1981 SMU Mustangs football team

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1981 SMU Mustangs football
Southwest Conference Champions
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
AP #5
1981 record 10-1 (7-1 SWC)
Head coach Ron Meyer
Home stadium Texas Stadium
Seasons
« 1980 1982 »
1981 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 SMU 7 1 0     10 1 0
#2 Texas 6 1 1     10 1 1
Houston 5 2 1     7 4 1
Arkansas 5 3 0     8 4 0
Texas A&M 4 4 0     7 5 0
Rice 3 5 0     4 7 0
Baylor 3 5 0     5 6 0
TCU 1 6 1     2 7 2
Texas Tech 0 7 1     1 9 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 Southern Methodist University Mustangs football team represented the Southern Methodist University in the 1981 college football season. The Mustangs offense scored 365 points while the defense allowed 137 points. At season’s end, the Mustangs were given the National Championship Foundation's (NCF) national championship and were ranked #5 by the Associated Press, but due to being on probation by the NCAA, they were left out of the Coaches' Poll and did not play in a bowl game. As a result, the final game of the season against Arkansas was treated as a bowl game and dubbed the "Polyester Bowl".

Regular season[edit]

  • In the Battle for the Iron Skillet, SMU beat Texas Christian by a score of 20-9.
  • In the Mayor’s Cup, SMU beat Rice by a score of 35-12.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
1981-09-05 Texas-Arlington* Texas StadiumIrving, TX W 48-0   20,130
1981-09-12 North Texas State* Texas Stadium • Irving, TX W 34-7   20,400
1981-09-19 Grambling State* Texas Stadium • Irving, TX W 59-27   45,700
1981-09-26 at TCU #20 Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX (Battle for the Iron Skillet) W 20-9   25,862
1981-10-10 Baylor* #14 Texas Stadium • Irving, TX W 37-20   33,110
1981-10-17 at Houston #10 AstrodomeHouston, TX W 38-22   36,892
1981-10-24 #10 Texas #8 Texas Stadium • Irving, TX L 7-9   60,777
1981-10-31 at Texas A&M #13 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX W 27-7   62,646
1981-11-07 Rice #10 Texas StadiumIrving, TX (Rivalry) W 33-12   28,750
1981-11-14 Texas Tech #8 Texas Stadium • Irving, TX W 30-6   24,410
1981-11-21 at #16 Arkansas #6 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 32-18   43,842
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game notes[edit]

Arkansas[edit]

#6 SMU at #16 Arkansas
1 2 3 4 Total
SMU 3 9 0 20 32
Arkansas 7 0 11 0 18
  • SMU wins first conference title since 1966 (ineligible for postseason)


Team Players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Perry Hartnett Tackle 5 116 Chicago Bears
Harvey Armstrong Defensive Tackle 7 190 Philadelphia Eagles
Eddie Garcia Kicker 10 264 Green Bay Packers

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Awards and honors[edit]

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