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1987 Independent Year Summary

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Record*: 142-127-4, .527 W-L% (3rd 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)

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 34.3 10.4 22.73 4.98
Syracuse 11 0 1 .958 31.6 14.1 16.47 0.88
Florida State 11 1 0 .917 40.1 13.6 23.50 5.00
Notre Dame 8 4 0 .667 28.3 18.2 15.25 7.75
Penn State 8 4 0 .667 23.8 20.3 7.26 4.09
Pittsburgh 8 4 0 .667 19.2 12.2 8.11 2.19
South Carolina 8 4 0 .667 28.4 11.8 16.38 5.05
Louisiana-Lafayette 6 5 0 .545 17.4 22.9 -6.50 -3.14
Rutgers 6 5 0 .545 15.3 19.4 -0.25 2.57
Southern Mississippi 6 5 0 .545 24.5 26.9 -1.59 -0.13
Memphis 5 5 1 .500 20.0 19.1 -1.67 -1.30
Northern Illinois 5 5 1 .500 27.7 23.8 -9.89 -11.80
Tulane 6 6 0 .500 30.8 31.3 2.44 0.94
West Virginia 6 6 0 .500 27.5 17.7 7.73 1.98
Army 5 6 0 .455 25.2 20.3 -5.89 -7.98
Boston College 5 6 0 .455 22.2 25.5 4.15 6.24
East Carolina 5 6 0 .455 20.8 30.0 -1.44 2.75
Akron 4 7 0 .364 18.5 24.8 -17.13 -11.03
Cincinnati 4 7 0 .364 21.3 28.5 -7.96 -2.69
Louisville 3 7 1 .318 19.5 31.6 -10.60 -3.24
Temple 3 8 0 .273 14.0 22.8 -8.92 -1.65 W-L-T adjusted to 4-7 by NCAA.
Tulsa 3 8 0 .273 15.9 33.7 -11.48 -0.94
Navy 2 9 0 .182 14.5 28.8 -13.99 -1.81
Virginia Tech 2 9 0 .182 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. T.J. Rubley (TLS) 313
  Andy Kubik (AKR) 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. Todd Ellis* (SC) 10
  Erik Chapman (VATECH) 10
  Mike Power (BC) 10
  Major Harris (WV) 10
  Andy Kubik (AKR) 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. Brett Favre (SMS) 13
  Terrence Jones (TLN) 13
  Andy Kubik (AKR) 13
8. Matt Knizner (PAST) 12
9. Don McPherson (SYR) 11
10. Andy Whitwell (MEM) 9
  Danny McManus (FLST) 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. Ricky Watters (NDAME) 5.4
10. Henry Henderson (RUT) 5.4
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. Tory Crawford (ARMY) 10
  Marvin Allen (TLN) 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. Tom Waddle (BC) 43
  Rodney Knighton (LOU) 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. Herb Gainer (FLST) 6
  Erick Harrison (TLS) 6
  Roosevelt Mukes (CIN) 6
  Jerome McIntosh (TLN) 6
  Rodney Knighton (LOU) 6
  Michael Irvin (MIAFL) 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. Anthony Johnson (NDAME) 11
  Marvin Allen (TLN) 11
  Melvin Bratton (MIAFL) 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
  Mike Power (BC) 15
  Harold Green* (SC) 15
  Brian Mitchell (LALAF) 15
  Tory Crawford (ARMY) 15