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1971 Year Summary

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Pat Sullivan (Auburn)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Bob Devaney (Nebraska)

AP Preseason #1: Notre Dame ▪ 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 93 56 36 1 .608 4 3 1 0 .750 13.37 10.04 2 3 Nebraska
2 Southeastern Conference 10 115 73 41 1 .639 6 4 2 0 .667 12.41 8.28 5 6 Alabama
3 Pacific-8 Conference 8 88 45 41 2 .523 1 1 0 0 1.000 8.25 7.77 3 3 Stanford
4 Big Ten Conference 10 109 50 58 1 .463 1 0 1 0 .000 4.93 5.63 3 1 Michigan
5 Southwest Conference 8 88 39 46 3 .460 2 0 2 0 .000 1.05 2.99 2 2 Texas
6 Western Athletic Conference 8 89 43 44 2 .494 1 1 0 0 1.000 0.44 0.81 1 1 Arizona State
7 Mid-American Conference 6 63 40 23 0 .635 1 1 0 0 1.000 -0.05 -5.41 0 1 Toledo
8 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 89 40 49 0 .449 1 0 1 0 .000 -0.73 1.09 0 0 North Carolina
9 Independent 33 358 182 171 5 .515 4 1 3 0 .250 -1.12 -1.36 4 3
10 Ivy Group 8 72 37 35 0 .514 0 0 0 0 -6.13 -7.32 0 0 Cornell
Dartmouth
11 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 7 78 33 44 1 .429 1 0 1 0 .000 -6.20 -4.06 0 0 Long Beach State
12 Missouri Valley Conference 7 76 30 45 1 .401 1 1 0 0 1.000 -8.37 -4.86 0 0 Memphis
13 Southern Conference 7 75 29 45 1 .393 1 0 1 0 .000 -13.09 -8.64 0 0 Richmond

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/25 11/1 11/8 11/15 11/22 11/29 12/6 Final
Nebraska Big 8 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Oklahoma Big 8 10 10 11 8 8 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 2
Colorado Big 8   12 10 6 5 6 11 9 13 12 10 8 8 7 3
Alabama SEC 16 9 8 7 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 2 4
Penn State Ind 12 14 12 9 9 9 7 6 6 5 6 6 5 10 5
Michigan Big Ten 4 4 4 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 6
Georgia SEC 18 11 14 11 10 8 8 7 7 7 8 7 7 6 7
Arizona State WAC 14 16 15 13 12 11 14 13 10 9 9 9 9 8 8
Tennessee SEC 8 8 9 12 13 14 18 16 11 11 11 11 12 9 9
Stanford Pac-8 19 13 13 10 19 15 10 17 12 10 18 16 16 16 10
Louisiana State SEC 9   18 16 16 12 13 11 18 20 14 10 10 11 11
Auburn SEC 6 7 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 6 5 5 6 5 12
Notre Dame Ind 1 2 2 4 7 7 6 12 8 8 7 13 14 13 13
Toledo MAC     19   20 17 14 15 14 14 13 14 13 14 14
Mississippi SEC                     20 18 18 17 15
Arkansas SWC 7 6 7 18 17 16 9 8 16 17 17 17 16 18 16
Houston Ind   20             19 18 16 15 15 15 17
Texas SWC 3 3 3 3 3 10 16 14 15 13 12 12 11 12 18
Washington Pac-8     17 15 11 18     20 19   20 20 20 19
Southern California Pac-8 5 17 16 17       20 17 15 15       20
School Conf Pre 9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/25 11/1 11/8 11/15 11/22 11/29 12/6 Final
Air Force Ind             20 18              
Duke ACC     20 19 14   19                
Florida State Ind           19   19              
Georgia Tech Ind 17                            
Michigan State Big Ten   18                 19        
North Carolina ACC       20 18             19 18    
Northwestern Big Ten 20                         19  
Ohio State Big Ten 11 5 6 14 15 13 12 10 9 16          
Purdue Big Ten           20 17                
South Carolina ACC   19                          
Syracuse Ind 13 15                          
UCLA Pac-8 15                            

Year Leaders

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Pass Completion Percentage

1. Doug Shobert (Temple) 62.8
2. Jerry Tagge* (Nebraska) 59.7
3. Todd Starks (Tulsa) 59.3
4. Joe Ferguson (Arkansas) 59.0
5. Steve Regan (William & Mary) 58.2
6. Gary Danielson (Purdue) 57.8
7. Gary Keithley (Texas-El Paso) 56.4
8. Gary Huff (Florida State) 56.3
9. Pat Sullivan* (Auburn) 56.0
10. Jim Jones (Southern California) 55.3

Passing Yards

1. Gary Huff (Florida State) 2736
2. Don Strock (Virginia Tech) 2577
3. Don Bunce* (Stanford) 2555
4. Brian Sipe (San Diego State) 2532
5. Gary Fox (Wyoming) 2336
6. Pat Sullivan* (Auburn) 2262
7. Joe Ferguson (Arkansas) 2203
8. Mickey Brokas (Chattanooga) 2195
9. Jerry Tagge* (Nebraska) 2178
10. John Reaves (Florida) 2104

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Gary Danielson (Purdue) 9.5
2. Gary Mullins* (Houston) 8.8
3. Harry Lynch (Citadel) 8.5
4. Jerry Tagge* (Nebraska) 8.4
5. Gary Huff (Florida State) 8.4
6. Joe Ferguson (Arkansas) 8.1
7. Doug Shobert (Temple) 7.9
8. Chuck Ealey (Toledo) 7.7
9. Gary Shue (Pennsylvania) 7.5
10. Steve Regan (William & Mary) 7.5

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Jerry Tagge* (Nebraska) 9.1
2. Gary Danielson (Purdue) 8.2
3. Gary Mullins* (Houston) 8.1
4. Gary Huff (Florida State) 7.3
5. Harry Lynch (Citadel) 7.0
6. Joe Ferguson (Arkansas) 6.9
7. Steve Regan (William & Mary) 6.6
8. Chuck Ealey (Toledo) 6.5
9. Pat Sullivan* (Auburn) 6.5
10. Tony Adams (Utah State) 6.4

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Jerry Tagge* (Nebraska) 149.2
2. Gary Danielson (Purdue) 147.6
3. Gary Mullins* (Houston) 140.2
4. Gary Huff (Florida State) 138.8
5. Doug Shobert (Temple) 135.1
6. Joe Ferguson (Arkansas) 131.9
7. Pat Sullivan* (Auburn) 127.8
8. Chuck Ealey (Toledo) 127.6
9. Steve Regan (William & Mary) 126.2
10. Harry Lynch (Citadel) 125.4

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Tom Scott (Washington) 23.4
2. Don Clune (Pennsylvania) 22.3
3. Champ Reiley (Citadel) 22.0
4. Jim Krieg (Washington) 21.9
5. Miles Moore* (Stanford) 21.2
6. Barry Smith (Florida State) 21.1
7. Pat Orchin* (Houston) 21.1
8. Eric Dahl* (San Jose State) 20.9
9. Darryl Stingley (Purdue) 20.4
10. Mike Stultz (North Carolina State) 20.0

Total Yards

1. Don Bunce* (Stanford) 2805
2. Gary Huff (Florida State) 2653
3. Jerry Tagge* (Nebraska) 2508
4. Don Strock (Virginia Tech) 2404
5. Pat Sullivan* (Auburn) 2328
  Brian Sipe (San Diego State) 2328
7. Chuck Ealey (Toledo) 2244
8. Joe Ferguson (Arkansas) 2242
9. Tony Adams (Utah State) 2195
10. Jack Mildren* (Oklahoma) 2178