List of NCAA major college football yearly scoring leaders

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The list of NCAA major college football yearly scoring leaders identifies the NCAA major college scoring leaders. Beginning with the 1937 college football season, when the NCAA began maintaining official records, the list includes each year's leaders both in total points scored and in points scored per game. The list is limited to players for major college programs, which includes the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (2006–present), NCAA Division I-A (1978–2005), and NCAA University Division (1956–1977).

Scoring leaders since 1937[edit]

Year Name Points Name Points/Game[1]
1937 Byron White[2]
Colorado
122 Byron White[3] 15.25
1938 Parker Hall[4][5]
(Mississippi)
73
1939 Tom Harmon[6][7]
(Michigan)
102
1940 Tom Harmon[8][9]
(Michigan)
117 Tom Harmon 14.63
1941 Bill Dudley[10][11]
(Virginia)
134 Bill Dudley[3] 14.89
1942 Bob Steuber[12][13]
(Missouri)
121
1943 Steve Van Buren[14]
(LSU)
98
1944 Glenn Davis[15][16]
(Army)
120
1945 Doc Blanchard[17]
(Army)
115
1946 Gene Roberts[18]
(Chattanooga)
117
1947 Lu Gambino[19]
(Maryland)
96
1948 Fred Wendt[3]
(UTEP)
152 Fred Wendt[3] 15.20
1949 George Thomas[20]
(Oklahoma)
117
1950 Bobby Reynolds[3]
(Nebraska)
157 Bobby Reynolds[3] 17.44
1951 Ollie Matson[21]
(San Francisco)
126
1952 Jackie Parker[22]
(Mississippi St.)
120
1953 Earl Lindley[23]
(Utah St.)
81
1954 Art Luppino[3][24]
(Arizona)
166 Art Luppino[3] 16.60
1955 Jim Swink[25]
(TCU)
125
1956 Clendon Thomas[26]
(Oklahoma)
108
1957 Leon Burton[27]
(Oklahoma)
96
1958 Dick Bass[28]
(Pacific)
116
1959 Pervis Atkins[29]
(New Mexico St.)
107
1960 Bob Gaiters[3]
(N. Mexico St.)
145 Bob Gaiters[3] 14.50
1961 Preacher Pilot[30]
(N. Mexico St.)
138 Preacher Pilot[3] 13.80
1962 Jerry Logan[31]
(W. Texas St.)
110
1963 Cosmo Iacavazzi[32]
(Princeton)
Dave Casinelli
(Memphis St.)
84
1964 Brian Piccolo[33]
(Wake Forest)
111
1965 Howard Twilley[34]
(Tulsa)
127
1966 Ken Hebert[35]
(Houston)
113
1967 Leroy Keyes[36]
(Purdue)
114
1968 Jim O'Brien[37]
(Cincinnati)
142 Jim O'Brien[3] 14.20
1969 Steve Owens[38]
(Oklahoma)
138 Steve Owens[3] 13.80
1970 Don McCauley[39]
(North Carolina)
126 Brian Bream[39]
(Air Force)
Gary Kosins[39]
(Dayton)
12.0
12.0
1971 Lydell Mitchell[3][40]
(Penn St.)
174 Ed Marinaro[3] 16.44
1972 Harold Henson[39]
(Ohio St.)
120 Harold Henson[39] 12.0
1973 Jim Jennings[41]
(Rutgers)
128 Jim Jennings[41] 11.6
1974 Keith Barnette[42]
(Boston College)
134 Billy Marek[42]
(Wisconsin)
12.7
1975 Pete Johnson[3]
(Ohio St.)
150 Pete Johnson[43] 13.6
1976 Tony Dorsett[44]
(Pittsburgh)
134 Tony Dorsett[44] 12.2
1977 Earl Campbell[45]
(Texas)
114 Earl Campbell[45] 10.4
1978 Billy Sims[46]
(Oklahoma)
120 Billy Sims[46] 10.9
1979 Billy Sims[47]
(Oklahoma)
132 Billy Sims[47] 12.0
1980 Sammy Winder[48]
(Southern Miss.)
120 Sammy Winder[48] 10.9
1981 Marcus Allen[49]
(USC)
120 Marcus Allen[49] 12.5
1982 Greg Allen[49]
(Florida St.)
126 Greg Allen[49] 11.5
1983 Mike Rozier[3]
(Nebraska)
174 Mike Rozier[3] 14.50
1984 Keith Byars[49]
(Ohio St.)
144 Keith Byars[49] 13.1
1985 Bernard White[50]
(Bowling Green)
114 Bernard White[50] 10.4
1986 Steve Bartalo[51]
(Colorado St.)
114 Steve Bartalo[51] 10.4
1987 Paul Hewitt[52]
(San Diego St.)
144 Paul Hewitt[52] 12.0
1988 Barry Sanders[53]
(Oklahoma St.)
234 Barry Sanders 21.27
1989 Anthony Thompson[3]
(Indiana)
154 Anthony Thompson[3] 14.20
1990 Stacey Robinson[54]
(N. Illinois
120 Stacey Robinson[54] 10.9
1991 Marshall Faulk[55]
(San Diego St.)
140 Marshall Faulk[3]
(San Diego St.)
15.56
1992 Garrison Hearst[56]
(Georgia)
126 Garrison Hearst[56] 11.5
1993 Marshall Faulk[57]
(San Diego St.)
144 Bam Morris[57]
(Texas Tech)
12.2
1994 Rashaan Salaam[58]
(Colorado)
144 Rashaan Salaam[58] 13.1
1995 Eddie George[59]
(Ohio St.)
144 Eddie George[58] 12.0
1996 Corey Dillon[60]
(Washington)
138 Corey Dillon[58] 12.6
1997 Randy Moss[3]
(Marshall)
Ricky Williams[3]
(Texas)
152 Ricky Williams[3] 13.82
1998 Troy Edwards[61]
(Louisiana Tech)
188 Troy Edwards[61] 15.7
1999 Shaun Alexander[62]
(Alabama)
144 Shaun Alexander[62] 13.1
2000 Lee Suggs[63]
(Virginia Tech)
168 Lee Suggs[3] 15.27
2001 Luke Staley[64]
(BYU)
170 Luke Staley[3] 15.45
2002 Brock Forsey[65]
(Boise St.)
192 Brock Forsey[3] 14.77
2003 Cedric Benson[66]
(Texas)
134 Patrick Cobbs[67] 11.5
2004 Tyler Jones[68]
(Boise St.)
141 Tyler Jones[69] 11.8
2005 LenDale White[70]
(USC)
156 Steve Slaton
(W. Virginia)
16.3
2006 Ian Johnson[71]
(Boise St.)
152 Ian Johnson 15.2
2007 Kevin Smith[72]
(Cent. Florida)
180 Kevin Smith 15.0
2008 Jeff Wolfert[73]
(Missouri)
133 Dez Bryant
(Oklahoma St.)
16.0
2009 Toby Gerhart[74]
(Stanford)
166 Donald Buckram
(UTEP)
15.8
2010 Dan Bailey[75]
(Oklahoma St.)
149 Mikel Leshoure
(Illinois)
13.6
2011 Montee Ball[76]
(Wisconsin)
236 Montee Ball 16.86
2012 Kenneth Dixon[77]
(Louisiana Tech)
168 Kenneth Dixon 16.8
2013 Keenan Reynolds[78]
(Navy)
188 Kapri Bibbs
(Colorado St.)
18.6
2014 Jarvion Franklin[79]
(W. Michigan)
150 Samaje Perine
(Oklahoma)
14.0
2015[80] Derrick Henry
(Alabama)
168
2016[81] Anthony Wales
(Western Kentucky)
174
2017[82] Devin Singletary
(Florida Atlantic)
198

Pre-1937 unofficial data[edit]

Before 1937 the NCAA did not compile official statistics. This chart reflects unofficial scoring statistics for years prior to 1937.

Year Name Points Name Points/Game
1883 Alex Moffat[83]
(Princeton)
136
1884
1885
1886 Harry Beecher[84]
(Yale)
132
1887 Snake Ames[83]
(Princeton)
219 Snake Ames 24.3
1888 Snake Ames[83]
(Princeton)
234 Snake Ames 19.5
1889 Bum McClung
(Yale)
176
1890 Philip King
(Princeton)
145
1891 Bernard Trafford[83]
(Harvard)
270
1892 Philip King
(Princeton)
105
1893
1894
1895
1896
1897
1898
1899
1900
1901 Bruce Shorts
(Michigan)
123
1902 Al Herrnstein[83]
(Michigan)
130
1903 Thomas S. Hammond
(Michigan)
163
1904
1905
1906
1907
1908 Doc Fenton[83]
(LSU)
132
1909
1910
1911
1912 Jim Thorpe[83]
(Carlisle)
224
1913 Johnny Spiegel (Washington & Jefferson)[85] 127
1914 Buck Mayer
(Virginia)
142
1915 Neno DaPrato
(Michigan Aggies)
185 Neno Daprato 30.8
1916 Johnny Gilroy
(Georgetown)
160
1917 Bill Ingram
(Navy)
162 Bill Ingram 20.25
1918
1919 Ira Rodgers
(West Virginia)
147
1920 Jimmy Leech[86]
(VMI)
210 Jimmy Leech 23.3
1921
1922 "Bots" Brunner[87]
(Lafayette)
86
1923 George Pfann[88]
(Cornell)
98
1924 Heinie Benkert[89]
(Rutgers)
100
1925 Peggy Flournoy[90][91]
(Tulane)
128
1926 Mayes McLain (Haskell) or Fred Koster[90]
(Louisville)
253[92] or 124 Mayes McLain 23.0
1927 Jimmy Armistead[93]
(Vanderbilt)
138
1928 Ken Strong[94][95]
(NYU)
161 Ken Strong 16.1
1929 Gene McEver[96]
(Tennessee)
130
1930 Leonard Macaluso[97]
(Colgate)
145
1931 Bob Campiglio[98]
(West Liberty)
145
1932 Lou Bush[99]
(Mass. St.)
114
1933 Beattie Feathers[100]
(Tennessee)
78
1934 Bill Shepherd[101]
(Western Maryland)
133
1935 Ray Zeh[102]
(Western Reserve)
112
1936 Norm Schoen[103]
Baldwin-Wallace
117

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