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1987 Year Summary

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Tim Brown (Notre Dame)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Dick MacPherson (Syracuse)

AP Preseason #1: Oklahoma ▪ AP Final #1: Miami (FL)

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 10 117 67 46 4 .590 6 3 2 1 .583 8.47 5.13 5 4 Auburn
2 Pacific-10 Conference 10 114 55 51 8 .518 4 3 1 0 .750 5.32 4.87 4 3 Southern California
UCLA
3 Big Ten Conference 10 115 58 52 5 .526 4 3 1 0 .750 3.36 3.07 3 3 Michigan State
4 Big Eight Conference 8 91 47 42 2 .527 3 1 2 0 .333 2.66 2.08 2 3 Oklahoma
5 Southwest Conference 8 92 49 41 2 .543 3 2 1 0 .667 2.61 1.59 2 1 Texas A&M
6 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 90 45 45 0 .500 2 2 0 0 1.000 2.56 2.68 1 1 Clemson
7 Independent 24 273 142 127 4 .527 9 2 6 1 .278 1.02 0.20 4 5
8 Western Athletic Conference 9 109 51 58 0 .468 3 0 3 0 .000 -3.51 -2.71 0 0 Wyoming
9 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 8 90 42 48 0 .467 1 0 1 0 .000 -8.16 -6.37 0 0 San Jose State
10 Mid-American Conference 9 100 45 53 2 .460 1 1 0 0 1.000 -10.95 -9.15 0 0 Eastern Michigan

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
Miami (FL) Ind 10 7 6 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 1
Florida State Ind 8 8 7 6 4 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 2
Oklahoma Big 8 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3
Syracuse Ind           17 13 9 8 8 6 6 4 4 4 4
Louisiana State SEC 6 6 4 4 7 7 6 5 5 5 10 9 6 7 7 5
Nebraska Big 8 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 5 5 5 6
Auburn SEC 5 4 3 3 6 5 5 6 6 6 12 10 7 6 6 7
Michigan State Big Ten   17 17       19 14 20 15 13 11 9 9 8 8
UCLA Pac-10 3 3 13 13 11 11 9 8 7 7 5 5 11 10 10 9
Texas A&M SWC 15     16 15         20 19 16 15 15 13 10
Oklahoma State Big 8           19 12 19 17 12 17 13 12 11 11 11
Clemson ACC 9 10 8 9 8 8 7 7 14 10 9 8 13 13 14 12
Georgia SEC 20 20 18 20 20 16 18 12 12 10 8 14 14 14 15 13
Tennessee SEC 17 14 14 11 10 10 8 13 13 19 18 15 16 16 17 14
South Carolina Ind                 19 13 14 12 8 8 9 15
Iowa Big Ten 16     19 17             18 19 18 18 16
Notre Dame Ind 18 16 9 8 5 4 11 10 9 9 7 7 10 12 12 17
Southern California Pac-10 19                       17 17 16 18
Michigan Big Ten 7 9 19 14 12 12   20               19
Arizona State Pac-10 14 15 15 12 13 13                   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
Alabama SEC   19 11 17 17 15   17 16 13 11 17 18      
Arkansas SWC 12 13 12 10   20 15       20          
Florida SEC 20       19 18 14 11 10 17            
Indiana Big Ten             20 15 11 18 16 20        
Ohio State Big Ten 4 5 5 7 9 9 17 16 15              
Oregon Pac-10             16                  
Penn State Ind 11 11 20 15 14 14 10 18 18 16 15     20 20  
Pittsburgh Ind   18 16                 19 20 19 19  
Washington Pac-10 13 12 10 18 16                      

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Todd Santos (SDGST) 306
2. Barry Garrison (NM) 277
3. Mike Perez* (SJST) 269
4. Craig Burnett* (WY) 258
5. Todd Ellis* (SC) 241
6. Scooter Molander (COST) 237
7. Steve Slayden (DUKE) 230
8. Brent Snyder (UTST) 226
  Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 226
10. Timm Rosenbach (WAST) 222

Pass Attempts

1. Todd Santos (SDGST) 492
2. Barry Garrison (NM) 489
3. Craig Burnett* (WY) 467
4. Mike Perez* (SJST) 447
5. Todd Ellis* (SC) 432
6. Brent Snyder (UTST) 427
7. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 423
8. Scooter Molander (COST) 407
9. Jay Gruden (LOU) 397
10. Steve Slayden (DUKE) 395

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Jeff Burger (AUB) 66.7
2. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 65.6
3. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 65.2
4. Todd Santos (SDGST) 62.2
5. Tommy Hodson (LAST) 61.1
6. Sean Covey (BYU) 60.8
7. Troy Taylor (CA) 60.8
8. Mike Bates (MIAOH) 60.7
9. Eric Jones (VAND) 60.7
10. Jeff Francis (TN) 60.2

Passing Yards

1. Todd Santos (SDGST) 3932
2. Mike Perez* (SJST) 3550
3. Todd Ellis* (SC) 3206
4. Scooter Molander (COST) 3168
5. Barry Garrison (NM) 3163
6. Craig Burnett* (WY) 3131
7. Steve Slayden (DUKE) 2924
8. Brent Snyder (UTST) 2887
9. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 2855
10. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 2736

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Don McPherson (SYR) 10.2
2. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 9.5
3. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 9.3
4. Mike Power (BC) 8.9
5. Eric Jones (VAND) 8.5
6. Dave Schnell* (IN) 8.2
7. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 8.2
8. Tommy Hodson (LAST) 8.0
9. Terrence Jones (TLN) 8.0
10. Todd Santos (SDGST) 8.0

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Don McPherson (SYR) 10.0
2. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 9.6
3. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 9.2
4. Mike Power (BC) 8.0
5. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 7.8
6. Eric Jones (VAND) 7.8
7. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 7.8
8. Scott Mitchell (UT) 7.7
9. Todd Santos (SDGST) 7.7
10. Mike Perez* (SJST) 7.7

Passing Touchdowns

1. Todd Santos (SDGST) 26
2. Mike Perez* (SJST) 23
3. Don McPherson (SYR) 22
4. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 21
  Craig Burnett* (WY) 21
6. Steve Slayden (DUKE) 20
  Brent Snyder (UTST) 20
  Terrence Jones (TLN) 20
9. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 19
  Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 19

Passing Interceptions

1. Barry Garrison (NM) 26
2. Todd Ellis* (SC) 24
  Timm Rosenbach (WAST) 24
4. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 21
  Jay Gruden (LOU) 21
  Mike Bates (MIAOH) 21
7. Mike Elkins (WAKE) 19
8. Dave Kruse (WMI) 18
  Scooter Molander (COST) 18
10. T.J. Rubley (TLS) 17
  Chris Mendonca (UT) 17

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Don McPherson (SYR) 164.3
2. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 161.4
3. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 157.6
4. Eric Jones (VAND) 145.8
5. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 141.5
6. Jeff Burger (AUB) 141.0
7. Todd Santos (SDGST) 140.7
8. Tommy Hodson (LAST) 140.4
9. Terrence Jones (TLN) 139.9
10. Dave Schnell* (IN) 139.8

Rush Attempts

1. Craig Heyward* (PITT) 387
2. Lorenzo White* (MIST) 357
3. Jamie Morris* (MI) 282
4. Blair Thomas (PAST) 268
5. Joe Henderson (IAST) 262
6. Ickey Woods (NVLV) 259
7. Anthony Thompson* (IN) 257
8. Thurman Thomas (OKST) 251
9. Todd McNair (TEMP) 249
10. Gary Patton* (EMI) 247

Rushing Yards

1. Craig Heyward* (PITT) 1791
2. Jamie Morris* (MI) 1703
3. Ickey Woods (NVLV) 1658
4. Thurman Thomas (OKST) 1613
5. Lorenzo White* (MIST) 1572
6. Blair Thomas (PAST) 1414
7. Tony Jeffery (TXX) 1353
8. Emmitt Smith (FL) 1341
9. Dee Dowis (AF) 1315
10. Gerald Abraham* (WY) 1305

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Patrick Collins (OK) 7.6
2. Keith Jones (NE) 7.2
3. Sammie Smith (FLST) 7.2
4. Todd Jones (RICE) 7.1
5. Rodney Hampton (GA) 7.1
6. Charles Thompson (OK) 7.0
7. Anthony Stafford (OK) 6.9
8. Dee Dowis (AF) 6.8
9. Anthony Roberson (AF) 6.8
10. Tony Jeffery (TXX) 6.7

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Paul Hewitt (SDGST) 18
2. James Rouse (AR) 17
  Thurman Thomas (OKST) 17
  Reggie Cobb (TN) 17
5. Heikoti Fakava (HI) 16
  Lorenzo White* (MIST) 16
  John Harvey (TXEP) 16
8. Dayne Williams (FLST) 15
  Harold Green* (SC) 15
10. Kenny Jackson* (SJST) 14
  Jamie Morris* (MI) 14
  Lars Tate (GA) 14

Receptions

1. Jason Phillips (HOU) 99
2. Guy Liggins* (SJST) 81
3. Marc Zeno (TLN) 77
4. Ron Jenkins (FREST) 76
5. Terance Mathis (NM) 73
6. Wendell Davis (LAST) 72
7. Bill Hoffman* (WY) 69
8. Anthony Sargent* (WY) 68
9. Kendal Smith (UTST) 67
10. Ernie Jones* (IN) 66
  Shane Hall (NM) 66

Receiving Yards

1. Ernie Jones* (IN) 1265
2. Guy Liggins* (SJST) 1262
3. Marc Zeno (TLN) 1206
4. Terance Mathis (NM) 1132
5. Clarkston Hines (DUKE) 1093
6. Kendal Smith (UTST) 1048
7. Wendell Davis (LAST) 993
8. Ron Jenkins (FREST) 985
9. Quinn Early (IA) 978
  Hart Lee Dykes (OKST) 978

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Willie Vaughn (KS) 26.9
2. Andre Rison* (MIST) 23.1
3. Tommy Kane (SYR) 22.0
4. Darryl Tillman (SMS) 21.9
5. Tim Brown (NDAME) 21.7
6. Ronald Heard (BGSU) 21.2
7. Dan Bitson (TLS) 21.0
8. Aaron Cox* (AZST) 20.7
9. Wayne Walker (TXTECH) 20.6
10. Joey Hamilton (LOU) 20.4

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Tommy Kane (SYR) 14
2. Marc Zeno (TLN) 13
  Ernie Jones* (IN) 13
4. Carl Parker (VAND) 12
5. Anthony Sargent* (WY) 11
  Clarkston Hines (DUKE) 11
7. Guy Liggins* (SJST) 10
  Quinn Early (IA) 10
  Robb Thomas (ORST) 10
10. Todd White (CASTFU) 9

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Craig Heyward* (PITT) 409
2. Lorenzo White* (MIST) 369
3. Jamie Morris* (MI) 301
4. Blair Thomas (PAST) 291
5. Anthony Thompson* (IN) 283
6. Joe Henderson (IAST) 276
7. Paul Hewitt (SDGST) 275
8. Thurman Thomas (OKST) 270
  John Harvey (TXEP) 270
10. Eric Wilkerson (KENT) 267
  Todd McNair (TEMP) 267

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Craig Heyward* (PITT) 1998
2. Jamie Morris* (MI) 1825
3. Thurman Thomas (OKST) 1797
4. Blair Thomas (PAST) 1714
5. Ickey Woods (NVLV) 1704
6. Lorenzo White* (MIST) 1687
7. Tony Jeffery (TXX) 1610
8. Gerald Abraham* (WY) 1541
9. Emmitt Smith (FL) 1525
10. Kimble Anders (HOU) 1498

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Paul Hewitt (SDGST) 24
2. Reggie Cobb (TN) 20
3. John Harvey (TXEP) 18
4. James Rouse (AR) 17
  Thurman Thomas (OKST) 17
  Kenny Jackson* (SJST) 17
  Heikoti Fakava (HI) 17
8. Harold Green* (SC) 16
  Lorenzo White* (MIST) 16
10. Dayne Williams (FLST) 15
  Jamie Morris* (MI) 15
  Bernie Parmalee (BALLST) 15

Total Plays

1. Todd Santos (SDGST) 562
2. Barry Garrison (NM) 549
3. Timm Rosenbach (WAST) 528
4. Todd Ellis* (SC) 527
5. Brent Snyder (UTST) 505
6. Craig Burnett* (WY) 498
7. Steve Slayden (DUKE) 494
8. Mike Perez* (SJST) 490
9. Scooter Molander (COST) 479
10. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 464

Total Yards

1. Todd Santos (SDGST) 3688
2. Mike Perez* (SJST) 3499
3. Craig Burnett* (WY) 3086
4. Barry Garrison (NM) 3065
5. Todd Ellis* (SC) 3016
6. Steve Slayden (DUKE) 2968
7. Terrence Jones (TLN) 2934
8. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 2854
9. Brent Snyder (UTST) 2774
10. Scooter Molander (COST) 2754

Total Yards Per Play

1. Mike Perez* (SJST) 7.1
2. Todd Santos (SDGST) 6.6
3. Craig Burnett* (WY) 6.2
4. Todd Ellis* (SC) 5.7
5. Barry Garrison (NM) 5.6

Total Touchdowns

1. Terrence Jones (TLN) 28
2. Don McPherson (SYR) 27
3. Todd Santos (SDGST) 26
4. Mike Perez* (SJST) 24
  Rodney Peete* (SCA) 24
6. Steve Slayden (DUKE) 23
  Craig Burnett* (WY) 23
8. Eric Jones (VAND) 22
9. Steve Taylor (NE) 21
10. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 20
  Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 20
  Brent Snyder (UTST) 20