards

1. Bob Relph (COLG) 2405
2. Joe Davis (SDGST) 2242
3. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 2168
4. Bill Hurley (SYR) 2080
5. Ken Smith (BC) 1952
6. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 1923
7. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 1906
8. Dave Ziebart (AF) 1735
9. Tom Rozantz (WMMARY) 1700
10. Joe Montana (NDAME) 1609

Total Touchdowns

1. Bob Relph (COLG) 28
2. Joe Davis (SDGST) 25
3. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 23
4. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 19
5. Ken Smith (BC) 18
6. Joe Montana (NDAME) 17
7. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 16
8. Mike Jones (NTX) 15
  Ken Washington (NTX) 15
10. Tom Rozantz (WMMARY) 14
  Dan Kendra (WV) 14