List of NCAA major college football yearly scoring leaders

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

Year Name Points Name Points/Game[1]
1937Byron White[2]
Colorado
122Byron White[3]15.25
1938Parker Hall[4][5]
(Mississippi)
73
1939Tom Harmon[6][7]
(Michigan)
102
1940Tom Harmon[8][9]
(Michigan)
117Tom Harmon14.63
1941Bill Dudley[10][11]
(Virginia)
134Bill Dudley[3]14.89
1942Bob Steuber[12][13]
(Missouri)
121
1943Bob Steuber[14][15]
(DePauw)
Steve Van Buren[16]
(LSU)
129
98
1944Glenn Davis[17][18]
(Army)
120
1945Doc Blanchard[19]
(Army)
115
1946Gene Roberts[20]
(Chattanooga)
117
1947Lu Gambino[21]
(Maryland)
96
1948Fred Wendt[3]
(UTEP)
152Fred Wendt[3]15.20
1949George Thomas[22]
(Oklahoma)
117
1950Bobby Reynolds[3]
(Nebraska)
157Bobby Reynolds[3]17.44
1951Ollie Matson[23]
(San Francisco)
126
1952Jackie Parker[24]
(Mississippi St.)
120
1953Earl Lindley[25]
(Utah St.)
81
1954Art Luppino[3][26]
(Arizona)
166Art Luppino[3]16.60
1955Jim Swink[27]
(TCU)
125
1956Clendon Thomas[28]
(Oklahoma)
108
1957Leon Burton[29]
(Oklahoma)
96
1958Dick Bass[30]
(Pacific)
116
1959Pervis Atkins[31]
(New Mexico St.)
107
1960Bob Gaiters[3]
(N. Mexico St.)
145Bob Gaiters[3]14.50
1961Preacher Pilot[32]
(N. Mexico St.)
138Preacher Pilot[3]13.80
1962Jerry Logan[33]
(W. Texas St.)
110
1963Cosmo Iacavazzi[34]
(Princeton)
Dave Casinelli
(Memphis St.)
84
84
1964Brian Piccolo[35]
(Wake Forest)
111
1965Howard Twilley[36]
(Tulsa)
127
1966Ken Hebert[37]
(Houston)
113
1967Leroy Keyes[38]
(Purdue)
114
1968Jim O'Brien[39]
(Cincinnati)
142Jim O'Brien[3]14.20
1969Steve Owens[40]
(Oklahoma)
138Steve Owens[3]13.80
1970Don McCauley[41]
(North Carolina)
126Brian Bream[41]
(Air Force)
Gary Kosins[41]
(Dayton)
12.0
12.0
1971Lydell Mitchell[3][42]
(Penn St.)
174Ed Marinaro[3]16.44
1972Harold Henson[41]
(Ohio St.)
120Harold Henson[41]12.0
1973Jim Jennings[43]
(Rutgers)
128Jim Jennings[43]11.6
1974Keith Barnette[44]
(Boston College)
134Billy Marek[44]
(Wisconsin)
12.7
1975Pete Johnson[3]
(Ohio St.)
150Pete Johnson[45]13.6
1976Tony Dorsett[46]
(Pittsburgh)
134Tony Dorsett[46]12.2
1977Earl Campbell[47]
(Texas)
114Earl Campbell[47]10.4
1978Billy Sims[48]
(Oklahoma)
120Billy Sims[48]10.9
1979Billy Sims[49]
(Oklahoma)
132Billy Sims[49]12.0
1980Sammy Winder[50]
(Southern Miss.)
120Sammy Winder[50]10.9
1981Marcus Allen[51]
(USC)
120Marcus Allen[51]12.5
1982Greg Allen[51]
(Florida St.)
126Greg Allen[51]11.5
1983Mike Rozier[3]
(Nebraska)
174Mike Rozier[3]14.50
1984Keith Byars[51]
(Ohio St.)
144Keith Byars[51]13.1
1985Bernard White[52]
(Bowling Green)
114Bernard White[52]10.4
1986Steve Bartalo[53]
(Colorado St.)
114Steve Bartalo[53]10.4
1987Paul Hewitt[54]
(San Diego St.)
144Paul Hewitt[54]12.0
1988Barry Sanders[55]
(Oklahoma St.)
234Barry Sanders21.27
1989Anthony Thompson[3]
(Indiana)
154Anthony Thompson[3]14.20
1990Stacey Robinson[56]
(N. Illinois
120Stacey Robinson[56]10.9
1991Marshall Faulk[57]
(San Diego St.)
140Marshall Faulk[3]
(San Diego St.)
15.56
1992Garrison Hearst[58]
(Georgia)
126Garrison Hearst[58]11.5
1993Marshall Faulk[59]
(San Diego St.)
144Bam Morris[59]
(Texas Tech)
12.2
1994Rashaan Salaam[60]
(Colorado)
144Rashaan Salaam[60]13.1
1995Eddie George[61]
(Ohio St.)
144Eddie George[60]12.0
1996Corey Dillon[62]
(Washington)
138Corey Dillon[60]12.6
1997Randy Moss[3]
(Marshall)
Ricky Williams[3]
(Texas)
152
152
Ricky Williams[3]13.82
1998Troy Edwards[63]
(Louisiana Tech)
188Troy Edwards[63]15.7
1999Shaun Alexander[64]
(Alabama)
144Shaun Alexander[64]13.1
2000Lee Suggs[65]
(Virginia Tech)
168Lee Suggs[3]15.27
2001Luke Staley[66]
(BYU)
170Luke Staley[3]15.45
2002Brock Forsey[67]
(Boise St.)
192Brock Forsey[3]14.77
2003Cedric Benson[68]
(Texas)
134Patrick Cobbs[69]11.5
2004Tyler Jones[70]
(Boise St.)
141Tyler Jones[71]11.8
2005LenDale White[72]
(USC)
156Steve Slaton
(W. Virginia)
16.3
2006Ian Johnson[73]
(Boise St.)
152Ian Johnson15.2
2007Kevin Smith[74]
(Cent. Florida)
180Kevin Smith15.0
2008Jeff Wolfert[75]
(Missouri)
133Dez Bryant
(Oklahoma St.)
16.0
2009Toby Gerhart[76]
(Stanford)
166Donald Buckram
(UTEP)
15.8
2010Dan Bailey[77]
(Oklahoma St.)
149Mikel Leshoure
(Illinois)
13.6
2011Montee Ball[78]
(Wisconsin)
236Montee Ball16.86
2012Kenneth Dixon[79]
(Louisiana Tech)
168Kenneth Dixon16.8
2013Keenan Reynolds[80]
(Navy)
188Kapri Bibbs
(Colorado St.)
18.6
2014Jarvion Franklin[81]
(W. Michigan)
150Samaje Perine
(Oklahoma)
14.0
2015[82]Derrick Henry
(Alabama)
168
2016[83]Anthony Wales
(Western Kentucky)
174
2017[84]Devin Singletary
(Florida Atlantic)
198

Pre-1937 unofficial data

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
1883Alex Moffat[85]
(Princeton)
136
1884
1885
1886Harry Beecher[86]
(Yale)
132
1887Snake Ames[85]
(Princeton)
219Snake Ames24.3
1888Snake Ames[85]
(Princeton)
234Snake Ames19.5
1889Bum McClung
(Yale)
176
1890Philip King
(Princeton)
145
1891Bernard Trafford[85]
(Harvard)
270
1892Philip King
(Princeton)
105
1893
1894
1895
1896
1897
1898
1899
1900
1901Bruce Shorts
(Michigan)
123
1902Al Herrnstein[85]
(Michigan)
130
1903Thomas S. Hammond
(Michigan)
163
1904
1905
1906
1907
1908Doc Fenton[85]
(LSU)
132
1909
1910
1911
1912Jim Thorpe[85]
(Carlisle)
224
1913Johnny Spiegel (Washington & Jefferson)[87]127
1914Buck Mayer
(Virginia)
142
1915Neno DaPrato
(Michigan Aggies)
185Neno Daprato30.8
1916Johnny Gilroy
(Georgetown)
160
1917Bill Ingram
(Navy)
162Bill Ingram20.25
1918
1919Ira Rodgers
(West Virginia)
147
1920Jimmy Leech[88]
(VMI)
210Jimmy Leech23.3
1921
1922"Bots" Brunner[89]
(Lafayette)
86
1923George Pfann[90]
(Cornell)
98
1924Heinie Benkert[91]
(Rutgers)
100
1925Peggy Flournoy[92][93]
(Tulane)
128
1926Mayes McLain (Haskell) or Fred Koster[92]
(Louisville)
253[94] or 124Mayes McLain23.0
1927Jimmy Armistead[95]
(Vanderbilt)
138
1928Ken Strong[96][97]
(NYU)
161Ken Strong16.1
1929Gene McEver[98]
(Tennessee)
130
1930Leonard Macaluso[99]
(Colgate)
145
1931Bob Campiglio[100]
(West Liberty)
145
1932Lou Bush[101]
(Mass. St.)
114
1933Beattie Feathers[102]
(Tennessee)
78
1934Bill Shepherd[103]
(Western Maryland)
133
1935Ray Zeh[104]
(Western Reserve)
112
1936Norm Schoen[105]
Baldwin-Wallace
117

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