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1969 Year Summary

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Steve Owens (Oklahoma)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Bo Schembechler (Michigan)

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

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 46 37 0 .554 3 2 1 0 .667 13.14 10.90 2 3 Missouri
Nebraska
2 Southeastern Conference 10 106 63 41 2 .604 6 2 4 0 .333 11.77 7.88 5 5 Tennessee
3 Pacific-8 Conference 8 82 43 35 4 .549 1 1 0 0 1.000 9.91 8.25 3 3 Southern California
4 Big Ten Conference 10 100 47 52 1 .475 1 0 1 0 .000 5.79 6.93 5 3 Michigan
Ohio State
5 Southwest Conference 8 82 38 44 0 .463 2 1 1 0 .500 5.21 6.03 2 2 Texas
6 Western Athletic Conference 8 80 43 37 0 .538 0 0 0 0 2.44 1.69 0 0 Arizona State
7 Independent 27 269 135 129 5 .511 4 3 1 0 .750 -1.10 -1.33 3 4
8 Mid-American Conference 7 71 41 29 1 .585 1 1 0 0 1.000 -1.33 -4.66 0 0 Toledo
9 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 7 71 40 31 0 .563 1 1 0 0 1.000 -5.23 -6.11 0 0 San Diego State
10 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 81 31 48 2 .395 1 0 1 0 .000 -6.67 -2.31 0 0 South Carolina
11 Missouri Valley Conference 6 60 27 32 1 .458 0 0 0 0 -6.84 -3.91 0 0 Memphis
12 Ivy Group 8 72 35 37 0 .486 0 0 0 0 -9.27 -9.52 0 0 Dartmouth
Princeton
Yale
13 Southern Conference 7 70 26 43 1 .379 1 0 1 0 .000 -14.75 -9.98 0 0 Davidson
Richmond

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/22 9/29 10/6 10/13 10/20 10/27 11/3 11/10 11/17 11/24 12/1 12/8 Final
Texas SWC 4 4 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1
Penn State Ind 3 2 2 5 5 8 5 5 5 4 3 3 2 2
Southern California Pac-8 5 5 5 4 3 7 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 3
Ohio State Big Ten 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 4 4 4
Notre Dame Ind 11 9   15 11 12 10 8 9 8 8 9 9 5
Missouri Big 8 10 11 9 7 6 5 14 9 8 7 6 6 6 6
Arkansas SWC 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 2 3 7
Mississippi SEC 9 8 20   19 17   17 18 13 14 14 13 8
Michigan Big Ten   20 13   13   20 18 14 12 7 7 7 9
Louisiana State SEC     16 14 9 9 8 12 12 10 9 8 8 10
Nebraska Big 8       20       20 17 16 13 13 14 11
Houston Ind 7               18 19 18 19 17 12
UCLA Pac-8 17 14 11 11 8 6 9 7 7 6 11 10 10 13
Florida SEC   12 12 12 10 10 7 13 15 15 17 18 15 14
Tennessee SEC 15 19 10 10 7 3 3 3 3 9 10 12 11 15
Colorado Big 8             18             16
West Virginia Ind     18 17           18 19 16 19 17
Purdue Big Ten 18 16 8 9 17 15 13 10 10 17 16 15 17 18
Stanford Pac-8 16   17 16 18 19 16 14 13 14 15 17 16 19
Auburn SEC 20 17   20 15 14 17 11 11 11 12 11 12 20
School Conf Pre 9/22 9/29 10/6 10/13 10/20 10/27 11/3 11/10 11/17 11/24 12/1 12/8 Final
Air Force Ind           20 19 19 20          
Alabama SEC 13 15 15 13 20                  
Arizona State WAC   18                        
Georgia SEC 8 7 7 6 14 13 11 16 16          
Indiana Big Ten 14 10                        
Kansas State Big 8           18 12 15            
Michigan State Big Ten 12 13 14 19                    
Minnesota Big Ten 19                          
Oklahoma Big 8 6 6 6 8 12 11   20            
Toledo MAC                   20 20 20 20  
Wyoming WAC     19 18 16 16 15              

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. John Reaves (FL) 222
2. Gordon Slade* (DAVID) 220
3. Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 217
4. Dennis Shaw (SDGST) 199
5. Jim Plunkett (STAN) 197
6. Lynn Dickey (KSST) 196
7. Steve Ramsey (NTX) 195
8. Bill Cappleman (FLST) 183
9. Charlie Richards (RICH) 175
10. Mike Phipps (PUR) 169

Pass Attempts

1. Steve Ramsey (NTX) 414
2. John Reaves (FL) 396
3. Lynn Dickey (KSST) 372
4. Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 362
5. Gordon Slade* (DAVID) 359
6. Charlie Richards (RICH) 356
7. Bill Cappleman (FLST) 344
8. Jim Plunkett (STAN) 336
9. Dennis Shaw (SDGST) 335
10. Mike Phipps (PUR) 321

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Gordon Slade* (DAVID) 61.3
2. Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 59.9
3. Dennis Shaw (SDGST) 59.4
4. Scott Hunter (AL) 59.0
5. Jim Plunkett (STAN) 58.6
6. Archie Manning (MS) 58.1
7. Rich Policastro (RUT) 57.8
8. Tom Blanchard (OR) 57.6
9. Shawn McKinney (LBS) 57.5
10. Jerry Tagge* (NE) 56.6

Passing Yards

1. Dennis Shaw (SDGST) 3185
2. John Reaves (FL) 2896
3. Steve Ramsey (NTX) 2828
4. Jim Plunkett (STAN) 2673
5. Gordon Slade* (DAVID) 2564
6. Charlie Richards (RICH) 2556
7. Mike Phipps (PUR) 2527
8. Lynn Dickey (KSST) 2476
9. Bill Cappleman (FLST) 2467
10. Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 2313

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Dennis Shaw (SDGST) 9.5
2. Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 9.4
3. Shawn McKinney (LBS) 8.6
4. Gary Mullins (HOU) 8.6
5. Terry McMillan (MO) 8.4
6. Scott Hunter (AL) 8.2
7. Tom Blanchard (OR) 8.1
8. Joe Theismann (NDAME) 8.0
9. Jim Plunkett (STAN) 8.0
10. Mike Phipps (PUR) 7.9

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 8.7
2. Gary Mullins (HOU) 8.6
3. Dennis Shaw (SDGST) 8.3
4. Tom Blanchard (OR) 7.7
5. Scott Hunter (AL) 7.5
6. Terry McMillan (MO) 7.5
7. Shawn McKinney (LBS) 7.3
8. Jim Plunkett (STAN) 7.1
9. Chuck Ealey (TOL) 7.1
10. Bill Montgomery (AR) 6.9

Passing Touchdowns

1. Dennis Shaw (SDGST) 39
2. Gordon Slade* (DAVID) 25
3. John Reaves (FL) 24
  Steve Ramsey (NTX) 24
5. Mike Phipps (PUR) 23
6. Charlie Richards (RICH) 21
7. Jim Plunkett (STAN) 20
8. Frank Harris (BC) 19
9. Terry McMillan (MO) 18
10. Bob Cutburth (OKST) 16
  Pat Sullivan (AUB) 16

Passing Interceptions

1. Steve Ramsey (NTX) 31
2. Dennis Shaw (SDGST) 26
3. Bill Craigo (TXEP) 23
4. Ivan Lippi (SJST) 21
  Jim Friedl (PITT) 21
6. Ron Hudson (FREST) 20
  Tommy Kendrick (CLEM) 20
8. John Reaves (FL) 19
  Cleve Hightower (FURM) 19
  Rick Arrington (TLS) 19
  Lynn Dickey (KSST) 19
  Rusty Lachaussee (TLN) 19
  Dave Holman (UTST) 19

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Dennis Shaw (SDGST) 162.2
2. Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 148.3
3. Gary Mullins (HOU) 141.1
4. Tom Blanchard (OR) 139.5
5. Gordon Slade* (DAVID) 136.5
6. Jim Plunkett (STAN) 136.2
7. Scott Hunter (AL) 133.3
8. Shawn McKinney (LBS) 132.2
9. Mike Phipps (PUR) 131.2
10. Terry McMillan (MO) 130.2

Rush Attempts

1. Steve Owens (OK) 358
2. Leon Burns (LBS) 350
3. Clarence Davis* (SCA) 297
4. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 277
5. Lee Bouggess (LOU) 267
6. Joe Moore (MO) 260
7. Po James (NMST) 257
8. Terry Smoot (VATECH) 246
9. John Isenbarger (IN) 233
10. Don Nottingham (KENT) 231
  Josh Ashton (TLS) 231

Rushing Yards

1. Leon Burns (LBS) 1659
2. Steve Owens (OK) 1523
3. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 1409
4. Clarence Davis* (SCA) 1357
5. Joe Moore (MO) 1312
6. Jim Strong (HOU) 1293
7. John Isenbarger (IN) 1217
8. Po James (NMST) 1182
9. Bob Gresham* (WV) 1155
10. Don McCauley (NC) 1092

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Billy Walik (NOVA) 8.9
2. Jim Bertelsen (TX) 7.1
3. Bob Duncan (CIT) 6.9
4. Jim Strong (HOU) 6.8
5. Ed Williams* (WV) 6.7
6. Mickey Kerins (NOVA) 6.6
7. Dave Buchanan (AZST) 6.3
8. Mickey Cureton (UCLA) 6.3
9. Billy Taylor* (MI) 6.1
10. Paul Gowen (MEM) 6.1

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Leon Burns (LBS) 26
2. Howie Williams (STAN) 25
3. Steve Owens (OK) 23
4. Mack Herron (KSST) 20
5. Bob Anderson (CO) 18
6. Jim Otis (OHST) 15
7. Archie Manning (MS) 14
  Ed Marinaro (CORN) 14
9. Dave Buchanan (AZST) 13
  Jim Bertelsen (TX) 13

Receptions

1. Jerry Hendren (ID) 95
2. Carlos Alvarez (FL) 88
3. Tim Delaney (SDGST) 85
4. Mike Kelly* (DAVID) 76
5. Barry Moore (NTX) 71
6. George Hannen* (DAVID) 67
7. Sammy Milner (MSST) 64
8. Elmo Wright (HOU) 63
9. Todd Snyder (OH) 62
10. Mike Mikolayunas* (DAVID) 57
  Fred Mathews (BGSU) 57
  Walker Gillette (RICH) 57

Receiving Yards

1. Jerry Hendren (ID) 1452
2. Carlos Alvarez (FL) 1329
3. Elmo Wright (HOU) 1275
4. Tim Delaney (SDGST) 1259
5. Barry Moore (NTX) 1130
6. Walker Gillette (RICH) 1090
7. Mike Kelly* (DAVID) 965
8. Tom Reynolds (SDGST) 885
9. Ronnie Shanklin (NTX) 874
10. Todd Snyder (OH) 835

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Mel Gray (MO) 27.1
2. Roland Merritt (MD) 26.3
3. Bob Milligan (YALE) 24.9
4. Frank Foreman (MIST) 24.4
5. Stan Brown (PUR) 22.7
6. Maxie LeBlanc (TLN) 22.1
7. Al Barnes (NMST) 21.8
8. Al Baker (TOL) 20.7
9. John Stewart (NM) 20.6
10. Bill Miller (BYU) 20.5

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Tom Reynolds (SDGST) 18
2. Tim Delaney (SDGST) 14
  Elmo Wright (HOU) 14
4. Jerry Hendren (ID) 12
  Carlos Alvarez (FL) 12
6. Walker Gillette (RICH) 11
  George Hannen* (DAVID) 11
  Ashley Bell (PUR) 11
9. Ronnie Shanklin (NTX) 10
  Bobby Moore (OR) 10
  Jade Butcher (IN) 10

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Steve Owens (OK) 362
2. Leon Burns (LBS) 360
3. Clarence Davis* (SCA) 300
4. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 283
5. Lee Bouggess (LOU) 272
6. Joe Moore (MO) 267
7. Po James (NMST) 265
8. Terry Smoot (VATECH) 264
9. Josh Ashton (TLS) 253
10. John Isenbarger (IN) 246

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Leon Burns (LBS) 1808
2. Steve Owens (OK) 1555
3. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 1461
4. Jerry Hendren (ID) 1452
5. Joe Moore (MO) 1389
6. Jim Strong (HOU) 1385
7. Clarence Davis* (SCA) 1377
8. John Isenbarger (IN) 1364
9. Don McCauley (NC) 1330
10. Carlos Alvarez (FL) 1329

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Howie Williams (STAN) 29
2. Leon Burns (LBS) 27
3. Steve Owens (OK) 23
4. Mack Herron (KSST) 21
5. Bob Anderson (CO) 19
6. Tom Reynolds (SDGST) 18
  Tommy Durrance (FL) 18
8. Jim Otis (OHST) 16
  Stan Brown (PUR) 16
10. Bobby Moore (OR) 15

Total Plays

1. Charlie Richards (RICH) 455
2. Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 444
3. Steve Ramsey (NTX) 443
4. Gordon Slade* (DAVID) 434
5. John Reaves (FL) 428
6. Lynn Dickey (KSST) 424
7. Bob Cutburth (OKST) 421
8. Mike Phipps (PUR) 418
9. Bill Cappleman (FLST) 417
10. Mike McNallen (NAVY) 389
  Jim Plunkett (STAN) 389
  Archie Manning (MS) 389

Total Yards

1. Dennis Shaw (SDGST) 3197
2. John Reaves (FL) 2852
3. Jim Plunkett (STAN) 2786
4. Mike Phipps (PUR) 2745
5. Charlie Richards (RICH) 2665
6. Steve Ramsey (NTX) 2637
7. Gordon Slade* (DAVID) 2554
8. Lynn Dickey (KSST) 2356
9. Archie Manning (MS) 2264
10. Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 2202

Total Yards Per Play

1. Dennis Shaw (SDGST) 8.2

Total Touchdowns

1. Dennis Shaw (SDGST) 45
2. Gordon Slade* (DAVID) 33
3. Mike Phipps (PUR) 31
4. Leon Burns (LBS) 26
5. John Reaves (FL) 25
  Terry McMillan (MO) 25
  Steve Ramsey (NTX) 25
  Howie Williams (STAN) 25
9. Charlie Richards (RICH) 24
10. Archie Manning (MS) 23
  Pat Sullivan (AUB) 23
  Steve Owens (OK) 23