1965 Big Ten Conference football season

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1965 Big Ten Conference football season
Sport American football
Number of teams 10
Top draft pick Tom Mack
Champion Michigan State
Runners-up Ohio State
Season MVP Jim Grabowski
Seasons
← 1964
1966 →
1965 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Michigan State $ 7 0 0     10 1 0
Ohio State 6 1 0     7 2 0
Purdue 5 2 0     7 2 1
Minnesota 5 2 0     5 4 1
Illinois 4 3 0     6 4 0
Northwestern 3 4 0     4 6 0
Michigan 2 5 0     4 6 0
Wisconsin 2 5 0     2 7 1
Indiana 1 6 0     2 8 0
Iowa 0 7 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1965 Big Ten Conference football season was the 70th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1965 college football season.

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach AP final AP high Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG MVP
1 Michigan State Duffy Daugherty #2 #1 10–1 7–0 23.9 6.9 Steve Juday
2 Ohio State Woody Hayes NR #10 7–2 6–1 17.3 13.1 Doug Van Horn
3 (tie) Purdue Jack Mollenkopf NR #2 7–2–1 5–2 22.7 12.7 Bob Griese
3 (tie) Minnesota Murray Warmath NR NR 5–4–1 5–2 18.8 16.0 John Hankinson
5 Illinois Pete Elliott NR NR 6–4 4–3 23.5 11.8 Jim Grabowski
6 Northwestern Alex Agase NR NR 4–6 3–4 14.1 20.8 Jim Burns
7 (tie) Michigan Bump Elliott NR #4 4–6 2–5 18.5 16.1 Bill Yearby
7 (tie) Wisconsin Milt Bruhn NR NR 2–7–1 2–5 8.1 29.1 Tom Brigham
9 Indiana John Pont NR NR 2–8 1–6 13.4 22.5 Bill Malinchak
10 Iowa Jerry Burns NR NR 1–9 0–7 9.4 19.2 Dave Long

Key
AP final = Team's rank in the final AP Poll of the 1965 season[1]
AP high = Team's highest rank in the AP Poll throughout the 1965 season[1]
PPG = Average of points scored per game[1]
PAG = Average of points allowed per game[1]
MVP = Most valuable player as voted by players on each team as part of the voting process to determine the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy; trophy winner in bold[2]

Preseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Bowl games[edit]

Post-season developments[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

The Big Ten's individual statistical leaders for the 1965 season include the following:[1]

Passing yards[edit]

Rank Name Team Yards[1]
1 Bob Griese Purdue 1,719
2 John Hankinson Minnesota 1,483
3 Steve Juday Michigan State 1,253
4 Charles Burt Wisconsin 1,143
5 Fred Custardo Illinois 1,124

Rushing yards[edit]

Rank Name Team Yards[1]
1 Jim Grabowski Illinois 1,258
2 Clinton Jones Michigan State 900
3 Bob Apisa Michigan State 715
4 Carl Ward Michigan 639
5 Bob McKelvey Northwestern 587

Receiving yards[edit]

Rank Name Team Yards[1]
1 Jack Clancy Michigan 762
2 John Wright Illinois 755
3 Gene Washington Michigan State 719
4 Bill Malinchak Indiana 699
5 Bob Hadrick Purdue 562

Total yards[edit]

Rank Name Team Yards[1]
1 Bob Griese Purdue 1,784
2 John Hankinson Minnesota 1,623
3 Steve Juday Michigan State 1,380
4 Jim Grabowski Illinois 1,258
5 Fred Custardo Illinois 1,244

Scoring[edit]

Rank Name Team Points[1]
1 Clinton Jones Michigan State 72
2 Bob Apisa Michigan State 60
3 John Kuzniewski Purdue 48
3 Bob McKelvey Northwestern 48
3 Willard Sander Ohio State 48

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Big Ten honors[edit]

The following players were picked by the Associated Press (AP) and/or the United Press International (UPI) as first-team players on the 1965 All-Big Ten Conference football team.

Offense

Position Name Team Selectors
Quarterback Steve Juday Michigan State AP
Quarterback Bob Griese Purdue UPI
Running back Jim Grabowski Illinois AP, UPI [fb]
Running back Clinton Jones Michigan State AP, UPI [hb]
Running back Carl Ward Michigan AP, UPI [hb]
End Gene Washington Michigan State AP, UPI
End Bob Hadrick Purdue AP
Tackle Tom Mack Michigan AP, UPI
Tackle Karl Singer Purdue AP, UPI
Guard John Niland Iowa AP, UPI
Guard Doug Van Horn Ohio State AP, UPI
Center Larry Kaminski Purdue AP
Center Ray Pryor Ohio State UPI

Defense

Position Name Team Selectors
Defensive end Aaron Brown Minnesota AP, UPI [offense]
Defensive end Bubba Smith Michigan State AP, UPI
Defensive end David Long Iowa UPI
Defensive tackle Bill Yearby Michigan AP, UPI
Defensive tackle Jerry Shay Purdue AP, UPI
Defensive guard Harold Lucas Michigan State UPI
Linebacker Dwight Kelly Ohio State AP, UPI
Linebacker Don Hansen Illinois AP, UPI
Linebacker Ron Goovert Michigan State AP
Defensive back Rich Volk Michigan AP, UPI [s]
Defensive back George Webster Michigan State AP, UPI [lb]
Defensive back Ron Acks Illinois AP
Defensive back John Fill Ohio State AP
Defensive back Don Japinga Michigan State UPI [hb]
Defensive back Charles King Purdue UPI [hb]

All-American honors[edit]

At the end of the 1965 season, six Big Ten players secured consensus first-team honors on the 1965 College Football All-America Team.[3] The Big Ten's consensus All-Americans were:

Position Name Team Selectors
Running back Jim Grabowski Illinois AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, FN, Time, TSN, WCFF
Defensive end Aaron Brown Minnesota AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, FN, Time, TSN, WCFF
Quarterback Bob Griese Purdue AFCA, CP, NEA, UPI, FN, WCFF
Defensive back George Webster Michigan State AFCA, AP, NEA, UPI, FN, WCFF
Defensive tackle Bill Yearby Michigan AFCA, NEA, UPI, Time, TSN, WCFF
Defensive end Bubba Smith Michigan State AFCA, UPI, WCFF

Other Big Ten players who were named first-team All-Americans by at least one selector were:

Position Name Team Selectors
Offensive end Gene Washington Michigan State CP, FN
Offensive tackle Karl Singer Purdue AP
Offensive guard Doug Van Horn Ohio State AFCA, UPI
Offensive guard John Niland Iowa Time, TSN
Quarterback Steve Juday Michigan State AP
Running back Clinton Jones Michigan State FWAA
Defensive tackle Jerry Shay Purdue AFCA, FN
Middle guard Harold Lucas Michigan State NEA
Linebacker Ike Kelley Ohio State AP, UPI, FN [center]
Linebacker Ron Goovert Michigan State FWAA

Other awards[edit]

The 1965 Heisman Trophy was awarded to Mike Garrett of USC. Three Big Ten players finished among the top 10 in the voting: Illinois fullback Jim Grabowski (third); Michigan State quarterback Steve Juday (sixth); and Purdue quarterback Bob Griese (eighth).[4]

1966 NFL Draft[edit]

The following Big Ten players were among the first 100 picks in the 1966 NFL Draft:[5]

Name Position Team Round Overall pick
Tom Mack Offensive tackle Michigan 1 2
Randy Beisler Defensive end Indiana 1 4
John Niland Offensive guard Iowa 1 5
Jerry Shay Offensive tackle Purdue 1 7
Jim Grabowski Running back Illinois 1 9
Gale Gillingham Offensive tackle Minnesota 1 13
Harold Lucas Tackle Michigan State 2 23
Al Randolph Running back Iowa 3 37
Tom Barrington Running back Ohio State 3 38
Bill Malinchak Wide receiver Indiana 3 39
Don Hansen Linebacker Illinois 3 42
Dave Long Defensive end Iowa 3 43
Doug Van Horn Guard Ohio State 4 55
Ron Acks Defensive back Illinois 4 57
Gary Snook Quarterback Iowa 4 58
Steve Smith Wide receiver Michigan 5 71
Jack Clancy Wide receiver Michigan 5 73
Bill Briggs Defensive end Iowa 5 75

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "1965 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  2. ^ Roy Damer (December 25, 1965). "Grabowski Big Ten's Most Valuable". Chicago Tribune. p. 2-1. 
  3. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. pp. 5–6. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ "1966 Heisman Trophy Voting". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ "1966 NFL Draft: Full Draft". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved January 26, 2017.