College Football's Ten Greatest Offenses
Ahman Green and Nebraska #1
Monday, January 5, 2009
Ahman Green and Nebraska #1
COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S 10 GREATEST OFFENSES
1. Nebraska 1995: Quarterback Tommie Frazier, tailbacks Ahman Green and Lawrence Phillips, the typical Nebraska offensive line. Huskers averaged 53.2 points a game. They scored 62 on Florida in the national title game.
2. Oklahoma 1971: The Sooner wishbone exploded with quarterback Jack Mildren and halfback Greg Pruitt. OU averaged a still-NCAA record 472 yards rushing and 44.5 points per game.
3. Southern Cal 1972: Averaged 38.9 points a game, a heady number for 36 years ago. Quarterbacks Mike Rae and Pat Haden shared duties, with tailback Anthony Davis, tight end Charles Young and flanker Lynn Swann, Trojans scored 45 on Notre Dame, 42 on Ohio State and 51 on a Michigan State team that yielded less than 17 points to nine of its 11 opponents.
4. Penn State 1994: Often forgotten, but star-studded. Quarterback Kerry Collins. Tailback Ki-Jana Carter. Receiver Bobby Engram. Tight end Kyle Brady. Nittany Lions averaged 47 points a game and scored 63 on Ohio State, 38 on USC and a season-low 31 on Michigan.
5. Southern Cal 2004: Heisman winner Matt Leinart at QB, ཁ Heisman winner Reggie Bush and LenDale White at tailback, receivers Steve Smith and Dwayne Jarrett still cause nightmares for OU, which fell 55-19 in the Orange Bowl. The Trojans averaged 37.5 points a game.
6. Army 1945: The Cadets, for obvious reasons, had a huge talent edge during World War II and made the most of it with Mr. Inside (Doc Blanchard) and Mr. Outside (Glenn Davis). Both won Heismans, and in ' 45 Army averaged 45.7 points and scored at least 28 on every foe, including a 32-13 win over Navy in the game of the year.
7. Nebraska 1983: Quarterback Turner Gill, tailback Mike Rozier and wingback Irving Fryar were a lethal trio and averaged 50.3 points per game. Huskers were held down only by Oklahoma State (a 14-10 victory) and Oklahoma (28-21 win).
8. Michigan 1947: Fritz Crisler's sleight-of-hand offense — in which three or four players each handled the ball on most snaps — scored 49 on USC in the Rose Bowl and averaged 39.4 points per game. Halfbacks Bob Chappius and Bump Elliott were the stars.
9. Miami 2001: Quarterback Ken Dorsey, tailback Clinton Portis, flanker Andre Johnson, tight end Jeremy Shockey and Outland Trophy winner Bryant McKinnie led an offense that averaged 42.7 points a game. Miami scored 33 on Penn State, 49 on Florida State, 65 on Washington and 37 on Nebraska in the Rose Bowl.
10. Brigham Young 1980: Lavell Edwards pioneered a high-octane passing attack, and BYU won a national title (1984) and a Heisman (Ty Detmer, 1990). But BYU's best offense was in ' 80, led by quarterback Jim McMahon. The Cougars averaged 46.6 points a game and scored 21 points in the final three minutes to stun SMU 46-45 in the Holiday Bowl.
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