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1959 Year Summary

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National Champion: Syracuse (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Billy Cannon (Louisiana State)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Ben Schwartzwalder (Syracuse)

AP Preseason #1: Louisiana State ▪ AP Final #1: Syracuse

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 Southeastern Conference 12 124 73 44 7 .617 5 2 3 0 .400 10.84 6.76 3 5 Georgia
2 Big Ten Conference 10 91 46 40 5 .533 1 0 1 0 .000 10.78 9.42 6 2 Wisconsin
3 Southwest Conference 7 73 39 31 3 .555 3 1 2 0 .333 9.75 8.88 3 3 Arkansas
Texas
Texas Christian
4 Athletic Association of Western Universities 5 51 28 22 1 .559 1 1 0 0 1.000 8.50 6.28 0 2 Southern California
UCLA
Washington
5 Big Seven Conference 7 71 36 35 0 .507 1 0 1 0 .000 5.37 4.95 1 2 Oklahoma
6 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 81 36 45 0 .444 1 1 0 0 1.000 -0.46 1.60 3 1 Clemson
7 Independent 27 266 132 131 3 .502 2 2 0 0 1.000 -1.26 -1.15 4 4
8 Missouri Valley Conference 5 51 27 22 2 .549 1 0 1 0 .000 -1.43 -3.23 0 0 Houston
North Texas
9 Skyline Conference 8 80 38 42 0 .475 0 0 0 0 -6.87 -6.14 0 1 Wyoming
10 Ivy Group 8 72 37 32 3 .535 0 0 0 0 -7.12 -7.85 0 0 Pennsylvania
11 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association 6 62 29 33 0 .468 1 1 0 0 1.000 -7.40 -6.38 0 0 Arizona State
12 Southern Conference 9 88 38 48 2 .443 0 0 0 0 -10.22 -8.21 0 0 Virginia Military Institute

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/21 9/28 10/5 10/12 10/19 10/26 11/2 11/9 11/16 11/23 11/30 Final
Syracuse Ind 20   20 12 8 6 5 4 1 1 1 1 1
Mississippi SEC 8 4 3 5 5 4 3 5 5 2 2 2 2
Louisiana State SEC 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 3 3 3 3
Texas SWC 17 15 10 4 3 3 4 3 2 5 4 4 4
Georgia SEC   17 13       14 11 12 6 6 5 5
Wisconsin Big Ten 6 8 12 9   12 10 9 7 9 5 6 6
Texas Christian SWC 13 9       16 15 17 18 10 8 7 7
Washington AAWU         18   17 12 13 14 9 8 8
Arkansas SWC       19 12 10 17 16 20 13 10 9 9
Alabama SEC                   17 19 11 10
Clemson ACC 18 5 6   15 17 12 10 11 19 14 10 11
Penn State Ind   18   16 10 8 7 7 10 7 15 14 12
Illinois Big Ten       20 13 13         13 12 13
Southern California AAWU   11 11 6 7 5 6 6 4 4 7 13 14
Oklahoma Big 7 2 2   13   18 19       17 15 15
Wyoming Skyline                       16 16
Notre Dame Ind 16   8                 19 17
Missouri Big 7                     18 20 18
Florida SEC   19 19 17 19             18 19
Pittsburgh Ind         20           16   20
School Conf Pre 9/21 9/28 10/5 10/12 10/19 10/26 11/2 11/9 11/16 11/23 11/30 Final
Air Force Ind 15   18 18 17     18          
Army Ind 5 7 4                    
Auburn SEC 3 3 17 14 11 7 8 8 8 12 11    
Georgia Tech SEC   16 7 3 4 9 9 19 15        
Iowa Big Ten 9 13 5 10 9 15     16 16      
Miami (FL) Ind                   18 12    
Michigan State Big Ten 19               19 11      
Navy Ind   13 15                    
North Carolina ACC 12                        
North Texas MVC               20 16        
Northwestern Big Ten 10 10 2 2 2 2 2 2 6 8      
Ohio State Big Ten 7 12 14     20              
Oregon Ind           11 16 15 14 15      
Purdue Big Ten 11     7 6 14 11 14          
South Carolina ACC 14 20 16 11                  
Southern Methodist SWC 4 6   15 15                
Tennessee SEC     9 8 14   20 13 9 20      
UCLA AAWU                     20 17  
Yale Ivy           19 13            

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Dick Norman (STAN) 152
2. Jack Lee (CIN) 132
3. Peter Hall (MARQ) 120
4. Rich Mayo (AF) 110
5. Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 105
  Don Meredith (SMETH) 105
  Charley Johnson (NMST) 105
8. Fran Curci (MIAFL) 100
  Gale Weidner (CO) 100
10. Ron Costello (XAV) 93
  Dick Soergel (OKST) 93

Pass Attempts

1. Dick Norman (STAN) 263
2. Peter Hall (MARQ) 237
3. Jack Lee (CIN) 232
4. Rich Mayo (AF) 211
5. Gale Weidner (CO) 207
6. Charley Johnson (NMST) 199
7. Fran Curci (MIAFL) 195
8. Norm Snead (WAKE) 191
9. Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 188
10. Ed Hino (GW) 185

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Ron Costello (XAV) 61.6
2. Dick Soergel (OKST) 60.0
3. Olen Treadway (IA) 58.5
4. Don Meredith (SMETH) 58.0
5. Dick Norman (STAN) 57.8
6. Emmett Lee (SJST) 57.3
7. Ronnie Stanley (BAY) 57.2
8. Jack Lee (CIN) 56.9
9. Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 55.9
10. Joe Majors (FLST) 53.6

Passing Yards

1. Dick Norman (STAN) 1963
2. Peter Hall (MARQ) 1589
3. Jack Lee (CIN) 1535
4. Charley Johnson (NMST) 1449
5. Norm Snead (WAKE) 1361
6. Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 1343
7. Don Meredith (SMETH) 1266
8. Rich Mayo (AF) 1212
9. John Amabile (BC) 1200
  Gale Weidner (CO) 1200

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. John Amabile (BC) 7.5
2. Dick Norman (STAN) 7.5
3. Charley Johnson (NMST) 7.3
4. Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 7.1
5. Norm Snead (WAKE) 7.1
6. Dick Soergel (OKST) 7.1
7. Ron Costello (XAV) 7.0
8. Don Meredith (SMETH) 7.0
9. Olen Treadway (IA) 6.9
10. Peter Hall (MARQ) 6.7

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Dick Soergel (OKST) 7.0
2. Olen Treadway (IA) 6.8
3. John Amabile (BC) 6.6
4. Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 6.4
5. Dick Norman (STAN) 6.2
6. Jack Lee (CIN) 6.1
7. Don Meredith (SMETH) 5.7
8. Joe Majors (FLST) 5.2
9. Ron Costello (XAV) 5.1
10. Emmett Lee (SJST) 4.7

Passing Touchdowns

1. Charley Johnson (NMST) 18
2. Howard Dyer (VAMI) 13
3. Norm Snead (WAKE) 12
4. Don Meredith (SMETH) 11
  Dick Norman (STAN) 11
  Jim Walden (WY) 11
7. Frank Eastman (VATECH) 10
  Dave Sarette (SYR) 10
  Bill Gundy (DART) 10
  Dave Grosz (OR) 10

Passing Interceptions

1. Norm Snead (WAKE) 16
2. Stan Noskin (MI) 15
3. Fran Curci (MIAFL) 14
  Peter Hall (MARQ) 14
5. George Izo (NDAME) 13
  Jerry Keeling (TLS) 13
  Stanford Fischer (VA) 13
  Gale Weidner (CO) 13
  Tommy Vasell (COLMB) 13
  Ed Hino (GW) 13
  Jim Tom Butler (HA-SI) 13
  Ivan Toncic (PITT) 13

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Dick Soergel (OKST) 131.5
2. Olen Treadway (IA) 125.8
3. Don Meredith (SMETH) 125.8
4. Dick Norman (STAN) 125.2
5. John Amabile (BC) 124.7
6. Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 124.2
7. Ron Costello (XAV) 121.9
8. Jack Lee (CIN) 117.3
9. Emmett Lee (SJST) 115.2
10. Joe Majors (FLST) 110.2

Rush Attempts

1. Dwight Nichols (IAST) 207
2. Paul Choquette (BROWN) 179
3. Tom Watkins (IAST) 161
4. John Crouthamel (DART) 159
5. Pat Trammell (AL) 156
6. Bob Brumble (TLS) 151
7. Don Perkins (NM) 145
8. Bobby Boyd (OK) 144
9. Nolan Jones (AZST) 143
10. Charlie Flowers (MS) 141

Rushing Yards

1. Pervis Atkins (NMST) 971
2. Tom Watkins (IAST) 843
3. Abner Haynes* (NTX) 803
4. Dwight Nichols (IAST) 749
5. Dick Bass (PAC) 742
6. Billy Brown (NM) 740
7. Charlie Flowers (MS) 733
8. Bob Crandall (NM) 729
9. Fred Doelling (PA) 707
10. Nolan Jones (AZST) 689

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Billy Brown (NM) 7.8
2. Pervis Atkins (NMST) 7.5
3. Charles Bowers (HA-SI) 7.2
4. Ernie Davis (SYR) 7.0
  Buddy Allen (UTST) 7.0
6. Ger Schwedes (SYR) 6.3
7. Bob Crandall (NM) 6.3
8. Abner Haynes* (NTX) 6.2
9. John Maloney (COLG) 6.1
10. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 6.1

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Pervis Atkins (NMST) 13
2. Abner Haynes* (NTX) 11
  Charlie Flowers (MS) 11
4. Bruce Maher (DET) 9
  Dwight Nichols (IAST) 9
  Charlie Ravenel (HARV) 9
  Ed Kovac (CIN) 9
8. Tony Banfield (OKST) 8
  Don Perkins (NM) 8
  Bob Gaiters (NMST) 8
  Frank Wilson (UT) 8
  Jim Joyce (MD) 8

Receptions

1. Chris Burford (STAN) 61
2. Bill Carpenter (ARMY) 43
3. Danny House (DAVID) 42
4. Dick Evans (VAMI) 35
5. Ben Robinson (STAN) 34
6. Bill Miller (MIAFL) 33
7. Paul Maguire (CIT) 32
8. Ed Kovac (CIN) 31
  Bud Whitehead (FLST) 31
  Jim Mullen (XAV) 31

Receiving Yards

1. Chris Burford (STAN) 757
2. Dick Evans (VAMI) 698
3. Ben Robinson (STAN) 595
4. Bill Carpenter (ARMY) 591
5. Danny House (DAVID) 563
6. Paul Maguire (CIT) 549
7. Gail Cogdill (WAST) 531
8. Jim Mullen (XAV) 469
9. Bill Smythe (GW) 468
10. Bobby Allen (WAKE) 462

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Bake Turner (TXTECH) 20.2
2. Dick Evans (VAMI) 19.9
3. Gail Cogdill (WAST) 19.0
4. Bobby Allen (WAKE) 18.5
5. Si Woods (MARQ) 18.4
6. Bob Simms (RUT) 18.2
7. Bill Smythe (GW) 18.0
8. Russell Hill (TXAM) 17.9
9. Ben Robinson (STAN) 17.5
10. Pete Manning (WAKE) 17.3

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Paul Maguire (CIT) 10
2. Dick Evans (VAMI) 9
3. Chris Burford (STAN) 6
  Carroll Dale (VATECH) 6
  Gail Cogdill (WAST) 6
6. Alger Pugh (VATECH) 5
  Alan Rozycki (DART) 5
  Tom Larscheid (UTST) 5
  Marv Luster (UCLA) 5
  Ed Kovac (CIN) 5
  Ger Schwedes (SYR) 5
  Bob Kelly (NMST) 5

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Dwight Nichols (IAST) 207
2. Paul Choquette (BROWN) 183
3. John Crouthamel (DART) 173
4. Ed Kovac (CIN) 165
5. Tom Watkins (IAST) 163
6. Pat Trammell (AL) 156
7. Nolan Jones (AZST) 153
  Don Perkins (NM) 153
9. Pervis Atkins (NMST) 152
  Bob Brumble (TLS) 152

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Pervis Atkins (NMST) 1272
2. Abner Haynes* (NTX) 1084
3. Tom Watkins (IAST) 875
4. Oneal Cuterry (SJST) 869
5. Don Perkins (NM) 862
6. Dick Bass (PAC) 858
7. Alger Pugh (VATECH) 855
8. Ed Kovac (CIN) 847
9. Tom Moore (VAND) 846
10. Nolan Jones (AZST) 845

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Pervis Atkins (NMST) 16
2. Ed Kovac (CIN) 14
  Abner Haynes* (NTX) 14
4. Frank Wilson (UT) 12
5. Nolan Jones (AZST) 11
  Charlie Flowers (MS) 11
  Tony Banfield (OKST) 11
  Don Perkins (NM) 11
  Bruce Maher (DET) 11
10. Paul Maguire (CIT) 10
  Tom Larscheid (UTST) 10

Total Plays

1. Peter Hall (MARQ) 330
2. Dick Norman (STAN) 319
3. Jack Lee (CIN) 298
4. Fran Curci (MIAFL) 297
5. Dwight Nichols (IAST) 287
6. Don Meredith (SMETH) 283
7. Gale Weidner (CO) 256
8. Charley Johnson (NMST) 251
9. Rich Mayo (AF) 249
10. Ed Hino (GW) 244

Total Yards

1. Dick Norman (STAN) 2018
2. Charley Johnson (NMST) 1635
3. Peter Hall (MARQ) 1555
4. Jack Lee (CIN) 1528
5. Norm Snead (WAKE) 1365
6. Dwight Nichols (IAST) 1358
7. Rich Mayo (AF) 1357
8. Fran Curci (MIAFL) 1328
9. Gale Weidner (CO) 1305
10. Don Meredith (SMETH) 1291

Total Touchdowns

1. Charley Johnson (NMST) 18
2. Howard Dyer (VAMI) 17
  Dwight Nichols (IAST) 17
4. Jim Walden (WY) 15
5. Don Meredith (SMETH) 13
  Jake Gibbs (MS) 13
  Norm Snead (WAKE) 13
  Pervis Atkins (NMST) 13
9. Gale Weidner (CO) 12
10. Charlie Flowers (MS) 11
  Dale Betty (MD) 11
  Frank Gagliano (RICH) 11
  Richie Lucas (PAST) 11
  Abner Haynes* (NTX) 11
  Ed Kovac (CIN) 11
  Dean Look (MIST) 11
  Dick Norman (STAN) 11
  Dave Grosz (OR) 11