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1971 Southeastern Conference Year Summary

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Record: 73-41-1, .639 W-L% (1st of 13) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 12.41 (2nd of 13) ▪ SOS: 8.28 (2nd of 13)

Conference Champion: Alabama

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Louisiana State and Tennessee)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Louisiana State, Mississippi and Tennessee)

Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
School W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Alabama 11 1 0 .917 7 0 0 1.000 30.7 10.2 27.66 11.91
Georgia 11 1 0 .917 5 1 0 .833 30.0 9.6 22.22 5.47
Auburn 9 2 0 .818 5 1 0 .833 30.5 16.5 18.69 8.42
Mississippi 10 2 0 .833 4 2 0 .667 30.3 18.5 16.57 6.07
Tennessee 10 2 0 .833 4 2 0 .667 22.5 10.1 16.33 6.16
Louisiana State 9 3 0 .750 3 2 0 .600 29.4 12.8 20.87 8.29
Vanderbilt 4 6 1 .409 1 5 0 .167 12.4 18.9 1.07 5.62
Florida 4 7 0 .364 1 6 0 .143 15.8 27.1 4.13 10.31
Kentucky 3 8 0 .273 1 6 0 .143 13.1 25.8 -1.83 8.63
Mississippi State 2 9 0 .182 1 7 0 .125 10.9 28.3 -1.65 11.90

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/25 11/1 11/8 11/15 11/22 11/29 12/6 Final
Alabama 16 9 8 7 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 2 4
Georgia 18 11 14 11 10 8 8 7 7 7 8 7 7 6 7
Tennessee 8 8 9 12 13 14 18 16 11 11 11 11 12 9 9
Louisiana State 9   18 16 16 12 13 11 18 20 14 10 10 11 11
Auburn 6 7 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 6 5 5 6 5 12
Mississippi                     20 18 18 17 15

6 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1972-01-01 Orange Bowl Nebraska 38 Alabama 6 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
1972-01-01 Sugar Bowl Oklahoma 40 Auburn 22 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
1971-12-31 Gator Bowl Georgia 7 North Carolina 3 Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)
1971-12-30 Peach Bowl Mississippi 41 Georgia Tech 18 Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA)
1971-12-20 Liberty Bowl Tennessee 14 Arkansas 13 Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)
1971-12-18 Sun Bowl Louisiana State 33 Iowa State 15 Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. John Reaves (FL) 193
2. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 182
3. Hal Chealander (MSST) 66
  Bert Jones (LAST) 66
5. Norris Weese* (MS) 63
6. Paul Lyons (LAST) 57
  Steve Burger (VAND) 57
8. Kenny Lyons* (MS) 48
9. Jim Maxwell (TN) 46
10. Bernie Scruggs (KY) 44

Pass Attempts

1. John Reaves (FL) 356
2. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 325
3. Hal Chealander (MSST) 155
4. Steve Burger (VAND) 134
5. Paul Lyons (LAST) 122
6. Bert Jones (LAST) 119
7. Norris Weese* (MS) 116
8. Jim Maxwell (TN) 102
  Bernie Scruggs (KY) 102
10. Andy Johnson (GA) 77

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 56.0
2. John Reaves (FL) 54.2
3. Hal Chealander (MSST) 42.6

Passing Yards

1. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 2262
2. John Reaves (FL) 2104
3. Bert Jones (LAST) 945
4. Hal Chealander (MSST) 937
5. Paul Lyons (LAST) 817
6. Norris Weese* (MS) 766
7. Steve Burger (VAND) 671
8. Kenny Lyons* (MS) 617
9. Bernie Scruggs (KY) 554
10. Jim Maxwell (TN) 544

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 7.0
2. Hal Chealander (MSST) 6.0
3. John Reaves (FL) 5.9

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 6.5
2. John Reaves (FL) 4.2
3. Hal Chealander (MSST) 2.5

Passing Touchdowns

1. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 21
2. John Reaves (FL) 17
3. Paul Lyons (LAST) 11
4. Kenny Lyons* (MS) 10
5. Bert Jones (LAST) 9
6. Terry Davis (AL) 8
7. Norris Weese* (MS) 6
8. Billy Baker (MSST) 3
  James Ray (GA) 3
  Bernie Scruggs (KY) 3

Passing Interceptions

1. John Reaves (FL) 21
2. Hal Chealander (MSST) 13
  Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 13
4. Steve Burger (VAND) 9
5. Jim Maxwell (TN) 8
  Bernie Scruggs (KY) 8
7. Paul Lyons (LAST) 7
8. Norris Weese* (MS) 5
9. Phil Pierce (TN) 4
  Bert Jones (LAST) 4
  Terry Davis (AL) 4
  Billy Baker (MSST) 4
  Andy Johnson (GA) 4

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 127.8
2. John Reaves (FL) 107.8
3. Hal Chealander (MSST) 80.8

Rush Attempts

1. Curt Watson (TN) 193
2. Johnny Musso (AL) 191
3. Andy Johnson (GA) 174
4. Steve Burger (VAND) 172
5. Jamie O'Rourke (VAND) 165
6. Greg Ainsworth* (MS) 162
7. Jimmy Poulos (GA) 144
8. Terry Davis (AL) 138
9. Norris Weese* (MS) 136
10. Lewis Grubbs (MSST) 134

Rushing Yards

1. Johnny Musso (AL) 1088
2. Andy Johnson (GA) 870
3. Curt Watson (TN) 766
4. Greg Ainsworth* (MS) 748
5. Jimmy Poulos (GA) 733
6. Jamie O'Rourke (VAND) 677
7. Art Cantrelle (LAST) 649
8. Ellis Beck (AL) 556
9. Bob Honeycutt (GA) 530
10. Norris Weese* (MS) 520

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Joe LaBue (AL) 6.4
2. Steve Bisceglia (AL) 5.9
3. Johnny Musso (AL) 5.7
4. Tommy Lowry* (AUB) 5.6
5. Bill Rudder (TN) 5.3
6. Bob Honeycutt (GA) 5.1
7. Jimmy Poulos (GA) 5.1
8. Ellis Beck (AL) 5.1
9. Andy Johnson (GA) 5.0
10. Art Cantrelle (LAST) 4.9

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Johnny Musso (AL) 16
2. Andy Johnson (GA) 13
3. Greg Ainsworth* (MS) 11
4. Curt Watson (TN) 9
5. Jimmy Poulos (GA) 8
  Steve Burger (VAND) 8
7. James Ray (GA) 7
8. Tommy Lowry* (AUB) 6
  Norris Weese* (MS) 6
  Paul Lyons (LAST) 6
  Terry Davis (AL) 6

Receptions

1. Terry Beasley* (AUB) 61
2. Dick Schmalz* (AUB) 47
3. Andy Hamilton (LAST) 45
4. Carlos Alvarez (FL) 40
5. Tommy Durrance (FL) 39
6. Riley Myers* (MS) 29
7. Eric Hoggatt (MSST) 28
8. Bill Barry* (MS) 27
  Willie Jackson (FL) 27
10. Jim Yancey (FL) 24

Receiving Yards

1. Terry Beasley* (AUB) 963
2. Andy Hamilton (LAST) 854
3. Dick Schmalz* (AUB) 699
4. Carlos Alvarez (FL) 517
5. Riley Myers* (MS) 439
6. Tommy Durrance (FL) 366
7. Eric Hoggatt (MSST) 365
8. Tommy Strahan (MSST) 346
9. Willie Jackson (FL) 331
10. Bill Barry* (MS) 320

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Andy Hamilton (LAST) 19.0
2. Tommy Strahan (MSST) 16.5
3. Terry Beasley* (AUB) 15.8
4. Riley Myers* (MS) 15.1
5. Dick Schmalz* (AUB) 14.9
6. David Bailey (AL) 13.6
7. Eric Hoggatt (MSST) 13.0
8. Carlos Alvarez (FL) 12.9
9. Willie Jackson (FL) 12.3
10. Jim Yancey (FL) 12.2

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Terry Beasley* (AUB) 12
2. Andy Hamilton (LAST) 9
3. Dick Schmalz* (AUB) 7
4. Riley Myers* (MS) 6
  Tommy Durrance (FL) 6
6. David Bailey (AL) 5
7. Butch Veazey* (MS) 4
  Ken Kavanaugh (LAST) 4
9. Bill Barry* (MS) 3
  Jim Yancey (FL) 3

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Curt Watson (TN) 197
2. Johnny Musso (AL) 196
3. Andy Johnson (GA) 174
4. Steve Burger (VAND) 172
  Jamie O'Rourke (VAND) 172
6. Greg Ainsworth* (MS) 164
7. Jimmy Poulos (GA) 150
8. Lewis Grubbs (MSST) 141
9. Art Cantrelle (LAST) 138
  Terry Davis (AL) 138

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Johnny Musso (AL) 1102
2. Terry Beasley* (AUB) 976
3. Andy Johnson (GA) 870
4. Andy Hamilton (LAST) 848
5. Jimmy Poulos (GA) 822
6. Curt Watson (TN) 796
7. Greg Ainsworth* (MS) 756
8. Jamie O'Rourke (VAND) 718
9. Dick Schmalz* (AUB) 699
10. Tommy Durrance (FL) 692

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Johnny Musso (AL) 16
2. Andy Johnson (GA) 13
3. Terry Beasley* (AUB) 12
4. Greg Ainsworth* (MS) 11
5. Curt Watson (TN) 9
  Andy Hamilton (LAST) 9
  Jimmy Poulos (GA) 9
8. Steve Burger (VAND) 8
9. Dick Schmalz* (AUB) 7
  James Ray (GA) 7

Total Plays

1. John Reaves (FL) 397
2. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 375
3. Steve Burger (VAND) 306
4. Norris Weese* (MS) 252
5. Andy Johnson (GA) 251
6. Paul Lyons (LAST) 223
7. Bernie Scruggs (KY) 216
8. Hal Chealander (MSST) 209
9. Terry Davis (AL) 204
10. Johnny Musso (AL) 193
  Curt Watson (TN) 193

Total Yards

1. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 2328
2. John Reaves (FL) 2000
3. Norris Weese* (MS) 1286
4. Paul Lyons (LAST) 1211
  Andy Johnson (GA) 1211
6. Johnny Musso (AL) 1115
7. Steve Burger (VAND) 1084
8. Bert Jones (LAST) 938
9. Bernie Scruggs (KY) 928
10. Terry Davis (AL) 900

Total Touchdowns

1. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 23
2. John Reaves (FL) 18
3. Paul Lyons (LAST) 17
4. Johnny Musso (AL) 16
5. Terry Davis (AL) 14
  Andy Johnson (GA) 14
7. Kenny Lyons* (MS) 13
  Bert Jones (LAST) 13
9. Norris Weese* (MS) 12
10. Greg Ainsworth* (MS) 11