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1977 Independent Year Summary

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Record*: 212-180-9, .540 W-L% (2nd 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 35.0 11.6 26.18 9.93
Penn State 11 1 0 .917 32.5 15.6 22.11 8.52
Colgate 10 1 0 .909 34.5 19.7 2.13 -11.88
San Diego State 10 1 0 .909 31.7 15.0 11.13 -3.32
Tennessee State 8 1 1 .850 24.5 9.1 3.58 -8.72
Florida State 10 2 0 .833 26.2 14.2 16.23 4.56
North Texas 9 2 0 .818 29.1 16.3 10.33 -0.49 W-L-T adjusted to 10-1 by NCAA.
Pittsburgh 9 2 1 .792 35.7 11.2 22.30 7.89
East Carolina 8 3 0 .727 24.4 14.0 4.42 -4.67
Rutgers 8 3 0 .727 26.5 16.5 2.81 -5.10
Army 7 4 0 .636 26.1 22.3 3.95 1.23
Louisville 7 4 1 .625 24.3 16.2 -0.89 -6.39
Boston College 6 5 0 .545 22.0 24.5 3.23 2.23
Cincinnati 5 4 2 .545 22.7 11.0 0.93 -4.53
Georgia Tech 6 5 0 .545 20.4 20.1 8.88 6.61
Memphis 6 5 0 .545 20.7 17.6 5.56 3.47
Northwestern State 6 5 0 .545 17.8 16.6 -8.40 -9.40
Syracuse 6 5 0 .545 19.8 21.3 8.60 7.96
William & Mary 6 5 0 .545 18.6 18.5 0.29 -0.26
Southern Mississippi 6 6 0 .500 17.9 20.8 0.22 2.22
Temple 5 5 1 .500 20.8 26.0 -1.40 -0.22
Hawaii 5 6 0 .455 22.7 21.2 -1.00 -2.36
Navy 5 6 0 .455 20.8 20.9 6.52 6.25
West Virginia 5 6 0 .455 22.2 24.0 4.04 5.77
South Carolina 5 7 0 .417 17.9 16.8 4.56 4.31
Utah State 4 7 0 .364 16.1 22.6 -3.08 0.65
Villanova 4 7 0 .364 21.0 21.6 -4.89 -3.26
Illinois State 3 7 1 .318 17.6 21.6 -12.51 -8.06
Virginia Tech 3 7 1 .318 15.8 19.1 0.18 4.18
Indiana State 3 7 0 .300 14.9 24.0 -18.12 -9.32
Miami (FL) 3 8 0 .273 11.4 22.3 3.11 10.84
Richmond 3 8 0 .273 11.7 26.6 -10.00 2.18
Tulane 3 8 0 .273 16.5 26.3 -1.10 6.18
Air Force 2 8 1 .227 10.4 26.9 -6.24 6.85
Holy Cross 2 9 0 .182 11.8 24.5 -17.99 -6.53
Louisiana-Monroe 2 9 0 .182 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. Bob Relph (COLG) 142
  Chuck Fusina (PAST) 142
6. Dave Ziebart (AF) 140
7. Dan Kendra (WV) 121
8. Roch Hontas (TLN) 118
9. Bob Lesczynski (NAVY) 110
  Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 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. Wally Woodham (FLST) 61.0
3. Joe Davis (SDGST) 60.0
4. Bob Relph (COLG) 58.9
5. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 58.8
6. Ken Smith (BC) 58.0
7. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 57.7
8. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 57.0
9. Bill Hurley (SYR) 53.7
10. Dan Kendra (WV) 53.5

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. Wally Woodham (FLST) 8.2
7. Joe Davis (SDGST) 8.1
8. Ken Smith (BC) 8.1
9. Lloyd Patterson (MEM) 7.9
10. Jeff Duva (HI) 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. Wally Woodham (FLST) 6.9
8. Lloyd Patterson (MEM) 6.8
9. Jeff Duva (HI) 6.7
10. Bill Hurley (SYR) 6.7

Passing Touchdowns

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

Passing Interceptions

1. Dave Ziebart (AF) 22
2. Ken Smith (BC) 20
3. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 18
4. Dan Kendra (WV) 17
  Bob Lesczynski (NAVY) 17
6. Bob Relph (COLG) 16
7. Tom Rozantz (WMMARY) 12
  Joe Davis (SDGST) 12
  Ron Bass (SC) 12
  Kenny Philibert (NWST) 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. Wally Woodham (FLST) 137.1
7. Joe Montana (NDAME) 134.4
8. Ken Smith (BC) 132.0
9. Joe Adams (TNST) 127.2
10. Jeff Duva (HI) 125.3

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. Elliott Walker* (PITT) 12
  Mike Jones (NTX) 12
5. Anthony Anderson (TEMP) 11
6. Ben Garry (SMS) 10
  Pat Healy (COLG) 10
8. Bob Avery (SYR) 9
  Mike Fisher (RUT) 9
10. David Lamie (VATECH) 8
  Jimmy Southerland (ECAR) 8
  Dan Conway (BC) 8
  Leamon Hall (ARMY) 8
  Vincent Allen (INST) 8
  Vince Thompson (NOVA) 8
  Matt Suhey (PAST) 8
  Spencer Clark (SC) 8
  Bob Relph (COLG) 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. Art Monk (SYR) 41
  Jimmy Bryant (UTST) 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
  Ken MacAfee (NDAME) 6
  Ernest Gray (MEM) 6
  Mike Godbolt (BC) 6
  Jeffrey Gowan (ILST) 6
  Mike Shumann (FLST) 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. David Turner (SDGST) 14
  Ronnie Smith (SDGST) 14
5. Calvin Prince* (LOU) 13
6. Pat Healy (COLG) 11
  Anthony Anderson (TEMP) 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. Dan Kendra (WV) 14
  Tom Rozantz (WMMARY) 14