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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. Mike Pagel (AZST) 184
  Bob Gagliano (UTST) 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. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 21
  Nickie Hall (TLN) 21
7. Bob Gagliano (UTST) 20
8. Kevin Starkey (LBS) 19
  Oliver Luck (WV) 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. Ricky Hardin (UT) 19
  Ray Campbell (LAMAR) 19
7. Jim McMahon (BYU) 18
8. Steve Fairchild (COST) 17
  Nickie Hall (TLN) 17
  Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 17
  Steve Stamp (TXX) 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. Stump Mitchell (CIT) 291
  Floyd Allen (VAMI) 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. Buster 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
  Marcus Allen (SCA) 14
  George Rogers (SC) 14
8. Steve Curtin (BROWN) 12
9. Samoa Samoa (WAST) 11
  Charlie Wysocki (MD) 11
  Gerald Willhite (SJST) 11
  Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 11
  Lonnie Johnson (IN) 11
  Mickey Collins (WICHST) 11
  Marion Barber (MN) 11
  Kelvin Bryant (NC) 11
  Mike Glenn (FURM) 11
  Amos Lawrence (NC) 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. Gerald Willhite (SJST) 55
  Cris Crissy (PRIN) 55
  Gerald Harp (WCAR) 55
10. John Mistler (AZST) 53
  John Rayford (CASTFU) 53
  Perry Tuttle (CLEM) 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. John Mistler (AZST) 11
  Ken Margerum (STAN) 11
  Sam Greene (NVLV) 11
7. Ron Johnson (LBS) 10
  Cedric Thomas (WV) 10
  Robert Griffin (TLN) 10
  Joe Burke (CHAT) 10
  Dwight Collins* (PITT) 10
  James Murphy (UTST) 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. Cyrus Lawrence (VATECH) 271
  James Brooks (AUB) 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. Amos Lawrence (NC) 15
  Marcus Allen (SCA) 15
  Roger Craig (NE) 15
  Herschel Walker (GA) 15
  Clay Brown (BYU) 15
8. Stump Mitchell (CIT) 14
  Eric Lane (BYU) 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
  Art Schlichter* (OHST) 22
  Oliver Luck (WV) 22