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1978 Passing Stats

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National Champions: Alabama (AP, FWAA, NFF), Southern California (UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Billy Sims (Oklahoma)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Joe Paterno (Penn State)

AP Preseason #1: Alabama ▪ AP Final #1: Alabama

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79 Players

Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
1 David Henderson Furman Southern 112 187 59.9 1732 9.3 9.1 12 6 152.5 59 2 0.0 2
2 Dave Rader Tulsa MVC 90 184 48.9 1683 9.1 9.2 14 6 144.3 166 215 1.3 7
3 Larry Brown Harvard Ivy 101 178 56.7 1575 8.8 8.2 12 8 144.3 117 265 2.3 2
4 Tom Sorley* Nebraska Big 8 120 205 58.5 1791 8.7 8.1 14 9 145.7 87 110 1.3 6
5 Dave Marler Mississippi State SEC 163 287 56.8 2422 8.4 6.5 11 17 128.5 88 -31 -0.4 1
6 Paul McDonald* Southern California Pac-10 115 203 56.7 1690 8.3 8.6 19 7 150.6 52 -177 -3.4 0
7 Steve Brown Appalachian State Southern 114 204 55.9 1682 8.2 8.4 13 5 141.3 105 277 2.6 6
8 David Spriggs New Mexico State MVC 169 317 53.3 2558 8.1 5.6 17 25 123.0 148 244 1.6 3
9 Steve Fuller* Clemson ACC 101 187 54.0 1515 8.1 7.9 7 4 130.1 153 649 4.2 10
10 Pat O'Brien Yale Ivy 75 153 49.0 1242 8.1 5.2 5 12 112.3 74 56 0.8 4
11 Bob Lesczynski Navy Ind 77 161 47.8 1282 8.0 6.0 9 11 119.5 72 58 0.8 3
12 Phil Bradley Missouri Big 8 136 226 60.2 1780 7.9 6.9 12 10 135.0 135 301 2.2 6
13 Rich Campbell California Pac-10 164 293 56.0 2287 7.8 5.8 14 19 124.3 93 -80 -0.9 1
14 John Brantley Florida SEC 85 170 50.0 1334 7.8 5.7 11 13 122.0 68 7 0.1 1
15 Wally Woodham Florida State Ind 98 169 58.0 1322 7.8 7.0 9 7 133.0 30 -9 -0.3 3
16 Mike Ford Southern Methodist SWC 224 389 57.6 3007 7.7 5.9 17 23 125.1 70 -50 -0.7 4
17 Joe Montana Notre Dame Ind 141 260 54.2 2010 7.7 6.9 10 9 124.9 72 104 1.4 6
18 Brad Wright New Mexico WAC 126 251 50.2 1925 7.7 5.7 9 15 114.5 172 478 2.8 8
19 Chuck Fusina Penn State Ind 137 242 56.6 1859 7.7 6.4 11 12 126.2 51 -116 -2.3 2
20 Ed Smith Michigan State Big Ten 169 292 57.9 2226 7.6 7.8 20 8 139.0 29 21 0.7 1
Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
21 Randy Gomez Utah WAC 138 266 51.9 2027 7.6 6.0 19 18 125.9 49 -36 -0.7 0
22 Dan Manucci Kansas State Big 8 122 237 51.5 1808 7.6 5.0 9 18 112.9 120 -4 0.0 5
23 Jordan Case North Texas Ind 105 179 58.7 1360 7.6 7.5 8 4 132.8 131 267 2.0 7
24 Steve Dils Stanford Pac-10 247 391 63.2 2943 7.5 6.9 22 15 137.3 90 -72 -0.8 1
25 Mike Kelley Georgia Tech Ind 96 197 48.7 1479 7.5 5.9 7 10 113.4 24 12 0.5 0
26 Jim McMahon Brigham Young WAC 87 176 49.4 1307 7.4 6.1 6 8 114.0 99 248 2.5 4
27 Ron Reeves Texas Tech SWC 77 161 47.8 1195 7.4 6.3 9 8 118.7 170 411 2.4 8
28 Eric Hipple Utah State PCAA 150 287 52.3 2088 7.3 5.6 9 15 113.3 113 -17 -0.2 9
29 Paul McGaffigan Long Beach State PCAA 169 300 56.3 2165 7.2 5.9 9 13 118.2 52 -1 0.0 1
30 Mike Wright Bowling Green State MAC 134 259 51.7 1852 7.2 6.1 14 12 120.4 181 530 2.9 10
31 Jimmy Jordan Florida State Ind 108 199 54.3 1427 7.2 6.5 14 9 128.7 25 -97 -3.9 1
32 Jimmy Streater Tennessee SEC 101 198 51.0 1418 7.2 5.3 4 10 107.7 146 593 4.1 10
33 Buddy Teevens Dartmouth Ivy 117 194 60.3 1396 7.2 6.4 4 5 122.4 73 178 2.4 4
34 Tim O'Hare Maryland ACC 105 192 54.7 1388 7.2 5.1 4 11 110.8 80 33 0.4 0
35 Kirby Arceneaux Louisiana-Monroe Ind 79 171 46.2 1229 7.2 3.9 6 15 100.6 124 164 1.3 1
36 Roch Hontas Tulane Ind 108 190 56.8 1350 7.1 5.9 11 10 125.1 87 -68 -0.8 1
37 Art Schlichter* Ohio State Big Ten 87 175 49.7 1250 7.1 2.2 4 21 93.3 157 590 3.8 13
38 Jeff Duva Hawaii Ind 113 208 54.3 1463 7.0 6.4 14 9 127.0 81 93 1.1 2
39 Mark Whipple Brown Ivy 98 197 49.7 1376 7.0 5.4 9 11 112.3 96 137 1.4 4
40 Mark Herrmann Purdue Big Ten 152 274 55.5 1904 6.9 6.0 14 12 121.9 35 -80 -2.3 1
Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
41 Larry Haynes Lamar Southland 92 184 50.0 1261 6.9 5.0 8 11 110.0 129 78 0.6 5
42 Peter Colombo Holy Cross Ind 103 212 48.6 1432 6.8 3.4 7 19 98.3 115 85 0.7 4
43 Danny Davis Houston SWC 76 155 49.0 1053 6.8 5.9 9 7 116.2 125 349 2.8 5
44 Jack Thompson Washington State Pac-10 175 348 50.3 2333 6.7 5.1 17 20 111.2 84 -69 -0.8 3
45 Billy Yancy Fresno State PCAA 66 161 41.0 1083 6.7 3.5 10 16 98.1 143 386 2.7 7
46 Bruce Parker Pacific PCAA 156 310 50.3 2019 6.5 5.7 17 13 114.7 83 -182 -2.2 0
47 Steve Smith Baylor SWC 101 213 47.4 1387 6.5 4.0 11 17 103.2 47 10 0.2 0
48 Brian Broomell Temple Ind 112 209 53.6 1362 6.5 4.3 11 15 111.3 93 212 2.3 4
49 Tom Porras Washington Pac-10 84 176 47.7 1151 6.5 5.2 6 8 104.8 87 75 0.9 5
50 David Woodley Louisiana State SEC 79 154 51.3 995 6.5 4.8 3 7 102.9 97 398 4.1 5
51 Marc Wilson Brigham Young WAC 121 233 51.9 1499 6.4 4.6 8 13 106.1 104 85 0.8 2
52 Earle Mulrane Army Ind 103 222 46.4 1419 6.4 4.2 5 13 95.8 77 -68 -0.9 3
53 John Marzo Colgate Ind 100 209 47.8 1337 6.4 3.1 6 18 93.8 81 178 2.2 2
54 Mark Malone Arizona State Pac-10 93 205 45.4 1305 6.4 4.1 11 15 101.9 143 705 4.9 9
55 Doug Robertson Nevada-Las Vegas Ind 72 173 41.6 1104 6.4 6.2 7 4 104.0 74 -35 -0.5 4
56 Mark Halda San Diego State WAC 205 358 57.3 2262 6.3 5.3 14 14 115.4 29 -99 -3.4 0
57 Van Heflin Vanderbilt SEC 76 155 49.0 984 6.3 3.5 3 11 94.6 155 236 1.5 3
58 Mike Pusey Western Carolina Southern 147 331 44.4 2046 6.2 4.6 14 18 99.4 56 -213 -3.8 0
59 Dutch Hoffman West Virginia Ind 105 238 44.1 1477 6.2 3.0 9 21 91.1 136 -24 -0.2 3
60 Bob Hering* Rutgers Ind 88 193 45.6 1193 6.2 4.4 5 10 95.7 34 -84 -2.5 0
Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
61 Pete Kraker Northern Illinois MAC 134 283 47.3 1731 6.1 4.6 10 14 100.5 81 21 0.3 0
62 Randy Hertel Rice SWC 156 279 55.9 1677 6.0 5.1 12 11 112.7 51 -58 -1.1 0
63 Mike Kalasmiki Wisconsin Big Ten 107 231 46.3 1378 6.0 4.3 12 14 101.5 73 169 2.3 1
64 Steve Smith Oregon State Pac-10 96 196 49.0 1182 6.0 4.0 7 12 99.2 181 -114 -0.6 4
65 Kennon Taylor Arkansas State Southland 78 182 42.9 1087 6.0 2.5 4 16 82.7 110 94 0.9 3
66 Kenny Philibert Northwestern State Ind 85 165 51.5 982 6.0 3.5 2 10 93.4 67 -156 -2.3 1
67 Bill Solomon Colorado Big 8 77 158 48.7 944 6.0 3.8 3 9 93.8 189 484 2.6 7
68 Ed Luther San Jose State PCAA 205 386 53.1 2275 5.9 3.8 13 24 101.3 33 -101 -3.1 3
69 David Webber Wake Forest ACC 101 182 55.5 1070 5.9 3.1 2 12 95.3 68 -70 -1.0 0
70 Larry Fortner Miami (OH) MAC 80 166 48.2 975 5.9 3.0 5 13 91.8 150 373 2.5 8
71 Rick Trocano* Pittsburgh Ind 138 283 48.8 1648 5.8 4.0 5 14 93.6 175 268 1.5 7
72 Keith Thibodeaux Louisiana Tech Southland 81 198 40.9 1128 5.7 3.7 5 11 86.0 56 -74 -1.3 2
73 Dave Ziebart Air Force Ind 109 241 45.2 1350 5.6 3.4 9 16 91.3 102 178 1.7 1
74 Jim Andrus Wichita State MVC 73 165 44.2 889 5.4 3.2 9 12 93.0 52 -41 -0.8 1
75 Oscar Ramirez Texas-El Paso WAC 118 278 42.4 1460 5.3 2.0 7 23 78.3 169 336 2.0 5
76 Kevin Strasser Northwestern Big Ten 151 307 49.2 1526 5.0 3.5 6 13 88.9 56 -231 -4.1 2
77 Robby Clark Virginia Military Institute Southern 70 173 40.5 872 5.0 0.8 2 17 67.0 123 11 0.1 0
78 Steve Bayuk Texas Christian SWC 114 241 47.3 1118 4.6 1.4 4 19 76.0 140 108 0.8 2
79 Tom Rozantz William & Mary Ind 72 195 36.9 853 4.4 1.6 7 15 70.1 111 347 3.1 4