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1973 Year Summary

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National Champions: Notre Dame (AP, FWAA, NFF), Alabama (UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: John Cappelletti (Penn State)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Johnny Majors (Pittsburgh)

AP Preseason #1: Southern California ▪ AP Final #1: Notre Dame

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 91 53 33 5 .610 3 2 1 0 .667 17.06 12.64 3 4 Oklahoma
2 Southeastern Conference 10 116 68 45 3 .599 6 1 5 0 .167 10.31 7.40 5 3 Alabama
3 Big Ten Conference 10 110 52 56 2 .482 1 1 0 0 1.000 10.29 10.19 2 2 Michigan
Ohio State
4 Southwest Conference 8 89 45 42 2 .517 2 1 1 0 .500 7.12 7.06 2 2 Texas
5 Pacific-8 Conference 8 89 40 48 1 .455 1 0 1 0 .000 5.74 7.10 2 2 Southern California
6 Mid-American Conference 6 64 41 23 0 .641 1 1 0 0 1.000 0.92 -2.66 0 1 Miami (OH)
7 Atlantic Coast Conference 7 79 33 44 2 .430 2 1 1 0 .500 0.64 2.98 2 2 North Carolina State
8 Western Athletic Conference 8 90 44 46 0 .489 1 1 0 0 1.000 0.29 0.41 1 1 Arizona
Arizona State
9 Independent 36 393 194 194 5 .500 5 3 2 0 .600 -2.75 -2.50 3 4
10 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 5 54 24 25 5 .491 0 0 0 0 -4.14 -6.21 0 0 San Diego State
11 Southern Conference 8 86 41 44 1 .483 0 0 0 0 -8.45 -7.32 0 0 East Carolina
12 Ivy Group 8 71 34 34 3 .500 0 0 0 0 -11.18 -11.09 0 0 Dartmouth
13 Missouri Valley Conference 7 77 29 47 1 .383 0 0 0 0 -14.84 -9.83 0 0 North Texas
Tulsa

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/10 9/17 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19 11/26 12/3 Final
Notre Dame Ind 8 8 8 7 8 9 8 8 5 5 5 5 5 3 1
Ohio State Big Ten 2 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 4 2
Oklahoma Big 8 11 11 9 8 6 6 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 3
Alabama SEC 6 6 4 5 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 4
Penn State Ind 7 7 7 6 7 7 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 5
Michigan Big Ten 5 5 5 4 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 6
Nebraska Big 8 4 2 2 2 2 2 11 10 13 11 10 10 13 12 7
Southern California Pac-8 1 1 1 1 4 4 6 6 9 8 9 9 7 7 8
Arizona State WAC 14 13 13 13 12 11 12 11 8 14 13 13 11 10 9
Houston Ind 18 18 16 15 14 14 14 12 18 15 15 14 14 14 9
Texas Tech SWC 20 20           18 15 12 12 12 12 11 11
UCLA Pac-8 10 16 18 17 16 15 13 13 10 9 8 8 10 9 12
Louisiana State SEC 16 15 11 10 10 10 9 9 7 7 7 7 8 13 13
Texas SWC 3 4 6 14 13 13   19 19 13 11 11 9 8 14
Miami (OH) MAC           20 20 16 16 17 17 15 15 15 15
North Carolina State ACC 17 17 14 19             20 16 16 16 16
Missouri Big 8     20 20 15 12 7 7 12 10 14 19 20   17
Kansas Big 8           19 18 17   18 18 20 17 19 18
Tennessee SEC 9 9 10 9 9 8 10 14 11 16 16   19 20 19
Maryland ACC                         18 18 20
Tulane Ind           18 17 15 14     17   17 20
School Conf Pre 9/10 9/17 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19 11/26 12/3 Final
Arizona WAC             19       19        
Auburn SEC 13 12 12 11         19            
Bowling Green State MAC     20                        
Colorado Big 8 11 10 19   18 17 16   17            
Florida SEC 15 14 15 16                      
Kent State MAC                   19          
Miami (FL) Ind       18 17 16 15                
North Carolina ACC 19 19                          
Oklahoma State Big 8     17 12 11             18      
Pittsburgh Ind                   20   20      
Richmond Southern               20              
Southern Methodist SWC         19                    
West Virginia Ind         20                    

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Jesse Freitas (SDGST) 227
2. Dave Jaynes* (KS) 196
3. Gary Sheide (BYU) 177
4. David Harper (DAVID) 175
5. Bill Hatty (NOVA) 172
6. Gene Swick (TOL) 165
  Craig Kimball (SJST) 165
8. Jan Stuebbe (COST) 146
  Danny White (AZST) 146
10. Mike Boryla (STAN) 140

Pass Attempts

1. Dave Jaynes* (KS) 368
2. Jesse Freitas (SDGST) 347
3. Bill Hatty (NOVA) 341
4. David Harper (DAVID) 329
5. Jan Stuebbe (COST) 310
6. Craig Kimball (SJST) 305
7. Gene Swick (TOL) 301
  Alvin White (ORST) 301
9. Gary Sheide (BYU) 294
10. Ken Polke (DAYT) 274

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Jesse Freitas (SDGST) 65.4
2. Gary Marangi (BC) 60.4
3. Gary Sheide (BYU) 60.2
4. Jeff Bower (SMS) 58.3
5. Joe McCulley (TLS) 58.1
6. Condredge Holloway (TN) 57.8
7. Greg Kokal (KENT) 56.8
8. Pat Haden* (SCA) 55.5
9. Marty Vaughn (PA) 55.3
10. Danny White (AZST) 55.1

Passing Yards

1. Jesse Freitas (SDGST) 2993
2. Danny White (AZST) 2609
3. Gary Sheide (BYU) 2350
4. Dave Jaynes* (KS) 2349
5. Gene Swick (TOL) 2234
6. Don Van Galder (UT) 2012
7. Bill Hatty (NOVA) 1947
8. Craig Kimball (SJST) 1940
9. Jan Stuebbe (COST) 1938
10. Marty Vaughn (PA) 1926

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Danny White (AZST) 9.8
2. Marty Vaughn (PA) 9.3
3. Jesse Freitas (SDGST) 8.6
4. Tom Shuman (PAST) 8.5
5. Steve Joachim (TEMP) 8.3
6. Gary Sheide (BYU) 8.0
7. Carl Summerell (ECAR) 7.9
8. Don Van Galder (UT) 7.9
9. Steve Cockreham (WY) 7.9
10. Dave Humm* (NE) 7.7

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Danny White (AZST) 9.5
2. Tom Shuman (PAST) 8.8
3. Marty Vaughn (PA) 8.6
4. Gary Sheide (BYU) 7.7
5. Jesse Freitas (SDGST) 7.6
6. Condredge Holloway (TN) 7.6
7. Carl Summerell (ECAR) 7.3
8. Harry Knight (RICH) 7.3
9. Steve Cockreham (WY) 7.0
10. Steve Joachim (TEMP) 6.8

Passing Touchdowns

1. Danny White (AZST) 23
2. Gary Sheide (BYU) 22
3. Jesse Freitas (SDGST) 21
4. Mike Boryla (STAN) 17
  Marty Vaughn (PA) 17
  Don Van Galder (UT) 17
7. Chris Rowland (WA) 15
  Gene Swick (TOL) 15
9. Craig Kimball (SJST) 14
  Dave Jaynes* (KS) 14

Passing Interceptions

1. Tom Schultze (VAMI) 27
2. Chris Rowland (WA) 24
3. Pete Vaas (HC) 23
  Alvin White (ORST) 23
5. Don Van Galder (UT) 22
6. Frank Duncan (TXEP) 20
7. David Harper (DAVID) 19
  Bill Hatty (NOVA) 19
  Herb Singleton (OR) 19
10. Kingsley Fink (ARMY) 18

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Danny White (AZST) 157.4
2. Marty Vaughn (PA) 150.4
3. Jesse Freitas (SDGST) 148.0
4. Gary Sheide (BYU) 143.9
5. Tom Shuman (PAST) 143.7
6. Condredge Holloway (TN) 136.7
7. Carl Summerell (ECAR) 134.4
8. Steve Joachim (TEMP) 129.9
9. Jeff Bower (SMS) 126.3
10. Pat Haden* (SCA) 126.2

Rush Attempts

1. Tony Dorsett* (PITT) 318
2. J.J. Jennings (RUT) 303
3. Mark Kellar (NIL) 291
4. Walter Peacock (LOU) 290
5. John Cappelletti (PAST) 286
6. Tony Davis* (NE) 282
7. Anthony Davis* (SCA) 276
8. Mike Strachan (IAST) 272
9. Larry Poole (KENT) 261
10. Mike Esposito (BC) 254

Rushing Yards

1. Mark Kellar (NIL) 1719
2. Tony Dorsett* (PITT) 1686
3. Archie Griffin* (OHST) 1577
4. John Cappelletti (PAST) 1522
5. Roosevelt Leaks (TX) 1415
6. J.J. Jennings (RUT) 1353
7. Willard Harrell (PAC) 1319
8. Dickey Morton (AR) 1298
9. Walter Peacock (LOU) 1294
10. Mike Esposito (BC) 1293

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Wilbur Jackson (AL) 7.9
2. Kermit Johnson (UCLA) 7.5
3. Mark Harmon (UCLA) 7.2
4. Marshall Brantley (ID) 7.0
5. John Sciarra (UCLA) 6.9
6. Darrell Mitchell (ID) 6.8
7. Willie Hamilton (AZ) 6.8
8. Willie Burden (NCST) 6.8
9. Joe Washington (OK) 6.7
10. Tom Parr (COLG) 6.5

Rushing Touchdowns

1. J.J. Jennings (RUT) 21
2. Steve Davis (OK) 18
  Larry Poole (KENT) 18
4. John Cappelletti (PAST) 17
5. Kermit Johnson (UCLA) 16
  Mark Kellar (NIL) 16
7. Benny Malone (AZST) 15
  Mike Esposito (BC) 15
9. Willard Harrell (PAC) 14
  Anthony Davis* (SCA) 14
  Roosevelt Leaks (TX) 14
  Bruce Elia* (OHST) 14
  Mark Van Eeghen (COLG) 14
  Louis Carter (MD) 14

Receptions

1. Jay Miller (BYU) 100
2. Hank Cook (NMST) 65
3. Darold Nogle (SDGST) 59
4. Pat McInally (HARV) 56
5. Greg Hudson (AZST) 54
6. Charles Dancer (BAY) 53
  Willie Miller (COST) 53
  Emmett Edwards* (KS) 53
  Don Clune (PA) 53
10. Walt Walker (DAVID) 52

Receiving Yards

1. Jay Miller (BYU) 1181
2. Hank Cook (NMST) 1111
3. Morris Owens (AZST) 1076
4. Archie Gray (WY) 988
5. Darold Nogle (SDGST) 945
6. Charles Dancer (BAY) 927
7. Keith Denson (SDGST) 922
8. Don Clune (PA) 882
9. Emmett Edwards* (KS) 840
10. Steve Baker (WICHST) 814

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Larry Stokes (CHAT) 27.9
2. Bob Bucola (PA) 27.3
3. Archie Gray (WY) 24.7
4. Stanley Morgan (TN) 23.2
5. Danny Buggs (WV) 23.1
6. Vance Jackson (NTX) 22.0
7. Morris Owens (AZST) 21.5
8. Ricky Scales (VATECH) 21.4
9. T.C. Blair (TLS) 21.4
10. Mike Mahoney (RICH) 20.1

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Keith Denson (SDGST) 11
2. Morris Owens (AZST) 9
  Don Seymour (TOL) 9
4. Larry Stokes (CHAT) 8
  Steve Odom (UT) 8
  Frosty Anderson* (NE) 8
  Jay Miller (BYU) 8
  Hank Cook (NMST) 8
9. Greg Hudson (AZST) 7
  Bobby Ward (MEM) 7
  Bill Buckley (MSST) 7
  Charles Dancer (BAY) 7
  Don Clune (PA) 7
  Bruce Adams* (KS) 7
  Pat McInally (HARV) 7
  Theopolis Bell (AZ) 7
  Ricky Scales (VATECH) 7
  Archie Gray (WY) 7

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Tony Dorsett* (PITT) 332
2. Walter Peacock (LOU) 310
3. J.J. Jennings (RUT) 304
4. Tony Davis* (NE) 302
5. Mark Kellar (NIL) 296
6. John Cappelletti (PAST) 292
7. Anthony Davis* (SCA) 290
8. Mike Strachan (IAST) 279
9. Mike Esposito (BC) 272
10. Larry Poole (KENT) 270

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Tony Dorsett* (PITT) 1777
2. Mark Kellar (NIL) 1736
3. Archie Griffin* (OHST) 1609
4. John Cappelletti (PAST) 1591
5. Woody Green (AZST) 1510
6. Walter Peacock (LOU) 1433
7. Mike Esposito (BC) 1429
8. Roosevelt Leaks (TX) 1415
9. J.J. Jennings (RUT) 1364
10. Willard Harrell (PAC) 1337

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. J.J. Jennings (RUT) 21
2. Larry Poole (KENT) 18
  Steve Davis (OK) 18
4. John Cappelletti (PAST) 17
5. Mike Esposito (BC) 16
  Mark Kellar (NIL) 16
  Kermit Johnson (UCLA) 16
8. Benny Malone (AZST) 15
  Mark Van Eeghen (COLG) 15
10. Woody Green (AZST) 14
  Louis Carter (MD) 14
  Billy Marek (WI) 14
  Roosevelt Leaks (TX) 14
  Anthony Davis* (SCA) 14
  Barty Smith (RICH) 14
  Willard Harrell (PAC) 14
  Bruce Elia* (OHST) 14
  Tony Davis* (NE) 14

Total Plays

1. Gene Swick (TOL) 520
2. Dave Jaynes* (KS) 470
3. David Harper (DAVID) 432
4. Bill Hatty (NOVA) 430
5. Jesse Freitas (SDGST) 410
6. Ken Polke (DAYT) 408
7. Ken Pengitore (CLEM) 370
8. Bruce Hill (AZ) 368
  Mark Allen (CORN) 368
10. Fred Fisher (VAND) 364

Total Yards

1. Jesse Freitas (SDGST) 2901
2. Danny White (AZST) 2862
3. Gene Swick (TOL) 2524
4. Gary Sheide (BYU) 2343
5. Don Van Galder (UT) 2194
6. Dave Jaynes* (KS) 2151
7. Scott Gardner (VA) 2120
8. Marty Vaughn (PA) 2035
9. Pat Haden* (SCA) 1988
10. Tom Parr (COLG) 1960

Total Touchdowns

1. Danny White (AZST) 28
2. Steve Davis (OK) 27
  Gary Sheide (BYU) 27
4. Don Van Galder (UT) 25
5. Jesse Freitas (SDGST) 23
6. J.J. Jennings (RUT) 21
7. Steve Joachim (TEMP) 20
  Steve Cockreham (WY) 20
9. Joe Barnes (TXTECH) 19
  Marty Vaughn (PA) 19
  Gene Swick (TOL) 19