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1976 Year Summary

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Johnny Majors (Pittsburgh)

AP Preseason #1: Nebraska ▪ AP Final #1: Pittsburgh

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 35 2 .613 4 3 1 0 .750 13.67 9.72 3 5 Colorado
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
2 Southeastern Conference 10 114 66 47 1 .583 4 2 2 0 .500 10.70 7.76 3 4 Georgia
Kentucky
3 Big Ten Conference 10 112 55 55 2 .500 2 1 1 0 .500 7.84 7.95 2 2 Michigan
Ohio State
4 Southwest Conference 9 102 53 46 3 .534 3 2 1 0 .667 7.45 7.42 3 3 Houston
Texas Tech
5 Pacific-8 Conference 8 91 45 45 1 .500 2 1 1 0 .500 6.33 6.13 3 2 Southern California
6 Atlantic Coast Conference 7 79 38 37 4 .506 2 0 2 0 .000 4.74 5.77 1 1 Maryland
7 Southern Conference 7 76 44 30 2 .592 0 0 0 0 1.84 -1.17 0 0 East Carolina
8 Independent 36 395 194 198 3 .495 3 2 1 0 .667 -2.15 -1.64 3 3
9 Western Athletic Conference 8 91 40 51 0 .440 2 0 2 0 .000 -4.02 -2.35 1 0 Brigham Young
Wyoming
10 Ivy Group 8 72 38 34 0 .528 0 0 0 0 -4.79 -5.54 0 0 Brown
Yale
11 Southland Conference 6 67 37 30 0 .552 1 1 0 0 1.000 -6.09 -8.43 0 0 Louisiana-Lafayette
McNeese State
12 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 5 55 25 29 1 .464 0 0 0 0 -8.20 -9.20 0 0 San Jose State
13 Missouri Valley Conference 5 56 20 32 4 .393 1 0 1 0 .000 -10.35 -5.93 0 0 New Mexico State
Tulsa
14 Mid-American Conference 10 111 52 59 0 .468 0 0 0 0 -11.62 -10.15 1 0 Ball State

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 Final
Pittsburgh Ind 9 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
Southern California Pac-8 8   19 13 11 8 7 4 4 3 3 3 3 2
Michigan Big Ten 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 4 2 2 3
Houston SWC           19 14   19 12 9 7 6 4
Oklahoma Big 8 5 4 4 3 3 6 5 13 17 14 10 8 8 5
Ohio State Big Ten 4 2 2 8 10 9 9 8 8 8 8 12 11 6
Texas A&M SWC 14 11 9   17       18 16 11 11 10 7
Maryland ACC 12 10 8 7 7 5 6 5 6 6 6 5 4 8
Nebraska Big 8 1 8 6 5 6 3 3 9 9 9 12 10 13 9
Georgia SEC 16 9 7 6 4 11 10 7 7 7 6 4 5 10
Alabama SEC 6 14 13 10   20 18 17 15 10 18 18 16 11
Notre Dame Ind 11     18 14 14 12 11 11 18 13 13 15 12
Texas Tech SWC     20 17 15 10 8 6 5 5 5 9 9 13
Oklahoma State Big 8               16 13 17 16 14 14 14
UCLA Pac-8 17 5 5 4 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 6 7 15
Colorado Big 8               19 14 19 15 14 12 16
Rutgers Ind                     19 17 17 17
Kentucky SEC                           18
Iowa State Big 8             16       14     19
Mississippi State SEC             20 18       19 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 Final
Arizona State WAC 3 18                        
Arkansas SWC 13 12 12   18 18 15 14 12 13        
Baylor SWC                         18  
Boston College Ind   15 18 15 13                  
California Pac-8 15                          
Cincinnati Ind               20            
East Carolina Southern             20              
Florida SEC 18     19 12 12 11 12 10 15        
Illinois Big Ten     14                      
Kansas Big 8 19 13 10 9 8 15                
Louisiana State SEC   16 15 11 20 16                
Miami (OH) MAC 20                          
Mississippi SEC   20 17 16   16                
Missouri Big 8   6   12 9 7 17 10 16 11 19      
North Carolina ACC   17 16 14 19             19 19  
Penn State Ind 10 7 11 20             17 16 20  
South Carolina Ind             19     20        
Texas SWC 7 19     16 13 13 15 20          

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions
1. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 269
2. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 230
3. Jack Thompson (WAST) 208
4. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 170
5. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 162
6. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 158
7. Jack Henderson (OR) 157
8. Joe Roth (CA) 154
9. Steve DeBerg (SJST) 141
10. Mike Carroll (WI) 132
  Ed Smith (MIST) 132
Pass Attempts
1. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 501
2. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 406
3. Jack Thompson (WAST) 355
4. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 344
5. Jack Henderson (OR) 298
6. Joe Roth (CA) 295
  Guy Benjamin (STAN) 295
8. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 277
9. Steve DeBerg (SJST) 262
  Mike Carroll (WI) 262
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Kevin Case (DART) 61.0
2. Ron Bass (SC) 59.8
3. Jack Thompson (WAST) 58.6
4. Jimmy Black (FLST) 57.9
5. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 57.6
6. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 57.0
7. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 56.7
8. Steve Haynes (LATECH) 55.6
9. Bob Graustein (PA) 55.2
10. Marty Crosby (CIT) 54.5
Passing Yards
1. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 3401
2. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 3317
3. Jack Thompson (WAST) 2762
4. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 2254
5. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 2174
6. Steve DeBerg (SJST) 2084
7. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 1982
8. Steve Haynes (LATECH) 1981
9. Mark Miller (BGSU) 1839
10. Joe Roth (CA) 1789
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Steve Haynes (LATECH) 9.2
2. Lloyd Patterson (MEM) 8.8
3. Jimmy Black (FLST) 8.5
4. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 8.4
5. Danny Davis (HOU) 8.4
6. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 8.1
7. Vince Evans* (SCA) 8.1
8. Steve DeBerg (SJST) 8.0
9. Randy Dean (NWEST) 7.8
10. Jack Thompson (WAST) 7.8
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Lloyd Patterson (MEM) 8.8
2. Steve DeBerg (SJST) 8.4
3. Steve Haynes (LATECH) 8.4
4. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 8.3
5. Vince Evans* (SCA) 7.7
6. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 7.3
7. Bob Lesczynski (NAVY) 7.3
8. Jimmy Black (FLST) 7.2
9. Jack Thompson (WAST) 7.1
10. Danny Davis (HOU) 6.9
Passing Touchdowns
1. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 30
2. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 22
3. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 21
4. Jack Thompson (WAST) 20
5. Steve DeBerg (SJST) 19
6. Roy Henry (LALAF) 18
7. Steve Haynes (LATECH) 16
8. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 15
9. Lloyd Patterson (MEM) 14
10. Ed Smith (MIST) 13
  Mark Miller (BGSU) 13
  Rick Leach* (MI) 13
  Mike Carroll (WI) 13
Passing Interceptions
1. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 27
2. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 23
3. Ronnie Hickerson* (TLS) 20
4. Jimmy Dan Elzner (TXX) 19
  Dan Kendra (WV) 19
  Tommy Kramer (RICE) 19
7. Joe Roth (CA) 18
8. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 17
  Mike Carroll (WI) 17
10. Rob Shaw (AF) 16
  Kennon Taylor (ARST) 16
  Pete Kraker (NIL) 16
  Pete Kraker (NIL) 16
  Jack Henderson (OR) 16
  Mark Vitali (PUR) 16
  Bob Graustein (PA) 16
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Steve Haynes (LATECH) 146.9
2. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 145.1
3. Lloyd Patterson (MEM) 141.8
4. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 140.1
5. Steve DeBerg (SJST) 140.0
6. Jimmy Black (FLST) 135.5
7. Jack Thompson (WAST) 134.7
8. Vince Evans* (SCA) 133.9
9. Kevin Case (DART) 131.7
10. Danny Davis (HOU) 128.3
Rush Attempts
1. Tony Dorsett (PITT) 370
2. Mike Voight* (NC) 315
3. Terry Miller* (OKST) 291
4. Andre Herrera (SIL) 287
5. Ricky Bell* (SCA) 280
6. Jerome Persell (WMI) 269
7. Tony Reed* (CO) 264
8. Mike Williams (NM) 258
9. Larry Lawrence (ARST) 254
10. Jim Kruis (WMMARY) 250
Rushing Yards
1. Tony Dorsett (PITT) 2150
2. Terry Miller* (OKST) 1714
3. Andre Herrera (SIL) 1588
4. Jerome Persell (WMI) 1505
5. Rob Lytle* (MI) 1469
6. Ricky Bell* (SCA) 1433
7. Mike Voight* (NC) 1407
8. Derrick Jensen (TXARL) 1266
9. Jeff Logan* (OHST) 1248
10. Mike Williams (NM) 1240
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. Scott McConnell (APPST) 6.9
2. Horace Ivory (OK) 6.7
3. Rob Lytle* (MI) 6.6
4. Laverne Smith (KS) 6.6
5. Walter Packer (MSST) 6.6
6. Elvis Peacock (OK) 6.6
7. Eddie Hicks (ECAR) 6.5
8. Robert Mayberry (WTXAM) 6.5
9. Willie Wilder (FL) 6.5
10. Jim Culbreath (OK) 6.4
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Terry Miller* (OKST) 23
2. Tony Dorsett (PITT) 22
3. Pete Johnson* (OHST) 19
  Jerome Persell (WMI) 19
5. Mike Voight* (NC) 18
6. George Woodard (TXAM) 17
  Arry Moody (LATECH) 17
8. Andre Herrera (SIL) 16
  John Pagliaro (YALE) 16
10. Jim Kelleher* (CO) 15
Receptions
1. Bill Ryckman (LATECH) 77
2. James Sykes (RICE) 76
  James Sykes (RICE) 76
4. Mike Levenseller (WAST) 67
5. Dave Oliver (LALAF) 59
6. Todd Christensen* (BYU) 57
  Doug Cunningham (RICE) 57
8. Keith Hartwig (AZ) 54
9. Greg Bauer (OR) 53
  Dan Doornink (WAST) 53
Receiving Yards
1. Bill Ryckman (LATECH) 1382
2. Keith Hartwig (AZ) 1134
3. Mike Levenseller (WAST) 1124
4. John Floyd (LAMON) 986
5. Wes Chandler (FL) 967
6. David Houser (RICE) 931
7. Dave Oliver (LALAF) 876
8. Larry Mucker (AZST) 835
9. Joe Stewart (MO) 834
10. Preston Dennard (NM) 783
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Jim Smith* (MI) 27.5
2. Wesley Walker (CA) 27.1
3. Scott Wiley (WTXAM) 24.1
4. Wes Chandler (FL) 22.0
5. John Floyd (LAMON) 21.9
6. Mike Chronister* (BYU) 21.9
7. Chuck Malito* (NE) 21.9
8. Dan Kelleher (NDAME) 21.8
9. Ozzie Newsome (AL) 21.2
10. Keith Hartwig (AZ) 21.0
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Keith Hartwig (AZ) 10
  Wes Chandler (FL) 10
  Dave Oliver (LALAF) 10
  Bill Ryckman (LATECH) 10
5. Jack Steptoe (UT) 9
  Kenneth Roy (RICE) 9
7. Mike Levenseller (WAST) 8
  John Van Der Wouden* (BYU) 8
  Tony Hill (STAN) 8
  Larry Mucker (AZST) 8
  Shelton Diggs* (SCA) 8
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Tony Dorsett (PITT) 378
2. Mike Voight* (NC) 319
3. Ricky Bell* (SCA) 294
4. Andre Herrera (SIL) 293
5. Terry Miller* (OKST) 291
6. Tony Reed* (CO) 283
7. Jerome Persell (WMI) 276
8. Larry Lawrence (ARST) 268
9. Mike Williams (NM) 267
10. Dave Preston (BGSU) 264
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Tony Dorsett (PITT) 2217
2. Terry Miller* (OKST) 1714
3. Andre Herrera (SIL) 1614
4. Rob Lytle* (MI) 1550
5. Jerome Persell (WMI) 1543
6. Ricky Bell* (SCA) 1518
7. Mike Voight* (NC) 1439
8. Mike Williams (NM) 1401
9. Bill Ryckman (LATECH) 1382
10. Ben Garry (SMS) 1362
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Terry Miller* (OKST) 23
  Tony Dorsett (PITT) 23
3. Pete Johnson* (OHST) 19
  Jerome Persell (WMI) 19
5. Mike Voight* (NC) 18
6. Arry Moody (LATECH) 17
  George Woodard (TXAM) 17
8. Rob Lytle* (MI) 16
  Andre Herrera (SIL) 16
  John Pagliaro (YALE) 16
Total Plays
1. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 562
2. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 489
3. Jack Thompson (WAST) 448
4. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 444
5. Jeff Hepinstall (TOL) 388
6. Jack Henderson (OR) 380
7. Noel Mazzone (NM) 376
8. Mark Jackson (BAY) 373
9. Tony Dorsett (PITT) 370
10. Bud Nelson (MARSH) 369
Total Yards
1. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 3272
2. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 3134
3. Jack Thompson (WAST) 2702
4. Rodney Allison* (TXTECH) 2263
5. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 2251
6. Tony Dorsett (PITT) 2150
7. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 2121
8. Noel Mazzone (NM) 2044
9. Dan Haremann (UT) 2030
10. Steve DeBerg (SJST) 2011
Total Yards Per Play
1. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 6.4
2. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 5.8
Total Touchdowns
1. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 31
2. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 25
  Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 25
4. Terry Miller* (OKST) 23
  Rick Leach* (MI) 23
6. Jack Thompson (WAST) 22
  Tony Dorsett (PITT) 22
  Steve DeBerg (SJST) 22
9. Lloyd Patterson (MEM) 21
10. Roy Henry (LALAF) 20
  Andy Vetter (OH) 20
  Rodney Allison* (TXTECH) 20