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1961 Year Summary

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National Champions: Alabama (AP, NFF, UPI), Ohio State (FWAA)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Ernie Davis (Syracuse)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Darrell Royal (Texas)

AP Preseason #1: Iowa ▪ AP Final #1: Alabama

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 52 38 1 .577 1 1 0 0 1.000 11.51 8.95 3 4 Ohio State
2 Southeastern Conference 12 124 70 53 1 .569 4 2 2 0 .500 9.78 7.29 3 4 Alabama
Louisiana State
3 Southwest Conference 8 84 44 36 4 .548 4 2 2 0 .500 8.99 7.77 1 3 Arkansas
Texas
4 Big Eight Conference 8 82 42 37 3 .530 2 1 1 0 .500 5.24 4.27 1 2 Colorado
5 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 80 40 40 0 .500 0 0 0 0 4.30 4.59 0 1 Duke
6 Athletic Association of Western Universities 5 51 21 27 3 .441 1 0 1 0 .000 0.61 3.59 0 1 UCLA
7 Independent 27 267 147 117 3 .556 4 3 1 0 .750 -0.81 -2.47 2 4
8 Skyline Conference 7 69 32 34 3 .486 2 1 1 0 .500 -4.09 -3.93 0 1 Utah State
Wyoming
9 Southern Conference 9 86 41 45 0 .477 0 0 0 0 -5.77 -4.82 0 0 Citadel
10 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association 5 50 21 28 1 .430 0 0 0 0 -10.62 -8.62 0 0 Arizona State
11 Missouri Valley Conference 4 41 18 22 1 .451 1 0 1 0 .000 -10.98 -8.04 0 0 Wichita State
12 Ivy Group 8 72 32 40 0 .444 0 0 0 0 -11.87 -10.84 0 0 Columbia
Harvard

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/25 10/2 10/9 10/16 10/23 10/30 11/6 11/13 11/20 11/27 Final
Alabama SEC 3 4 4 3 5 4 4 2 2 1 1 1
Ohio State Big Ten 2 3 8 7 7 6 5 3 3 2 2 2
Texas SWC 4 6 5 4 3 3 3 1 1 5 4 3
Louisiana State SEC 5       10 7 6 4 4 4 3 4
Mississippi SEC 9 2 2 1 2 2 2 7 6 6 5 5
Minnesota Big Ten               5 5 3 7 6
Colorado Big 8         9 10 8 8 8 7 6 7
Michigan State Big Ten 6 10 6 5 1 1 1 6 9 8 8 8
Arkansas SWC         10         9 9 9
Utah State Skyline                       10
Missouri Big 8             10 10     10 11
Purdue Big Ten                 7     12
Georgia Tech SEC     3   8 9 7 9       13
Syracuse Ind 10 5 7           10     14
Rutgers Ind                       15
UCLA AAWU   9                   16
Arizona Ind                       17
Penn State Ind 7 8                   17
Rice SWC   7                   17
Duke ACC                       20
School Conf Pre 9/25 10/2 10/9 10/16 10/23 10/30 11/6 11/13 11/20 11/27 Final
Baylor SWC     10 9                
Iowa Big Ten 1 1 1 2 4 5 9          
Kansas Big 8 8                 10    
Maryland ACC       10                
Michigan Big Ten     9 6                
Notre Dame Ind       8 6 8            

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 117
2. Ron Miller (WI) 104
3. Roman Gabriel (NCST) 99
4. Billy Canty (FURM) 85
  John Furman (TXEP) 85
6. Ron Klemick (NAVY) 84
7. George Mira (MIAFL) 81
8. Eddie Wilson (AZ) 79
  Matt Szykowny (IA) 79
10. Bill Whaley (CIT) 78

Pass Attempts

1. Ron Miller (WI) 198
2. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 197
3. George Van Cott (BC) 188
4. Roman Gabriel (NCST) 186
5. Ron Klemick (NAVY) 182
6. John Furman (TXEP) 180
7. Mel Rideout (RICH) 178
8. George Mira (MIAFL) 172
9. Billy Canty (FURM) 168
10. Pat McCarthy (HC) 165

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 59.4
2. Matt Szykowny (IA) 56.8
3. Roman Gabriel (NCST) 53.2
4. Bill Whaley (CIT) 52.7
5. Ron Miller (WI) 52.5
6. Eddie Wilson (AZ) 51.3
7. Billy Canty (FURM) 50.6
8. Jerry Gross (DET) 47.4
9. John Furman (TXEP) 47.2
10. George Mira (MIAFL) 47.1

Passing Yards

1. Ron Miller (WI) 1487
2. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 1480
3. Eddie Wilson (AZ) 1294
4. Jerry Gross (DET) 1126
5. Gale Weidner (CO) 1101
6. Pat McCarthy (HC) 1081
7. Matt Szykowny (IA) 1078
8. Alex Zyskowski (WICHST) 1038
9. Pat Trammell (AL) 1035
  Ron Klemick (NAVY) 1035

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Eddie Wilson (AZ) 8.4
2. Matt Szykowny (IA) 7.8
3. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 7.5
4. Ron Miller (WI) 7.5
5. Jerry Gross (DET) 7.4
6. Gale Weidner (CO) 6.8
7. Bill Whaley (CIT) 6.6
8. Pat McCarthy (HC) 6.6
9. Bobby Mitchell (VAMI) 5.9
10. George Mira (MIAFL) 5.8

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Eddie Wilson (AZ) 7.7
2. Pat McCarthy (HC) 6.2
3. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 6.2
4. Ron Miller (WI) 6.1
5. Jerry Gross (DET) 5.3
6. Earl Cole (DAVID) 5.2
7. George Mira (MIAFL) 5.2
8. Gale Weidner (CO) 4.5
9. Roman Gabriel (NCST) 4.4
10. Bill Whaley (CIT) 4.1

Passing Touchdowns

1. George Potts (XAV) 19
2. Mike DeFazio (XAV) 17
3. Stephen Joern (XAV) 14
  Chon Gallegos (SJST) 14
5. Pat McCarthy (HC) 11
  James Earl Wright (MEM) 11
  Ron Miller (WI) 11
8. Bill King (DART) 10
  Glynn Griffing (MS) 10
  Eddie Wilson (AZ) 10
  John Furman (TXEP) 10

Passing Interceptions

1. Jack Rohrbach (BROWN) 16
2. Matt Szykowny (IA) 15
  George Van Cott (BC) 15
  Daniel Keating (COLG) 15
5. Hank Lesesne (VAND) 14
  Frank Budka (NDAME) 14
7. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 13
  Ron Klemick (NAVY) 13
9. Billy Canty (FURM) 12
  Larry Rakestraw (GA) 12
  Chon Gallegos (SJST) 12
  Gale Weidner (CO) 12
  Freddie Martinez (HA-SI) 12

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Eddie Wilson (AZ) 134.2
2. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 133.8
3. Ron Miller (WI) 122.8
4. Matt Szykowny (IA) 117.0
5. Pat McCarthy (HC) 115.8
6. Jerry Gross (DET) 114.7
7. George Mira (MIAFL) 104.3
8. Gale Weidner (CO) 104.2
9. Bill Whaley (CIT) 103.7
10. Roman Gabriel (NCST) 103.3

Rush Attempts

1. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 229
2. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 202
3. Preacher Pilot (NMST) 191
4. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 176
5. Earl Stoudt (RICH) 162
6. Tom Campbell (FURM) 152
7. Ernie Davis (SYR) 150
8. Tommy Joe Crutcher (TXX) 148
9. Ben Wilson (SCA) 139
10. Don Boyce (TXEP) 138
  Eldon Fortie (BYU) 138

Rushing Yards

1. Preacher Pilot (NMST) 1278
2. Pete Pedro (WTXAM) 966
3. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 938
4. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 920
5. James Saxton (TX) 846
6. Ernie Davis (SYR) 823
7. Tom Larscheid (UTST) 773
8. Tom Campbell (FURM) 767
9. Bobby Thompson (AZ) 752
10. Earl Stoudt (RICH) 704

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. James Saxton (TX) 7.9
2. Bobby Thompson (AZ) 7.3
3. Pete Pedro (WTXAM) 7.1
4. Angelo Dabiero (NDAME) 6.9
5. Preacher Pilot (NMST) 6.7
6. Larry Glueck (NOVA) 6.7
7. Aaron Youngblood (PAC) 6.6
8. Jerry Stovall (LAST) 6.4
9. Tom Larscheid (UTST) 6.4
10. Bob Morgan (NM) 6.4

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Pete Pedro (WTXAM) 21
2. Preacher Pilot (NMST) 17
3. Ernie Davis (SYR) 12
4. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 11
  Tom Larscheid (UTST) 11
6. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 10
  Sam Mudie (RUT) 10
8. Jerry Cook (TX) 9
  Billy Ray Adams (MS) 9
  Pat Trammell (AL) 9
  James Saxton (TX) 9
  Dave Casinelli (MEM) 9

Receptions

1. Hugh Campbell (WAST) 53
2. Pat Richter (WI) 47
3. Bill Miller (MIAFL) 44
4. Al Snyder (HC) 38
5. Oscar Donahue (SJST) 35
6. Tom Hutchinson (KY) 32
  Larry Vargo (DET) 32
8. Buddy Iles (TXX) 31
9. Gary Collins (MD) 30
10. R. Cassell (NMST) 29
  Joe Borich (UT) 29

Receiving Yards

1. Pat Richter (WI) 817
2. Hugh Campbell (WAST) 723
3. Bill Miller (MIAFL) 648
4. Larry Vargo (DET) 601
5. Al Snyder (HC) 558
6. Tom Hutchinson (KY) 543
7. Oscar Donahue (SJST) 527
8. Hal Bedsole (SCA) 525
9. R. Cassell (NMST) 519
10. Jim Stewart (NAVY) 498

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Jim Stewart (NAVY) 21.7
2. Hal Bedsole (SCA) 19.4
3. Dick Limerick (IAST) 19.1
4. Larry Vargo (DET) 18.8
5. Bobby Thompson (AZ) 18.7
6. Mack Burton (SJST) 18.2
7. R. Cassell (NMST) 17.9
8. Pat Richter (WI) 17.4
9. Cloyd Webb (IA) 17.0
10. Tom Hutchinson (KY) 17.0

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Larry Vargo (DET) 8
  Pat Richter (WI) 8
3. Mack Burton (SJST) 7
  R. Cassell (NMST) 7
5. Hal Bedsole (SCA) 6
6. Oscar Donahue (SJST) 5
  Hugh Campbell (WAST) 5
  Don Coffey (MEM) 5
  Al Snyder (HC) 5
  Barry Tyne (HC) 5
  Joe Borich (UT) 5
  Bob Moses (TX) 5
  Bobby Thompson (AZ) 5

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 229
2. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 203
3. Preacher Pilot (NMST) 195
4. Earl Stoudt (RICH) 183
5. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 176
6. Ernie Davis (SYR) 166
7. Tom Campbell (FURM) 163
8. Tommy Joe Crutcher (TXX) 158
9. Curtis McClinton (KS) 145
  Ben Wilson (SCA) 145

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Preacher Pilot (NMST) 1298
2. Bobby Thompson (AZ) 1220
3. Ernie Davis (SYR) 980
4. James Saxton (TX) 969
5. Pete Pedro (WTXAM) 966
6. Tom Larscheid (UTST) 951
7. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 938
8. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 920
9. Roger Kochman (PAST) 892
10. Earl Stoudt (RICH) 887

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Pete Pedro (WTXAM) 21
2. Preacher Pilot (NMST) 18
3. Ernie Davis (SYR) 14
4. Tom Larscheid (UTST) 13
5. Bobby Thompson (AZ) 11
  Bob Ferguson (OHST) 11
7. Curtis McClinton (KS) 10
  Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 10
  Sam Mudie (RUT) 10
10. Nolan Jones (AZST) 9
  James Saxton (TX) 9
  Charley Taylor (AZST) 9
  Dave Casinelli (MEM) 9
  Billy Ray Adams (MS) 9
  Earl Stoudt (RICH) 9
  Roger Kochman (PAST) 9
  Jerry Cook (TX) 9
  Pat Trammell (AL) 9

Total Plays

1. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 320
2. Pat McCarthy (HC) 293
3. Roman Gabriel (NCST) 283
4. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 275
5. George Van Cott (BC) 270
6. Ray Farris (NC) 269
7. John Furman (TXEP) 255
8. John Hadl (KS) 239
9. Hank Lesesne (VAND) 238
10. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 237
  George Mira (MIAFL) 237

Total Yards

1. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 1638
2. Pat McCarthy (HC) 1593
3. Ron Miller (WI) 1449
4. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 1402
5. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 1388
6. Eddie Wilson (AZ) 1377
7. John Furman (TXEP) 1334
8. Pat Trammell (AL) 1314
9. Preacher Pilot (NMST) 1278
10. Jerry Gross (DET) 1250

Total Touchdowns

1. Pete Pedro (WTXAM) 21
2. Pat McCarthy (HC) 19
  George Potts (XAV) 19
4. James Earl Wright (MEM) 18
5. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 17
  Preacher Pilot (NMST) 17
  Pat Trammell (AL) 17
  Mike DeFazio (XAV) 17
9. Bill King (DART) 16
10. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 15