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1979 Independent Year Summary

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Record: 183-175-10, .511 W-L% (7th of 14) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: -0.68 (8th of 14) ▪ SOS: -0.42 (7th of 14)

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

Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
School W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Florida State 11 1 0 .917 27.2 13.3 16.08 4.24
Pittsburgh 11 1 0 .917 24.3 9.7 18.27 5.35
Nevada-Las Vegas 9 1 2 .833 30.8 25.0 -0.93 -7.76
Temple 10 2 0 .833 33.3 16.5 14.79 0.54
Tulane 9 3 0 .750 26.5 14.9 13.23 3.48
Rutgers 8 3 0 .727 22.1 15.8 3.78 -3.68
East Carolina 7 3 1 .682 34.5 17.5 8.99 -2.47
Penn State 8 4 0 .667 21.4 14.8 15.58 9.41
South Carolina 8 4 0 .667 20.5 17.1 11.59 8.59
Navy 7 4 0 .636 16.4 14.0 3.04 -0.14
Notre Dame 7 4 0 .636 22.1 17.9 12.97 8.15
Southern Mississippi 6 4 1 .591 20.7 13.3 6.78 1.05
Syracuse 7 5 0 .583 27.0 24.4 8.00 5.42
Colgate 5 4 1 .550 14.7 16.3 -14.98 -14.28
Boston College 5 6 0 .455 19.5 19.5 0.77 1.59
Holy Cross 5 6 0 .455 15.8 16.3 -11.03 -10.12
Memphis 5 6 0 .455 15.1 20.3 -3.87 -1.14
Miami (FL) 5 6 0 .455 17.4 21.5 0.60 4.23
North Texas 5 6 0 .455 16.5 21.4 -6.27 -1.91
Villanova 5 6 0 .455 20.1 20.9 -7.09 -6.00
Virginia Tech 5 6 0 .455 20.4 20.2 1.26 2.08
West Virginia 5 6 0 .455 16.8 25.4 1.11 7.39
Georgia Tech 4 6 1 .409 13.8 17.3 1.67 4.85
Louisville 4 6 1 .409 15.2 18.4 -2.30 1.06
Connecticut 3 6 2 .364 13.1 15.7 -11.35 -8.99
William & Mary 4 7 0 .364 12.6 20.5 -12.62 -5.26
Northwestern State 3 6 0 .333 15.9 28.1 -16.70 -6.03
Illinois State 3 8 0 .273 17.6 23.0 -16.03 -9.94
Louisiana-Monroe 3 8 0 .273 14.4 19.2 -13.88 -8.97
Army 2 8 1 .227 8.7 28.0 -8.56 4.90
Air Force 2 9 0 .182 11.5 23.0 -10.27 -0.45
Cincinnati 2 9 0 .182 14.2 25.5 -6.88 3.76
Richmond 0 11 0 .000 7.2 24.6 -18.28 -2.91

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
Florida State 19 18 14 12 9 9 7 8 6 7 5 5 4 4 6
Pittsburgh 17 16 13       17 12 12 12 11 11 11 10 7
Temple                     18     20 17
Penn State 5 7 6 18         19     20 19   20
Navy             20 17              
Notre Dame 9 9 5 15 10 10 9 14 13 13          
South Carolina                   19   19 17 16  
Tulane                     20 18 16 15  

6 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1980-01-01 Orange Bowl Oklahoma 24 Florida State 7 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
1979-12-29 Hall of Fame Classic Missouri 24 South Carolina 14 Hall of Fame Classic (Birmingham, AL)
1979-12-25 Fiesta Bowl Pittsburgh 16 Arizona 10 Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)
1979-12-22 Liberty Bowl Penn State 9 Tulane 6 Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)
1979-12-15 Garden State Bowl Temple 28 California 17 Garden State Bowl (East Rutherford, NJ)
1979-12-15 Independence Bowl Syracuse 31 McNeese State 7 Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Roch Hontas (TLN) 215
2. Mike Kelley (GATECH) 149
3. Dan Marino* (PITT) 130
4. Ed McMichael (RUT) 124
5. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 120
6. Dave Ziebart (AF) 118
7. Rusty Lisch (NDAME) 108
8. Steve Casey (VATECH) 105
9. Oliver Luck (WV) 103
  Jordan Case (NTX) 103
  Sam King (NVLV) 103

Pass Attempts

1. Roch Hontas (TLN) 367
2. Mike Kelley (GATECH) 300
3. Oliver Luck (WV) 231
4. Tony Kapetanis (CIN) 224
5. Dave Ziebart (AF) 223
6. Dan Marino* (PITT) 222
7. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 214
8. Ed McMichael (RUT) 211
9. Rusty Lisch (NDAME) 208
10. Mike Rodrigue (MIAFL) 201

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Jordan Case (NTX) 61.7
2. Ed McMichael (RUT) 58.8
3. Roch Hontas (TLN) 58.6
4. Dan Marino* (PITT) 58.6
5. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 56.1
6. Steve Casey (VATECH) 55.3
7. Sam King (NVLV) 54.8
8. Dave Ziebart (AF) 52.9
9. Dayle Tate (PAST) 52.3
10. Rusty Lisch (NDAME) 51.9

Passing Yards

1. Roch Hontas (TLN) 2345
2. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 2103
3. Mike Kelley (GATECH) 2051
4. Rusty Lisch (NDAME) 1781
5. Dan Marino* (PITT) 1680
6. Sam King (NVLV) 1594
7. Ed McMichael (RUT) 1529
8. Steve Casey (VATECH) 1419
9. Tony Kapetanis (CIN) 1414
10. Oliver Luck (WV) 1292

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 9.8
2. Rusty Lisch (NDAME) 8.6
3. Sam King (NVLV) 8.5
4. Bill Hurley (SYR) 8.1
5. Dan Marino* (PITT) 7.6
6. Steve Casey (VATECH) 7.5
7. Ed McMichael (RUT) 7.2
8. Jordan Case (NTX) 6.9
9. Mike Kelley (GATECH) 6.8
10. Dayle Tate (PAST) 6.7

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 9.6
2. Sam King (NVLV) 7.4
3. Bill Hurley (SYR) 6.8
4. Rusty Lisch (NDAME) 6.8
5. Dan Marino* (PITT) 6.6
6. Ed McMichael (RUT) 6.4
7. Jordan Case (NTX) 6.2
8. Bob Powers (NAVY) 5.8
9. Roch Hontas (TLN) 5.8
10. Steve Casey (VATECH) 5.4

Passing Touchdowns

1. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 22
2. Roch Hontas (TLN) 21
3. Larry Gentry (NVLV) 13
  Jimmy Jordan (FLST) 13
5. Sam King (NVLV) 12
6. Steve Casey (VATECH) 10
  Mike Kelley (GATECH) 10
  Dan Marino* (PITT) 10
9. Oliver Luck (WV) 8
  John Marzo (COLG) 8
  Dayle Tate (PAST) 8

Passing Interceptions

1. Mike Kelley (GATECH) 19
2. Mike Rodrigue (MIAFL) 16
3. Jimmy Jordan (FLST) 14
  Roch Hontas (TLN) 14
5. Tony Kapetanis (CIN) 13
  Steve Casey (VATECH) 13
  Greg Gregory (RICH) 13
8. Dave Ziebart (AF) 12
  Oliver Luck (WV) 12
10. Dayle Tate (PAST) 11
  Earle Mulrane (ARMY) 11
  Pat O'Brien (NOVA) 11
  Brian Broomell (TEMP) 11

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 162.3
2. Sam King (NVLV) 136.4
3. Dan Marino* (PITT) 128.9
4. Ed McMichael (RUT) 124.0
5. Roch Hontas (TLN) 123.5
6. Steve Casey (VATECH) 121.7
7. Bill Hurley (SYR) 121.5
8. Jordan Case (NTX) 120.8
9. Rusty Lisch (NDAME) 120.6
10. Jimmy Jordan (FLST) 111.4

Rush Attempts

1. George Rogers* (SC) 311
2. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 301
3. Bill Fenn (ILST) 280
4. Joe Morris (SYR) 238
5. Mark Lyles (FLST) 225
6. Oliver Luck (WV) 204
7. Bill Hurley (SYR) 203
8. Dan Conway (BC) 196
9. Mark Bright (TEMP) 193
10. Matt Suhey (PAST) 185

Rushing Yards

1. George Rogers* (SC) 1681
2. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 1437
3. Joe Morris (SYR) 1372
4. Tony Collins (ECAR) 1130
5. Bill Fenn (ILST) 1106
6. Mark Bright (TEMP) 1036
7. Mark Lyles (FLST) 1011
8. Matt Suhey (PAST) 973
9. Michael Morton (NVLV) 881
10. Dan Conway (BC) 856

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Sam Harrell (ECAR) 7.4
2. Tony Collins (ECAR) 7.3
3. Theodore Sutton (ECAR) 6.8
4. Michael Morton (NVLV) 6.2
5. Mike Sherlock (NAVY) 6.1
6. Eddie Meyers (NAVY) 6.1
7. Joe Morris (SYR) 5.8
8. Reggie Reginelli (TLN) 5.7
9. Leon Walker (NVLV) 5.6
10. Robert Alexander (WV) 5.6

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 17
2. Tony Collins (ECAR) 14
3. Bill Hurley (SYR) 12
  Ricky Floyd (SMS) 12
  Leander Green (ECAR) 12
6. Tony Kapetanis (CIN) 11
7. Cyrus Lawrence (VATECH) 9
  Randy McMillan* (PITT) 9
  Booker Moore (PAST) 9
10. Marv Christian (TLN) 8
  Shelby Gamble (BC) 8
  Michael Morton (NVLV) 8
  Mark Lyles (FLST) 8
  George Rogers* (SC) 8
  Bill Fenn (ILST) 8

Receptions

1. Rodney Holman (TLN) 47
  Alton Alexis (TLN) 47
3. Phil Johnson (HC) 46
4. Benjie Pryor* (PITT) 45
  Gerald Lucear (TEMP) 45
6. Sidney Snell (VATECH) 43
  Ralph Still* (PITT) 43
8. Sam Greene (NVLV) 40
  Art Monk (SYR) 40
10. Jackie Flowers (FLST) 37
  Pete Harvey (NTX) 37

Receiving Yards

1. Gerald Lucear (TEMP) 964
2. Sam Greene (NVLV) 821
3. Art Monk (SYR) 716
4. Sidney Snell (VATECH) 706
5. Tony Hunter (NDAME) 690
6. Phil Johnson (HC) 662
7. Pat Walker (MIAFL) 625
8. Jackie Flowers (FLST) 622
9. Rob Rikard (BC) 603
10. Benjie Pryor* (PITT) 588

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Pat Walker (MIAFL) 26.0
2. Tony Hunter (NDAME) 25.6
3. Rob Rikard (BC) 25.1
4. Gerald Lucear (TEMP) 21.4
5. Darrel Griffin (TLN) 21.3
6. Kris Kentera (GATECH) 21.0
7. Sam Greene (NVLV) 20.5
8. Aaron Hagans (CIN) 19.7
9. Art Monk (SYR) 17.9
10. Ralph Williams (CIN) 17.7

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Gerald Lucear (TEMP) 13
2. Sam Greene (NVLV) 9
3. Jackie Flowers (FLST) 7
  Sidney Snell (VATECH) 7
  Ralph Still* (PITT) 7
6. Randy Liles (NWST) 6
7. Rodney Holman (TLN) 5
  David Dorn (RUT) 5
  Wiley Pitts (TEMP) 5
  Rob Rikard (BC) 5
  Alton Alexis (TLN) 5
  Darrel Griffin (TLN) 5

Plays From Scrimmage

1. George Rogers* (SC) 325
2. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 315
3. Bill Fenn (ILST) 284
4. Mark Lyles (FLST) 250
5. Joe Morris (SYR) 242
6. Dan Conway (BC) 211
7. Oliver Luck (WV) 204
  Mark Bright (TEMP) 204
9. Bill Hurley (SYR) 203
10. Randy McMillan* (PITT) 198
  Matt Suhey (PAST) 198

Yards From Scrimmage

1. George Rogers* (SC) 1821
2. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 1509
3. Joe Morris (SYR) 1410
4. Mark Bright (TEMP) 1232
5. Tony Collins (ECAR) 1222
  Mark Lyles (FLST) 1222
7. Bill Fenn (ILST) 1144
8. Michael Morton (NVLV) 1123
9. Matt Suhey (PAST) 1072
10. Randy McMillan* (PITT) 986

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 17
2. Tony Collins (ECAR) 14
3. Gerald Lucear (TEMP) 13
4. Ricky Floyd (SMS) 12
  David Dorn (RUT) 12
  Bill Hurley (SYR) 12
  Leander Green (ECAR) 12
8. Michael Morton (NVLV) 11
  Tony Kapetanis (CIN) 11
10. Randy McMillan* (PITT) 10

Total Plays

1. Roch Hontas (TLN) 458
2. Oliver Luck (WV) 435
3. Mike Kelley (GATECH) 399
4. Bill Hurley (SYR) 361
5. Dave Ziebart (AF) 357
6. Tony Kapetanis (CIN) 317
7. George Rogers* (SC) 311
8. Pat O'Brien (NOVA) 307
9. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 302
10. Steve Casey (VATECH) 295

Total Yards

1. Roch Hontas (TLN) 2442
2. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 2352
3. Mike Kelley (GATECH) 2107
4. Bill Hurley (SYR) 2089
5. Rusty Lisch (NDAME) 1745
6. Leander Green (ECAR) 1714
7. Oliver Luck (WV) 1699
8. George Rogers* (SC) 1681
9. Sam King (NVLV) 1658
10. Steve Casey (VATECH) 1622

Total Touchdowns

1. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 26
2. Roch Hontas (TLN) 22
3. Larry Gentry (NVLV) 20
4. Bill Hurley (SYR) 18
5. Sam King (NVLV) 17
  Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 17
7. Leander Green (ECAR) 15
8. Tony Kapetanis (CIN) 14
  Tony Collins (ECAR) 14
  Garry Harper* (SC) 14