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1978 Independent Year Summary

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Record: 189-176-5, .518 W-L% (1st of 14) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: -0.20 (7th of 14) ▪ SOS: -0.60 (7th of 14)

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

Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
School W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Penn State 11 1 0 .917 0 0 0 27.8 9.3 21.91 7.08
North Texas 9 2 0 .818 0 0 0 25.2 13.6 9.03 -0.61
East Carolina 9 3 0 .750 0 0 0 23.9 11.3 5.89 -3.77
Navy 9 3 0 .750 0 0 0 21.7 11.3 7.95 -0.80
Notre Dame 9 3 0 .750 0 0 0 24.4 16.4 19.72 11.47
Rutgers 9 3 0 .750 0 0 0 23.7 13.8 1.37 -5.46
Florida State 8 3 0 .727 0 0 0 28.4 18.9 15.13 6.59
Temple 7 3 1 .682 0 0 0 25.5 18.5 2.75 -3.07
Pittsburgh 8 4 0 .667 0 0 0 21.9 15.6 9.68 4.10
Holy Cross 7 4 0 .636 0 0 0 23.5 18.3 -6.22 -10.77
Louisville 7 4 0 .636 0 0 0 29.0 18.4 3.45 -3.83
Nevada-Las Vegas 7 4 0 .636 0 0 0 22.6 16.5 -0.70 -5.34
Southern Mississippi 7 4 0 .636 0 0 0 19.4 16.8 5.22 2.49
Louisiana-Monroe 6 4 1 .591 0 0 0 17.3 13.1 -5.32 -7.60
Georgia Tech 7 5 0 .583 0 0 0 22.5 21.1 6.51 5.18
Hawaii 6 5 0 .545 0 0 0 22.8 25.5 0.33 0.69
Miami (FL) 6 5 0 .545 0 0 0 17.6 17.5 6.04 5.13
South Carolina 5 5 1 .500 0 0 0 21.6 16.5 7.11 3.48
William & Mary 5 5 1 .500 0 0 0 15.5 14.6 -2.60 -3.51
Cincinnati 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 25.4 20.4 1.70 -0.85
Northwestern State 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 14.4 25.6 -13.90 -7.26
Villanova 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 18.7 22.0 -8.75 -6.03
Army 4 6 1 .409 0 0 0 16.7 23.2 -8.29 -2.83
Memphis 4 7 0 .364 0 0 0 18.2 27.0 -1.56 3.98
Tulane 4 7 0 .364 0 0 0 16.6 19.2 0.08 3.72
Virginia Tech 4 7 0 .364 0 0 0 14.7 20.5 0.01 4.01
Air Force 3 8 0 .273 0 0 0 19.5 29.8 -14.03 -4.21
Colgate 3 8 0 .273 0 0 0 13.5 20.5 -16.55 -9.64
Richmond 3 8 0 .273 0 0 0 16.0 17.7 -4.61 -1.25
Syracuse 3 8 0 .273 0 0 0 17.5 26.8 -1.44 6.84
Illinois State 2 9 0 .182 0 0 0 11.7 28.9 -24.50 -11.22
West Virginia 2 9 0 .182 0 0 0 15.2 33.1 -7.41 5.23
Boston College 0 11 0 .000 0 0 0 13.9 26.7 -14.55 -1.73

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 9/11 9/18 9/25 10/2 10/9 10/16 10/23 10/30 11/6 11/13 11/20 11/27 12/4 Final
Penn State 3 5 3 5 5 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 4
Notre Dame 5 15 14       20 19 15 14 10 8 10 10 7
Florida State 17 16 13 10 18 15                  
Georgia Tech                     20        
Navy             17 18 11 18          
Pittsburgh 14 14 11 9 9 9 15 15 19 20 18 15 16 16  

7 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1979-01-01 Cotton Bowl Notre Dame 35 Houston 34 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
1979-01-01 Sugar Bowl Alabama 14 Penn State 7 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
1978-12-25 Peach Bowl Purdue 41 Georgia Tech 21 Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA)
1978-12-23 Tangerine Bowl North Carolina State 30 Pittsburgh 17 Tangerine Bowl (Orlando, FL)
1978-12-22 Holiday Bowl Navy 23 Brigham Young 16 Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA)
1978-12-16 Garden State Bowl Arizona State 34 Rutgers 18 Garden State Bowl (East Rutherford, NJ)
1978-12-16 Independence Bowl East Carolina 35 Louisiana Tech 13 Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completion Percentage

1. Jordan Case (North Texas) 58.7
2. Wally Woodham (Florida State) 58.0
3. Roch Hontas (Tulane) 56.8
4. Chuck Fusina (Penn State) 56.6
5. Jeff Duva (Hawaii) 54.3
6. Jimmy Jordan (Florida State) 54.3
7. Joe Montana (Notre Dame) 54.2
8. Brian Broomell (Temple) 53.6
9. Kenny Philibert (Northwestern State) 51.5
10. Rick Trocano* (Pittsburgh) 48.8

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Jordan Case (North Texas) 7.5
2. Wally Woodham (Florida State) 7.0
3. Joe Montana (Notre Dame) 6.9
4. Jimmy Jordan (Florida State) 6.5
5. Jeff Duva (Hawaii) 6.4
6. Chuck Fusina (Penn State) 6.4
7. Doug Robertson (Nevada-Las Vegas) 6.2
8. Bob Lesczynski (Navy) 6.0
9. Mike Kelley (Georgia Tech) 5.9
10. Roch Hontas (Tulane) 5.9

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Wally Woodham (Florida State) 133.0
2. Jordan Case (North Texas) 132.8
3. Jimmy Jordan (Florida State) 128.7
4. Jeff Duva (Hawaii) 127.0
5. Chuck Fusina (Penn State) 126.2
6. Roch Hontas (Tulane) 125.1
7. Joe Montana (Notre Dame) 124.9
8. Bob Lesczynski (Navy) 119.5
9. Mike Kelley (Georgia Tech) 113.4
10. Brian Broomell (Temple) 111.3

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Phil McConkey (Navy) 24.2
2. John Floyd (Louisiana-Monroe) 22.4
3. Kris Haines (Notre Dame) 21.8
4. Sam Platt (Florida State) 21.3
5. David Dorn* (Rutgers) 19.8
6. Ernest Gray (Memphis) 19.7
7. Drew Hill (Georgia Tech) 19.7
8. Kenny Robinson (Louisville) 18.4
9. Mike Almond (Northwestern State) 17.9
10. Jackie Flowers (Florida State) 17.6

Punt Return Yards

1. Gerald Hall (East Carolina) 478
2. Jeff Nixon (Richmond) 341
3. Mike Guman (Penn State) 255
4. Judson Flint (Memphis) 211
5. Jo Jo Heath* (Pittsburgh) 201
6. Matt Suhey (Penn State) 197
7. David Dorn* (Rutgers) 192
8. Paul Fego* (Rutgers) 182
9. Phil McConkey (Navy) 175
  Dave Waymer (Notre Dame) 175

Punt Return Touchdowns

1. Billy Perrin (Louisville) 2
  John Floyd (Louisiana-Monroe) 2
  Judson Flint (Memphis) 2

Kickoff Return Yards Per Return

1. Tony Collins (East Carolina) 24.9

Kickoff Return Touchdowns

1. Drew Hill (Georgia Tech) 2
  Ottis Anderson (Miami (FL)) 2

Interception Return Touchdowns

1. Jeff Nixon (Richmond) 2