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1979 Independent Year Summary

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Record: 183-175-10, .511 W-L% (8th 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 0 0 0 27.2 13.3 16.08 4.24
Pittsburgh 11 1 0 .917 0 0 0 24.3 9.7 18.27 5.35
Nevada-Las Vegas 9 1 2 .833 0 0 0 30.8 25.0 -0.93 -7.76
Temple 10 2 0 .833 0 0 0 33.3 16.5 14.79 0.54
Tulane 9 3 0 .750 0 0 0 26.5 14.9 13.23 3.48
Rutgers 8 3 0 .727 0 0 0 22.1 15.8 3.78 -3.68
East Carolina 7 3 1 .682 0 0 0 34.5 17.5 8.99 -2.47
Penn State 8 4 0 .667 0 0 0 21.4 14.8 15.58 9.41
South Carolina 8 4 0 .667 0 0 0 20.5 17.1 11.59 8.59
Navy 7 4 0 .636 0 0 0 16.4 14.0 3.04 -0.14
Notre Dame 7 4 0 .636 0 0 0 22.1 17.9 12.97 8.15
Southern Mississippi 6 4 1 .591 0 0 0 20.7 13.3 6.78 1.05
Syracuse 7 5 0 .583 0 0 0 27.0 24.4 8.00 5.42
Colgate 5 4 1 .550 0 0 0 14.7 16.3 -14.98 -14.28
Boston College 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 19.5 19.5 0.77 1.59
Holy Cross 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 15.8 16.3 -11.03 -10.12
Memphis 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 15.1 20.3 -3.87 -1.14
Miami (FL) 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 17.4 21.5 0.60 4.23
North Texas 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 16.5 21.4 -6.27 -1.91
Villanova 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 20.1 20.9 -7.09 -6.00
Virginia Tech 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 20.4 20.2 1.26 2.08
West Virginia 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 16.8 25.4 1.11 7.39
Georgia Tech 4 6 1 .409 0 0 0 13.8 17.3 1.67 4.85
Louisville 4 6 1 .409 0 0 0 15.2 18.4 -2.30 1.06
Connecticut 3 6 2 .364 0 0 0 13.1 15.7 -11.35 -8.99
William & Mary 4 7 0 .364 0 0 0 12.6 20.5 -12.62 -5.26
Northwestern State 3 6 0 .333 0 0 0 15.9 28.1 -16.70 -6.03
Illinois State 3 8 0 .273 0 0 0 17.6 23.0 -16.03 -9.94
Louisiana-Monroe 3 8 0 .273 0 0 0 14.4 19.2 -13.88 -8.97
Army 2 8 1 .227 0 0 0 8.7 28.0 -8.56 4.90
Air Force 2 9 0 .182 0 0 0 11.5 23.0 -10.27 -0.45
Cincinnati 2 9 0 .182 0 0 0 14.2 25.5 -6.88 3.76
Richmond 0 11 0 .000 0 0 0 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
  Sam King (NVLV) 103
  Jordan Case (NTX) 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. Dan Marino* (PITT) 7.6
5. Steve Casey (VATECH) 7.5
6. Ed McMichael (RUT) 7.2
7. Jordan Case (NTX) 6.9
8. Mike Kelley (GATECH) 6.8
9. Dayle Tate (PAST) 6.7
10. Jimmy Jordan (FLST) 6.5

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 9.6
2. Sam King (NVLV) 7.4
3. Rusty Lisch (NDAME) 6.8
4. Dan Marino* (PITT) 6.6
5. Ed McMichael (RUT) 6.4
6. Jordan Case (NTX) 6.2
7. Bob Powers (NAVY) 5.8
8. Roch Hontas (TLN) 5.8
9. Steve Casey (VATECH) 5.4
10. Dayle Tate (PAST) 4.8

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. Dan Marino* (PITT) 10
  Mike Kelley (GATECH) 10
  Steve Casey (VATECH) 10
9. Dayle Tate (PAST) 8
  Oliver Luck (WV) 8
  John Marzo (COLG) 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. Dave Ziebart (AF) 12
  Oliver Luck (WV) 12
10. Dayle Tate (PAST) 11
  Pat O'Brien (NOVA) 11
  Earle Mulrane (ARMY) 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. Jordan Case (NTX) 120.8
8. Rusty Lisch (NDAME) 120.6
9. Jimmy Jordan (FLST) 111.4
10. Dayle Tate (PAST) 111.0

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. Ricky Floyd (SMS) 12
  Bill Hurley (SYR) 12
  Leander Green (ECAR) 12
6. Tony Kapetanis (CIN) 11
7. Cyrus Lawrence (VATECH) 9
  Booker Moore (PAST) 9
  Randy McMillan* (PITT) 9
10. Bill Fenn (ILST) 8
  George Rogers* (SC) 8
  Mark Lyles (FLST) 8
  Shelby Gamble (BC) 8
  Michael Morton (NVLV) 8
  Marv Christian (TLN) 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. Pete Harvey (NTX) 37
  Jackie Flowers (FLST) 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. Ralph Still* (PITT) 7
  Sidney Snell (VATECH) 7
  Jackie Flowers (FLST) 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. 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
  David Dorn (RUT) 12
  Ricky Floyd (SMS) 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. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 17
  Sam King (NVLV) 17
7. Leander Green (ECAR) 15
8. Tony Kapetanis (CIN) 14
  Tony Collins (ECAR) 14
  Garry Harper* (SC) 14