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1985 Year Summary

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Bo Jackson (Auburn)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Fisher DeBerry (Air Force)

AP Preseason #1: Oklahoma ▪ AP Final #1: Oklahoma

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 10 115 68 38 9 .630 5 2 2 1 .500 9.25 5.54 3 4 Tennessee
2 Big Ten Conference 10 116 66 48 2 .578 6 3 3 0 .500 7.63 5.37 3 3 Iowa
3 Pacific-10 Conference 10 115 58 55 2 .513 5 2 2 1 .500 3.86 3.21 3 1 UCLA
4 Southwest Conference 9 103 57 46 0 .553 4 3 1 0 .750 3.84 2.88 2 3 Texas A&M
5 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 91 46 44 1 .511 3 2 1 0 .667 3.07 2.47 1 2 Maryland
6 Big Eight Conference 8 93 48 45 0 .516 4 1 3 0 .250 3.06 2.13 3 2 Oklahoma
7 Independent 21 237 111 121 5 .479 5 2 3 0 .400 1.39 2.05 4 3
8 Western Athletic Conference 9 108 52 53 3 .495 2 1 1 0 .500 -0.25 0.13 1 2 Air Force
Brigham Young
9 Missouri Valley Conference 7 75 33 39 3 .460 0 0 0 0 -9.31 -8.04 0 0 Tulsa
10 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 8 91 39 49 3 .445 1 1 0 0 1.000 -11.02 -8.38 0 0 Fresno State
11 Mid-American Conference 10 110 51 57 2 .473 1 0 1 0 .000 -11.51 -9.67 0 0 Bowling Green State

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/3 9/10 9/17 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19 11/26 12/3 12/10 Final
Oklahoma Big 8 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 10 9 7 7 5 3 4 3 1
Michigan Big Ten       19 12 7 3 2 4 4 9 8 6 5 5 5 2
Penn State Ind 18 19 11 10 9 9 8 6 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 3
Tennessee SEC           16 14 20 16 19 19 18 16 10 8 8 4
Florida SEC 5 5 3 11 11 11 7 5 2 2 1 11 9 6 6 6 5
Texas A&M SWC                         19 15 11 11 6
UCLA Pac-10 20 20 10 12 13     18 17 15 14 13 8 16 14 13 7
Air Force WAC         19 17 13 10 8 7 5 4 13 11 10 10 8
Miami (FL) Ind                 15 11 8 6 4 4 2 2 9
Iowa Big Ten 4 4 5 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 6 5 3 2 3 4 10
Nebraska Big 8 9 10 18 18 16 13 9 7 5 5 3 2 2 8 7 7 11
Arkansas SWC 15 15 14 14 10 10 6 4 14 14 12 9 18 14 13 14 12
Alabama SEC     20 16 15 12 10 15     20 20     15 15 13
Ohio State Big Ten 8 9 9 7 5 5 15 11 9 8 4 3 12 19 17 17 14
Florida State Ind 19 17 7 6 4 4 4 13 11 10 16 15 14 12 18 18 15
Brigham Young WAC 10 8 16 13 14 15 11 9 7 17 18 16 11 9 9 9 16
Baylor SWC           19 19 14 13 13 11 17 15       17
Maryland ACC 7 7 17 17 17                     20 18
Georgia Tech ACC                                 19
Louisiana State SEC 13 13 12 9 8 8 20 17 18 16 15 19 17 13 12 12 20
School Conf Pre 9/3 9/10 9/17 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19 11/26 12/3 12/10 Final
Army Ind               19                  
Auburn SEC 2 2 1 1 1 14 12 8 6 6 13 14 10 7 16 16  
Bowling Green State MAC                             20 20  
Georgia SEC           18 18 16   18 17 12 20 20      
Illinois Big Ten 11 11 19 20                          
Minnesota Big Ten                 20                
Notre Dame Ind 14 14 13                            
Oklahoma State Big 8 16 16 8 8 7 6 5 12 12 12 10 10 7 17 19 19  
South Carolina Ind 17 18 15 15                          
Southern California Pac-10 6 6 4 3 18                        
Southern Methodist SWC 3 3 6 5 6 3 16     20              
Texas SWC           20 17   19         18      
Virginia ACC         20                        
Washington Pac-10 12 12                              

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions
1. Robbie Bosco (BYU) 338
2. Doug Gaynor (LBS) 321
3. Jim Everett (PUR) 285
4. Jack Trudeau (IL) 284
5. John Paye (STAN) 271
6. Larry Egger (UT) 237
7. Shawn Halloran (BC) 234
8. Chuck Long (IA) 231
9. Mike Norseth (KS) 227
10. Todd Santos (SDGST) 226
  Brian McClure (BGSU) 226
Pass Attempts
1. Robbie Bosco (BYU) 511
2. Doug Gaynor (LBS) 451
3. Jim Everett (PUR) 450
4. Jack Trudeau (IL) 446
5. Shawn Halloran (BC) 423
6. Larry Egger (UT) 417
7. Mike Norseth (KS) 408
8. John Paye (STAN) 405
9. Dennis Swearingen (OH) 383
10. Brian McClure (BGSU) 371
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Doug Gaynor (LBS) 71.2
2. John Paye (STAN) 66.9
3. Robbie Bosco (BYU) 66.1
4. Chuck Long (IA) 65.8
5. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 63.9
6. Jack Trudeau (IL) 63.7
7. David Norrie* (UCLA) 63.6
8. Jim Everett (PUR) 63.3
9. Todd Santos (SDGST) 63.3
10. Foy White (WAKE) 62.9
Passing Yards
1. Robbie Bosco (BYU) 4273
2. Jim Everett (PUR) 3651
3. Doug Gaynor (LBS) 3563
4. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 3238
5. Mike Norseth (KS) 2995
6. Larry Egger (UT) 2988
7. Chuck Long (IA) 2978
8. Jack Trudeau (IL) 2938
9. Shawn Halloran (BC) 2935
10. Todd Santos (SDGST) 2877
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Kerwin Bell (FL) 9.3
2. Tom Muecke (BAY) 9.3
3. Don McPherson (SYR) 9.2
4. Billy Rucker (NM) 9.2
5. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 9.2
6. Kevin Sweeney (FREST) 8.8
7. Mike Shula (AL) 8.8
8. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 8.7
9. David Norrie* (UCLA) 8.5
10. Chuck Long (IA) 8.5
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Kerwin Bell (FL) 9.5
2. Don McPherson (SYR) 9.3
3. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 9.1
4. Kevin Sweeney (FREST) 8.7
5. Mike Shula (AL) 8.6
6. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 8.5
7. Jim Karsatos* (OHST) 8.1
8. Chuck Long (IA) 8.0
9. Jim Everett (PUR) 8.0
10. Danny McCoin (CIN) 7.9
Passing Touchdowns
1. Robbie Bosco (BYU) 30
2. Chuck Long (IA) 26
3. Jim Everett (PUR) 23
4. Kerwin Bell (FL) 21
  Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 21
  Todd Santos (SDGST) 21
7. Jim Karsatos* (OHST) 19
  Doug Gaynor (LBS) 19
9. Larry Egger (UT) 18
  Brian McClure (BGSU) 18
  Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 18
  Chris Miller (OR) 18
Passing Interceptions
1. Dennis Swearingen (OH) 26
2. Robbie Bosco (BYU) 24
3. Shawn Halloran (BC) 23
4. Larry Egger (UT) 22
5. Doug Gaynor (LBS) 18
6. Jim Miller (NMST) 17
  Todd Santos (SDGST) 17
8. Billy Rucker (NM) 16
  Brian McClure (BGSU) 16
10. Jack Trudeau (IL) 15
  Steve Bradley (IN) 15
  Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 15
  Chuck Long (IA) 15
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Kerwin Bell (FL) 159.4
2. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 157.9
3. Chuck Long (IA) 153.0
4. Mike Shula (AL) 150.0
5. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 149.8
6. Don McPherson (SYR) 149.7
7. Robbie Bosco (BYU) 146.4
8. Kevin Sweeney (FREST) 145.1
9. Jim Karsatos* (OHST) 144.6
10. Tom Muecke (BAY) 143.5
Rush Attempts
1. Lorenzo White* (MIST) 419
2. Steve Bartalo (COST) 338
3. Thurman Thomas* (OKST) 327
4. George Swarn (MIAOH) 309
5. Napoleon McCallum (NAVY) 287
6. Bo Jackson (AUB) 278
7. Paul Palmer (TEMP) 275
8. Reggie Taylor (CIN) 264
9. Dalton Hilliard (LAST) 258
10. Allen Pinkett (NDAME) 255
Rushing Yards
1. Lorenzo White* (MIST) 2066
2. Bo Jackson (AUB) 1786
3. Thurman Thomas* (OKST) 1650
4. Paul Palmer (TEMP) 1516
5. George Swarn (MIAOH) 1511
6. Steve Bartalo (COST) 1368
7. Napoleon McCallum (NAVY) 1327
8. Reggie Dupard (SMETH) 1278
9. Rueben Mayes (WAST) 1236
10. Barry Word (VA) 1224
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. Tom Rathman (NE) 7.5
2. Brent Fullwood (AUB) 7.4
3. Chris Hardy (SDGST) 7.3
4. Gordon Brown (TLS) 7.1
5. Victor Floyd (FLST) 6.9
6. Clarence Jones* (ARMY) 6.8
7. Keith Henderson (GA) 6.8
8. Paul Miles (NE) 6.8
9. Johnny Smith (AF) 6.7
10. Tom Tuipulotu (BYU) 6.5
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Bernard White (BGSU) 18
2. Steve Gage (TLS) 17
  Lorenzo White* (MIST) 17
  Bo Jackson (AUB) 17
5. Thurman Thomas* (OKST) 15
6. Lakei Heimuli (BYU) 14
  Napoleon McCallum (NAVY) 14
  Reggie Dupard (SMETH) 14
  Dalton Hilliard (LAST) 14
10. James Williams (FREST) 13
  Kenny Flowers* (CLEM) 13
Receptions
1. Rodney Carter (PUR) 98
2. David Williams (IL) 85
3. Webster Slaughter (SDGST) 82
4. Brad Muster (STAN) 78
5. Marc Zeno (TLN) 73
  Loren Richey (UT) 73
7. Richard Estell (KS) 70
8. Charles Lockett (LBS) 69
9. Lakei Heimuli (BYU) 66
  Walter Murray (HI) 66
Receiving Yards
1. Marc Zeno (TLN) 1137
2. Richard Estell (KS) 1109
3. Rodney Carter (PUR) 1099
4. Webster Slaughter (SDGST) 1071
5. David Williams (IL) 1047
6. Mark Bellini (BYU) 1008
7. Walter Murray (HI) 973
8. Loren Richey (UT) 971
9. Kelvin Martin (BC) 958
10. Cris Carter* (OHST) 950
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Stephen Baker (FREST) 29.1
2. Gene Thomas (PAC) 25.1
3. Melvin Anderson (MN) 23.6
4. Tori Brown (NM) 23.2
5. Willie Marshall (TEMP) 22.3
6. Gary Lee (GATECH) 22.2
7. James Pruitt (CASTFU) 22.2
8. Louis Clark (MSST) 22.0
9. Mark Ingram* (MIST) 21.9
10. Brian Blades (MIAFL) 21.9
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Mark Bellini (BYU) 14
2. Charles Lockett (LBS) 10
  Webster Slaughter (SDGST) 10
4. Michael Irvin (MIAFL) 9
  Kelvin Martin (BC) 9
  Willie Marshall (TEMP) 9
7. Mike Siano (SYR) 8
  Earl Winfield (NC) 8
  Doug Green (DUKE) 8
  Albert Bell (AL) 8
  Cris Carter* (OHST) 8
  Eric Kattus* (MI) 8
  Lonzell Hill (WA) 8
  David Williams (IL) 8
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Lorenzo White* (MIST) 425
2. Steve Bartalo (COST) 378
3. George Swarn (MIAOH) 353
4. Thurman Thomas* (OKST) 352
5. Napoleon McCallum (NAVY) 331
6. Dalton Hilliard (LAST) 292
7. Paul Palmer (TEMP) 288
8. Reggie Taylor (CIN) 287
9. Bo Jackson (AUB) 282
10. Allen Pinkett (NDAME) 272
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Lorenzo White* (MIST) 2094
2. George Swarn (MIAOH) 1935
3. Bo Jackson (AUB) 1859
4. Thurman Thomas* (OKST) 1792
5. Ronnie Harmon (IA) 1708
6. Steve Bartalo (COST) 1692
7. Napoleon McCallum (NAVY) 1685
8. Paul Palmer (TEMP) 1647
9. Rueben Mayes (WAST) 1488
10. Reggie Dupard (SMETH) 1458
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Bernard White (BGSU) 19
2. Bo Jackson (AUB) 17
  Lorenzo White* (MIST) 17
  Steve Gage (TLS) 17
5. Thurman Thomas* (OKST) 16
  George Swarn (MIAOH) 16
  Reggie Dupard (SMETH) 16
8. Napoleon McCallum (NAVY) 15
9. Mark Bellini (BYU) 14
  Lakei Heimuli (BYU) 14
  Dalton Hilliard (LAST) 14
  Willie Turral (NM) 14
  Kelly Pittman (AF) 14
Total Plays
1. Doug Gaynor (LBS) 588
2. Robbie Bosco (BYU) 578
3. Mike Norseth (KS) 543
4. Jim Everett (PUR) 518
5. Jack Trudeau (IL) 515
6. Mike Greenfield (NWEST) 503
7. Don Smith (MSST) 502
8. Shawn Halloran (BC) 488
9. Dennis Swearingen (OH) 487
10. John Paye (STAN) 479
Total Yards
1. Robbie Bosco (BYU) 4141
2. Jim Everett (PUR) 3589
3. Doug Gaynor (LBS) 3467
4. Mike Norseth (KS) 3214
5. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 3080
6. Jack Trudeau (IL) 2914
7. Larry Egger (UT) 2890
8. Chuck Long (IA) 2887
9. Don Smith (MSST) 2886
10. Billy Rucker (NM) 2857
Total Yards Per Play
1. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 7.3
2. Robbie Bosco (BYU) 7.2
3. Jim Everett (PUR) 6.9
4. Mike Norseth (KS) 5.9
5. Doug Gaynor (LBS) 5.9
Total Touchdowns
1. Robbie Bosco (BYU) 32
2. Chuck Long (IA) 27
3. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 25
  Doug Gaynor (LBS) 25
5. Jim Everett (PUR) 24
6. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 22
  Chris Miller (OR) 22
8. Steve Gage (TLS) 21
  Todd Santos (SDGST) 21
  Larry Egger (UT) 21
  Jim Karsatos* (OHST) 21
  Don Smith (MSST) 21
  Kerwin Bell (FL) 21