The Greatest Series: Football Player No. 7

In today's the Greatest Series in IU history, the No. 7 all-time football player is known for leading Indiana to its first bowl victory, a 38-37 win over BYU in the Holiday Bowl in 1979.

Each day, has a new installment in “The Greatest” series that will chronicle some of the top players, teams and performances in Indiana football and basketball history.

The first two top 10 countdowns were basketball topics: the top 10 performances and the top 10 last second shots of all time. In this countdown, we look at the top 10 IU football players of all-time. John Tavener was No. 8 yesterday and here is No. 7


NO. : Tim Clifford

Tim Clifford ranks seventh all-time on Indiana’s passing list with 4,338 yards. There are players above him all-time in that category that will not make the top 10 list of IU football players of all time.

But Clifford has a couple of noteworthy accomplishments that stand out in his career.

In 1979, Clifford was the Big Ten’s most valuable player as a quarterback for Indiana.

He completed nearly 56 percent of his passes that season for 2,078 yards and 13 touchdowns in 1979 and led IU to an 8-4 record, a top 20 national ranking and a trip to Holiday Bowl, where IU beat BYU 38-37.

Another significant moment is that bowl win over BYU, IU’s first bowl victory in history.

Clifford was a two-sport lettermen for the Hoosiers. He also lettered in baseball.

Stay tuned for the No. 6 player tomorrow in’s The Greatest Series in IU history.

No. 10 James Hardy

No. 9 Pete Pihos

No. 8 John Tavener

No. 7 Tim Clifford

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