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1965 Year Summary

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Mike Garrett (Southern California)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Duffy Daugherty (Michigan State)

AP Preseason #1: Nebraska ▪ 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 Southeastern Conference 11 116 64 47 5 .573 6 4 2 0 .667 13.41 11.10 2 3 Alabama
2 Big Ten Conference 10 100 48 49 3 .495 1 0 1 0 .000 10.05 10.08 3 1 Michigan State
3 Athletic Association of Western Universities 8 81 47 30 4 .605 1 1 0 0 1.000 9.58 7.08 1 2 UCLA
4 Southwest Conference 8 83 44 38 1 .536 3 0 3 0 .000 8.73 8.07 2 1 Arkansas
5 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 80 37 43 0 .463 0 0 0 0 2.46 4.33 0 0 Clemson
North Carolina State
6 Big Eight Conference 8 82 37 41 4 .476 2 1 1 0 .500 1.49 2.05 1 2 Nebraska
7 Independent 32 317 156 147 14 .514 2 2 0 0 1.000 -1.99 -2.96 1 1
8 Western Athletic Conference 6 60 27 33 0 .450 0 0 0 0 -3.86 -2.43 0 0 Brigham Young
9 Missouri Valley Conference 5 50 24 26 0 .480 1 0 1 0 .000 -4.78 -4.34 0 0 Tulsa
10 Mid-American Conference 7 68 35 31 2 .529 0 0 0 0 -6.86 -7.52 0 0 Bowling Green State
Miami (OH)
11 Ivy Group 8 72 37 30 5 .549 0 0 0 0 -7.36 -9.44 0 0 Dartmouth
12 Southern Conference 9 90 42 48 0 .467 1 1 0 0 1.000 -10.71 -9.67 0 0 West Virginia

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/25 11/1 11/8 11/15 11/22 11/29 Final
Alabama SEC 5           10 5 5 5 5 4 1
Michigan State Big Ten     9 5 4 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Arkansas SWC 6 5 4 3 3 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 3
UCLA AAWU               8 7 7 4 5 4
Nebraska Big 8 1 2 3 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 5
Missouri Big 8               9 9 8 7 6 6
Tennessee SEC                 8   9 7 7
Louisiana State SEC 8 7 5     9 5           8
Notre Dame Ind 3 1 8 7 8 7 4 4 4 4 6 9 9
Southern California AAWU 7     8 6 4 8 6 6 6 8 8 10
School Conf Pre 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/25 11/1 11/8 11/15 11/22 11/29 Final
Florida SEC   8   10 9 8 7     10      
Georgia SEC     10 4 5 10              
Georgia Tech Ind               7          
Kentucky SEC   10 6         10 10        
Michigan Big Ten 4 4 7                    
Mississippi State SEC       9 10                
Ohio State Big Ten 10                        
Purdue Big Ten 9 6 2 6 7 6 6            
Syracuse Ind   9                      
Texas SWC 2 3 1 1 1 5 9            
Texas Tech SWC                   9 10 10  

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Bill Anderson (TLS) 296
2. Billy Stevens* (TXEP) 217
3. Tom Wilson (TXTECH) 172
4. Vidal Carlin (NTX) 159
5. Steve Spurrier (FL) 148
6. Kenny Lucas (PITT) 144
7. Bob Griese (PUR) 142
8. Bob Hall (BROWN) 135
9. Carroll Williams (XAV) 128
10. Charles Burt (WI) 121

Pass Attempts

1. Bill Anderson (TLS) 509
2. Billy Stevens* (TXEP) 466
3. Vidal Carlin (NTX) 341
4. Steve Spurrier (FL) 287
5. Tom Wilson (TXTECH) 283
6. Kenny Lucas (PITT) 268
7. Carroll Williams (XAV) 262
8. Billy Fletcher (MEM) 256
9. Bob Hall (BROWN) 254
10. Virgil Carter (BYU) 250

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Tom Wilson (TXTECH) 60.8
2. Steve Sloan (AL) 60.6
3. Bob Griese (PUR) 59.7
4. Kim King (GATECH) 58.6
5. Bill Anderson (TLS) 58.2
6. John Goodman (AZST) 54.9
7. Tom Wilkinson (WY) 54.5
8. Ron Edwards (UTST) 53.8
9. Kenny Lucas (PITT) 53.7
10. Tod Hullin (WA) 53.6

Passing Yards

1. Bill Anderson (TLS) 3464
2. Billy Stevens* (TXEP) 3240
3. Tom Wilson (TXTECH) 2119
4. Kenny Lucas (PITT) 1921
5. Steve Spurrier (FL) 1893
6. Carroll Williams (XAV) 1847
7. Rick Norton (KY) 1823
8. Benny Russell (LOU) 1791
9. Virgil Carter (BYU) 1789
10. Vidal Carlin (NTX) 1723

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Steve Sloan (AL) 9.1
2. Tom Wilkinson (WY) 8.5
3. Rick Norton (KY) 8.5
4. Ken Berry (SJST) 7.9
5. Tod Hullin (WA) 7.8
6. Ron Landeck (PRIN) 7.6
7. Tom Wilson (TXTECH) 7.5
8. Jon Brittenum (AR) 7.4
9. Benny Russell (LOU) 7.3
10. Bob Griese (PUR) 7.2

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Steve Sloan (AL) 9.5
2. Ron Landeck (PRIN) 7.9
3. Allen McCune (WV) 7.2
4. Tod Hullin (WA) 7.0
5. Tom Wilkinson (WY) 7.0
6. Bill Anderson (TLS) 6.7
7. John Goodman (AZST) 6.7
8. Ron Edwards (UTST) 6.7
9. Bob Griese (PUR) 6.6
10. Virgil Carter (BYU) 6.4

Passing Touchdowns

1. Bill Anderson (TLS) 30
2. Billy Stevens* (TXEP) 22
3. Virgil Carter (BYU) 20
  Carroll Williams (XAV) 20
5. Tom Wilson (TXTECH) 18
6. Allen McCune (WV) 15
7. Steve Spurrier (FL) 14
8. Tod Hullin (WA) 13
  Ron Landeck (PRIN) 13
  Billy Fletcher (MEM) 13

Passing Interceptions

1. Billy Stevens* (TXEP) 31
2. Gary Snook (IA) 23
3. Charles Burt (WI) 22
4. Billy Fletcher (MEM) 20
5. Vidal Carlin (NTX) 18
6. Bob Hall (BROWN) 17
7. Rick Norton (KY) 16
  Tom Wilson (TXTECH) 16
  John Hankinson (MN) 16
10. Kenny Lucas (PITT) 15
  Vic Castillo (KSST) 15
  Frank Stavroff (IN) 15
  Alex Bowden (AUB) 15

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Steve Sloan (AL) 153.8
2. Ron Landeck (PRIN) 139.0
3. Tod Hullin (WA) 134.3
4. Tom Wilson (TXTECH) 133.4
5. Allen McCune (WV) 129.4
6. Bill Anderson (TLS) 129.3
7. Bob Griese (PUR) 128.9
8. Tom Wilkinson (WY) 128.6
9. Ron Edwards (UTST) 128.5
10. Kim King (GATECH) 127.8

Rush Attempts

1. Mike Garrett (SCA) 267
2. Dave Alexander (ECAR) 258
3. Jim Grabowski (IL) 252
4. Willie Asbury (KENT) 238
5. Pete Pifer (ORST) 234
6. Bobby Burnett (AR) 232
7. Walt Garrison (OKST) 217
8. Ray McDonald (ID) 213
9. Sonny Stowers (ARMY) 204
10. Hugh Mauldin (CLEM) 194
  Gary Beban* (UCLA) 194

Rushing Yards

1. Mike Garrett (SCA) 1440
2. Jim Grabowski (IL) 1258
3. Dave Alexander (ECAR) 1199
4. Jim Bohl (NMST) 1191
5. Roy Shivers (UTST) 1138
6. Pete Pifer (ORST) 1095
7. Floyd Little (SYR) 1065
8. Ray McDonald (ID) 1002
9. Willie Asbury (KENT) 998
10. Bobby Burnett (AR) 947

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Harry Jones (AR) 7.7
2. Mel Farr* (UCLA) 6.7
3. Ron Kirkland (NE) 6.6
4. Jim Bohl (NMST) 6.5
5. Garrett Ford (WV) 6.4
6. Dolph Banks (CIN) 6.3
7. Nelson Stokley (LAST) 6.3
8. Jess Willis (COST) 6.2
9. Roy Shivers (UTST) 6.0
10. Larry Csonka (SYR) 5.8

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Dave Alexander (ECAR) 17
2. Bobby Burnett (AR) 16
3. Ray McDonald (ID) 15
  Mickey Jackson (MARSH) 15
5. Roy Shivers (UTST) 14
  Gary Beban* (UCLA) 14
  Floyd Little (SYR) 14
8. Charley Harraway (SJST) 13
  Mike Garrett (SCA) 13
10. Rodger Bird (KY) 12

Receptions

1. Howard Twilley (TLS) 134
2. Chuck Hughes* (TXEP) 86
3. Terry Sweeney (TLS) 78
4. John Love (NTX) 76
5. George Pearce (WMMARY) 61
6. Ken McLean (TXAM) 60
  Donny Anderson (TXTECH) 60
8. Charles Casey (FL) 58
9. Harlan Lane (BAY) 56
10. Bob Wallace* (TXEP) 54

Receiving Yards

1. Howard Twilley (TLS) 1779
2. Chuck Hughes* (TXEP) 1634
3. John Love (NTX) 994
4. Bob Wallace* (TXEP) 896
5. Terry Sweeney (TLS) 883
6. Steve Bunker (OR) 838
7. Ken McLean (TXAM) 835
8. Charles Casey (FL) 809
9. Donny Anderson (TXTECH) 797
10. Dave Williams (WA) 795
  George Pearce (WMMARY) 795

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Larry Seiple (KY) 23.5
2. Mike Dennis (LOU) 21.0
3. Dave Williams (WA) 20.9
4. Harry Kellogg (SJST) 20.6
5. Jack Schunke (NOVA) 20.0
6. Tim Russell (BYU) 19.2
7. Chuck Hughes* (TXEP) 19.0
8. Kurt Altenberg* (UCLA) 18.7
9. Dave Dunaway (DUKE) 18.7
10. Bobby Collins (MD) 18.5

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Howard Twilley (TLS) 16
2. Chuck Hughes* (TXEP) 13
3. Phil Odle (BYU) 11
4. Dave Williams (WA) 10
5. Steve Bunker (OR) 9
  Carl Rhodes (VAMI) 9
  Bob Sherlag (MEM) 9
8. Dan Abramowicz (XAV) 8
  Charles Casey (FL) 8
  Bob Wallace* (TXEP) 8
  Jim Miller (NMST) 8
  Terry Sweeney (TLS) 8

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Mike Garrett (SCA) 276
2. Dave Alexander (ECAR) 261
3. Jim Grabowski (IL) 255
4. Bobby Burnett (AR) 242
5. Willie Asbury (KENT) 239
6. Pete Pifer (ORST) 235
7. Donny Anderson (TXTECH) 229
8. Walt Garrison (OKST) 224
9. Ray McDonald (ID) 221
10. Floyd Little (SYR) 214

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Howard Twilley (TLS) 1779
2. Chuck Hughes* (TXEP) 1634
3. Mike Garrett (SCA) 1534
4. Donny Anderson (TXTECH) 1502
5. Roy Shivers (UTST) 1358
6. Jim Bohl (NMST) 1338
7. Floyd Little (SYR) 1313
8. Dave Alexander (ECAR) 1286
9. Jim Grabowski (IL) 1280
10. Clinton Jones* (MIST) 1214

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Dave Alexander (ECAR) 18
2. Donny Anderson (TXTECH) 17
3. Howard Twilley (TLS) 16
  Bobby Burnett (AR) 16
  Roy Shivers (UTST) 16
6. Ray McDonald (ID) 15
  Mickey Jackson (MARSH) 15
  Floyd Little (SYR) 15
9. Charley Harraway (SJST) 14
  Gary Beban* (UCLA) 14
  Mike Garrett (SCA) 14

Total Plays

1. Bill Anderson (TLS) 580
2. Billy Stevens* (TXEP) 532
3. Steve Spurrier (FL) 412
  Bob Hall (BROWN) 412
5. Carroll Williams (XAV) 382
6. Vidal Carlin (NTX) 381
7. Virgil Carter (BYU) 371
8. Paul Stein (AF) 365
  Billy Fletcher (MEM) 365
10. Kenny Lucas (PITT) 362

Total Yards

1. Bill Anderson (TLS) 3343
2. Billy Stevens* (TXEP) 2915
3. Virgil Carter (BYU) 2263
4. Steve Spurrier (FL) 2123
5. Gary Beban* (UCLA) 2073
6. Tom Wilson (TXTECH) 2050
7. Carroll Williams (XAV) 2008
8. Ron Landeck (PRIN) 1949
9. Benny Russell (LOU) 1932
10. Bob Hall (BROWN) 1897

Total Yards Per Play

1. Bill Anderson (TLS) 5.8

Total Touchdowns

1. Bill Anderson (TLS) 35
2. Carroll Williams (XAV) 25
3. Ron Landeck (PRIN) 24
  Virgil Carter (BYU) 24
5. Gary Beban* (UCLA) 23
  Billy Stevens* (TXEP) 23
7. Dave Alexander (ECAR) 22
8. Billy Fletcher (MEM) 19
  Benny Russell (LOU) 19
10. Tom Wilson (TXTECH) 18