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1988 Year Summary

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Lou Holtz (Notre Dame)

AP Preseason #1: Florida State ▪ AP Final #1: Notre Dame

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 10 114 66 44 4 .596 3 2 1 0 .667 9.55 6.34 2 3 Southern California
2 Southeastern Conference 10 115 62 53 0 .539 5 3 2 0 .600 4.52 2.91 5 4 Auburn
Louisiana State
3 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 90 47 40 3 .539 2 2 0 0 1.000 3.14 2.09 1 1 Clemson
4 Independent 25 283 162 121 0 .572 8 5 3 0 .625 3.09 0.83 6 5
5 Big Ten Conference 10 116 48 57 11 .461 5 2 3 0 .400 1.73 2.89 3 2 Michigan
6 Big Eight Conference 8 93 47 45 1 .511 4 1 3 0 .250 1.17 1.32 2 3 Nebraska
7 Southwest Conference 8 91 45 46 0 .495 2 0 2 0 .000 0.80 0.65 1 2 Arkansas
8 Western Athletic Conference 9 108 56 52 0 .519 3 1 2 0 .333 -1.05 -1.18 0 0 Wyoming
9 Mid-American Conference 9 99 47 48 4 .495 1 0 1 0 .000 -9.93 -9.36 0 0 Western Michigan
10 Big West Conference 8 91 33 58 0 .363 1 1 0 0 1.000 -14.01 -8.80 0 0 Fresno State

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 8/30 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
Notre Dame Ind 13 13 13 8 8 5 5 4 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Miami (FL) Ind 8 6 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 2
Florida State Ind 1 1 10 10 9 6 6 5 7 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 3
Michigan Big Ten 11 10 9 15 19 19 17 15 20 14 14 13 12 11 11 11 4
West Virginia Ind 16 16 12 12 11 7 7 6 6 7 4 4 4 4 3 3 5
UCLA Pac-10 5 5 5 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 6 6 6 9 8 9 6
Southern California Pac-10 6 8 6 5 5 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 5 5 7
Auburn SEC 7 7 7 6 4 4 4 12 10 9 9 9 8 7 7 7 8
Clemson ACC 4 4 3 3 12 11 11 11 9 15 17 16 15 13 13 13 9
Nebraska Big 8 2 2 2 11 10 9 9 7 5 5 7 7 7 6 6 6 10
Oklahoma State Big 8       20 18 13 13 10 15 12 12 14 13 12 12 12 11
Arkansas SWC             20 17 13 11 11 11 10 8 9 8 12
Syracuse Ind                 19 16 16 15 14 19 18 17 13
Oklahoma Big 8 3 3 4 4 3 10 10 9 8 8 8 8 9 10 10 10 14
Georgia SEC 12 12 8 7 6 15 15 13 11 18 19 17 20 20 19 19 15
Washington State Pac-10                       20 19 18 17 18 16
Alabama SEC 14 14 14 13 13 12 12     19 18 18 18 17 20 20 17
Houston SWC                         17 14 14 14 18
Louisiana State SEC 18 17 11 9 7 14   19 16 13 13 12 11 16 16 16 19
Indiana Big Ten               18 14   20           20
School Conf Pre 8/30 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
Brigham Young WAC                     20            
Colorado Big 8                       19          
Florida SEC         20 17 14 20                  
Iowa Big Ten 9 9 17 19                          
Michigan State Big Ten 15 15 15                            
Ohio State Big Ten       18                          
Oregon Pac-10           20 18     20              
Penn State Ind 20 20 18 16 15                        
Pittsburgh Ind         16                        
South Carolina Ind 19 19 16 14 14 8 8 8 18 17 15            
Tennessee SEC 17 18                              
Texas SWC     19                            
Texas A&M SWC 10 11                              
Washington Pac-10     20 17 17 16 19 16 17                
Wyoming WAC           18 16 14 12 10 10 10 16 15 15 15  

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Scott Mitchell (UT) 323
2. Anthony Dilweg (DUKE) 287
3. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 275
4. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 258
5. Brent Snyder (UTST) 246
6. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 233
7. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 228
8. Jeff Graham (LBS) 226
9. Jay Gruden (LOU) 224
10. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 223

Pass Attempts

1. Scott Mitchell (UT) 533
2. Anthony Dilweg (DUKE) 484
3. Brent Snyder (UTST) 447
4. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 442
5. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 409
6. Jeff Graham (LBS) 398
7. Todd Ellis* (SC) 391
8. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 390
9. Jay Gruden (LOU) 382
10. Tony Kimbrough (WMI) 381

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Mike Gundy (OKST) 64.8
2. Timm Rosenbach* (WAST) 64.5
3. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 64.4
4. David Riley (BALLST) 63.9
5. Mark Kamphaus (BC) 63.3
6. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 63.1
7. Chip Ferguson (FLST) 62.9
8. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 62.2
9. Shane Montgomery (NCST) 62.1
10. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 62.1

Passing Yards

1. Scott Mitchell (UT) 4322
2. Anthony Dilweg (DUKE) 3824
3. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 3310
4. Brent Snyder (UTST) 3218
5. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 3115
6. Timm Rosenbach* (WAST) 3097
7. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 2896
8. Billy Joe Tolliver (TXTECH) 2869
9. Tony Kimbrough (WMI) 2831
10. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 2812

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Major Harris* (WV) 10.3
2. Mike Gundy (OKST) 9.2
3. Timm Rosenbach* (WAST) 9.2
4. Todd Philcox (SYR) 8.9
5. Chip Ferguson (FLST) 8.8
6. Warren Jones (HI) 8.8
7. Mark Kamphaus (BC) 8.4
8. Dave Schnell* (IN) 8.3
9. Sean Covey (BYU) 8.2
10. Tom Sullivan (EMI) 8.1

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Major Harris* (WV) 9.9
2. Timm Rosenbach* (WAST) 9.1
3. Mike Gundy (OKST) 8.5
4. Warren Jones (HI) 8.3
5. Todd Philcox (SYR) 8.1
6. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 8.1
7. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 8.0
8. Chip Ferguson (FLST) 7.9
9. Scott Mitchell (UT) 7.9
10. Billy Joe Tolliver (TXTECH) 7.8

Passing Touchdowns

1. Scott Mitchell (UT) 29
  Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 29
3. Andre Ware (HOU) 25
4. Timm Rosenbach* (WAST) 24
  Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 24
  Anthony Dilweg (DUKE) 24
7. Randy Welniak* (WY) 21
  Tony Kimbrough (WMI) 21
9. Billy Joe Tolliver (TXTECH) 20
10. Mike Gundy (OKST) 19
  Warren Jones (HI) 19
  Brent Snyder (UTST) 19

Passing Interceptions

1. Scooter Molander (COST) 22
2. Brent Snyder (UTST) 21
  Todd Ellis* (SC) 21
4. T.J. Rubley (TLS) 20
5. Ken Lutz (SJST) 19
6. Tony Shell (MSST) 18
  Terrence Jones (TLN) 18
  Jay Gruden (LOU) 18
  Jeff Graham (LBS) 18
  Anthony Dilweg (DUKE) 18

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Major Harris* (WV) 159.2
2. Timm Rosenbach* (WAST) 158.4
3. Mike Gundy (OKST) 158.2
4. Chip Ferguson (FLST) 153.0
5. Todd Philcox (SYR) 147.9
6. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 147.4
7. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 145.2
8. Warren Jones (HI) 142.6
9. Scott Mitchell (UT) 141.0
10. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 138.0

Rush Attempts

1. Anthony Thompson* (IN) 355
2. Barry Sanders (OKST) 344
3. Blake Ezor* (MIST) 322
4. Darren Lewis (TXAM) 306
5. Derek Loville (OR) 265
6. Byron Sanders (NWEST) 264
7. Tony Boles* (MI) 262
8. Eric Wilkerson (KENT) 247
9. Joe Henderson (IAST) 242
10. Robert Davis (WMI) 241

Rushing Yards

1. Barry Sanders (OKST) 2628
2. Darren Lewis (TXAM) 1692
3. Anthony Thompson* (IN) 1686
4. Ken Clark (NE) 1497
5. Blake Ezor* (MIST) 1496
6. Tony Boles* (MI) 1408
7. Eric Wilkerson (KENT) 1325
8. Steve Broussard* (WAST) 1280
9. Eric Bieniemy (CO) 1243
10. Donnie Riley (CMI) 1238

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Chuck Weatherspoon (HOU) 8.5
2. Barry Sanders (OKST) 7.6
3. David Eldridge (AZ) 7.5
4. Dabby Dawson* (WY) 7.4
5. Andy Smith (AF) 6.8
6. Willie Fuller* (TXEP) 6.8
7. Greg Johnson (AF) 6.7
8. Shawn Wills* (UCLA) 6.6
9. Ken Clark (NE) 6.5
10. Tim Worley (GA) 6.4

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Barry Sanders (OKST) 37
2. Anthony Thompson* (IN) 26
3. Tim Worley (GA) 17
4. Randy Welniak* (WY) 16
  Greg Johnson (AF) 16
6. Johnny Johnson (SJST) 15
  Brian Mitchell (LALAF) 15
8. Eric Wilkerson (KENT) 14
9. Steve Taylor (NE) 13
  Robert Davis (WMI) 13
  Derek Loville (OR) 13

Receptions

1. Jason Phillips (HOU) 108
2. James Dixon (HOU) 102
3. Boo Mitchell (VAND) 78
4. Hart Lee Dykes (OKST) 74
5. Roger Boone (DUKE) 73
6. Tom Waddle (BC) 70
7. Greg Washington (KSST) 69
8. Clarkston Hines (DUKE) 68
  Erik Affholter* (SCA) 68
10. Mike Farr* (UCLA) 66

Receiving Yards

1. Jason Phillips (HOU) 1444
2. Hart Lee Dykes (OKST) 1278
3. Boo Mitchell (VAND) 1213
4. Kendal Smith (UTST) 1196
5. Tim Stallworth* (WAST) 1151
6. Carl Harry (UT) 1145
7. Dan Bitson (TLS) 1138
8. James Dixon (HOU) 1103
9. Clarkston Hines (DUKE) 1067
10. Chuck Cutler (BYU) 1039

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Calvin Phillips* (WV) 25.5
2. Andre Rison* (MIST) 24.6
3. Rob Turner* (IN) 22.6
4. Reggie Rembert* (WV) 22.4
5. Dan Bitson (TLS) 21.9
6. Rickie Wills (NVLV) 21.8
7. Andre Alexander* (FREST) 21.3
8. Willie Vaughn (KS) 20.8
9. Craig Ostrander (EMI) 20.5
10. Derek Hill (AZ) 20.3

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Jason Phillips (HOU) 15
2. Hart Lee Dykes (OKST) 14
  Carl Harry (UT) 14
4. James Dixon (HOU) 11
  Rob Moore (SYR) 11
  Kendal Smith (UTST) 11
7. Chuck Cutler (BYU) 10
  Clarkston Hines (DUKE) 10
9. Greg Washington (KSST) 9
  Dan Bitson (TLS) 9
  Lawrence Dawsey (FLST) 9
  Chris Roscoe (HI) 9

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Anthony Thompson* (IN) 386
2. Barry Sanders (OKST) 363
3. Blake Ezor* (MIST) 328
4. Darren Lewis (TXAM) 311
5. Johnny Johnson (SJST) 294
6. Derek Loville (OR) 284
7. Tony Boles* (MI) 274
8. Byron Sanders (NWEST) 273
9. Eric Metcalf (TX) 260
  Paul Hewitt (SDGST) 260

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Barry Sanders (OKST) 2734
2. Anthony Thompson* (IN) 1919
3. Johnny Johnson (SJST) 1887
4. Darren Lewis (TXAM) 1705
5. Blake Ezor* (MIST) 1563
6. Ken Clark (NE) 1542
7. Keith Jones (IL) 1482
8. Tony Boles* (MI) 1478
9. Roger Boone (DUKE) 1466
10. Jason Phillips (HOU) 1459

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Barry Sanders (OKST) 37
2. Anthony Thompson* (IN) 26
3. Johnny Johnson (SJST) 19
4. Greg Johnson (AF) 17
  Tim Worley (GA) 17
6. Randy Welniak* (WY) 16
7. Jason Phillips (HOU) 15
  Brian Mitchell (LALAF) 15
  James Gray (TXTECH) 15
  Eddie Johnson (UT) 15

Total Plays

1. Scott Mitchell (UT) 589
2. Anthony Dilweg (DUKE) 539
3. Brent Snyder (UTST) 535
4. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 512
5. Randy Welniak* (WY) 505
6. Eric Jones (VAND) 504
7. Terrence Jones (TLN) 493
8. Tony Kimbrough (WMI) 489
9. Timm Rosenbach* (WAST) 467
10. Jeff Graham (LBS) 464

Total Yards

1. Scott Mitchell (UT) 4299
2. Anthony Dilweg (DUKE) 3713
3. Timm Rosenbach* (WAST) 3433
4. Randy Welniak* (WY) 3206
5. Brent Snyder (UTST) 3154
6. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 3082
7. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 3070
8. Tony Kimbrough (WMI) 3041
9. Warren Jones (HI) 2937
10. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 2926

Total Yards Per Play

1. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 7.6
2. Timm Rosenbach* (WAST) 7.4
3. Scott Mitchell (UT) 7.3
4. Anthony Dilweg (DUKE) 6.9
5. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 6.6
6. Randy Welniak* (WY) 6.3
7. Tony Kimbrough (WMI) 6.2
8. Brent Snyder (UTST) 5.9

Total Touchdowns

1. Randy Welniak* (WY) 37
  Barry Sanders (OKST) 37
3. Timm Rosenbach* (WAST) 34
4. Scott Mitchell (UT) 29
  Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 29
6. Warren Jones (HI) 27
  Tony Kimbrough (WMI) 27
  Andre Ware (HOU) 27
9. Anthony Thompson* (IN) 26
  Anthony Dilweg (DUKE) 26