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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 Completions

1. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 196
2. Don Strock (VATECH) 195
3. John Reaves (FL) 193
4. Don Bunce* (STAN) 186
5. Gary Huff (FLST) 184
6. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 182
7. Gary Fox (WY) 171
8. Joe Ferguson (AR) 160
9. Mickey Brokas (CHAT) 159
10. Dennis Morrison (KSST) 157

Pass Attempts

1. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 369
2. John Reaves (FL) 356
  Don Strock (VATECH) 356
4. Don Bunce* (STAN) 341
  Mickey Brokas (CHAT) 341
6. Joe Pisarcik (NMST) 333
  Dennis Morrison (KSST) 333
8. Gary Fox (WY) 328
9. Gary Huff (FLST) 327
10. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 325

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Doug Shobert (TEMP) 62.8
2. Jerry Tagge* (NE) 59.7
3. Todd Starks (TLS) 59.3
4. Joe Ferguson (AR) 59.0
5. Steve Regan (WMMARY) 58.2
6. Gary Danielson (PUR) 57.8
7. Gary Keithley (TXEP) 56.4
8. Gary Huff (FLST) 56.3
9. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 56.0
10. Jim Jones (SCA) 55.3

Passing Yards

1. Gary Huff (FLST) 2736
2. Don Strock (VATECH) 2577
3. Don Bunce* (STAN) 2555
4. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 2532
5. Gary Fox (WY) 2336
6. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 2262
7. Joe Ferguson (AR) 2203
8. Mickey Brokas (CHAT) 2195
9. Jerry Tagge* (NE) 2178
10. John Reaves (FL) 2104

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Gary Danielson (PUR) 9.5
2. Gary Mullins* (HOU) 8.8
3. Harry Lynch (CIT) 8.5
4. Danny White (AZST) 8.4
5. Jerry Tagge* (NE) 8.4
6. Gary Huff (FLST) 8.4
7. Joe Ferguson (AR) 8.1
8. Doug Shobert (TEMP) 7.9
9. Chuck Ealey (TOL) 7.7
10. Gary Shue (PA) 7.5

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Jerry Tagge* (NE) 9.1
2. Gary Danielson (PUR) 8.2
3. Gary Mullins* (HOU) 8.1
4. Danny White (AZST) 7.8
5. Gary Huff (FLST) 7.3
6. Harry Lynch (CIT) 7.0
7. Joe Ferguson (AR) 6.9
8. Steve Regan (WMMARY) 6.6
9. Chuck Ealey (TOL) 6.5
10. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 6.5

Passing Touchdowns

1. Gary Huff (FLST) 23
2. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 21
3. Mickey Brokas (CHAT) 19
4. Jerry Tagge* (NE) 17
  John Reaves (FL) 17
  Brian Sipe (SDGST) 17
7. Danny White (AZST) 15
  Chuck Ealey (TOL) 15
9. Tony Adams (UTST) 14
  Gary Mullins* (HOU) 14
  Gary Fox (WY) 14
  Dean Carlson (IAST) 14

Passing Interceptions

1. Maurie Daigneau (NWEST) 25
2. Carlos Brown (PAC) 22
  Bruce Cole (ID) 22
4. Joe Pisarcik (NMST) 21
  Brian Sipe (SDGST) 21
  John Reaves (FL) 21
  Mickey Brokas (CHAT) 21
8. Gary Fox (WY) 20
  Steve Endicott (ORST) 20
10. Don Strock (VATECH) 19
  Tom Owen (WICHST) 19
  Todd Starks (TLS) 19
  Dean Carlson (IAST) 19
  Vern Beitzel (VAMI) 19
  Ty Paine (WAST) 19
  Rick Shaw (NTX) 19

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Jerry Tagge* (NE) 149.2
2. Gary Danielson (PUR) 147.6
3. Danny White (AZST) 142.1
4. Gary Mullins* (HOU) 140.2
5. Gary Huff (FLST) 138.8
6. Doug Shobert (TEMP) 135.1
7. Joe Ferguson (AR) 131.9
8. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 127.8
9. Chuck Ealey (TOL) 127.6
10. Steve Regan (WMMARY) 126.2

Rush Attempts

1. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 356
2. George Amundson (IAST) 287
3. Al Robinson (NWEST) 277
  Robert Newhouse* (HOU) 277
5. Paul Miles (BGSU) 274
6. Bob Hitchens (MIAOH) 271
7. Terry Metcalf (LBS) 267
8. Lawrence McCutcheon (COST) 261
9. Eric Allen (MIST) 259
10. Larry Russell (WAKE) 256

Rushing Yards

1. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 1881
2. Greg Pruitt* (OK) 1760
3. Robert Newhouse* (HOU) 1757
4. Terry Metcalf (LBS) 1673
5. Lydell Mitchell (PAST) 1567
6. Eric Allen (MIST) 1494
7. Howard Stevens (LOU) 1429
8. Charlie Davis (CO) 1386
9. George Amundson (IAST) 1316
10. Billy Taylor (MI) 1297

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Greg Pruitt* (OK) 9.0
2. Benny Malone (AZST) 8.2
3. Jon Hall (CIT) 7.3
4. Roy Bell* (OK) 7.2
5. Bernard Jackson (WAST) 6.7
6. Ken Garrett (WAKE) 6.7
7. Fred Solomon (TAM) 6.6
8. Dickey Morton (AR) 6.5
9. Steve Stratton (BYU) 6.5
10. Fred Henry (NM) 6.4

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Terry Metcalf (LBS) 28
2. Lydell Mitchell (PAST) 26
3. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 24
4. Jack Mildren* (OK) 20
5. Joe Schwartz (TOL) 18
  Greg Pruitt* (OK) 18
  Eric Allen (MIST) 18
8. Jeff Kinney* (NE) 17
9. Johnny Musso (AL) 16
10. George Amundson (IAST) 15
  Larry Sherrer (HI) 15
  Larry Russell (WAKE) 15

Receptions

1. Tom Reynolds (SDGST) 67
2. Brian Baima (CIT) 63
3. Rhett Dawson (FLST) 62
4. Terry Beasley* (AUB) 61
5. Rocky Turner (CHAT) 58
  Bob Wicks (UTST) 58
7. Johnny Rodgers* (NE) 57
  Don Fair (TOL) 57
9. Mike Reppond (AR) 56
10. Willie Hatter (NIL) 50
  Jim Butler (TLS) 50

Receiving Yards

1. Brian Baima (CIT) 1230
2. Tom Reynolds (SDGST) 1070
3. Mike Reppond (AR) 986
4. Rocky Turner (CHAT) 984
5. Terry Beasley* (AUB) 963
6. Mike Siani (NOVA) 960
7. Johnny Rodgers* (NE) 956
8. Don Clune (PA) 891
9. Miles Moore* (STAN) 868
10. Bob Wicks (UTST) 862

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Tom Scott (WA) 23.4
2. Don Clune (PA) 22.3
3. Champ Reiley (CIT) 22.0
4. Steve Holden (AZST) 22.0
5. Jim Krieg (WA) 21.9
6. Miles Moore* (STAN) 21.2
7. Barry Smith (FLST) 21.1
8. Pat Orchin* (HOU) 21.1
9. Eric Dahl* (SJST) 20.9
10. Joe Sgroi (RICH) 20.9

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Mike Siani (NOVA) 14
2. Brian Baima (CIT) 13
3. Terry Beasley* (AUB) 12
4. Johnny Rodgers* (NE) 11
5. Andy Hamilton (LAST) 9
  Steve Holden (AZST) 9
  Vince Stafford (CHAT) 9
8. Riley Odoms* (HOU) 8
  Eric Dahl* (SJST) 8
  Chuck Davidian (LBS) 8
  Dan Bungori (MD) 8

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 362
2. George Amundson (IAST) 309
3. Al Robinson (NWEST) 285
4. Terry Metcalf (LBS) 282
5. Bobby Moore (OR) 281
6. Lawrence McCutcheon (COST) 280
  Paul Miles (BGSU) 280
  Robert Newhouse* (HOU) 280
9. Eric Allen (MIST) 277
10. Bob Hitchens (MIAOH) 273

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 1932
2. Greg Pruitt* (OK) 1868
3. Terry Metcalf (LBS) 1803
4. Robert Newhouse* (HOU) 1792
5. Eric Allen (MIST) 1769
6. Lydell Mitchell (PAST) 1721
7. Howard Stevens (LOU) 1597
8. Bobby Moore (OR) 1535
9. George Amundson (IAST) 1490
10. Charlie Davis (CO) 1465

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Terry Metcalf (LBS) 29
  Lydell Mitchell (PAST) 29
3. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 24
4. Jack Mildren* (OK) 20
  Joe Schwartz (TOL) 20
6. Eric Allen (MIST) 18
  Greg Pruitt* (OK) 18
8. Jeff Kinney* (NE) 17
9. Johnny Musso (AL) 16
  Larry Sherrer (HI) 16
  Bill Butler (KSST) 16

Total Plays

1. Don Bunce* (STAN) 471
2. Mickey Brokas (CHAT) 438
3. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 422
4. Don Strock (VATECH) 413
5. John Reaves (FL) 397
6. Dennis Morrison (KSST) 393
7. Carlos Brown (PAC) 388
8. Gary Huff (FLST) 386
9. Craig Curry (MN) 385
10. Tony Adams (UTST) 381

Total Yards

1. Don Bunce* (STAN) 2805
2. Gary Huff (FLST) 2653
3. Jerry Tagge* (NE) 2508
4. Don Strock (VATECH) 2404
5. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 2328
  Brian Sipe (SDGST) 2328
7. Chuck Ealey (TOL) 2244
8. Joe Ferguson (AR) 2242
9. Tony Adams (UTST) 2195
10. Jack Mildren* (OK) 2178

Total Touchdowns

1. Jack Mildren* (OK) 30
2. Terry Metcalf (LBS) 28
3. Lydell Mitchell (PAST) 26
  Jerry Tagge* (NE) 26
5. Gary Huff (FLST) 24
  Ed Marinaro (CORN) 24
7. Pat Sullivan* (AUB) 23
8. Mickey Brokas (CHAT) 21
  Dean Carlson (IAST) 21
  Chuck Ealey (TOL) 21
  Harry Lynch (CIT) 21
  Gary Mullins* (HOU) 21