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The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
1980s College Football
 Heisman Trophy Winners
[Awarded to the best college football player by the Downtown Athletic Club of New York City]

Vinny Testaverde (Univ. of Miami)

1980 -- George Rogers; HB, South Carolina
(324 Rushes, 1894 Yards, 14 TDs)

1981 -- Marcus Allen; HB, Southern Cal
(433 Rushes, 2427 Yards, 23 TDs)
The first running back to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a single season, and to have four consecutive 200+ yard games.

1982 -- Herschel Walker; HB, Georgia
(335 Rushes, 1752 Yards, 17 TDs)
Set an NCAA record for yards rushing in three seasons (5,097).

1983 -- Mike Rozier; HB, Nebraska
(275 Rushes, 2148 Yards, 29 TDs
Averaged eight yards per carry, and still holds Nebraska's all-time rushing and scoring records.

1984 -- Doug Flutie; QB, Boston College
(396/233 Attempts/Completions, 3454 Yards, 27 TDs)

1985 -- Bo Jackson; HB, Auburn
(278 Rushes, 1786 Yards, 17 TDs)

1986 -- Vinny Testaverde; QB, Miami (FL)
(276/175 Attempts/Completions, 2557 Yards, 26 TDs)
Miami's all-time leader in career touchdown passes with 46.

1987 -- Tim Brown; WR, Notre Dame
(39 Receptions, 846 Yards, 7 TDs)

1988 -- Barry Sanders; RB, Oklahoma State
(344 Rushes, 2625 Yards, 39 TDs)
Set 25 NCAA records in 1988 and averaged 200 yards a game.

1989 -- Andre Ware; QB, Houston
(578/365 Attempts/Completions, 4699 Yards, 46 TDs)
In the first ten games of the 1989 season, Ware threw 329 passes in 519 attempts for 4,299 yards and 44 TDs.

 NCAA I-A Records Set in the 1980s (That Still Stand as of 2002)

Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State)
Career
Most Touchdowns Scored, Passing:
121, Ty Detmer, Brigham Young, 1988-91
Most Touchdowns Scored, Interception Returns:
5, Ken Thomas, San Jose State, 1979-82 (tied w/ 2 others)
Most Plays Per Game/Total Offense:
48.5, Doug Gaynor, Long Beach State, 1984-85
Most Plays/All-Purpose Running:
1,347, Steve Bartalo, Colorado State, 1983-86
Most Yards Gained/Total Offense:
14,665, Ty Detmer, Brigham Young, 1988-91
Highest Average Gained Per Play/All-Purpose Running:
17.4, Anthony Carter, Michigan, 1979-82
Most 200+ Yard Games/Rushing:
11, Marcus Allen, Southern Cal, 1978-81 (tied w/ 2 others)
Most 300+ Yard Games/Total Offense:
33, Ty Detmer, Brigham Young, 1988-91
Most Rushes:
1,215, Steve Bartalo, Colorado State, 1983-86
Most Passes Caught Per Game:
10.5, Emmanuel Hazard, Houston, 1989-90
Most Yards On Interception Returns:
501, Terrell Buckley, Florida State, 1989-91

Single Season
Most Points Scored:
234, Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, 1988
Most Points Scored Per Game:
21.3, Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, 1988
Most Touchdowns Scored/Rushing:
37, Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, 1988
Most Touchdowns Scored, Punt Returns:
4, James Henry, Southern Mississippi, 1987 (tied w/ 6 others)
Most Touchdowns Scored, Kickoff Returns:
3, Terance Mathis, New Mexico, 1989; Willie Gault, Tennessee, 1980 (tied w/ 4 others)
Most Rushes:
403, Marcus Allen, Southern Cal, 1981
Most Yards Gained/Rushing:
2,628, Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, 1988
Most Yards Gained Per Game/Rushing:
238.9, Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, 1988
Most Yards on Interception Returns:
501, Terrell Buckley, Florida State, 1989-91
Most Passes Caught:
142, Emmanuel Hazard, Houston, 1989n
Most Plays/All-Purpose Running:
432, Marcus Allen, Southern Cal, 1981
Most Yards Gained/All-Purpose Running:
3,250, Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, 1988
Most Yards Gained Per Game/All-Purpose Running:
295.5, Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, 1988

Single Game
Most Field Goals:
7, Dale Klein, Nebraska, 1985; Mike Prindle, Western Michigan, 1984