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1987 Independent Year Summary

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Record*: 142-127-4, .527 W-L% (6th of 10) (Schedule and Results)
*W-L-T adjusted to 143-126-4 by NCAA.

SRS: 1.02 (7th of 10) ▪ SOS: 0.20 (7th of 10)

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Florida State, Miami (FL), Notre Dame and Penn State)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Florida State, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, South Carolina and Syracuse)

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Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
School W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Miami (FL) 12 0 0 1.000 0 0 0 34.3 10.4 22.73 4.98
Syracuse 11 0 1 .958 0 0 0 31.6 14.1 16.47 0.88
Florida State 11 1 0 .917 0 0 0 40.1 13.6 23.50 5.00
Notre Dame 8 4 0 .667 0 0 0 28.3 18.2 15.25 7.75
Penn State 8 4 0 .667 0 0 0 23.8 20.3 7.26 4.09
Pittsburgh 8 4 0 .667 0 0 0 19.2 12.2 8.11 2.19
South Carolina 8 4 0 .667 0 0 0 28.4 11.8 16.38 5.05
Louisiana-Lafayette 6 5 0 .545 0 0 0 17.4 22.9 -6.50 -3.14
Rutgers 6 5 0 .545 0 0 0 15.3 19.4 -0.25 2.57
Southern Mississippi 6 5 0 .545 0 0 0 24.5 26.9 -1.59 -0.13
Memphis 5 5 1 .500 0 0 0 20.0 19.1 -1.67 -1.30
Northern Illinois 5 5 1 .500 0 0 0 27.7 23.8 -9.89 -11.80
Tulane 6 6 0 .500 0 0 0 30.8 31.3 2.44 0.94
West Virginia 6 6 0 .500 0 0 0 27.5 17.7 7.73 1.98
Army 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 25.2 20.3 -5.89 -7.98
Boston College 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 22.2 25.5 4.15 6.24
East Carolina 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 20.8 30.0 -1.44 2.75
Akron 4 7 0 .364 0 0 0 18.5 24.8 -17.13 -11.03
Cincinnati 4 7 0 .364 0 0 0 21.3 28.5 -7.96 -2.69
Louisville 3 7 1 .318 0 0 0 19.5 31.6 -10.60 -3.24
Temple 3 8 0 .273 0 0 0 14.0 22.8 -8.92 -1.65 W-L-T adjusted to 4-7 by NCAA.
Tulsa 3 8 0 .273 0 0 0 15.9 33.7 -11.48 -0.94
Navy 2 9 0 .182 0 0 0 14.5 28.8 -13.99 -1.81
Virginia Tech 2 9 0 .182 0 0 0 18.5 27.3 -2.12 6.16

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 9/8 9/15 9/22 9/29 10/6 10/13 10/20 10/27 11/3 11/10 11/17 11/24 12/1 12/8 Final
Miami (FL) 10 7 6 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 1
Florida State 8 8 7 6 4 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 2
Syracuse           17 13 9 8 8 6 6 4 4 4 4
South Carolina                 19 13 14 12 8 8 9 15
Notre Dame 18 16 9 8 5 4 11 10 9 9 7 7 10 12 12 17
Penn State 11 11 20 15 14 14 10 18 18 16 15     20 20  
Pittsburgh   18 16                 19 20 19 19  

9 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1988-01-01 Citrus Bowl Clemson 35 Penn State 10 Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)
1988-01-01 Cotton Bowl Texas A&M 35 Notre Dame 10 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
1988-01-01 Fiesta Bowl Florida State 31 Nebraska 28 Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)
1988-01-01 Orange Bowl Miami (FL) 20 Oklahoma 14 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
1988-01-01 Sugar Bowl Syracuse 16 Auburn 16 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
1987-12-31 Bluebonnet Bowl Texas 32 Pittsburgh 27 Bluebonnet Bowl (Houston, TX)
1987-12-31 Gator Bowl Louisiana State 30 South Carolina 13 Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)
1987-12-25 Sun Bowl Oklahoma State 35 West Virginia 33 Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX)
1987-12-19 Independence Bowl Washington 24 Tulane 12 Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Todd Ellis* (SC) 241
2. Jay Gruden (LOU) 209
3. Terrence Jones (TLN) 192
4. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 176
5. T.J. Rubley (TLS) 159
6. Danny McCoin (CIN) 158
7. Danny McManus (FLST) 138
8. Mike Power (BC) 133
9. Andy Kubik (AKR) 131
10. Don McPherson (SYR) 129

Pass Attempts

1. Todd Ellis* (SC) 432
2. Jay Gruden (LOU) 397
3. Terrence Jones (TLN) 319
4. Andy Kubik (AKR) 313
  T.J. Rubley (TLS) 313
6. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 298
7. Danny McCoin (CIN) 268
8. Danny McManus (FLST) 264
9. Mike Power (BC) 233
10. Erik Chapman (VATECH) 231

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Terrence Jones (TLN) 60.2
2. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 59.1
3. Danny McCoin (CIN) 59.0
4. Mike Power (BC) 57.1
5. Don McPherson (SYR) 56.3
6. Todd Ellis* (SC) 55.8
7. Scott Erney (RUT) 54.2
8. Jay Gruden (LOU) 52.6
9. Danny McManus (FLST) 52.3
10. Erik Chapman (VATECH) 51.5

Passing Yards

1. Todd Ellis* (SC) 3206
2. Terrence Jones (TLN) 2551
3. Jay Gruden (LOU) 2481
4. Don McPherson (SYR) 2341
5. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 2249
6. Mike Power (BC) 2071
7. T.J. Rubley (TLS) 2058
8. Danny McCoin (CIN) 2013
9. Danny McManus (FLST) 1964
10. Andy Kubik (AKR) 1675

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Don McPherson (SYR) 10.2
2. Mike Power (BC) 8.9
3. Terrence Jones (TLN) 8.0
4. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 7.5
5. Danny McCoin (CIN) 7.5
6. Danny McManus (FLST) 7.4
7. Todd Ellis* (SC) 7.4
8. Travis Hunter (ECAR) 7.1
9. Brian Mitchell (LALAF) 7.1
10. Matt Knizner (PAST) 6.6

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Don McPherson (SYR) 10.0
2. Mike Power (BC) 8.0
3. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 7.8
4. Terrence Jones (TLN) 7.4
5. Danny McCoin (CIN) 7.1
6. Danny McManus (FLST) 7.0
7. Travis Hunter (ECAR) 6.1
8. Scott Erney (RUT) 5.5
9. Todd Ellis* (SC) 5.4
10. Brian Mitchell (LALAF) 5.2

Passing Touchdowns

1. Don McPherson (SYR) 22
2. Terrence Jones (TLN) 20
3. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 19
4. Jay Gruden (LOU) 17
5. Brett Favre (SMS) 15
6. Danny McManus (FLST) 14
7. Danny McCoin (CIN) 13
8. T.J. Rubley (TLS) 12
9. Andy Kubik (AKR) 10
  Todd Ellis* (SC) 10
  Erik Chapman (VATECH) 10
  Mike Power (BC) 10
  Major Harris (WV) 10

Passing Interceptions

1. Todd Ellis* (SC) 24
2. Jay Gruden (LOU) 21
3. T.J. Rubley (TLS) 17
4. Erik Chapman (VATECH) 14
5. Andy Kubik (AKR) 13
  Brett Favre (SMS) 13
  Terrence Jones (TLN) 13
8. Matt Knizner (PAST) 12
9. Don McPherson (SYR) 11
10. Danny McManus (FLST) 9
  Andy Whitwell (MEM) 9
  Mike Power (BC) 9
  Brian Mitchell (LALAF) 9

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Don McPherson (SYR) 164.3
2. Terrence Jones (TLN) 139.9
3. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 138.8
4. Mike Power (BC) 138.2
5. Danny McCoin (CIN) 132.1
6. Danny McManus (FLST) 125.4
7. Todd Ellis* (SC) 114.7
8. Scott Erney (RUT) 110.3
9. Travis Hunter (ECAR) 109.0
10. Jay Gruden (LOU) 108.7

Rush Attempts

1. Craig Heyward* (PITT) 387
2. Blair Thomas (PAST) 268
3. Todd McNair (TEMP) 249
4. Harold Green* (SC) 229
5. Shelton Gandy (SMS) 225
6. Jim Bell (BC) 213
7. Al McKinney (CIN) 208
8. Sammie Smith (FLST) 172
9. Anthony Brown (WV) 167
10. Derek Alston (AKR) 160

Rushing Yards

1. Craig Heyward* (PITT) 1791
2. Blair Thomas (PAST) 1414
3. Sammie Smith (FLST) 1230
4. Todd McNair (TEMP) 1058
5. Shelton Gandy (SMS) 1025
6. Harold Green* (SC) 1022
7. Jim Bell (BC) 1015
8. Al McKinney (CIN) 950
9. Mark Green (NDAME) 861
10. Henry Henderson (RUT) 846

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Sammie Smith (FLST) 7.2
2. Robert Drummond (SYR) 6.7
3. Reggie McKinney (ECAR) 6.2
4. Michael Owens (SYR) 6.2
5. Leonard Cry (CIN) 6.1
6. Mark Green (NDAME) 5.9
7. Dexter Carter (FLST) 5.9
8. Mike Botti (RUT) 5.5
9. Henry Henderson (RUT) 5.4
10. Daryl Johnston (SYR) 5.3

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Dayne Williams (FLST) 15
  Harold Green* (SC) 15
3. Craig Heyward* (PITT) 12
4. Anthony Johnson (NDAME) 11
  Blair Thomas (PAST) 11
6. Marvin Allen (TLN) 10
  Tory Crawford (ARMY) 10
8. Brian Mitchell (LALAF) 9
  Melvin Bratton (MIAFL) 9
10. John Greene (PAST) 8
  Terrence Jones (TLN) 8

Receptions

1. Marc Zeno (TLN) 77
2. Sterling Sharpe* (SC) 62
3. Darren Flutie (BC) 48
4. Ryan Bethea* (SC) 45
5. Tommy Kane (SYR) 44
  Michael Irvin (MIAFL) 44
7. Rodney Knighton (LOU) 43
  Tom Waddle (BC) 43
9. Kevin White* (SC) 42
10. Billy Davis (CIN) 41

Receiving Yards

1. Marc Zeno (TLN) 1206
2. Tommy Kane (SYR) 968
3. Sterling Sharpe* (SC) 915
4. Tim Brown (NDAME) 846
5. Darren Flutie (BC) 786
6. Tom Waddle (BC) 781
7. Michael Irvin (MIAFL) 715
8. Ryan Bethea* (SC) 689
9. Billy Davis (CIN) 626
10. Dan Bitson (TLS) 608

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Tommy Kane (SYR) 22.0
2. Darryl Tillman (SMS) 21.9
3. Tim Brown (NDAME) 21.7
4. Dan Bitson (TLS) 21.0
5. Joey Hamilton (LOU) 20.4
6. Willie Culpepper (LALAF) 18.9
7. Steve Sanders (CIN) 18.6
8. Ronald Lewis (FLST) 18.2
9. Tom Waddle (BC) 18.2
10. Reggie Williams* (PITT) 17.3

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Tommy Kane (SYR) 14
2. Marc Zeno (TLN) 13
3. Chris McGee (SMS) 7
  Darren Flutie (BC) 7
5. Roosevelt Mukes (CIN) 6
  Herb Gainer (FLST) 6
  Jerome McIntosh (TLN) 6
  Rodney Knighton (LOU) 6
  Michael Irvin (MIAFL) 6
  Erick Harrison (TLS) 6

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Craig Heyward* (PITT) 409
2. Blair Thomas (PAST) 291
3. Todd McNair (TEMP) 267
4. Harold Green* (SC) 258
5. Jim Bell (BC) 232
6. Shelton Gandy (SMS) 230
7. Al McKinney (CIN) 229
8. Derek Alston (AKR) 180
9. Sammie Smith (FLST) 178
10. Anthony Brown (WV) 173

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Craig Heyward* (PITT) 1998
2. Blair Thomas (PAST) 1714
3. Sammie Smith (FLST) 1358
4. Harold Green* (SC) 1282
5. Marc Zeno (TLN) 1206
6. Jim Bell (BC) 1197
7. Todd McNair (TEMP) 1170
8. Al McKinney (CIN) 1114
9. Shelton Gandy (SMS) 1046
10. Tim Brown (NDAME) 990

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Harold Green* (SC) 16
2. Dayne Williams (FLST) 15
3. Tommy Kane (SYR) 14
4. Marc Zeno (TLN) 13
  Blair Thomas (PAST) 13
  Craig Heyward* (PITT) 13
7. Melvin Bratton (MIAFL) 11
  Anthony Johnson (NDAME) 11
  Marvin Allen (TLN) 11
10. Tory Crawford (ARMY) 10
  Rodney Knighton (LOU) 10

Total Plays

1. Todd Ellis* (SC) 527
2. Terrence Jones (TLN) 457
3. Jay Gruden (LOU) 453
4. Craig Heyward* (PITT) 389
5. Andy Kubik (AKR) 370
6. T.J. Rubley (TLS) 364
7. Don McPherson (SYR) 339
8. Mike Power (BC) 335
9. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 331
10. Danny McCoin (CIN) 328

Total Yards

1. Todd Ellis* (SC) 3016
2. Terrence Jones (TLN) 2934
3. Don McPherson (SYR) 2571
4. Jay Gruden (LOU) 2291
5. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 2241
6. Danny McManus (FLST) 1950
  Danny McCoin (CIN) 1950
8. T.J. Rubley (TLS) 1902
9. Mike Power (BC) 1892
10. Brian Mitchell (LALAF) 1867

Total Yards Per Play

1. Todd Ellis* (SC) 5.7

Total Touchdowns

1. Terrence Jones (TLN) 28
2. Don McPherson (SYR) 27
3. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 20
4. Jay Gruden (LOU) 18
5. Danny McCoin (CIN) 17
6. Brett Favre (SMS) 16
  Major Harris (WV) 16
8. Dayne Williams (FLST) 15
  Danny McManus (FLST) 15
  Harold Green* (SC) 15
  Mike Power (BC) 15
  Tory Crawford (ARMY) 15
  Brian Mitchell (LALAF) 15