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1977 Independent Year Summary

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Record*: 212-180-9, .540 W-L% (1st 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)

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 Completion Percentage

1. Roch Hontas (Tulane) 63.4
2. Wally Woodham (Florida State) 61.0
3. Joe Davis (San Diego State) 60.0
4. Bob Relph (Colgate) 58.9
5. Matt Cavanaugh* (Pittsburgh) 58.8
6. Ken Smith (Boston College) 58.0
7. Chuck Fusina (Penn State) 57.7
8. Leamon Hall (Army) 57.0
9. Bill Hurley (Syracuse) 53.7
10. Dan Kendra (West Virginia) 53.5

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Matt Cavanaugh* (Pittsburgh) 10.0
2. Bret Kosup (Rutgers) 8.8
3. Chuck Fusina (Penn State) 8.6
4. Joe Davis (San Diego State) 7.9
5. Joe Montana (Notre Dame) 7.7
6. Bob Relph (Colgate) 7.7
7. Wally Woodham (Florida State) 6.9
8. Lloyd Patterson (Memphis) 6.8
9. Jeff Duva (Hawaii) 6.7
10. Bill Hurley (Syracuse) 6.7

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Matt Cavanaugh* (Pittsburgh) 161.7
2. Bob Relph (Colgate) 148.9
3. Joe Davis (San Diego State) 147.4
4. Chuck Fusina (Penn State) 146.4
5. Bret Kosup (Rutgers) 142.9
6. Wally Woodham (Florida State) 137.1
7. Joe Montana (Notre Dame) 134.4
8. Ken Smith (Boston College) 132.0
9. Joe Adams (Tennessee State) 127.2
10. Jeff Duva (Hawaii) 125.3

Yards From Scrimmage

1. David Turner (San Diego State) 1669
2. Joe Gattuso (Navy) 1461
3. Rick Parros (Utah State) 1388
4. Larry Key (Florida State) 1360
5. Henry White (Colgate) 1338
6. Elliott Walker* (Pittsburgh) 1267
7. Ben Garry (Southern Mississippi) 1198
8. Mike Jones (North Texas) 1185
9. Pat Healy (Colgate) 1174
10. Art Monk (Syracuse) 1156

Punt Return Touchdowns

1. Estus Hood (Illinois State) 2
  Jimmy Cefalo (Penn State) 2

Kickoff Return Touchdowns

1. Henry White (Colgate) 2

Interception Return Touchdowns

1. Leroy Leopold (Notre Dame) 2