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1968 Year Summary

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National Champion: Ohio State (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: O.J. Simpson (Southern California)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Woody Hayes (Ohio State)

AP Preseason #1: Purdue ▪ AP Final #1: Ohio State

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 Eight Conference 8 83 44 39 0 .530 3 1 2 0 .333 9.90 8.87 2 3 Kansas
Oklahoma
2 Southeastern Conference 10 106 60 38 8 .604 6 3 3 0 .500 9.39 6.89 4 5 Georgia
3 Southwest Conference 8 83 41 38 4 .518 3 3 0 0 1.000 8.86 8.35 2 3 Arkansas
Texas
4 Big Ten Conference 10 100 50 50 0 .500 1 1 0 0 1.000 7.19 7.85 4 3 Ohio State
5 Pacific-8 Conference 8 82 42 34 6 .549 1 0 1 0 .000 6.34 4.57 3 2 Southern California
6 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 80 32 46 2 .413 0 0 0 0 2.17 4.35 0 0 North Carolina State
7 Independent 30 302 166 132 4 .556 3 1 2 0 .333 -1.30 -2.85 4 3
8 Ivy Group 8 72 38 32 2 .542 0 0 0 0 -2.94 -4.53 0 0 Harvard
Yale
9 Western Athletic Conference 8 81 34 46 1 .426 1 0 1 0 .000 -5.68 -3.52 1 0 Wyoming
10 Missouri Valley Conference 6 60 27 32 1 .458 0 0 0 0 -6.54 -4.59 0 0 Memphis
11 Mid-American Conference 7 70 32 35 3 .479 1 0 1 0 .000 -7.58 -8.21 0 1 Ohio
12 Southern Conference 8 80 32 48 0 .400 1 1 0 0 1.000 -10.51 -7.16 0 0 Richmond

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/16 9/23 9/30 10/7 10/14 10/21 10/28 11/4 11/11 11/18 11/25 12/2 Final
Ohio State Big Ten 11 9 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1
Penn State Ind 8 10 4 3 3 3 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 2
Texas SWC 5 4 6     17 13 11 10 8 6 6 5 3
Southern California Pac-8 2 2 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 4
Notre Dame Ind 3 3 2 5 5 6 5 12 12 9 10 9 7 5
Arkansas SWC       20 14 9 16 17 14 10 9 8 9 6
Kansas Big 8     12 8 6 4 3 3 3 7 7 5 6 7
Georgia SEC   18   16 17 10 8 7 9 5 5 4 4 8
Missouri Big 8           20 14 10 8 6 13 16 16 9
Purdue Big Ten 1 1 1 1 1 5 7 6 6 15 12 12 11 10
Oklahoma Big 8 4 5                 14 11 10 11
Michigan Big Ten           18 12 9 7 4 4 13 13 12
Tennessee SEC 9 12 16 15 10 8 6 5 5 11 8 7 8 13
Southern Methodist SWC               13         20 14
Oregon State Pac-8 6 8 18   20       15 13 16 14 14 15
Auburn SEC                 18 12 19 18   16
Alabama SEC 10 7 7 11           16 15 15 12 17
Houston Ind   11 10 12 11     15 13 14 11 10 18 18
Louisiana State SEC 18 20 14 10 8 20 18 14 20         19
Ohio MAC               19 16 17 17 17 15 20
School Conf Pre 9/16 9/23 9/30 10/7 10/14 10/21 10/28 11/4 11/11 11/18 11/25 12/2 Final
Arizona WAC                       19    
Arizona State WAC 17   19 14               20 17  
California Pac-8       18 16   11 8 11 18 18      
Florida SEC 7 6 5 4 7 7 15 20            
Florida State Ind         19   20 18         19  
Indiana Big Ten 13 15 13     19       19        
Miami (FL) Ind 20 19 15 13   12 9              
Michigan State Big Ten       19 12     16 17          
Minnesota Big Ten 15 16 17                      
Mississippi SEC         13 16 17              
Nebraska Big 8 14 14 9 7 9 13                
Stanford Pac-8         18 14                
Syracuse Ind 19       15 11 10              
Texas A&M SWC 12 13   17                    
Texas Tech SWC           15 19              
UCLA Pac-8 16 16 8 9                    
Wyoming WAC     20           19 20 20      

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 265
2. Greg Cook (CIN) 219
3. Gordon Slade (DAVID) 190
4. Steve Olson (ID) 183
  Marty Domres (COLMB) 183
6. Steve Ramsey (NTX) 177
7. Tommy Pharr (MSST) 173
8. Edd Hargett (TXAM) 169
9. Mike Stripling (TLS) 164
10. Jim DelGaizo (TAM) 163

Pass Attempts

1. Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 468
2. Greg Cook (CIN) 411
3. Steve Olson (ID) 365
4. Jim DelGaizo (TAM) 351
5. Edd Hargett (TXAM) 348
6. Mike Stripling (TLS) 347
7. Marty Domres (COLMB) 344
8. Steve Ramsey (NTX) 332
9. Gordon Slade (DAVID) 322
10. Tommy Pharr (MSST) 319

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Gordon Slade (DAVID) 59.0
2. Steve Sogge* (SCA) 58.9
3. Terry Hanratty (NDAME) 58.9
4. Buster O'Brien (RICH) 58.4
5. Brian Dowling (YALE) 57.5
6. Bill Montgomery (AR) 57.3
7. Mike Sherwood (WV) 57.2
8. Frank Harris (BC) 57.0
9. Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 56.6
10. Bubba Wyche (TN) 56.5

Passing Yards

1. Greg Cook (CIN) 3272
2. Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 3103
3. Steve Olson (ID) 2591
4. Steve Ramsey (NTX) 2516
5. Bill Cappleman (FLST) 2410
6. Edd Hargett (TXAM) 2321
7. Leo Hart (DUKE) 2238
8. Marty Domres (COLMB) 2206
9. Jim Plunkett (STAN) 2156
10. Gordon Slade (DAVID) 2109

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Brian Dowling (YALE) 9.7
2. Ken Bailey (HOU) 8.5
3. Bill Cappleman (FLST) 8.4
4. Larry Lawrence (IA) 8.4
5. Bob Warmack (OK) 8.2
6. John Pappas (UTST) 8.1
7. Jim Plunkett (STAN) 8.0
8. Greg Cook (CIN) 8.0
9. Bobby Douglass (KS) 7.8
10. Buster O'Brien (RICH) 7.7

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Brian Dowling (YALE) 9.3
2. Bill Cappleman (FLST) 8.4
3. Cleve Bryant (OH) 7.9
4. Bob Warmack (OK) 7.8
5. Bobby Douglass (KS) 7.7
6. Buster O'Brien (RICH) 7.6
7. Greg Cook (CIN) 7.3
8. John Pappas (UTST) 7.0
9. Mike Sherwood (WV) 6.8
10. Jim Plunkett (STAN) 6.7

Passing Touchdowns

1. Bill Cappleman (FLST) 25
  Greg Cook (CIN) 25
3. Steve Ramsey (NTX) 24
4. Buster O'Brien (RICH) 21
  Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 21
6. Steve Olson (ID) 19
  Brian Dowling (YALE) 19
8. Gene Arnette (VA) 17
9. Jim DelGaizo (TAM) 16
  Edd Hargett (TXAM) 16
  John Pappas (UTST) 16

Passing Interceptions

1. Freddie Summers (WAKE) 25
2. John Oertel (MARSH) 24
3. Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 23
4. Steve Olson (ID) 21
  Loran Carter (AUB) 21
6. Dave Havern (PITT) 20
  Murphy Sprinkel (VAMI) 20
8. Wally Oyler (LOU) 19
  Lynn Dickey (KSST) 19
  Mike McNallen (NAVY) 19

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Brian Dowling (YALE) 165.8
2. Bill Cappleman (FLST) 148.1
3. Buster O'Brien (RICH) 142.4
4. Bob Warmack (OK) 136.0
5. Bobby Douglass (KS) 132.2
6. Greg Cook (CIN) 132.0
7. Cleve Bryant (OH) 131.1
8. John Pappas (UTST) 130.6
9. Steve Ramsey (NTX) 130.6
10. Larry Lawrence (IA) 130.1

Rush Attempts

1. O.J. Simpson* (SCA) 383
2. Steve Owens (OK) 357
3. Bill Enyart (ORST) 293
4. Roland Moss (TOL) 267
5. Mercury Morris (WTXAM) 260
6. Pete Robertson (WICHST) 259
7. Ron Johnson (MI) 255
8. Leo Taylor (NTX) 246
9. Rich Johnson (IL) 243
10. Paul Gipson (HOU) 242

Rushing Yards

1. O.J. Simpson* (SCA) 1880
2. Mercury Morris (WTXAM) 1571
3. Paul Gipson (HOU) 1550
4. Steve Owens (OK) 1536
5. Art Malone (AZST) 1431
6. Ron Johnson (MI) 1391
7. Bill Enyart (ORST) 1304
8. Po James (NMST) 1291
9. Frank Quayle (VA) 1213
10. Bryant Mitchell (RUT) 1204

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Fred Willis (BC) 7.3
2. Ken Edwards (VATECH) 6.9
3. Frank Quayle (VA) 6.9
4. Carlos Bell (HOU) 6.5
5. Paul Gipson (HOU) 6.4
6. Jim Strong (HOU) 6.3
7. Donnie Shanklin (KS) 6.3
8. Duane Thomas (WTXAM) 6.3
9. John Riggins (KS) 6.2
10. Bob Pernell (IN) 6.2

Rushing Touchdowns

1. O.J. Simpson* (SCA) 23
2. Steve Owens (OK) 21
3. Ron Johnson (MI) 19
4. Mercury Morris (WTXAM) 17
  Jim Otis* (OHST) 17
  Bill Enyart (ORST) 17
7. Art Malone (AZST) 15
8. Leroy Keyes (PUR) 14
  Charlie Pittman (PAST) 14
10. Roland Moss (TOL) 13
  Chris Gilbert (TX) 13
  Paul Gipson (HOU) 13
  Steve Worster (TX) 13

Receptions

1. Ron Sellers (FLST) 86
  Jerry Hendren (ID) 86
3. Jerry Levias (SMETH) 80
  Tom Rossley (CIN) 80
5. Gene Washington (STAN) 71
6. Barry Moore (NTX) 69
7. Harry Wood (TLS) 65
  Henley Carter (DUKE) 65
9. Sammy Milner (MSST) 64
10. Mike Kelly (DAVID) 63

Receiving Yards

1. Ron Sellers (FLST) 1496
2. Jerry Hendren (ID) 1457
3. Elmo Wright (HOU) 1198
4. Jerry Levias (SMETH) 1131
5. Gene Washington (STAN) 1117
6. Jim O'Brien (CIN) 1107
7. Mike O'Shea (UTST) 1077
8. Tom Rossley (CIN) 1072
9. Barry Moore (NTX) 1053
10. Louis Thomas (UT) 1006

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Elmo Wright (HOU) 27.9
2. Jack Morrison (PAC) 25.2
3. Jim O'Brien (CIN) 25.2
4. Greg Lindsey (OR) 23.1
5. Preston Riley (MEM) 23.0
6. Calvin Hill (YALE) 22.2
7. Randy Wallick (DART) 22.1
8. Danny Cupp (VATECH) 20.1
9. Billy Walik (NOVA) 19.9
10. Al Fenstemacher (RUT) 19.6

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Jerry Hendren (ID) 14
2. Jim O'Brien (CIN) 12
  Ron Sellers (FLST) 12
4. Mike Kelly (DAVID) 11
  Mike O'Shea (UTST) 11
  Elmo Wright (HOU) 11
7. John Spilis (NIL) 10
  Jade Butcher (IN) 10
9. Gene Huey (WY) 9
10. Ronnie Shanklin (NTX) 8
  Gene Washington (STAN) 8
  Jerry Levias (SMETH) 8
  Bob Long (TXAM) 8
  Walker Gillette (RICH) 8
  Chuck Dicus (AR) 8

Plays From Scrimmage

1. O.J. Simpson* (SCA) 409
2. Steve Owens (OK) 367
3. Bill Enyart (ORST) 295
4. Roland Moss (TOL) 287
5. Mercury Morris (WTXAM) 277
6. Leo Taylor (NTX) 275
7. Ron Johnson (MI) 270
  Pete Robertson (WICHST) 270
9. Mike Richardson (SMETH) 256
10. Rich Johnson (IL) 253

Yards From Scrimmage

1. O.J. Simpson* (SCA) 2091
2. Mercury Morris (WTXAM) 1915
3. Frank Quayle (VA) 1639
4. Steve Owens (OK) 1630
5. Mike Richardson (SMETH) 1615
6. Ron Johnson (MI) 1568
7. Paul Gipson (HOU) 1559
8. Ron Sellers (FLST) 1496
9. Art Malone (AZST) 1491
10. Leo Taylor (NTX) 1460

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. O.J. Simpson* (SCA) 23
2. Steve Owens (OK) 21
3. Ron Johnson (MI) 19
  Bob Houmard (OH) 19
  Mercury Morris (WTXAM) 19
6. Jim Otis* (OHST) 17
  Bill Enyart (ORST) 17
8. Art Malone (AZST) 16
  Dave Bennett (BC) 16
10. Leroy Keyes (PUR) 15

Total Plays

1. Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 556
2. Greg Cook (CIN) 507
3. Marty Domres (COLMB) 497
4. Mike Stripling (TLS) 465
5. Steve Olson (ID) 464
6. Tommy Pharr (MSST) 460
7. Edd Hargett (TXAM) 433
8. John Sodaski (NOVA) 420
  Tommy Boutwell (SMS) 420
10. Jim DelGaizo (TAM) 416

Total Yards

1. Greg Cook (CIN) 3210
2. Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 2995
3. Steve Olson (ID) 2459
4. Marty Domres (COLMB) 2404
5. Steve Ramsey (NTX) 2367
6. Bill Cappleman (FLST) 2342
7. Leo Hart (DUKE) 2340
8. Edd Hargett (TXAM) 2330
9. Mike Stripling (TLS) 2275
10. Cleve Bryant (OH) 2258

Total Yards Per Play

1. Greg Cook (CIN) 6.3

Total Touchdowns

1. Greg Cook (CIN) 30
2. Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 27
3. Bill Cappleman (FLST) 26
4. Brian Dowling (YALE) 25
5. Steve Ramsey (NTX) 24
  Bobby Douglass (KS) 24
  Steve Olson (ID) 24
8. O.J. Simpson* (SCA) 23
  Steve Owens (OK) 23
10. Cleve Bryant (OH) 22
  Buster O'Brien (RICH) 22