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1970 Year Summary

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Jim Plunkett (Stanford)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Alex Agase (Northwestern)

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

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 90 49 39 2 .556 3 1 1 1 .500 13.38 11.51 4 2 Nebraska
2 Pacific-8 Conference 8 88 46 40 2 .534 1 1 0 0 1.000 12.98 11.69 3 2 Stanford
3 Southeastern Conference 10 112 66 45 1 .594 5 2 2 1 .500 11.73 7.80 5 4 Louisiana State
4 Southwest Conference 8 88 45 42 1 .517 2 0 2 0 .000 9.79 8.82 2 2 Texas
5 Big Ten Conference 10 100 46 51 3 .475 1 0 1 0 .000 8.38 9.16 2 2 Ohio State
6 Ivy Group 8 72 43 29 0 .597 0 0 0 0 1.39 -2.36 0 1 Dartmouth
7 Western Athletic Conference 8 83 42 41 0 .506 1 1 0 0 1.000 0.84 1.23 1 1 Arizona State
8 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 89 37 50 2 .427 1 0 1 0 .000 -2.20 0.32 1 0 Wake Forest
9 Independent 30 320 161 156 3 .508 4 3 1 0 .750 -3.53 -3.34 4 6
10 Mid-American Conference 6 60 35 24 1 .592 1 1 0 0 1.000 -4.05 -7.08 0 1 Toledo
11 Missouri Valley Conference 5 52 23 28 1 .452 1 0 0 1 .500 -8.11 -4.94 0 0 Louisville
12 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 7 78 36 41 1 .468 1 0 0 1 .500 -10.13 -8.56 0 0 Long Beach State
San Diego State
13 Southern Conference 7 76 28 48 0 .368 1 0 1 0 .000 -18.50 -13.01 0 0 William & Mary

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/14 9/21 9/28 10/5 10/12 10/19 10/26 11/2 11/9 11/16 11/23 11/30 12/7 Final
Nebraska Big 8 9 9 8 6 6 5 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 1
Notre Dame Ind 6 6 6 4 3 3 3 3 2 1 2 4 6 6 2
Texas SWC 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 3
Tennessee SEC     17   20 14 11 9 8 10 8 7 5 4 4
Ohio State Big Ten 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 5 2 2 2 5
Arizona State WAC 19 20   18 14 12 12 11 12 11 9 9 9 8 6
Louisiana State SEC 12 12     19 15 14 10 11 9 7 6 8 5 7
Stanford Pac-8 10 4 3 3 12 9 8 6 6 6 11 13 12 12 8
Michigan Big Ten 8 8 10 9 7 6 5 5 5 5 4 8 7 7 9
Auburn SEC 20     12 9 8 6 12 10 8 13 11 10 10 10
Arkansas SWC 4 11 12 11 10 10 9 8 7 7 6 5 4 9 11
Toledo MAC             19   15 16 15 15 14 15 12
Georgia Tech Ind     19 15 13 16         17 16 13 13 13
Dartmouth Ivy                 17 15 16 14 15 14 14
Southern California Pac-8 3 3 7 5 4 11 10 18   18     17 16 15
Air Force Ind     20 10 8 7 7 7 9 13 10 12 11 11 16
Tulane Ind                             17
Penn State Ind 7 7 4 16             20 17 18 18 18
Houston Ind 13 15 11     19 15   18         17 19
Mississippi SEC 5 5 5 7 5 4 13 13 13 12 12 10 16   20
Oklahoma Big 8 20 18 14                   20 20 20
School Conf Pre 9/14 9/21 9/28 10/5 10/12 10/19 10/26 11/2 11/9 11/16 11/23 11/30 12/7 Final
Alabama SEC 16     17         19            
Colorado Big 8     18 8 17 13 19         19      
Florida SEC 15 14 13                        
Georgia SEC   19                          
Kansas State Big 8 14 13               20          
Missouri Big 8 11 10 9 20 16 18   17              
North Carolina ACC       19 18                    
Northwestern Big Ten               20     18 18 19    
Oregon Pac-8               16   19          
Pittsburgh Ind             18 15              
San Diego State PCAA             17 14 14 14 14        
South Carolina ACC 17                            
Syracuse Ind                 20            
Texas Tech SWC           17         19     19  
UCLA Pac-8 18 16 15 13 15 19 16 19 16 17          
Washington Pac-8                       20      
West Virginia Ind 20 17 16 14 11                    

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions
1. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 211
2. Bob Parker (AF) 199
3. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 195
4. Dan Fouts (OR) 188
  John Reaves (FL) 188
6. Sonny Sixkiller (WA) 186
7. Lynn Dickey (KSST) 180
  Leo Hart (DUKE) 180
9. Mark Thompson (DAVID) 179
10. Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 175
Pass Attempts
1. Bob Parker (AF) 402
2. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 388
3. John Reaves (FL) 376
4. Lynn Dickey (KSST) 364
5. Sonny Sixkiller (WA) 362
6. Dan Fouts (OR) 361
7. Mark Thompson (DAVID) 350
8. Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 344
9. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 337
10. Wayne Smith (COST) 321
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Jerry Tagge* (NE) 61.1
2. Mike Sherwood (WV) 60.6
3. Pat Sullivan (AUB) 59.4
4. Jim Chasey (DART) 58.9
5. Leo Hart (DUKE) 58.4
6. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 57.9
7. Joe Theismann (NDAME) 57.8
8. Frank Harris (BC) 57.7
9. Scott Hunter (AL) 57.5
10. Chuck Ealey (TOL) 56.7
Passing Yards
1. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 2980
2. Bob Parker (AF) 2789
3. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 2618
4. Pat Sullivan (AUB) 2586
5. John Reaves (FL) 2549
6. Joe Theismann (NDAME) 2429
7. Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 2392
8. Dan Fouts (OR) 2390
9. Sonny Sixkiller (WA) 2303
10. Leo Hart (DUKE) 2236
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Pat Sullivan (AUB) 9.2
2. Joe Theismann (NDAME) 9.1
3. Bill Montgomery (AR) 8.5
4. Tommy Warren (FLST) 8.5
5. Joe Spagnola (AZST) 8.2
6. Jerry Tagge* (NE) 8.1
7. Mike Sherwood (WV) 8.0
8. Jim Jones (SCA) 8.0
9. Dave Penhall (CA) 7.9
10. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 7.8
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Pat Sullivan (AUB) 8.5
2. Jim Jones (SCA) 7.9
3. Joe Theismann (NDAME) 7.9
4. Neil Graff (WI) 7.8
5. Mike Sherwood (WV) 7.7
6. Bill Montgomery (AR) 7.5
7. Jerry Tagge* (NE) 7.5
8. Tommy Warren (FLST) 7.3
9. Joe Spagnola (AZST) 7.1
10. Chuck Ealey (TOL) 6.9
Passing Touchdowns
1. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 23
2. Bob Parker (AF) 21
3. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 19
4. Joe Spagnola (AZST) 18
5. Pat Sullivan (AUB) 17
  Karl Francis (FREST) 17
7. Chuck Ealey (TOL) 16
  Daryl Woodring (NOVA) 16
  Tony Adams (UTST) 16
  Joe Theismann (NDAME) 16
  Dan Fouts (OR) 16
Passing Interceptions
1. Lynn Dickey (KSST) 26
2. Ty Paine (WAST) 24
  Dan Fouts (OR) 24
4. Sonny Sixkiller (WA) 22
  Steve Skiver (OH) 22
6. Kelly Cochrane (MIAFL) 21
  Eddie McAshan (GATECH) 21
  Tony Pounds (OKST) 21
9. Don Jackson (COLMB) 20
  Brian Sipe (SDGST) 20
  John Casazza (ECAR) 20
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Pat Sullivan (AUB) 148.2
2. Mike Sherwood (WV) 145.4
3. Joe Theismann (NDAME) 143.2
4. Jerry Tagge* (NE) 141.4
5. Joe Spagnola (AZST) 137.0
6. Bill Montgomery (AR) 135.7
7. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 133.8
8. Tommy Warren (FLST) 130.9
9. Chuck Ealey (TOL) 130.5
10. Jim Jones (SCA) 128.9
Rush Attempts
1. Don McCauley* (NC) 360
2. Gary Kosins (DAYT) 344
3. Mike Adamle (NWEST) 304
4. Brian Bream (AF) 294
5. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 285
6. Leon Burns (LBS) 275
7. Tim Fortney (MIAOH) 265
  Bill Gary (OH) 265
9. John Brockington* (OHST) 261
10. Dave Schilling (ORST) 254
Rushing Yards
1. Don McCauley* (NC) 1863
2. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 1425
3. Phil Mosser* (WMMARY) 1286
4. Brian Bream (AF) 1276
5. Mike Adamle (NWEST) 1255
6. Roger Lawson (WMI) 1205
7. Steve Cowan (CIN) 1197
8. Gary Kosins (DAYT) 1172
9. John Brockington* (OHST) 1142
10. Johnny Musso (AL) 1137
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. Fred Henry (NM) 7.3
2. Roger Lawson (WMI) 7.2
3. Nate McCall (NM) 7.0
4. Eddie Steward (SDGST) 6.9
5. Sam Cunningham (SCA) 6.4
6. Robert Newhouse (HOU) 6.4
7. Jim Kirby (LBS) 6.3
8. Bob Duncan (CIT) 6.3
9. Jessie Mims (NMST) 6.2
10. Joe Wylie (OK) 6.2
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Don McCauley* (NC) 22
2. Leon Burns (LBS) 19
  Brian Bream (AF) 19
4. Gary Kosins (DAYT) 18
5. John Brockington* (OHST) 17
6. Joe Orduna* (NE) 15
7. Steve Worster (TX) 14
8. Roger Lawson (WMI) 13
  Jim Bertelsen (TX) 13
  Sam Scarber (NM) 13
Receptions
1. Mike Mikolayunas (DAVID) 87
2. Tom Gatewood (NDAME) 77
3. Don Fair (TOL) 76
4. Ernie Jennings (AF) 74
  Wes Chesson (DUKE) 74
  David Smith (MSST) 74
  Mike Siani (NOVA) 74
8. Bob Newland (OR) 67
9. Tim Delaney (SDGST) 62
10. Otto Stowe (IAST) 59
Receiving Yards
1. Mike Siani (NOVA) 1328
2. Ernie Jennings (AF) 1289
3. Mike Mikolayunas (DAVID) 1128
4. Tom Gatewood (NDAME) 1123
  Bob Newland (OR) 1123
6. Wes Chesson (DUKE) 1080
7. Terry Beasley (AUB) 1051
8. Andy Hamilton* (LAST) 1016
9. Ed Puishes (TXEP) 1000
10. David Smith (MSST) 987
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Larry Hart (LOU) 24.1
2. Alvin Bresler (AUB) 23.0
3. Sam Dickerson (SCA) 22.0
4. Gary Boreham (FREST) 21.9
5. Larry Mialik (WI) 21.3
6. Andy Hamilton* (LAST) 21.2
7. Jim Braxton (WV) 20.9
8. Jim Mitchell (SC) 20.5
9. Jeff Baker (SDGST) 20.3
10. Terry Beasley (AUB) 20.2
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Ernie Jennings (AF) 17
2. Mike Siani (NOVA) 12
  Ken Burrow (SDGST) 12
4. Terry Beasley (AUB) 11
  Gary Boreham (FREST) 11
6. J.D. Hill (AZST) 10
7. Elmo Wright (HOU) 9
  Charlie McKee (AZ) 9
  John Sexton (FREST) 9
10. Jim Braxton (WV) 8
  Steve Fraser (COLG) 8
  Mike Mikolayunas (DAVID) 8
  Larry Hart (LOU) 8
  Guy Ingles* (NE) 8
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Don McCauley* (NC) 375
2. Gary Kosins (DAYT) 349
3. Mike Adamle (NWEST) 318
4. Brian Bream (AF) 313
5. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 296
6. Tim Fortney (MIAOH) 288
7. Leon Burns (LBS) 280
8. Gary Hammond (SMETH) 278
9. Lawrence McCutcheon (COST) 276
10. John Brockington* (OHST) 273
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Don McCauley* (NC) 2098
2. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 1554
3. Brian Bream (AF) 1513
4. Lawrence McCutcheon (COST) 1494
5. Phil Mosser* (WMMARY) 1425
6. Mike Adamle (NWEST) 1389
7. Gary Hammond (SMETH) 1380
8. Bobby Moore (OR) 1379
9. Mike Siani (NOVA) 1331
10. Ernie Jennings (AF) 1313
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Don McCauley* (NC) 24
2. Brian Bream (AF) 20
  Leon Burns (LBS) 20
4. Ernie Jennings (AF) 19
5. Gary Kosins (DAYT) 18
6. John Brockington* (OHST) 17
7. Fred Willis (BC) 16
8. John Short (DART) 15
  Joe Orduna* (NE) 15
10. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 14
  John Riggins (KS) 14
  Steve Worster (TX) 14
Total Plays
1. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 475
2. Wayne Smith (COST) 449
  Joe Reed (MSST) 449
  Joe Reed (MSST) 449
5. Bob Parker (AF) 442
6. John Reaves (FL) 433
7. Mark Thompson (DAVID) 428
8. Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 423
9. Sonny Sixkiller (WA) 420
10. Dan Fouts (OR) 412
Total Yards
1. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 3189
2. Pat Sullivan (AUB) 2856
3. Joe Theismann (NDAME) 2813
4. Bob Parker (AF) 2783
5. John Reaves (FL) 2431
6. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 2422
7. Dan Fouts (OR) 2333
8. Leo Hart (DUKE) 2315
9. Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 2304
10. Sonny Sixkiller (WA) 2268
Total Yards Per Play
1. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 6.7
Total Touchdowns
1. Pat Sullivan (AUB) 26
2. Karl Francis (FREST) 24
3. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 23
  Bob Parker (AF) 23
5. Don McCauley* (NC) 22
  Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 22
7. Tony Adams (UTST) 20
  Mike Sherwood (WV) 20
  Chuck Ealey (TOL) 20
  Archie Manning (MS) 20
  Joe Theismann (NDAME) 20
  Joe Spagnola (AZST) 20
  Dan Fouts (OR) 20