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1982 Year Summary

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National Champion: Penn State (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI, USA-CNN)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Herschel Walker (Georgia)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Joe Paterno (Penn State)

AP Preseason #1: Pittsburgh ▪ AP Final #1: Penn State

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 Pacific-10 Conference 10 113 62 46 5 .571 3 3 0 0 1.000 10.74 8.16 4 4 UCLA
2 Southeastern Conference 10 117 67 47 3 .585 7 2 5 0 .286 9.09 6.14 3 3 Georgia
3 Atlantic Coast Conference 7 79 42 36 1 .538 2 1 1 0 .500 6.10 3.96 2 3 Clemson
4 Big Ten Conference 10 115 55 60 0 .478 5 3 2 0 .600 4.46 5.16 2 1 Michigan
5 Big Eight Conference 8 92 43 40 9 .516 3 1 2 0 .333 4.39 3.47 2 2 Nebraska
6 Southwest Conference 9 102 50 48 4 .510 3 2 1 0 .667 2.07 2.04 3 3 Southern Methodist
7 Independent 25 279 139 137 3 .504 5 2 3 0 .400 0.61 0.67 4 4
8 Western Athletic Conference 9 105 55 50 0 .524 2 1 1 0 .500 0.59 -0.14 0 0 Brigham Young
9 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 7 79 38 41 0 .481 1 1 0 0 1.000 -7.54 -5.94 0 0 Fresno State
10 Missouri Valley Conference 8 88 41 47 0 .466 0 0 0 0 -11.06 -9.41 0 0 Tulsa
11 Mid-American Conference 10 110 50 56 4 .473 1 0 1 0 .000 -12.41 -11.66 0 0 Bowling Green State

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/6 9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/25 11/1 11/8 11/15 11/22 11/29 12/6 Final
Penn State Ind 8 7 8 8 3 3 8 9 8 7 5 3 2 2 2 1
Southern Methodist SWC 6 8 6 6 7 6 5 4 4 2 2 2 4 4 4 2
Nebraska Big 8 4 3 3 2 8 7 6 5 6 6 4 4 3 3 3 3
Georgia SEC 7 6 7 7 6 5 4 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 4
UCLA Pac-10 20 18 14 12 9 8 12 11 11 9 12 11 8 5 5 5
Arizona State Pac-10 19 15 13 14 13 11 10 8 7 4 3 8 6 11 11 6
Washington Pac-10 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 10 7 5 13 9 9 7
Clemson ACC 11 16 16       20 18 15 13 11 10 10 8 7 8
Arkansas SWC 13 13 9 9 10 9 7 6 5 5 10 9 9 6 14 9
Pittsburgh Ind 1 1 2 3 2 2 3 2 1 1 8 6 5 7 6 10
Louisiana State SEC           18 16 14 13 11 6 12 7 13 13 11
Ohio State Big Ten 14 14 12 13                 18 18 17 12
Florida State Ind             19 17 14 12 9 7 15 15   13
Auburn SEC         20       19         19 18 14
Southern California Pac-10 10 10 19 18 16 15 14 12 12 16 16 15 17 16 15 15
Oklahoma Big 8 9 9           20 17 14 15 14 11 14 12 16
Texas SWC 17 17 18 17 15 13 18 19     20 17 14 12 8 17
North Carolina ACC 5 5 11 11 12 12 11 10 10 18           18
West Virginia Ind     17 15 14 16 13 13 18 17 19 16 12 10 10 19
Maryland ACC                   19 18 19 16 17 16 20
School Conf Pre 9/6 9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/25 11/1 11/8 11/15 11/22 11/29 12/6 Final
Alabama SEC 3 4 4 4 5 4 2 7 9 8 17          
Boston College Ind         18 19                    
Florida SEC 16 11 5 5 4 14       20            
Illinois Big Ten       19   20 15                  
Miami (FL) Ind 15 19 15 16 17 17 17 16 16              
Michigan Big Ten 12 12 10 20         20 15 14 13 20 20 19  
Minnesota Big Ten         19                      
Notre Dame Ind 18 20 20 10 11 10 9 15     13 18        
Tulsa MVC                       20 19   20  

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions
1. Todd Dillon (LBS) 289
2. Tony Eason (IL) 278
3. John Elway (STAN) 262
4. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 236
5. Sandy Schwab (NWEST) 234
6. Steve Young (BYU) 230
7. Whit Taylor (VAND) 228
8. Dan Marino* (PITT) 221
9. Scott Campbell (PUR) 218
10. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 217
Pass Attempts
1. Todd Dillon (LBS) 504
2. Tony Eason (IL) 450
3. Paul Berner (PAC) 418
4. Sandy Schwab (NWEST) 416
5. Whit Taylor (VAND) 406
6. John Elway (STAN) 405
7. Scott Campbell (PUR) 399
8. Terry Nugent (COST) 382
9. Randall Cunningham (NVLV) 381
10. Dan Marino* (PITT) 378
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Wayne Peace (FL) 70.7
2. John Elway (STAN) 64.7
3. Brian McClure (BGSU) 64.2
4. Chuck Long (IA) 64.2
5. Alan Risher (LAST) 63.7
6. Tim Riordan (TEMP) 63.6
7. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 63.1
8. Steve Young (BYU) 62.7
9. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 62.2
10. Walter Lewis (AL) 62.2
Passing Yards
1. Todd Dillon (LBS) 3517
2. Tony Eason (IL) 3248
3. John Elway (STAN) 3242
4. Steve Young (BYU) 3100
5. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 3033
6. Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 2993
7. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 2986
8. Randall Cunningham (NVLV) 2847
9. Doug Flutie* (BC) 2749
10. Sandy Schwab (NWEST) 2735
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Walter Lewis (AL) 9.2
2. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 8.9
3. John Bond (MSST) 8.7
4. Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 8.6
5. Mike Tomczak* (OHST) 8.6
6. Steve Young (BYU) 8.4
7. Wayne Peace (FL) 8.3
8. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 8.1
9. Lionel Wilson (HOU) 8.1
10. John Elway (STAN) 8.0
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 8.8
2. Ken Vierra (UT) 7.9
3. John Elway (STAN) 7.9
4. Alan Risher (LAST) 7.8
5. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 7.7
6. Walter Lewis (AL) 7.6
7. Tim Riordan (TEMP) 7.2
8. Steve Young (BYU) 7.2
9. Mark McKay (SDGST) 7.2
10. Dave Osborn (NM) 7.2
Passing Touchdowns
1. Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 24
  John Elway (STAN) 24
3. Todd Blackledge (PAST) 22
  Whit Taylor (VAND) 22
5. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 21
6. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 20
  Steve Clarkson (SJST) 20
8. Gary Kubiak (TXAM) 19
  Todd Dillon (LBS) 19
10. Steve Young (BYU) 18
  Tom Tunnicliffe (AZ) 18
  Boomer Esiason (MD) 18
  Terry Nugent (COST) 18
Passing Interceptions
1. Dan Marino* (PITT) 23
2. Walter Kroan (KENT) 22
  Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 22
4. Todd Dillon (LBS) 21
5. Sandy Schwab (NWEST) 20
  Randy Jenkins (KY) 20
  Doug Flutie* (BC) 20
8. Paul Berner (PAC) 19
  Mike Hohensee (MN) 19
  Terry Nugent (COST) 19
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 151.5
2. Alan Risher (LAST) 146.6
3. Walter Lewis (AL) 145.7
4. John Elway (STAN) 145.6
5. Wayne Peace (FL) 143.4
6. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 142.5
7. Steve Young (BYU) 140.0
8. Tim Riordan (TEMP) 137.8
9. Ken Vierra (UT) 136.4
10. Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 135.2
Rush Attempts
1. Ernest Anderson (OKST) 353
2. Herschel Walker (GA) 335
3. Sam Dejarnette (SMS) 311
4. Carl Monroe (UT) 309
5. Robert Lavette (GATECH) 280
6. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 273
7. Jay Peterson (MIAOH) 271
8. Lawrence Ricks* (MI) 266
9. Michael Ramseur (WAKE) 245
10. Mike Rozier (NE) 242
Rushing Yards
1. Ernest Anderson (OKST) 1877
2. Herschel Walker (GA) 1752
3. Mike Rozier (NE) 1689
4. Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 1617
5. Sam Dejarnette (SMS) 1545
6. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 1538
7. Carl Monroe (UT) 1507
8. Michael Gunter (TLS) 1464
9. Lawrence Ricks* (MI) 1388
10. Robert Lavette (GATECH) 1208
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. Marcus Dupree* (OK) 7.8
2. Michael Gunter (TLS) 7.5
3. Troy King (WI) 7.2
4. Mike Rozier (NE) 7.0
5. Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 7.0
6. Lionel James (AUB) 6.9
7. Mike D. Carter (NM) 6.7
8. Michael Haddix (MSST) 6.7
9. Tony Baker (ECAR) 6.6
10. Bo Jackson (AUB) 6.5
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Greg Allen (FLST) 20
2. Robert Lavette (GATECH) 19
3. Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 17
4. Herschel Walker (GA) 16
5. Mike Rozier (NE) 15
6. Sam Dejarnette (SMS) 14
  Cliff Austin (CLEM) 14
  Tim Spencer* (OHST) 14
9. Marcus Dupree* (OK) 13
10. Marty Louthan (AF) 12
  Craig Turner (AL) 12
  Reggie Collier (SMS) 12
  Ken Lacy (TLS) 12
Receptions
1. Mike Martin (IL) 69
2. Vincent White (STAN) 68
  Darren Long (LBS) 68
4. Gordon Hudson (BYU) 67
5. Henry Ellard* (FREST) 62
6. Allama Matthews (VAND) 61
7. Darral Hambrick (NVLV) 60
8. Jeff Simmons (SCA) 56
  Robert Griffin (TLN) 56
  Norman Jordan (VAND) 56
Receiving Yards
1. Henry Ellard* (FREST) 1510
2. Mark Clayton (LOU) 1112
3. Darral Hambrick (NVLV) 1060
4. Jeff Simmons (SCA) 973
5. Chris Castor (DUKE) 952
6. Stephone Paige* (FREST) 943
7. Mike Martin (IL) 941
8. Gordon Hudson (BYU) 928
9. Danny Knight (MSST) 924
10. Jeff Champine (COST) 904
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Herkie Walls (TX) 28.1
2. Jeff Raikes (COST) 27.9
3. Derek Holloway (AR) 25.2
4. Danny Knight (MSST) 25.0
5. Henry Ellard* (FREST) 24.4
6. Duane Gunn (IN) 21.8
7. Jessie Hester (FLST) 21.6
8. Mark Clayton (LOU) 21.0
9. Jon Schoen* (BC) 20.9
10. Clinton Sampson (SDGST) 20.8
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Henry Ellard* (FREST) 15
2. Allama Matthews (VAND) 14
3. Chris Castor (DUKE) 13
4. Jojo Townsell* (UCLA) 10
  Herkie Walls (TX) 10
  Jeff Raikes (COST) 10
7. Shawn Potts (BGSU) 8
  Stephone Paige* (FREST) 8
  Vincent White (STAN) 8
  Anthony Carter* (MI) 8
  Darral Hambrick (NVLV) 8
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Ernest Anderson (OKST) 374
2. Herschel Walker (GA) 340
3. Carl Monroe (UT) 325
4. Sam Dejarnette (SMS) 314
5. Robert Lavette (GATECH) 305
6. Jay Peterson (MIAOH) 292
7. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 286
8. Lawrence Ricks* (MI) 275
9. Bryan Thomas* (PITT) 273
10. Michael Ramseur (WAKE) 266
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Ernest Anderson (OKST) 1980
2. Herschel Walker (GA) 1841
3. Mike Rozier (NE) 1735
4. Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 1677
5. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 1676
6. Carl Monroe (UT) 1615
7. Henry Ellard* (FREST) 1610
8. Sam Dejarnette (SMS) 1577
9. Michael Gunter (TLS) 1507
10. Robert Lavette (GATECH) 1494
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Greg Allen (FLST) 21
2. Robert Lavette (GATECH) 19
3. Herschel Walker (GA) 17
  Mike Rozier (NE) 17
  Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 17
6. Henry Ellard* (FREST) 16
  Dalton Hilliard (LAST) 16
8. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 15
9. Cliff Austin (CLEM) 14
  Sam Dejarnette (SMS) 14
  Vincent White (STAN) 14
  Allama Matthews (VAND) 14
Total Plays
1. Todd Dillon (LBS) 585
2. Whit Taylor (VAND) 559
3. Tony Eason (IL) 523
4. Sandy Schwab (NWEST) 504
5. Steve Young (BYU) 481
6. Randall Cunningham (NVLV) 475
7. Paul Berner (PAC) 471
8. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 470
9. Scott Campbell (PUR) 469
10. John Elway (STAN) 464
Total Yards
1. Todd Dillon (LBS) 3587
2. Steve Young (BYU) 3507
3. Tony Eason (IL) 3258
4. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 3124
5. John Elway (STAN) 3104
6. Doug Flutie* (BC) 3019
7. Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 2925
8. Randall Cunningham (NVLV) 2908
9. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 2885
10. Whit Taylor (VAND) 2679
Total Yards Per Play
1. Steve Young (BYU) 7.3
2. Doug Flutie* (BC) 6.9
3. John Elway (STAN) 6.7
4. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 6.6
5. Tony Eason (IL) 6.2
6. Todd Dillon (LBS) 6.1
Total Touchdowns
1. Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 32
2. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 28
  Steve Young (BYU) 28
4. Steve Clarkson (SJST) 26
5. Todd Blackledge (PAST) 25
6. Whit Taylor (VAND) 24
  John Elway (STAN) 24
8. Todd Dillon (LBS) 23
  Steve Smith* (MI) 23
10. Dave Osborn (NM) 22