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1981 Year Summary

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Marcus Allen (Southern California)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Danny Ford (Clemson)

AP Preseason #1: Michigan ▪ AP Final #1: Clemson

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 Southwest Conference 9 103 54 44 5 .549 4 2 2 0 .500 7.54 5.87 1 2 Southern Methodist
2 Southeastern Conference 10 115 61 51 3 .543 5 2 3 0 .400 7.49 6.25 4 2 Alabama
Georgia
3 Big Eight Conference 8 93 49 42 2 .538 5 2 3 0 .400 7.02 6.10 2 3 Nebraska
4 Atlantic Coast Conference 7 79 41 37 1 .525 2 2 0 0 1.000 6.87 6.16 1 2 Clemson
5 Pacific-10 Conference 10 114 58 54 2 .518 4 1 3 0 .250 5.38 4.37 5 3 Washington
6 Big Ten Conference 10 114 59 55 0 .518 4 2 2 0 .500 4.53 4.92 2 3 Iowa
Ohio State
7 Independent 28 313 160 149 4 .518 5 3 2 0 .600 2.81 2.15 4 4
8 Western Athletic Conference 9 103 51 50 2 .505 1 1 0 0 1.000 -0.18 -0.65 1 1 Brigham Young
9 Missouri Valley Conference 8 87 45 40 2 .529 0 0 0 0 -3.88 -5.06 0 0 Drake
Tulsa
10 Southland Conference 6 66 28 34 4 .455 0 0 0 0 -4.21 -3.45 0 0 Texas-Arlington
11 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 6 66 29 36 1 .447 1 0 1 0 .000 -5.72 -3.21 0 0 San Jose State
12 Southern Conference 8 87 43 40 4 .517 0 0 0 0 -6.84 -6.91 0 0 Furman
13 Mid-American Conference 10 111 51 58 2 .468 1 1 0 0 1.000 -8.60 -7.57 0 0 Toledo
14 Ivy Group 8 80 33 45 2 .425 0 0 0 0 -19.01 -16.08 0 0 Dartmouth
Yale

AP Poll Summary

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

Year Leaders

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Pass Completion Percentage

1. Jim McMahon (Brigham Young) 64.3
2. Alan Risher (Louisiana State) 63.0
3. Tony Eason (Illinois) 61.1
4. Bob Holly (Princeton) 60.9
5. Buck Belue (Georgia) 60.6
6. Matt Kofler (San Diego State) 60.1
7. Gary Schofield (Wake Forest) 59.7
8. Dan Marino* (Pittsburgh) 59.5
9. Chris Garrity (William & Mary) 59.0
10. Jim Kelly (Miami (FL)) 58.9

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Jim McMahon (Brigham Young) 9.1
2. Doug Flutie (Boston College) 7.8
3. Tony Eason (Illinois) 7.7
4. Scott Campbell (Purdue) 7.7
5. Buck Belue (Georgia) 7.6
6. Mike Pagel (Arizona State) 7.6
7. Sam King (Nevada-Las Vegas) 7.6
8. Bob Holly (Princeton) 7.5
9. Jim Kelly (Miami (FL)) 7.2
10. Homer Jordan* (Clemson) 7.2

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Jim McMahon (Brigham Young) 155.0
2. Buck Belue (Georgia) 143.8
3. Dan Marino* (Pittsburgh) 143.1
4. Tony Eason (Illinois) 140.0
5. Mike Pagel (Arizona State) 139.4
6. Scott Campbell (Purdue) 138.3
7. Sam King (Nevada-Las Vegas) 137.1
8. Bob Holly (Princeton) 136.4
9. Jim Kelly (Miami (FL)) 136.2
10. Doug Flutie (Boston College) 135.8

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Mike Whitwell (Texas A&M) 27.1
2. Mark Barousse (McNeese State) 26.5
3. Mark Clayton (Louisville) 22.1
4. Willie Gault (Tennessee) 21.8
5. Tracy Hall (Temple) 21.6
6. Duane Gunn (Indiana) 21.2
7. Daryl Turner (Michigan State) 21.1
8. Rich Hollins (West Virginia) 21.0
9. Henry Ellard (Fresno State) 20.7
10. Phillip Epps (Texas Christian) 20.6

Kickoff Return Touchdowns

1. Herbert Harris (Lamar) 9

Interception Return Touchdowns

1. Todd Shell (Brigham Young) 2
  Ken Thomas* (San Jose State) 2
  Greg Poole (North Carolina) 2
  Roger Foote (Kansas) 2
  Elbert Watts (Oklahoma) 2