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1977 Year Summary

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National Champion: Notre Dame (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Earl Campbell (Texas)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Lou Holtz (Arkansas)

AP Preseason #1: Oklahoma ▪ 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 Southeastern Conference 10 112 61 50 1 .549 2 1 1 0 .500 9.33 7.84 4 2 Alabama
2 Pacific-8 Conference 8 91 49 42 0 .538 3 3 0 0 1.000 8.81 7.87 2 3 Washington
3 Big Eight Conference 8 91 46 43 2 .516 3 1 2 0 .333 8.70 7.88 4 2 Oklahoma
4 Southwest Conference 9 103 55 48 0 .534 4 1 3 0 .250 8.23 7.93 3 2 Texas
5 Big Ten Conference 10 113 56 55 2 .504 3 0 3 0 .000 6.44 6.74 2 2 Michigan
Ohio State
6 Atlantic Coast Conference 7 81 39 39 3 .500 4 2 2 0 .500 6.31 6.49 1 2 North Carolina
7 Independent 36 401 212 180 9 .540 5 4 1 0 .800 1.81 0.24 3 5
8 Western Athletic Conference 8 92 45 45 2 .500 1 0 1 0 .000 1.66 1.95 1 2 Arizona State
Brigham Young
9 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 5 54 27 27 0 .500 0 0 0 0 -1.87 -3.55 0 0 Fresno State
10 Mid-American Conference 10 111 58 53 0 .523 0 0 0 0 -6.96 -7.62 0 0 Miami (OH)
11 Southland Conference 6 68 34 29 5 .537 1 1 0 0 1.000 -7.00 -7.98 0 0 Louisiana Tech
12 Ivy Group 8 72 35 37 0 .486 0 0 0 0 -7.32 -7.31 0 0 Yale
13 Southwest Athletic Conference 7 76 38 36 2 .513 0 0 0 0 -9.11 -9.97 0 0 Grambling State
14 Southern Conference 7 77 35 38 4 .481 0 0 0 0 -9.41 -9.06 0 0 Chattanooga
Virginia Military Institute
15 Missouri Valley Conference 6 66 23 42 1 .356 0 0 0 0 -12.67 -7.23 0 0 West Texas A&M

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/12 9/19 9/26 10/3 10/10 10/17 10/24 10/31 11/7 11/14 11/21 11/28 Final
Notre Dame Ind 3 3 11 14 11 11 11 5 5 5 6 5 5 1
Alabama SEC 6 4 10 10 7 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 2
Arkansas SWC     16 12 7 8 9 8 8 8 8 6 6 3
Texas SWC   18 9 8 5 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 4
Penn State Ind 13 10 5 4 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 8 5
Kentucky SEC         16 12 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 6
Oklahoma Big 8 1 5 3 1 2 7 6 4 3 3 3 3 2 7
Pittsburgh Ind 7 16   16 15 17 14 13 12 10 10 10 10 8
Michigan Big Ten 2 1 1 3 3 1 1 6 6 6 5 4 4 9
Washington Pac-8                     19 14 13 10
Ohio State Big Ten 5 6 4 6 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 8 9 11
Nebraska Big 8 15   14 11 9 9 18 12 11 12 11 11 12 12
Southern California Pac-8 4 2 2 2 1 6 5 10 16 14     20 13
Florida State Ind               20 15 16 13 20 19 14
Stanford Pac-8                           15
San Diego State Ind                       16 16 16
North Carolina ACC                   19 18 15 14 17
Arizona State WAC 17     20         19 17 12 19 15 18
Clemson ACC             20 16 13 15 15 13 11 19
Brigham Young WAC   20 20 15 13   17 17 14 13 17 18 17 20
School Conf Pre 9/12 9/19 9/26 10/3 10/10 10/17 10/24 10/31 11/7 11/14 11/21 11/28 Final
California Pac-8       17 14 20 15   17          
Colgate Ind                   20        
Colorado Big 8 12 12 8 7 6 3 7 15            
Florida SEC 17 19 13 9 20 18 19 18            
Georgia SEC 19 17                        
Houston SWC 14 9 19 19   19                
Iowa State Big 8             16   19          
Louisiana State SEC         18 16     18          
Maryland ACC 10 11                        
Minnesota Big Ten               19            
Mississippi State SEC 16 13 12 18                    
Oklahoma State Big 8 20 15                        
Texas A&M SWC 9 7 6 5 12 13 12 11 10 11 14 12 17  
Texas Tech SWC 8 8 7 13 17 15 13 14   18 16      
UCLA Pac-8 11 14 18               20 17    
Washington State Pac-8     15                      
West Virginia Ind     17                      
Wisconsin Big Ten         19 14                

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions
1. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 208
2. Jack Thompson (WAST) 192
3. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 181
4. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 175
5. Joe Davis (SDGST) 174
6. Mark Miller (BGSU) 164
  Marc Wilson (BYU) 164
8. Randy Hertel (RICE) 156
9. Randy Gomez (UT) 155
10. Mike Ford (SMETH) 153
Pass Attempts
1. Randy Hertel (RICE) 356
2. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 352
3. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 330
4. Jack Thompson (WAST) 329
5. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 319
6. Randy Gomez (UT) 315
7. Mike Ford (SMETH) 301
8. Dave Ziebart (AF) 298
9. Joe Davis (SDGST) 290
10. Mark Miller (BGSU) 285
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Dave Wilson (BALLST) 65.0
2. Roch Hontas (TLN) 63.4
3. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 63.0
4. Gifford Nielsen (BYU) 62.8
5. Wally Woodham (FLST) 61.0
6. Joe Davis (SDGST) 60.0
7. Marc Wilson (BYU) 59.2
8. Bob Relph (COLG) 58.9
9. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 58.8
10. Larry Fortner (MIAOH) 58.6
Passing Yards
1. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 3286
2. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 2521
3. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 2453
4. Marc Wilson (BYU) 2418
5. Keith Thibodeaux (LATECH) 2384
6. Jack Thompson (WAST) 2372
7. Joe Davis (SDGST) 2360
8. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 2221
9. Bob Relph (COLG) 2178
10. Rob Hertel* (SCA) 2145
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Melvin Williams (MSVST) 9.9
2. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 9.9
3. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 9.3
4. Bret Kosup (RUT) 9.2
5. Keith Thibodeaux (LATECH) 9.2
6. Bob Relph (COLG) 9.0
7. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 9.0
8. Dave Wilson (BALLST) 9.0
9. Rob Hertel* (SCA) 8.8
10. Marc Wilson (BYU) 8.7
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 10.0
2. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 9.2
3. Dave Wilson (BALLST) 9.1
4. Bret Kosup (RUT) 8.8
5. Gifford Nielsen (BYU) 8.7
6. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 8.6
7. Larry Fortner (MIAOH) 8.6
8. Larry Brown (HARV) 8.2
9. Steve Fuller (CLEM) 8.1
10. Joe Davis (SDGST) 7.9
Passing Touchdowns
1. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 38
2. Marc Wilson (BYU) 24
  Joe Davis (SDGST) 24
4. Bob Relph (COLG) 20
5. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 19
  Rob Hertel* (SCA) 19
7. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 18
8. Dave Wilson (BALLST) 17
  Ken Smith (BC) 17
  Dan Graham (COST) 17
Passing Interceptions
1. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 27
2. Randy Hertel (RICE) 24
3. Dave Ziebart (AF) 22
4. Steve Raklovits (EMI) 20
  Ken Smith (BC) 20
  Mike Ford (SMETH) 20
7. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 18
  Rob Hertel* (SCA) 18
  Marc Wilson (BYU) 18
  Richard Warfield (PVAM) 18
  Doug Williams* (GRAM) 18
  Jim Andrus (WICHST) 18
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Dave Wilson (BALLST) 164.2
2. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 161.7
3. Gifford Nielsen (BYU) 155.7
4. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 155.2
5. Bob Relph (COLG) 148.9
6. Marc Wilson (BYU) 148.1
7. Larry Fortner (MIAOH) 147.4
8. Joe Davis (SDGST) 147.4
9. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 146.4
10. Larry Brown (HARV) 146.0
Rush Attempts
1. Terry Miller (OKST) 314
2. Charles Alexander (LAST) 311
3. Charles White* (SCA) 285
4. Darrell Lipford (WCAR) 280
5. Bruce Gibson (PAC) 276
6. Allen Ross (NIL) 273
7. Dexter Green (IAST) 271
8. Earl Campbell (TX) 267
9. Joe Gattuso (NAVY) 266
10. Mike Williams (NM) 265
Rushing Yards
1. Earl Campbell (TX) 1744
2. Charles Alexander (LAST) 1686
3. Terry Miller (OKST) 1680
4. Charles White* (SCA) 1478
5. Bo Robinson (WTXAM) 1399
6. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 1353
7. Jerome Persell (WMI) 1339
8. Bobby Windom (EMI) 1322
9. Darrell Lipford (WCAR) 1318
10. James Mayberry (CO) 1299
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. Henry White (COLG) 7.9
2. Dwight Ford* (SCA) 7.8
3. Robert Parham* (GRAM) 7.8
4. Bo Robinson (WTXAM) 7.0
5. Leander Green (ECAR) 6.9
6. Earl Campbell (TX) 6.5
7. Charles Comer (TXS) 6.4
8. Gwain Durden (CHAT) 6.4
9. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 6.3
10. Emmitt Hamilton (APPST) 6.3
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Earl Campbell (TX) 18
2. Charles Alexander (LAST) 17
3. Darrell Lipford (WCAR) 16
4. Dexter Green (IAST) 15
  Tony Nathan (AL) 15
6. Ben Cowins (AR) 14
  Billy Taylor* (TXTECH) 14
  Terry Miller (OKST) 14
  John Pagliaro (YALE) 14
  Jerome Persell (WMI) 14
Receptions
1. Wayne Tolleson (WCAR) 73
2. Emanuel Tolbert (SMETH) 64
3. Paul Proffitt (DRAKE) 60
  Mike Moore* (GRAM) 60
5. Rick Morrison (BALLST) 59
  Rod Foppe (LATECH) 59
7. Dave Petzke (NIL) 57
8. Mike Riley (CIT) 56
9. David Houser (RICE) 55
10. Ken MacAfee (NDAME) 54
Receiving Yards
1. Rod Foppe (LATECH) 1274
2. Mike Moore* (GRAM) 1112
3. Wayne Tolleson (WCAR) 1101
4. Emanuel Tolbert (SMETH) 996
5. James Lofton (STAN) 931
6. John Jefferson (AZST) 912
7. Rick Morrison (BALLST) 908
8. Dennis Pearson (SDGST) 864
  Dennis Pearson (SDGST) 864
10. Clennie Brundidge (ARMY) 842
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Ernest Gray (MEM) 29.5
2. Lam Jones (TX) 25.9
3. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 24.1
4. Carlos Carson (LAST) 24.0
5. Carlos Pennywell* (GRAM) 23.4
6. Homer Butler (UCLA) 23.4
7. Ozzie Newsome (AL) 22.3
8. Spider Gaines (WA) 22.0
9. Rod Foppe (LATECH) 21.6
10. Mike Shumann (FLST) 21.2
Receiving Touchdowns
1. James Lofton (STAN) 12
  Mike Moore* (GRAM) 12
  Ronnie Smith (SDGST) 12
4. Mike Chronister (BYU) 11
5. Carlos Carson (LAST) 10
  Mike Renfro (TXX) 10
7. Mark R. Bell (COST) 9
  Gordon Jones* (PITT) 9
  Carlos Pennywell* (GRAM) 9
  Bubba Garcia (TXEP) 9
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Charles Alexander (LAST) 323
2. Terry Miller (OKST) 315
3. Darrell Lipford (WCAR) 298
4. Charles White* (SCA) 294
5. Dexter Green (IAST) 291
6. Joe Gattuso (NAVY) 288
7. John Henry White (LATECH) 287
  Bruce Gibson (PAC) 287
9. Allen Ross (NIL) 286
10. Rick Parros (UTST) 281
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Earl Campbell (TX) 1855
2. Charles Alexander (LAST) 1766
3. Terry Miller (OKST) 1682
4. David Turner (SDGST) 1669
5. Charles White* (SCA) 1616
6. Darrin Nelson (STAN) 1593
7. Darrell Lipford (WCAR) 1512
8. Joe Gattuso (NAVY) 1461
9. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 1458
10. Bobby Windom (EMI) 1439
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Earl Campbell (TX) 19
2. Darrell Lipford (WCAR) 18
3. Charles Alexander (LAST) 17
4. Mike Jones (NTX) 16
5. Tony Nathan (AL) 15
  Dexter Green (IAST) 15
  Elliott Walker* (PITT) 15
8. Ben Cowins (AR) 14
  Ted Brown (NCST) 14
  Terry Miller (OKST) 14
  David Turner (SDGST) 14
  Ronnie Smith (SDGST) 14
  Billy Taylor* (TXTECH) 14
  Jerome Persell (WMI) 14
  John Pagliaro (YALE) 14
Total Plays
1. Dave Ziebart (AF) 438
2. Randy Hertel (RICE) 413
3. Bill Hurley (SYR) 401
  Mark Miller (BGSU) 401
5. Jack Thompson (WAST) 387
6. Steve Bayuk (TXX) 384
7. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 377
8. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 373
9. Mike Wright (VAND) 370
10. Bruce Threadgill (MSST) 362
  Andy Vetter (OH) 362
Total Yards
1. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 3249
2. Marc Wilson (BYU) 2438
3. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 2409
4. Bob Relph (COLG) 2405
5. Jack Thompson (WAST) 2339
6. Keith Thibodeaux (LATECH) 2325
7. Joe Davis (SDGST) 2242
8. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 2190
9. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 2168
10. Steve Raklovits (EMI) 2138
Total Yards Per Play
1. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 8.6
Total Touchdowns
1. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 38
2. Bob Relph (COLG) 28
3. Dave Wilson (BALLST) 26
  Marc Wilson (BYU) 26
5. Joe Davis (SDGST) 25
6. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 23
7. Andy Vetter (OH) 21
  Guy Benjamin (STAN) 21
9. Rick Leach (MI) 20
  Larry Fortner (MIAOH) 20
  Rob Hertel* (SCA) 20