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1986 Year Summary

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Vinny Testaverde (Miami (FL))
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Joe Paterno (Penn State)

AP Preseason #1: Oklahoma ▪ 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 10 116 63 49 4 .560 6 3 3 0 .500 10.26 8.58 2 4 Arizona State
2 Southeastern Conference 10 117 70 45 2 .607 6 4 2 0 .667 6.26 2.46 6 3 Louisiana State
3 Big Ten Conference 10 118 62 56 0 .525 5 2 3 0 .400 4.39 3.34 3 3 Michigan
Ohio State
4 Big Eight Conference 8 91 47 44 0 .516 3 2 1 0 .667 2.16 1.39 2 2 Oklahoma
5 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 91 45 40 6 .527 3 1 2 0 .333 1.61 0.60 0 1 Clemson
6 Southwest Conference 9 103 53 50 0 .515 4 1 3 0 .250 0.71 0.98 3 3 Texas A&M
7 Independent 24 269 129 134 6 .491 5 4 1 0 .800 -0.27 0.08 3 4
8 Western Athletic Conference 9 106 51 55 0 .481 2 0 2 0 .000 -1.19 -0.49 1 0 San Diego State
9 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 8 90 42 48 0 .467 1 1 0 0 1.000 -6.54 -5.81 0 0 San Jose State
10 Mid-American Conference 9 99 46 53 0 .465 1 0 1 0 .000 -12.97 -10.90 0 0 Miami (OH)

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/9 9/16 9/23 9/30 10/7 10/14 10/21 10/28 11/4 11/11 11/18 11/25 12/2 Final
Penn State Ind 6 5 5 7 5 5 6 6 2 2 3 2 2 2 1
Miami (FL) Ind 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Oklahoma Big 8 1 1 1 1 6 6 5 5 4 4 4 3 3 3 3
Arizona State Pac-10     18 11 16 15 10 9 7 5 5 4 8 7 4
Nebraska Big 8 8 6 6 4 3 3 3 3 9 7 6 5 6 6 5
Auburn SEC 14 9 10 8 7 7 7 7 5 9 8 15 14 10 6
Ohio State Big Ten 9 10             17 11 9 7 11 11 7
Michigan Big Ten 2 3 3 5 4 4 4 4 3 3 2 6 4 4 8
Alabama SEC 5 4 4 3 2 2 2 2 8 6 11 9 7 13 9
Louisiana State SEC 15 14 8 18 18 16 12 12 12 18 12 8 5 5 10
Arizona Pac-10     17 10 10 11 16 15 14 17 14 14 12 16 11
Baylor SWC 12 12 9 17 13 13 20       18 17 16 14 12
Texas A&M SWC 7 7 16 14 14 14 11 10 10 8 7 13 10 8 13
UCLA Pac-10 4 16 19 16 15   19 17 15 12 19 18 15 15 14
Arkansas SWC 19 18 12 9 8 8 14 14 13 10 17 11 9 9 15
Iowa Big Ten       15 11 10 8 11 11 16     20 19 16
Clemson ACC           20 17 16   20 15 19     17
Washington Pac-10 16 17 7 6 12 12 9 8 6 13 10 12 13 12 18
Boston College Ind                             19
Virginia Tech Ind                             20
School Conf Pre 9/9 9/16 9/23 9/30 10/7 10/14 10/21 10/28 11/4 11/11 11/18 11/25 12/2 Final
Brigham Young WAC 18 11 11                        
Florida SEC 13 13 13                        
Florida State Ind 11 15 15 20         20            
Fresno State PCAA         19                    
Georgia SEC 16 19 14             19   20 18 17  
Maryland ACC       13                      
Michigan State Big Ten 20 20   19 17                    
Mississippi SEC                     20        
Mississippi State SEC           19 13 13 19            
North Carolina ACC             18                
North Carolina State ACC         20 17   20 16 15     19 18  
Notre Dame Ind     20                        
Southern California Pac-10       12 9 9 15   18 14 13 10 17    
Southern Methodist SWC             20 18              
Stanford Pac-10           18   19     16 16   20  
Tennessee SEC 10 8                          

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions
1. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 283
2. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 258
3. Mike Perez* (SJST) 249
4. Jeff Graham (LBS) 245
5. Danny McCoin (CIN) 237
6. Larry Egger (UT) 232
7. Todd Santos (SDGST) 218
8. John Paye* (STAN) 217
9. Bruce Porter (OH) 216
  Chris Miller (OR) 216
Pass Attempts
1. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 470
2. Jeff Graham (LBS) 426
3. Mike Perez* (SJST) 421
4. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 410
5. Bruce Porter (OH) 383
6. Larry Egger (UT) 382
7. Mike Elkins (WAKE) 380
8. Gregg Tipton (HI) 377
9. Kelly Stouffer (COST) 374
10. Danny McCoin (CIN) 369
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Dave Yarema (MIST) 67.3
2. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 65.0
3. Wade Kosakowski (BALLST) 64.6
4. Jeff Francis (TN) 64.4
5. Danny McCoin (CIN) 64.2
6. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 63.4
7. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 62.9
8. Steve Lindsley (BYU) 62.7
9. Terry Morris* (MIAOH) 62.7
10. Mark Maye (NC) 62.5
Passing Yards
1. Mike Perez* (SJST) 3225
2. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 3140
3. Todd Ellis (SC) 3020
4. Jeff Graham (LBS) 2921
5. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 2871
6. Danny McCoin (CIN) 2831
7. Larry Egger (UT) 2761
8. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 2729
9. Dan Henning (MD) 2725
10. Gregg Tipton (HI) 2645
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 9.9
2. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 9.3
3. Todd Ellis (SC) 8.9
4. Dave Yarema (MIST) 8.7
5. Steve Beuerlein (NDAME) 8.5
6. Lee Saltz (TEMP) 8.5
7. Jeff Francis (TN) 8.4
8. Kevin Sweeney (FREST) 8.3
9. Ed Blount (WAST) 8.3
10. Ned James (NM) 8.3
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 9.7
2. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 8.8
3. Shawn Halloran (BC) 8.4
4. Steve Beuerlein (NDAME) 8.3
5. Lee Saltz (TEMP) 8.1
6. Dave Yarema (MIST) 8.1
7. Mark Vlasic* (IA) 8.1
8. Jeff Francis (TN) 8.0
9. Kevin Sweeney (FREST) 8.0
10. Tommy Hodson (LAST) 7.9
Passing Touchdowns
1. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 26
2. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 21
  Larry Egger (UT) 21
4. Jeff Graham (LBS) 20
  Chris Chandler (WA) 20
  Todd Ellis (SC) 20
7. Terry Morris* (MIAOH) 19
  Tommy Hodson (LAST) 19
9. Jeff Van Raaphorst* (AZST) 17
  Mike Perez* (SJST) 17
  Kevin Murray (TXAM) 17
  Shawn Halloran (BC) 17
  Mike Elkins (WAKE) 17
Passing Interceptions
1. Todd Ellis (SC) 22
2. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 19
3. Steve Lindsley (BYU) 18
  Gregg Tipton (HI) 18
5. Mike Perez* (SJST) 17
  Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 17
  Tom Ponich (UTST) 17
  Jeff Graham (LBS) 17
9. Erik Kramer (NCST) 16
10. Jeff George (PUR) 15
  Bobby Watters (SMETH) 15
  Rodney Peete* (SCA) 15
  Bret Stafford (TX) 15
  Mike Shula (AL) 15
  Mark Comalander (RICE) 15
  Steve Gage (TLS) 15
  Mike Elkins (WAKE) 15
  Steve Slayden (DUKE) 15
  Chris Conklin (WMI) 15
  Jim Miller (NMST) 15
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 165.8
2. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 151.7
3. Dave Yarema (MIST) 150.7
4. Shawn Halloran (BC) 146.8
5. Tommy Hodson (LAST) 142.9
6. Mark Vlasic* (IA) 142.6
7. Jeff Francis (TN) 142.1
8. Lee Saltz (TEMP) 141.8
9. Ned James (NM) 141.6
10. Todd Ellis (SC) 141.4
Rush Attempts
1. Steve Bartalo (COST) 362
2. Paul Palmer (TEMP) 346
3. Kelvin Farmer (TOL) 299
4. Kenny Jackson* (SJST) 268
5. Brad Muster* (STAN) 260
6. Rick Calhoun (CASTFU) 259
7. Reggie Taylor (CIN) 256
8. Gaston Green* (UCLA) 253
9. George Swarn* (MIAOH) 251
10. Tory Crawford (ARMY) 245
Rushing Yards
1. Paul Palmer (TEMP) 1866
2. Kelvin Farmer (TOL) 1532
3. Bobby Humphrey (AL) 1471
4. Steve Bartalo (COST) 1419
5. Gaston Green* (UCLA) 1405
6. Rick Calhoun (CASTFU) 1398
7. Brent Fullwood (AUB) 1391
8. Reggie Taylor (CIN) 1325
9. Terrence Flagler* (CLEM) 1258
10. Derrick Fenner (NC) 1250
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. Brent Fullwood (AUB) 8.3
2. Spencer Tillman* (OK) 7.2
3. Tony Jeffery (TXX) 7.1
4. Earl Johnson* (OK) 7.0
5. Terrence Flagler* (CLEM) 6.6
6. Eric Starr (NC) 6.5
7. Robert Parker (BYU) 6.3
8. Eddie Johnson (UT) 6.3
9. Derrick Ellison (TLS) 6.3
10. Derrick Fenner (NC) 6.2
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Steve Bartalo (COST) 19
2. Gaston Green* (UCLA) 17
3. Kelvin Farmer (TOL) 16
  Lars Tate (GA) 16
5. Bobby Humphrey (AL) 15
  Tory Crawford (ARMY) 15
  Paul Palmer (TEMP) 15
8. Keith Jones (NE) 14
  William Howard (TN) 14
  Tom Graham* (MIAOH) 14
  Rodney Stevenson (CMI) 14
Receptions
1. Mark Templeton (LBS) 99
2. Wendell Davis (LAST) 80
  Guy Liggins* (SJST) 80
4. Dave Montagne (ORST) 78
5. Sterling Sharpe (SC) 74
6. Cris Carter* (OHST) 69
7. Marc Zeno (TLN) 68
8. Loren Richey (UT) 67
9. James Brim (WAKE) 66
10. Brad Muster* (STAN) 65
  Rod Bernstine (TXAM) 65
Receiving Yards
1. Wendell Davis (LAST) 1244
2. Cris Carter* (OHST) 1127
3. Guy Liggins* (SJST) 1116
4. Sterling Sharpe (SC) 1106
5. Marc Zeno (TLN) 1033
6. Andre Rison (MIST) 966
7. Andy Schillinger* (MIAOH) 955
  Terance Mathis (NM) 955
9. James Brim (WAKE) 930
10. Tim Brown (NDAME) 910
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Keith Gloster (TEMP) 24.7
2. Stephen Baker (FREST) 23.8
3. George Thomas (NVLV) 23.8
4. Willie Culpepper (LALAF) 21.7
5. J.D. Brookhart (COST) 21.5
6. James Shibest (AR) 21.5
7. Chris Nixon (RICE) 21.5
8. Ronnie Kelley (TLS) 21.3
9. Ryan Bethea (SC) 21.2
10. Lyneal Alston (SMS) 21.0
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Andy Schillinger* (MIAOH) 12
2. Wendell Davis (LAST) 11
  Michael Irvin (MIAFL) 11
  Cris Carter* (OHST) 11
5. Terance Mathis (NM) 10
  Sterling Sharpe (SC) 10
7. Kitrick Taylor (WAST) 9
8. Guy Liggins* (SJST) 8
  Anthony Sargent (WY) 8
  Lonzell Hill (WA) 8
  Jeff James* (STAN) 8
  Kelvin Martin (BC) 8
  George Thomas (NVLV) 8
  Ricky Nattiel (FL) 8
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Steve Bartalo (COST) 402
2. Paul Palmer (TEMP) 358
3. Brad Muster* (STAN) 325
4. Kenny Jackson* (SJST) 320
5. Kelvin Farmer (TOL) 318
6. George Swarn* (MIAOH) 301
7. Reggie Taylor (CIN) 290
8. Rick Calhoun (CASTFU) 278
9. Chris Hardy (SDGST) 273
10. Lakei Heimuli (BYU) 271
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Paul Palmer (TEMP) 1976
2. Brad Muster* (STAN) 1741
3. Kelvin Farmer (TOL) 1735
4. Steve Bartalo (COST) 1708
5. Bobby Humphrey (AL) 1672
6. Troy Stradford (BC) 1633
7. Reggie Taylor (CIN) 1624
8. George Swarn* (MIAOH) 1535
9. Rick Calhoun (CASTFU) 1523
10. Kenny Jackson* (SJST) 1491
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Steve Bartalo (COST) 19
2. Bobby Humphrey (AL) 17
  Lars Tate (GA) 17
  Gaston Green* (UCLA) 17
5. Brad Muster* (STAN) 16
  Kelvin Farmer (TOL) 16
7. Tom Graham* (MIAOH) 15
  Tory Crawford (ARMY) 15
  Paul Palmer (TEMP) 15
  John Harvey (TXEP) 15
Total Plays
1. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 545
2. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 503
3. Jeff Graham (LBS) 497
4. Mike Perez* (SJST) 466
5. Don McPherson (SYR) 460
6. Gregg Tipton (HI) 452
7. Terrence Jones (TLN) 442
8. Danny McCoin (CIN) 439
9. Todd Ellis (SC) 436
10. Kelly Stouffer (COST) 430
  Chris Miller (OR) 430
Total Yards
1. Mike Perez* (SJST) 3250
2. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 3002
3. Todd Ellis (SC) 2975
4. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 2847
5. Dan Henning (MD) 2681
6. Terrence Jones (TLN) 2671
7. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 2665
8. Cody Carlson (BAY) 2640
9. Larry Egger (UT) 2625
10. Danny McCoin (CIN) 2585
Total Yards Per Play
1. Mike Perez* (SJST) 7.0
2. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 6.0
Total Touchdowns
1. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 30
2. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 24
  Chris Chandler (WA) 24
4. Todd Ellis (SC) 23
5. Larry Egger (UT) 21
6. Jeff Graham (LBS) 20
7. Terry Morris* (MIAOH) 19
  Steve Bartalo (COST) 19
  Erik Kramer (NCST) 19
  Steve Gage (TLS) 19
  Tommy Hodson (LAST) 19