1981 West Virginia Mountaineers football team

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1981 West Virginia Mountaineers football
West Virginia Flying WV logo.svg
Peach Bowl Champions
Peach Bowl, W 26–6 vs. Florida
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #18
AP #17
1981 record 9–3
Head coach Don Nehlen
Home stadium Mountaineer Field
(Capacity: 50,000)
Seasons
« 1980 1982 »
1981 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Penn State           10 2 0
#4 Pittsburgh           11 1 0
#8 Miami           9 2 0
Southern Miss           9 2 1
#17 West Virginia           9 3 0
Colgate           7 3 0
Virginia Tech           7 4 0
Navy           7 4 1
Cincinnati           6 5 0
Florida State           6 5 0
Holy Cross           6 5 0
Tulane           6 5 0
UNLV           6 6 0
South Carolina           6 6 0
Temple           5 5 0
Boston College           5 6 0
East Carolina           5 6 0
Northeast Louisiana           5 6 0
Louisville           5 6 0
Notre Dame           5 6 0
Rutgers           5 6 0
William & Mary           5 6 0
Syracuse           4 6 1
Richmond           4 7 0
Army           3 7 1
North Texas           2 9 0
Georgia Tech           1 10 0
Memphis           1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 West Virginia Mountaineers football team represented West Virginia University in the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Mountaineers' 89th overall season and they competed as a Division I-A Independent. The team was led by head coach Don Nehlen, in his 2nd year, and played their home games at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. They finished the season with a record of nine wins and three losses (9–3 overall) and with a victory over Florida in the Peach Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA W 32–18   34,007
September 19 at Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD (Rivalry) W 17–13   38,300
September 26 Colorado State Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV W 49–3   48,716
October 3 at Boston College Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA W 38–10   23,500
October 10 1:00 PM #4 Pittsburgh Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Backyard Brawl) L 0–17   54,280
October 17 Virginia Tech Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Black Diamond Trophy) W 27–6   49,115
October 24 at #1 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA (Rivalry) L 7–30   85,012
October 31 East Carolina Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV W 20–3   41,364
November 7 Temple Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV W 24–19   40,342
November 14 Rutgers Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV W 20–3   44,395
November 21 at Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY (Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy) ABC L 24–27   33,117
December 31 vs. Florida Atlanta-Fulton County StadiumAtlanta, GA (Peach Bowl) CBS W 26–6   37,582
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
  • Reference:[1]

Season recap[edit]

Oliver Luck was the starting quarterback for the Mountaineers. He led the team with 2448 passing yards and 16 touchdowns. Leading the team in rushing was Curlin Beck with 537 net yards. Rich Hollins led the team in receiving with 37 receptions for 764 yards.

The first game pitted the Mountaineers against the Virginia Cavaliers. The Mountaineers won the opener 32–18 in Charlottesville. WVU then traveled to College Park, where they took on the Maryland Terrapins. WVU held on for a 17–13 road victory.

Their home opener was against Colorado State, who they thrashed 49–3. They then traveled to Boston College, where they won 38–10. Their first loss of the season came at the hands of archrival Pitt 17–0 at home. They rebounded with a resounding 27–6 win over Virginia Tech. They played at Penn State, but lost 7–30, to the number 1 team in the nation.

The Mountaineers returned home for a game with East Carolina, in which they won 20–3. They later on beat Temple by a 24–19 margin. Rutgers was next up, and lost 20–3.

West Virginia barely lost on the road to Syracuse, 24–27, but more than made up for it with a 26–6 thumping of the Florida Gators in the Peach Bowl.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WVU 1981 Schedule". The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved June 23, 2012.