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1980 Year Summary

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: George Rogers (South Carolina)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Vince Dooley (Georgia)

AP Preseason #1: Ohio State ▪ AP Final #1: Georgia

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 10 114 64 50 0 .561 4 3 1 0 .750 9.80 7.99 3 3 Georgia
2 Big Eight Conference 8 91 45 43 3 .511 3 2 1 0 .667 9.12 7.87 3 2 Oklahoma
3 Southwest Conference 9 104 54 50 0 .519 5 2 3 0 .400 8.23 7.53 3 2 Baylor
4 Pacific-10 Conference 10 111 57 51 3 .527 1 0 1 0 .000 7.79 6.72 3 3 Washington
5 Atlantic Coast Conference 7 79 42 37 0 .532 2 1 1 0 .500 6.25 5.70 1 1 North Carolina
6 Big Ten Conference 10 113 53 59 1 .473 3 2 1 0 .667 4.87 5.81 3 3 Michigan
7 Independent 30 340 180 156 4 .535 10 4 6 0 .400 2.16 0.83 4 5
8 Western Athletic Conference 9 104 48 53 3 .476 1 1 0 0 1.000 -2.13 -0.46 0 1 Brigham Young
9 Missouri Valley Conference 7 77 38 37 2 .506 0 0 0 0 -5.01 -5.19 0 0 Tulsa
10 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 6 67 34 33 0 .507 0 0 0 0 -5.04 -3.77 0 0 Long Beach State
11 Southern Conference 8 88 40 43 5 .483 0 0 0 0 -7.51 -7.32 0 0 Furman
12 Southland Conference 6 67 30 37 0 .448 1 0 1 0 .000 -8.81 -6.18 0 0 McNeese State
13 Mid-American Conference 10 109 52 57 0 .477 0 0 0 0 -10.43 -9.63 0 0 Central Michigan
14 Ivy Group 8 80 38 42 0 .475 0 0 0 0 -15.67 -13.94 0 0 Yale

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/8 9/15 9/22 9/29 10/6 10/13 10/20 10/27 11/3 11/10 11/17 11/24 12/1 12/8 Final
Georgia SEC 16 12 10 10 8 6 6 5 4 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
Pittsburgh Ind 3 3 5 6 6 4 11 12 11 9 8 6 4 4 3 2
Oklahoma Big 8 5 4 3 4 12 12 17 17 16 11 10 9 6 5 4 3
Michigan Big Ten 12 11 14 17         18 12 11 10 7 6 5 4
Florida State Ind 13 10 9 9 16 11 7 6 5 3 3 3 3 3 2 5
Alabama SEC 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 5 8 9 8 9 6
Nebraska Big 8 7 8 6 3 3 10 10 9 8 5 4 4 10 9 8 7
Penn State Ind 18 14 12 11 17 14 12 13 13 10 9 7 5 10 10 8
Notre Dame Ind 11 7 8 8 7 7 5 4 3 1 6 2 2 2 7 9
North Carolina ACC 14 15 13 14 10 8 8 7 6 14 15 15 13 12 13 10
Southern California Pac-10 4 5 4 5 4 2 2 8 7 4 2 12 17 17 12 11
Brigham Young WAC               19 17 13 13 13 12 13 14 12
UCLA Pac-10       16 11 5 4 3 2 8 17 18 14 14 15 13
Baylor SWC         20 18 13 11 10 16 12 11 8 7 6 14
Ohio State Big Ten 1 1 2 2 2 9 9 10 9 7 7 5 11 11 11 15
Washington Pac-10 20 19 16 13       18       16 15 15 16 16
Purdue Big Ten 9 20             20 17 16         17
Miami (FL) Ind         13 13 18             20 20 18
Mississippi State SEC                   19 19 17 16 16 17 19
Southern Methodist SWC           20     19 18 18   20 19 19 20
School Conf Pre 9/8 9/15 9/22 9/29 10/6 10/13 10/20 10/27 11/3 11/10 11/17 11/24 12/1 12/8 Final
Arizona State Pac-10       20                        
Arkansas SWC 6 16 17 15 14 15 14 15                
Auburn SEC 19 18 19 18                        
Florida SEC         19         20 20 19 18      
Houston SWC 8 9 18                          
Iowa State Big 8             19                  
Maryland ACC       19                        
Missouri Big 8 17 17 15 12 9 19 16 16 15              
South Carolina Ind     20   18 17 15 14 14 15 14 14 19 18 18  
Southern Mississippi Ind               20                
Stanford Pac-10 15 13 11   15 16 20                  
Texas SWC 10 6 7 7 5 3 3 2 12     20        

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 284
2. John Elway (STAN) 248
3. Dave Wilson (IL) 245
4. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 242
5. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 214
6. Steve Fairchild (COST) 200
7. Rich Campbell (CA) 193
8. John Holman (LAMON) 187
9. Bob Gagliano (UTST) 184
  Mike Pagel (AZST) 184
Pass Attempts
1. Dave Wilson (IL) 463
2. Jim McMahon (BYU) 445
3. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 413
4. Steve Fairchild (COST) 392
5. John Elway (STAN) 379
6. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 368
7. Steve Brown (APPST) 352
8. John Holman (LAMON) 350
9. Bob Gagliano (UTST) 345
10. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 337
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Rich Campbell (CA) 70.7
2. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 65.8
3. John Elway (STAN) 65.4
4. Jim McMahon (BYU) 63.8
5. Ed McMichael (RUT) 63.8
6. Ricky Hardin (UT) 61.7
7. Jeff Quinn (NE) 61.1
8. Rick Stockstill (FLST) 60.2
9. Tom Flick (WA) 60.0
10. Mark Lockenmeyer (PRIN) 59.5
Passing Yards
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 4571
2. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 3212
3. Dave Wilson (IL) 3154
4. John Elway (STAN) 2889
5. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 2624
6. Steve Fairchild (COST) 2578
7. Steve Brown (APPST) 2537
8. Ricky Hardin (UT) 2458
9. John Holman (LAMON) 2444
10. Bob Gagliano (UTST) 2365
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 10.3
2. Steve Woods (CHAT) 9.4
3. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 8.7
4. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 8.5
5. Jeff Quinn (NE) 8.5
6. Ricky Hardin (UT) 8.5
7. Buck Belue (GA) 8.4
8. Samoa Samoa (WAST) 8.3
9. Larry Gentry (NVLV) 8.1
10. Kevin Starkey (LBS) 7.9
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 10.6
2. Jeff Quinn (NE) 8.6
3. Steve Woods (CHAT) 8.2
4. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 8.1
5. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 7.9
6. John Elway (STAN) 7.7
7. Buck Belue (GA) 7.2
8. Tom Flick (WA) 7.1
9. Mark Lockenmeyer (PRIN) 7.0
10. Jim Kelly (MIAFL) 6.9
Passing Touchdowns
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 47
2. John Elway (STAN) 27
3. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 23
4. Larry Gentry (NVLV) 22
5. Nickie Hall (TLN) 21
  Jay Venuto (WAKE) 21
7. Bob Gagliano (UTST) 20
8. Oliver Luck (WV) 19
  Kevin Starkey (LBS) 19
  Dave Wilson (IL) 19
Passing Interceptions
1. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 25
2. Phillip Reynolds (LALAF) 21
3. John Holman (LAMON) 20
  John Fourcade (MS) 20
5. Ray Campbell (LAMAR) 19
  Ricky Hardin (UT) 19
7. Jim McMahon (BYU) 18
8. Steve Fairchild (COST) 17
  Nickie Hall (TLN) 17
  Steve Stamp (TXX) 17
  Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 17
  Tom St. Jacques (CASTFU) 17
  Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 17
  Matt Patterson (WTXAM) 17
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 176.9
2. Jeff Quinn (NE) 154.5
3. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 150.5
4. John Elway (STAN) 147.2
5. Steve Woods (CHAT) 146.2
6. Larry Gentry (NVLV) 141.5
7. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 139.7
8. Ricky Hardin (UT) 136.9
9. Tom Flick (WA) 135.2
10. Rick Stockstill (FLST) 134.4
Rush Attempts
1. Marcus Allen (SCA) 354
2. Charlie Wysocki (MD) 334
3. George Rogers (SC) 297
4. Floyd Allen (VAMI) 291
  Stump Mitchell (CIT) 291
6. Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 284
7. Herschel Walker (GA) 274
8. Cyrus Lawrence (VATECH) 271
9. James Brooks (AUB) 261
10. Theron McClendon* (MCNST) 257
Rushing Yards
1. George Rogers (SC) 1781
2. Stump Mitchell (CIT) 1647
3. Herschel Walker (GA) 1616
4. Marcus Allen (SCA) 1563
5. Charlie Wysocki (MD) 1359
6. James Brooks (AUB) 1314
7. Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 1312
8. Floyd Allen (VAMI) 1276
9. Theron McClendon* (MCNST) 1272
10. Calvin Murray* (OHST) 1267
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. George Rhymes (OK) 7.7
2. Jarvis Redwine (NE) 7.2
3. Roger Craig (NE) 7.1
4. Gwain Durden (CHAT) 7.1
5. David Overstreet (OK) 7.1
6. Michael Morton (NVLV) 7.0
7. Ricky Davis (WTXAM) 6.7
8. Phillip Jessie (TXARL) 6.6
9. Brothel Cole (FURM) 6.5
10. Calvin Murray* (OHST) 6.5
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Sammy Winder (SMS) 20
2. J.C. Watts (OK) 18
3. Herschel Walker (GA) 15
  Roger Craig (NE) 15
5. Stump Mitchell (CIT) 14
  George Rogers (SC) 14
  Marcus Allen (SCA) 14
8. Steve Curtin (BROWN) 12
9. Charlie Wysocki (MD) 11
  Samoa Samoa (WAST) 11
  Gerald Willhite (SJST) 11
  Lonnie Johnson (IN) 11
  Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 11
  Mickey Collins (WICHST) 11
  Marion Barber (MN) 11
  Kelvin Bryant (NC) 11
  Amos Lawrence (NC) 11
  Mike Glenn (FURM) 11
Receptions
1. Dave Young* (PUR) 70
2. Rainey Meszaros (PAC) 68
3. Bart Burrell* (PUR) 66
  James Murphy (UTST) 66
5. Keith Chappelle (IA) 64
6. Scott Phillips (BYU) 60
7. Cris Crissy (PRIN) 55
  Gerald Willhite (SJST) 55
  Gerald Harp (WCAR) 55
10. Perry Tuttle (CLEM) 53
  John Rayford (CASTFU) 53
  John Mistler (AZST) 53
  Ken Tweedy (RICH) 53
  Andre Tyler (STAN) 53
Receiving Yards
1. Rainey Meszaros (PAC) 1062
2. Keith Chappelle (IA) 1037
3. Clay Brown (BYU) 1009
4. Bart Burrell* (PUR) 1001
5. James Murphy (UTST) 996
6. Dave Young* (PUR) 959
7. Rick Beasley (APPST) 948
8. Mike Fahnestock (ARMY) 937
9. Perry Tuttle (CLEM) 915
10. Steve Bryant* (PUR) 892
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Dwight Collins* (PITT) 27.6
2. Stacey Bailey (SJST) 22.9
3. Lloyd Jones (BYU) 22.8
4. Gary Lewis (TXARL) 22.2
5. Don Treadwell (MIAOH) 22.0
6. Rick Beasley (APPST) 21.5
7. Aaron Williams (WA) 21.2
8. Freddie Brown (LATECH) 21.1
9. Clay Brown (BYU) 21.0
10. Ron Johnson (LBS) 20.9
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Clay Brown (BYU) 15
2. Anthony Carter* (MI) 14
3. Kenny Duckett (WAKE) 12
4. Ken Margerum (STAN) 11
  Sam Greene (NVLV) 11
  John Mistler (AZST) 11
7. Joe Burke (CHAT) 10
  Ron Johnson (LBS) 10
  Cedric Thomas (WV) 10
  Dwight Collins* (PITT) 10
  James Murphy (UTST) 10
  Robert Griffin (TLN) 10
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Marcus Allen (SCA) 384
2. Charlie Wysocki (MD) 338
3. George Rogers (SC) 304
4. Floyd Allen (VAMI) 303
5. Gerald Willhite (SJST) 300
6. Stump Mitchell (CIT) 297
7. Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 292
8. Herschel Walker (GA) 281
9. Malcolm Jones (NTX) 277
10. James Brooks (AUB) 271
  Cyrus Lawrence (VATECH) 271
Yards From Scrimmage
1. George Rogers (SC) 1804
2. Marcus Allen (SCA) 1794
3. Stump Mitchell (CIT) 1704
4. Gerald Willhite (SJST) 1702
5. Herschel Walker (GA) 1686
6. Calvin Murray* (OHST) 1471
7. Darrin Nelson (STAN) 1441
8. Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 1399
9. Malcolm Jones (NTX) 1394
10. Robert Alexander (WV) 1393
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Sammy Winder (SMS) 20
2. J.C. Watts (OK) 18
3. Herschel Walker (GA) 15
  Clay Brown (BYU) 15
  Roger Craig (NE) 15
  Amos Lawrence (NC) 15
  Marcus Allen (SCA) 15
8. Eric Lane (BYU) 14
  Stump Mitchell (CIT) 14
  Anthony Carter* (MI) 14
  Gerald Willhite (SJST) 14
  George Rogers (SC) 14
Total Plays
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 540
2. Dave Wilson (IL) 503
3. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 480
4. John Elway (STAN) 479
5. Nickie Hall (TLN) 457
6. Steve Fairchild (COST) 455
7. Chris Garrity (WMMARY) 437
8. Matt Dunigan (LATECH) 430
9. Steve Brown (APPST) 427
10. Rick Casko (DRAKE) 419
Total Yards
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 4627
2. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 3026
3. Dave Wilson (IL) 2960
4. John Elway (STAN) 2939
5. Steve Brown (APPST) 2590
6. Rick Casko (DRAKE) 2477
7. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 2430
8. Steve Fairchild (COST) 2389
  John Holman (LAMON) 2389
10. Bob Gagliano (UTST) 2335
Total Yards Per Play
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 8.6
2. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 7.5
Total Touchdowns
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 53
2. John Elway (STAN) 31
3. Nickie Hall (TLN) 28
4. Larry Gentry (NVLV) 24
5. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 23
  Steve Woods (CHAT) 23
  Bob Gagliano (UTST) 23
8. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 22
  Kevin Starkey (LBS) 22
  Oliver Luck (WV) 22
  Art Schlichter* (OHST) 22