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1956 Year Summary

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National Champion: Oklahoma (AP, FWAA, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Paul Hornung (Notre Dame)

AP Preseason #1: Oklahoma ▪ AP Final #1: Oklahoma

Conference Summary

Sorted by SRS
Overall Bowls SRS Polls
Rk Conference Schs G W L T Pct G W L T Pct SRS SOS Pre Final Champion
1 Big Ten Conference 10 91 48 33 10 .582 1 1 0 0 1.000 12.49 9.61 4 5 Iowa
2 Southwest Conference 7 72 41 30 1 .576 2 2 0 0 1.000 10.30 8.40 2 3 Texas A&M
3 Southeastern Conference 12 122 69 50 3 .578 2 1 1 0 .500 9.43 7.20 3 2 Tennessee
4 Pacific Coast Conference 9 90 45 41 4 .522 1 0 1 0 .000 7.18 6.62 3 2 Oregon State
5 Big Seven Conference 7 71 34 34 3 .500 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.21 1.52 1 2 Oklahoma
6 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 81 31 42 8 .432 1 0 1 0 .000 2.00 3.72 2 1 Clemson
7 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association 6 61 35 26 0 .574 2 1 1 0 .500 -0.73 -4.86 0 0 Texas-El Paso
8 Independent 22 208 97 97 14 .500 2 0 2 0 .000 -2.84 -2.59 4 4
9 Missouri Valley Conference 5 50 23 23 4 .500 0 0 0 0 -4.28 -4.04 0 0 Houston
10 Southern Conference 9 87 38 43 6 .471 1 1 0 0 1.000 -5.56 -5.04 0 1 West Virginia
11 Ivy Group 8 71 35 35 1 .500 0 0 0 0 -7.88 -7.41 1 0 Yale
12 Skyline Conference 8 80 36 42 2 .463 0 0 0 0 -12.17 -10.50 0 0 Wyoming

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19 11/26 Final
Oklahoma Big 7 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1
Tennessee SEC 12   9 6 7 4 3 3 1 2 2 2
Iowa Big Ten     20   12 12 7 15 7 3 3 3
Georgia Tech SEC 4 2 3 3 3 3 2 2 4 5 4 4
Texas A&M SWC 9 11 11 9 14 7 5 5 5 4 5 5
Miami (FL) Ind 18   13 11 11 19 9 8 8 6 6 6
Michigan Big Ten 8 13 5 12 8 5 17 10 10 9 7 7
Syracuse Ind   7 18   13 14 17 9 9 8 8 8
Michigan State Big Ten 2 3 2 2 2 1 4 4 3 10 9 9
Oregon State PCC             17 14 11 11 11 10
Baylor SWC     16 10 10 8 15     16 15 11
Minnesota Big Ten       17     8 6 17 7 10 12
Pittsburgh Ind 10 10 7   16 13 11 20 16 14 12 13
Texas Christian SWC 7 4 8 4 4 10   17   18 14 14
Ohio State Big Ten 5 8 4 5 5 9 6 7 6 12 20 15
Navy Ind       14       12 15 15 13 16
George Washington Southern       16   17 14   18 17 16 17
Southern California PCC 15 6 10 8 9 6 20 16 14   17 18
Clemson ACC         15 20 13 11 13     19
Colorado Big 7               18   20 19 20
School Conf Pre 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19 11/26 Final
Army Ind 11 16 15 15                
Duke ACC 16                      
Florida SEC   19           13 12 13 18  
Illinois Big Ten 20   13                  
Maryland ACC 6                      
Mississippi SEC 13 9 6 7 6 10     19      
North Carolina State ACC   20                    
Notre Dame Ind 3 14 17 18                
Oregon PCC   18                    
Penn State Ind           18 12          
Princeton Ivy                 20      
Purdue Big Ten         17              
South Carolina ACC   17   20 20              
Southern Methodist SWC   5 12 19                
Stanford PCC 14 12         10 20        
Tulane SEC         19 15            
UCLA PCC 17             19        
Vanderbilt SEC   15 18 13                
Virginia Tech Southern         18 16 15          
West Virginia Southern       20                
Wyoming Skyline                   19    
Yale Ivy 19                      

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. John Brodie (STAN) 139
2. Bob Newman (WAST) 91
3. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 90
4. Guy Martin (COLG) 88
5. Gene Saur (HA-SI) 78
6. Ralph Hunsaker (AZ) 75
7. Joe Clements (TX) 74
8. Tom Flores (PAC) 73
9. Carroll Johnston (BYU) 71
  Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 71

Pass Attempts

1. John Brodie (STAN) 240
2. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 172
3. Bob Newman (WAST) 170
  Guy Martin (COLG) 170
5. Carroll Johnston (BYU) 167
6. Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 157
7. Joe Clements (TX) 151
8. Ralph Hunsaker (AZ) 148
9. Chuck Curtis* (TXX) 134
10. Claude Benham (COLMB) 133
  Gene Saur (HA-SI) 133

Pass Completion Percentage

1. John Brodie (STAN) 57.9
2. Bob Newman (WAST) 53.5
3. Len Dawson (PUR) 53.1
4. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 52.3
5. Guy Martin (COLG) 51.8
6. Ralph Hunsaker (AZ) 50.7
7. Joe Clements (TX) 49.0
8. Claude Benham (COLMB) 47.4
9. Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 45.2
10. Carroll Johnston (BYU) 42.5

Passing Yards

1. John Brodie (STAN) 1633
2. Bob Newman (WAST) 1240
3. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 1138
4. Tom Flores (PAC) 1119
5. Guy Martin (COLG) 1100
6. Chuck Curtis* (TXX) 1041
7. Gene Saur (HA-SI) 968
8. Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 964
9. Carroll Johnston (BYU) 945
10. Bob Winters (UTST) 943

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Bob Newman (WAST) 7.3
2. Claude Benham (COLMB) 7.0
3. John Brodie (STAN) 6.8
4. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 6.6
5. Len Dawson (PUR) 6.6
6. Guy Martin (COLG) 6.5
7. Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 6.1
8. Carroll Johnston (BYU) 5.7
9. Ralph Hunsaker (AZ) 5.6
10. Joe Clements (TX) 5.3

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 6.5
2. Bob Newman (WAST) 6.1
3. John Brodie (STAN) 5.2
4. Claude Benham (COLMB) 5.1
5. Len Dawson (PUR) 4.2
6. Guy Martin (COLG) 3.6
7. Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 3.1
8. Carroll Johnston (BYU) 2.6
9. Ralph Hunsaker (AZ) 2.5
10. Joe Clements (TX) 1.4

Passing Touchdowns

1. John Brodie (STAN) 12
2. Tom Flores (PAC) 11
3. Claude Benham (COLMB) 10
  Bob Reinhart (SJST) 10
5. Guy Martin (COLG) 9
6. Jimmy Harris (OK) 8
  Carroll Johnston (BYU) 8
  Bob Newman (WAST) 8
  Gene Saur (HA-SI) 8
  Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 8
  Bill Smithers (HC) 8

Passing Interceptions

1. Bill Smithers (HC) 16
  Mickey Trimarki (WV) 16
  Joe Clements (TX) 16
4. Bob Winters (UTST) 15
  Guy Martin (COLG) 15
  Carroll Johnston (BYU) 15
7. Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 14
  John Brodie (STAN) 14
9. Joe Kapp (CA) 13
  Paul Hornung (NDAME) 13
  Ken Ford (HA-SI) 13

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 121.3
2. Bob Newman (WAST) 120.9
3. John Brodie (STAN) 119.9
4. Claude Benham (COLMB) 116.1
5. Len Dawson (PUR) 110.8
6. Guy Martin (COLG) 105.9
7. Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 95.8
8. Ralph Hunsaker (AZ) 90.1
9. Carroll Johnston (BYU) 87.9
10. Joe Clements (TX) 87.2

Rush Attempts

1. Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 203
2. Jim Crawford (WY) 200
3. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 193
4. Joel Wells* (CLEM) 174
5. Jim Swink* (TXX) 169
6. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 168
7. Don Bosseler (MIAFL) 161
8. Jim Brown (SYR) 158
9. Ronny Quillian (TLN) 156
10. James Roseboro (OHST) 152

Rushing Yards

1. Jim Crawford (WY) 1104
2. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 1010
3. Jim Brown (SYR) 986
4. Jack Hill (UTST) 920
5. Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 879
6. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 873
7. Tommy McDonald (OK) 853
8. Clendon Thomas (OK) 817
9. Joel Wells* (CLEM) 803
10. Don Clark (OHST) 797

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Tommy Lorino (AUB) 8.4
2. Clendon Thomas (OK) 7.9
3. Ron Mills (WTXAM) 7.4
4. Earnel Durden* (ORST) 7.2
5. Tommy McDonald (OK) 7.2
6. Dennis McGill (YALE) 7.1
7. Bob Forrest (TXEP) 6.9
8. Galen Cisco (OHST) 6.8
9. Ken Wineburg* (TXX) 6.8
10. Loyd Taylor (TXAM) 6.8

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Clendon Thomas (OK) 13
  Jim Brown (SYR) 13
3. Jim Crawford (WY) 12
  Tommy McDonald (OK) 12
5. Jack Hill (UTST) 11
  Bob Kyasky (ARMY) 11
7. Hewes Agnew (PRIN) 10
  Mike Brown (DART) 10
9. John Bayuk (CO) 9
  John Call (COLG) 9

Receptions

1. Art Powell (SJST) 40
2. Bill Steiger (WAST) 39
3. Connie Baird (HA-SI) 37
4. Brad Bomba (IN) 31
5. Larry Aldrich (ID) 30
  Charles James (MO) 30
7. Alfred Jamison (COLG) 29
8. Paul Camera (STAN) 28
9. Don Ellingsen (WAST) 27
  Johnny Wilson (DEN) 27
  Farrell Funston (PAC) 27

Receiving Yards

1. Bill Steiger (WAST) 607
2. Art Powell (SJST) 583
3. Farrell Funston (PAC) 563
4. Fred Dugan (DAYT) 481
5. Connie Baird (HA-SI) 455
  Don Ellingsen (WAST) 455
7. Jim Swink* (TXX) 450
8. Jim Morse (NDAME) 442
9. Ernie Pitts (DEN) 415
10. Larry Aldrich (ID) 409

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Jim Morse (NDAME) 22.1
2. Farrell Funston (PAC) 20.9
3. Ernie Pitts (DEN) 19.8
4. Ron Kramer (MI) 19.6
5. Jim Swink* (TXX) 19.6
6. Fred Dugan (DAYT) 18.5
7. Buddy Cruze (TN) 17.9
8. John Whatcott (UTST) 17.4
9. Joe Walton (PITT) 17.1
10. Buddy Dial (RICE) 17.0

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Joe Walton (PITT) 6
  Alfred Jamison (COLG) 6
  Ernie Pitts (DEN) 6
4. Farrell Funston (PAC) 5
  Carl Isaacs (STAN) 5
  Bill Steiger (WAST) 5
  Art Powell (SJST) 5
  Bob Nellums (FLST) 5
  Buddy Dial (RICE) 5
  Gene Keady (KSST) 5

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 205
2. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 203
3. Jim Crawford (WY) 202
4. Jim Swink* (TXX) 192
5. Joel Wells* (CLEM) 178
6. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 171
7. Don Bosseler (MIAFL) 165
8. Jim Brown (SYR) 163
9. Ronny Quillian (TLN) 156
  James Roseboro (OHST) 156

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Jim Swink* (TXX) 1156
2. Jim Crawford (WY) 1148
3. Tommy McDonald (OK) 1135
  Jack Hill (UTST) 1135
5. Clendon Thomas (OK) 1058
6. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 1051
7. Jim Brown (SYR) 1042
8. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 972
9. Johnny Wilson (DEN) 947
10. Ed Sutton (NC) 907

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Clendon Thomas (OK) 17
2. Tommy McDonald (OK) 16
3. Jim Brown (SYR) 14
4. Jim Crawford (WY) 12
  Jack Hill (UTST) 12
6. Bob Kyasky (ARMY) 11
  John Call (COLG) 11
8. John Bayuk (CO) 10
  Mike Brown (DART) 10
  Hewes Agnew (PRIN) 10

Total Plays

1. John Brodie (STAN) 295
2. Ralph Hunsaker (AZ) 231
3. Roger LaBrasca (DRAKE) 219
  Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 219
5. Bob Newman (WAST) 213
6. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 212
7. Corny Salvaterra (PITT) 211
  Joe Clements (TX) 211
9. Billy Stacy (MSST) 209
10. Guy Martin (COLG) 208

Total Yards

1. John Brodie (STAN) 1642
2. Paul Hornung (NDAME) 1337
3. Bob Newman (WAST) 1177
4. Tom Flores (PAC) 1167
5. Guy Martin (COLG) 1165
6. Jim Crawford (WY) 1114
7. Johnny Majors (TN) 1101
8. Billy Stacy (MSST) 1077
9. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 1068
10. Jim Brown (SYR) 1062

Total Touchdowns

1. Tom Flores (PAC) 18
2. Tommy McDonald (OK) 15
3. Jim Brown (SYR) 14
4. Corny Salvaterra (PITT) 13
  Jim Crawford (WY) 13
  Clendon Thomas (OK) 13
7. Jack Hill (UTST) 12
  Johnny Majors (TN) 12
  Bob Reinhart (SJST) 12
  Chuck Curtis* (TXX) 12
  Claude Benham (COLMB) 12
  Mike Brown (DART) 12
  John Brodie (STAN) 12