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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. Jordan Case (NTX) 103
  Sam King (NVLV) 103
  Oliver Luck (WV) 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. Mike Kelley (GATECH) 10
  Steve Casey (VATECH) 10
  Dan Marino* (PITT) 10
9. Dayle Tate (PAST) 8
  John Marzo (COLG) 8
  Oliver Luck (WV) 8
Passing Interceptions
1. Mike Kelley (GATECH) 19
2. Mike Rodrigue (MIAFL) 16
3. Jimmy Jordan (FLST) 14
  Roch Hontas (TLN) 14
5. Steve Casey (VATECH) 13
  Tony Kapetanis (CIN) 13
  Greg Gregory (RICH) 13
8. Oliver Luck (WV) 12
  Dave Ziebart (AF) 12
10. Pat O'Brien (NOVA) 11
  Earle Mulrane (ARMY) 11
  Dayle Tate (PAST) 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
  Leander Green (ECAR) 12
  Ricky Floyd (SMS) 12
6. Tony Kapetanis (CIN) 11
7. Randy McMillan* (PITT) 9
  Cyrus Lawrence (VATECH) 9
  Booker Moore (PAST) 9
10. Shelby Gamble (BC) 8
  Mark Lyles (FLST) 8
  George Rogers* (SC) 8
  Bill Fenn (ILST) 8
  Michael Morton (NVLV) 8
  Marv Christian (TLN) 8
Receptions
1. Alton Alexis (TLN) 47
  Rodney Holman (TLN) 47
3. Phil Johnson (HC) 46
4. Gerald Lucear (TEMP) 45
  Benjie Pryor* (PITT) 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. Sidney Snell (VATECH) 7
  Ralph Still* (PITT) 7
  Jackie Flowers (FLST) 7
6. Randy Liles (NWST) 6
7. Wiley Pitts (TEMP) 5
  Rob Rikard (BC) 5
  Alton Alexis (TLN) 5
  Darrel Griffin (TLN) 5
  Rodney Holman (TLN) 5
  David Dorn (RUT) 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. Matt Suhey (PAST) 198
  Randy McMillan* (PITT) 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. Mark Lyles (FLST) 1222
  Tony Collins (ECAR) 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. Bill Hurley (SYR) 12
  Leander Green (ECAR) 12
  Ricky Floyd (SMS) 12
  David Dorn (RUT) 12
8. Tony Kapetanis (CIN) 11
  Michael Morton (NVLV) 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. Garry Harper* (SC) 14
  Tony Collins (ECAR) 14
  Tony Kapetanis (CIN) 14