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1972 Year Summary

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National Champion: Southern California (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Johnny Rodgers (Nebraska)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: John McKay (Southern California)

AP Preseason #1: Nebraska ▪ AP Final #1: Southern California

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 Southeastern Conference 10 112 66 44 2 .598 4 2 2 0 .500 13.00 9.60 5 4 Alabama
2 Big Eight Conference 8 93 52 39 2 .570 5 2 3 0 .400 11.62 8.70 3 3 Nebraska
3 Southwest Conference 8 89 49 39 1 .556 2 1 1 0 .500 10.71 8.69 2 1 Texas
4 Pacific-8 Conference 8 89 50 39 0 .562 1 1 0 0 1.000 10.48 8.22 3 3 Southern California
5 Big Ten Conference 10 110 51 57 2 .473 1 0 1 0 .000 5.99 6.95 3 2 Michigan
Ohio State
6 Atlantic Coast Conference 7 79 39 38 2 .506 2 2 0 0 1.000 2.19 3.23 0 2 North Carolina
7 Ivy Group 8 72 37 31 4 .542 0 0 0 0 0.43 -1.53 0 0 Dartmouth
8 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 5 55 33 21 1 .609 0 0 0 0 -2.47 -5.12 0 0 San Diego State
9 Independent 33 358 167 183 8 .478 5 2 3 0 .400 -3.17 -2.34 3 3
10 Mid-American Conference 6 65 35 27 3 .562 1 0 1 0 .000 -6.94 -8.15 0 0 Kent State
11 Western Athletic Conference 8 88 37 51 0 .420 1 1 0 0 1.000 -7.86 -3.92 1 1 Arizona State
12 Missouri Valley Conference 8 87 39 47 1 .454 0 0 0 0 -9.50 -7.61 0 1 Drake
Louisville
West Texas A&M
13 Southern Conference 8 87 37 48 2 .437 0 0 0 0 -11.15 -9.20 0 0 East Carolina

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/11 9/18 9/25 10/2 10/9 10/16 10/23 10/30 11/6 11/13 11/20 11/27 12/4 Final
Southern California Pac-8 8 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Oklahoma Big 8 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 8 7 7 4 4 3 2 2
Texas SWC 14 15 14 12 9 10 14 10 9 9 7 7 6 7 3
Nebraska Big 8 1 10 9 7 6 6 5 3 3 3 5 5 8 9 4
Auburn SEC         17 9 14 12 11 11 11 10 9 6 5
Michigan Big Ten 10 11 12 8 5 5 6 5 4 4 3 3 7 8 6
Alabama SEC 7 5 7 6 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 7
Tennessee SEC 15 7 5 4 10 11 10 14 13 13 13 12 12 11 8
Ohio State Big Ten 3 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 5 9 9 4 3 9
Penn State Ind 5 6 11 13 16 15 12 11 10 10 6 6 5 5 10
Louisiana State SEC 11 9 8 9 8 8 7 6 6 6 8 8 11 10 11
North Carolina ACC                   18 16 15 14 16 12
Arizona State WAC 12 13 10 11     19 16   19 18 18 16 15 13
Notre Dame Ind 13 14 13 10 7 7 8 13 12 12 10 11 10 12 14
UCLA Pac-8   8 6 15 14 14 11 9 8 8 14 14 15 14 15
Colorado Big 8 2 2 3 3 12 13 9 7 15 16 15 13 13 13 16
North Carolina State ACC                             17
Louisville MVC                 17       17 17 18
Washington State Pac-8                     20 19 19 19 19
Georgia Tech Ind                             20
School Conf Pre 9/11 9/18 9/25 10/2 10/9 10/16 10/23 10/30 11/6 11/13 11/20 11/27 12/4 Final
Air Force Ind         19 16 16   19            
Arkansas SWC 4 17       20 17 18 20            
Florida State Ind 19 20 17 16 13     17              
Georgia SEC 17 16 16                        
Iowa State Big 8         20 18 20 15 14 17 12 17      
Michigan State Big Ten     18                        
Mississippi SEC 16 19 20 17 18                    
Missouri Big 8                 16 14 19 16      
Oklahoma State Big 8           19             20    
Purdue Big Ten 18 18                       20  
Southern Methodist SWC               18              
Stanford Pac-8 20   19 19 15 17 13     20          
Texas Tech SWC                 18 15   20      
Tulane Ind       18                      
Washington Pac-8 9 12 15 14 11 12 18       17        
West Virginia Ind       20       18         18 18  
Yale Ivy                   20          

Year Leaders

Read more about our data coverage. ▪ An asterisk (*) after a player's name indicates bowl stats are included.

Pass Completions

1. Don Strock (VATECH) 228
2. Gary Huff (FLST) 206
3. Tony Adams (UTST) 204
4. Mike Boryla (STAN) 183
5. Joe Pisarcik (NMST) 182
6. Bruce Gadd (RICE) 171
  Dan Fouts (OR) 171
8. Bernie Galiffa (WV) 164
9. Buddy Palazzo (SMS) 160
  Tim Dydo (XAV) 160

Pass Attempts

1. Don Strock (VATECH) 427
2. Gary Huff (FLST) 385
3. Joe Pisarcik (NMST) 382
4. Tony Adams (UTST) 351
5. Mike Boryla (STAN) 350
6. Dan Fouts (OR) 348
7. Bernie Galiffa (WV) 334
8. George Amundson* (IAST) 332
9. Tim Dydo (XAV) 327
10. Bruce Gadd (RICE) 323
  Craig Kimball (SJST) 323

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Randy Drake (LBS) 61.5
2. Tony Adams (UTST) 58.1
3. Bob Avellini (MD) 57.6
4. Mike Rae* (SCA) 57.3
5. Gary Keithley (TXEP) 57.1
6. Jesse Freitas (SDGST) 56.7
7. Bill Donckers (SDGST) 55.8
8. Buddy Palazzo (SMS) 55.0
9. Doug Shobert (TEMP) 54.6
10. Leo Gasienica (RUT) 54.0

Passing Yards

1. Don Strock (VATECH) 3243
2. Gary Huff (FLST) 2893
3. Tony Adams (UTST) 2797
4. Bernie Galiffa (WV) 2496
5. Mike Boryla (STAN) 2284
6. Dave Humm* (NE) 2259
7. Dave Jaynes (KS) 2253
8. Joe Pisarcik (NMST) 2179
9. George Amundson* (IAST) 2110
10. Bruce Gadd (RICE) 2075

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Bruce Shaw (NCST) 9.8
2. John Hufnagel (PAST) 9.4
3. Mike Rae* (SCA) 8.8
4. Danny White (AZST) 8.8
5. Bill Donckers (SDGST) 8.5
6. Steve Stetson (DART) 8.3
7. Don Van Galder (UT) 8.0
8. Tony Adams (UTST) 8.0
9. Randy Drake (LBS) 7.9
10. Dave Humm* (NE) 7.9

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. John Hufnagel (PAST) 9.2
2. Tony Adams (UTST) 8.1
3. Steve Stetson (DART) 7.8
4. Danny White (AZST) 7.6
5. Bruce Shaw (NCST) 7.4
6. Randy Drake (LBS) 7.0
7. Bert Jones* (LAST) 6.9
8. Steve Loflin (APPST) 6.9
9. Bill Donckers (SDGST) 6.7
10. Dave Humm* (NE) 6.7

Passing Touchdowns

1. Gary Huff (FLST) 25
2. Tony Adams (UTST) 22
3. Danny White (AZST) 21
4. Dave Humm* (NE) 18
5. Bernie Galiffa (WV) 17
  Rich Haynie (AF) 17
  George Amundson* (IAST) 17
8. John Madeya (LOU) 16
  Don Strock (VATECH) 16
  Eddie McAshan (GATECH) 16

Passing Interceptions

1. Don Strock (VATECH) 27
2. Dennis Morrison (KSST) 23
  Gary Huff (FLST) 23
  Craig Kimball (SJST) 23
5. George Amundson* (IAST) 22
  Scotty Shipp (DAVID) 22
  Bruce Gadd (RICE) 22
8. Dave Jaynes (KS) 21
9. Doug Shobert (TEMP) 20
  Mike Boryla (STAN) 20
  John Behrens (FREST) 20

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. John Hufnagel (PAST) 148.0
2. Danny White (AZST) 143.6
3. Tony Adams (UTST) 140.6
4. Steve Stetson (DART) 136.9
5. Bill Donckers (SDGST) 136.3
6. Bruce Shaw (NCST) 136.1
7. Randy Drake (LBS) 130.9
8. Dave Humm* (NE) 129.9
9. Mike Rae* (SCA) 127.6
10. Don Van Galder (UT) 127.1

Rush Attempts

1. Carlester Crumpler (ECAR) 340
2. Bob Hitchens (MIAOH) 326
3. Steve Jones (DUKE) 287
  J.J. Jennings (RUT) 287
5. Mike Strachan* (IAST) 268
6. Howard Stevens (LOU) 259
7. Paul Miles (BGSU) 243
  Otis Armstrong (PUR) 243
9. Dickey Morton (AR) 242
10. John King (MN) 237

Rushing Yards

1. Pete Van Valkenburg (BYU) 1386
2. Bob Hitchens (MIAOH) 1370
3. Woody Green (AZST) 1363
4. Otis Armstrong (PUR) 1361
5. Carlester Crumpler (ECAR) 1309
6. Howard Stevens (LOU) 1294
7. J.J. Jennings (RUT) 1262
8. Mike Strachan* (IAST) 1261
9. Steve Jones (DUKE) 1236
10. Puddin Jones (HOU) 1216

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Wilbur Jackson (AL) 7.1
2. George Smith (TXTECH) 6.9
3. Kermit Johnson (UCLA) 6.8
4. Fountain Smith* (OKST) 6.8
5. Rick Klupchak (DART) 6.6
6. Dick Jauron (YALE) 6.6
7. Woody Green (AZST) 6.5
8. Billy Deery (WMMARY) 6.3
9. Brent McClanahan (AZST) 6.2
10. Greg Pruitt (OK) 6.2

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Champ Henson* (OHST) 20
2. Anthony Davis* (SCA) 17
  Carlester Crumpler (ECAR) 17
4. Kerry Marbury (WV) 16
  Terry Metcalf (LBS) 16
  Stan Fritts (NCST) 16
7. Bob Hitchens (MIAOH) 15
  Woody Green (AZST) 15
9. Haskel Stanback (TN) 13
  Sam Cunningham* (SCA) 13
  James Barber (VATECH) 13
  Howard Stevens (LOU) 13
  Greg Pruitt (OK) 13

Receptions

1. Tom Forzani (UTST) 85
2. Barry Smith (FLST) 69
3. Clint Graves (TEMP) 63
4. Walt Walker (DAVID) 62
  Jeff Calabrese (TOL) 62
6. Bert Calland (NAVY) 61
7. Johnny Rodgers* (NE) 58
  Ken Matthews (LBS) 58
9. John Goerger (KSST) 57
10. Glenn Scolnik (IN) 53
  Eric Cross (STAN) 53
  Greg Taylor (TXEP) 53

Receiving Yards

1. Barry Smith (FLST) 1243
2. Tom Forzani (UTST) 1169
3. Walt Walker (DAVID) 1031
4. Johnny Rodgers* (NE) 1013
5. Ken Matthews (LBS) 938
6. Jeff Calabrese (TOL) 886
7. Greg Taylor (TXEP) 878
8. Steve Holden (AZST) 848
9. Pat Kenney (NCST) 832
  Isaac Curtis (SDGST) 832

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Richard Agle (APPST) 25.2
2. Don Clune (PA) 23.1
3. Danny Buggs (WV) 22.6
4. Steve Holden (AZST) 22.3
5. Steve Odom (UT) 22.1
6. Pat Kenney (NCST) 21.9
7. Tim Dameron (ECAR) 21.6
8. Drew Pearson (TLS) 20.9
9. Lynn Swann* (SCA) 20.1
10. Jack Forde (NAVY) 20.0

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Steve Sweeney (CA) 13
  Barry Smith (FLST) 13
3. Steve Holden (AZST) 12
4. Steve Odom (UT) 11
5. Jimmy Robinson (GATECH) 9
  Eric Cross (STAN) 9
  Johnny Rodgers* (NE) 9
8. Danny Buggs (WV) 8
  Tom Forzani (UTST) 8
  Walt Walker (DAVID) 8
  Mel Briggs (BC) 8
  Richard Agle (APPST) 8
  Butch Veazey (MS) 8
  Bruce Adams (KS) 8
  Mike Haggard (SC) 8

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Carlester Crumpler (ECAR) 342
2. Bob Hitchens (MIAOH) 328
3. J.J. Jennings (RUT) 293
4. Steve Jones (DUKE) 291
5. Howard Stevens (LOU) 288
6. Mike Strachan* (IAST) 285
7. Dickey Morton (AR) 254
8. John Cappelletti (PAST) 249
  Otis Armstrong (PUR) 249
10. Paul Miles (BGSU) 247

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Howard Stevens (LOU) 1515
2. Pete Van Valkenburg (BYU) 1484
3. Woody Green (AZST) 1478
4. Otis Armstrong (PUR) 1416
5. Mike Strachan* (IAST) 1402
6. Bob Hitchens (MIAOH) 1381
7. Johnny Rodgers* (NE) 1361
8. Anthony Davis* (SCA) 1323
9. Jerry Hughes (UTST) 1318
10. Carlester Crumpler (ECAR) 1313

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Champ Henson* (OHST) 20
2. Johnny Rodgers* (NE) 19
3. Carlester Crumpler (ECAR) 17
  Anthony Davis* (SCA) 17
  Stan Fritts (NCST) 17
  Kerry Marbury (WV) 17
7. Terry Metcalf (LBS) 16
  Howard Stevens (LOU) 16
9. Woody Green (AZST) 15
  Bob Hitchens (MIAOH) 15

Total Plays

1. Don Strock (VATECH) 480
2. George Amundson* (IAST) 466
3. Dan Fouts (OR) 434
4. Joe Pisarcik (NMST) 433
5. Gary Huff (FLST) 429
6. Tony Adams (UTST) 422
7. Mike Boryla (STAN) 407
8. Buddy Palazzo (SMS) 396
9. Bernie Galiffa (WV) 394
10. Craig Kimball (SJST) 389

Total Yards

1. Don Strock (VATECH) 3170
2. Tony Adams (UTST) 2953
3. Gary Huff (FLST) 2770
4. George Amundson* (IAST) 2618
5. Bernie Galiffa (WV) 2345
6. John Hufnagel (PAST) 2201
7. Danny White (AZST) 2152
8. Dave Humm* (NE) 2136
9. Dave Jaynes (KS) 2082
10. Mike Boryla (STAN) 2071

Total Yards Per Play

1. Don Strock (VATECH) 6.6

Total Touchdowns

1. Danny White (AZST) 28
2. Gary Huff (FLST) 26
  George Amundson* (IAST) 26
4. Tony Adams (UTST) 25
5. Dave Humm* (NE) 23
6. D.C. Nobles (HOU) 22
7. Tom Parr (COLG) 21
  John Hufnagel (PAST) 21
9. Champ Henson* (OHST) 20
  Rich Haynie (AF) 20