William & Mary Tribe football, 1980–89

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The William & Mary Tribe football teams represented the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. The program was established in 1893 and serves as William & Mary's oldest athletic team. Their long-time football rival is the University of Richmond and their annual meeting is dubbed the I-64 Bowl (later renamed the Capital Cup starting in the 2009 season), so named for the highway connecting the two nearby schools.

Jimmye Laycock, a former William & Mary Tribe starting quarterback from 1967 to 1969, became the new head coach in 1980. He had previously worked as position and assistant coaches at various school for the 10 years prior to his first head coaching job, coincidentally at his alma mater. Laycock went 2–9 in 1980, his first season of what would eventually become the longest tenured and all-time winningest coach in school history. As of 2012, Laycock is still the head coach and is in his 35th consecutive year at William & Mary.

Of the era's 10 seasons, three stand out as particularly noteworthy. In 1986, the Tribe finished with a then-school record nine wins (9–3) and an appearance in the Division I-AA playoffs. Though they would lose their first round game at home to Delaware, the season was a successful one.

Then, in 1988, William & Mary was selected as the inaugural American college football team to participate in the Epson Ivy Bowl, a special football game to be played against a team of all-stars from Japan. The Tribe traveled to Yokohama and easily won, 73–3. The game itself was started to try to spread the sport's popularity to other parts of the world.

In 1989, for the second time in four years, the Tribe qualified for the playoffs. The result was the same—a first round loss, this time to the Furman Paladins—but William & Mary still finished the season with an 8–3–1 record. Jimmye Laycock ended his first decade with a winning record (57–53–2).

Contents: 1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989 - Decade totals - NFL Draft selections


1980[edit]

1980 William & Mary Tribe football
Conference Independent
1980 record 2–9
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (1st year)
Offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen (1st year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1979 1981 »
1980 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Pittsburgh           11 1 0
#5 Florida State           10 2 0
#8 Penn State           10 2 0
#9 Notre Dame           9 2 1
#18 Miami           9 3 0
Southern Miss           9 3 0
Navy           8 4 0
South Carolina           8 4 0
Virginia Tech           8 4 0
Boston College           7 4 0
Northeast Louisiana           7 4 0
Rutgers           7 4 0
UNLV           7 4 0
Tulane           7 5 0
Colgate           5 4 1
North Texas           6 5 0
Villanova           6 5 0
West Virginia           6 6 0
Louisville           5 6 0
Richmond           5 6 0
Syracuse           5 6 0
East Carolina           4 7 0
Illinois State           4 7 0
Temple           4 7 0
Army           3 7 1
Holy Cross           3 8 0
Cincinnati           2 9 0
Memphis           2 9 0
William & Mary           2 9 0
Georgia Tech           1 9 1
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 6 at NC State Carter-Finley StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina L 0–42  
September 13 VMI Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) L 10–13  
September 20 at Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, Virginia L 3–7  
September 27 at Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland L 6–45  
October 4 Wake Forest Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 7–27  
October 11 Dartmouth Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 17–14  
October 18 at Rutgers Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, New Jersey W 21–18  
October 25 Delaware Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) L 3–7  
November 1 at East Carolina Ficklen StadiumGreenville, North Carolina L 23–31  
November 8 at Harvard Harvard StadiumCambridge, Massachusetts L 13–24  
November 22 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) L 14–26  

1981[edit]

1981 William & Mary Tribe football
Conference Independent
1981 record 5–6
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (2nd year)
Home stadium Cary Field
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
Date Opponent Site Result
September 5 at Temple Temple StadiumPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania L 0–42  
September 12 Miami (OH) Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 14–33  
September 19 at Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, Virginia L 3–47  
October 3 at VMI Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, Virginia (Rivalry) L 14–31  
October 10 at Dartmouth Memorial FieldHanover, New Hampshire W 12–7  
October 17 Marshall Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 38–7  
October 24 at Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland L 0–27  
October 31 James Madison Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 31–19  
November 7 Harvard Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 14–23  
November 14 at East Carolina Ficklen StadiumGreenville, North Carolina W 31–21  
November 21 Richmond Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 35–21  

1982[edit]

1982 William & Mary Tribe football
Conference Independent
1982 record 3–8
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (3rd year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1981 1983 »
1982 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Penn State           11 1 0
#13 Florida State           9 3 0
#10 Pittsburgh           9 3 0
#19 West Virginia           9 3 0
Boston College           8 3 1
Southwestern Louisiana           7 3 1
East Carolina           7 4 0
Miami           7 4 0
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Virginia Tech           7 4 0
Notre Dame           6 4 1
Cincinnati           6 5 0
Georgia Tech           6 5 0
Navy           6 5 0
Louisville           5 6 0
Rutgers           5 6 0
Army           4 7 0
South Carolina           4 7 0
Temple           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
William & Mary           3 8 0
North Texas           2 9 0
Syracuse           2 9 0
Memphis           1 10 0
Richmond           0 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 11 at Miami (OH) Miami FieldOxford, Ohio L 17–35  
September 18 VMI Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 24–12  
September 25 at Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, Virginia L 3–47  
October 2 at Rutgers Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, New Jersey L 17–27  
October 9 Dartmouth Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 24–16  
October 16 at Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland L 3–39  
October 23 at James Madison JMU StadiumHarrisonburg, Virginia (Rivalry) L 18–24  
October 30 at Delaware Delaware StadiumNewark, Delaware (Rivalry) L 21–62  
November 6 Brown Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 22–23  
November 13 East Carolina Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 27–31  
November 20 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 28–17  

1983[edit]

1983 William & Mary Tribe football
Conference Independent
1983 record 6–5
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (4th year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1982 1984 »
1983 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Miami           11 1 0
Virginia Tech           9 2 0
#19 Boston College           9 3 0
#16 West Virginia           9 3 0
#20 East Carolina           8 3 0
#18 Pittsburgh           8 3 1
Penn State           8 4 1
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Memphis           6 4 1
Florida State           8 4 0
Notre Dame           7 5 0
Syracuse           6 5 0
William & Mary           6 5 0
South Carolina           5 6 0
Cincinnati           4 6 1
Southwestern Louisiana           4 6 0
Temple           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
Louisville           3 8 0
Navy           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Rutgers           3 8 0
Army           2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 10 at VMI Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, Virginia (Rivalry) W 28–14  
September 17 Delaware Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) L 13–30  
September 24 at North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, North Carolina L 20–51  
October 1 vs. Yale Foreman FieldNorfolk, Virginia (Oyster Bowl) W 26–14  
October 8 at Dartmouth Memorial FieldHanover, New Hampshire W 21–17  
October 15 James Madison Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 24–21  
October 22 Rutgers Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 28–35  
October 29 at Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, Virginia L 21–59  
November 5 at Marshall Fairfield StadiumHuntington, West Virginia W 48–24  
November 12 at East Carolina Ficklen StadiumGreenville, North Carolina L 6–40  
November 19 Richmond Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 24–15  

1984[edit]

1984 William & Mary Tribe football
Conference Independent
1984 record 6–5
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (5th year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1983 1985 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 8 VMI Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 24–13  
September 15 at Delaware Delaware StadiumNewark, Delaware (Rivalry) W 23–21  
September 22 at #7 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, Pennsylvania L 18–56  
September 29 at James Madison JMU StadiumHarrisonburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 20–10  
October 6 Temple Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 14–28  
October 13 Boston University Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 24–3  
October 20 at Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, Virginia L 14–38  
October 27 at Wake Forest Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, Virginia L 21–34  
November 3 Lehigh Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 24–10  
November 10 at Colgate Andy Kerr StadiumHamilton, New York W 48–39  
November 17 at Richmond University of Richmond StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) L 31–33  
#Rankings from Associated Press.

1985[edit]

1985 William & Mary Tribe football
Conference Independent
Ranking
AP #16 (NCAA Poll)[1]
1985 record 7–4
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (6th year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1984 1986 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 7 at Wake Forest Groves StadiumWinston-Salem, North Carolina L 23–30  
September 14 Norfolk State Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 28–15  
September 21 Delaware Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 17–16  
September 28 James Madison Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 31–14  
October 5 at Harvard Harvard StadiumCambridge, Massachusetts W 21–14  
October 12 at Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, Virginia L 10–40  
October 19 at Temple Temple StadiumPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania L 16–45  
October 26 at VMI Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, Virginia (Rivalry) L 38–39  
November 2 at Lehigh Taylor StadiumBethlehem, Pennsylvania W 31–29  
November 9 at Princeton Palmer StadiumPrinceton, New Jersey W 33–28  
November 16 Richmond Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 28–17  

1986[edit]

1986 William & Mary Tribe football
Division I-AA First Round, L 17–51, vs. Delaware
Conference Independent
Ranking
AP #8 (NCAA Poll)[2]
1986 record 9–3
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (7th year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1985 1987 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 13 Colgate Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 42–21  
September 20 VMI Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 37–22  
September 27 at Bucknell Memorial StadiumLewisburg, Pennsylvania W 30–13  
October 4 Harvard Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 24–0  
October 11 at Lehigh Taylor StadiumBethlehem, Pennsylvania W 44–34  
October 18 at Delaware Delaware StadiumNewark, Delaware (Rivalry) W 24–18  
October 25 at James Madison JMU StadiumHarrisonburg, Virginia (Rivalry) L 33–42  
November 1 at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia W 41–37  
November 8 Princeton Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 32–14  
November 15 Holy Cross Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 7–31  
November 22 at Richmond University of Richmond StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 21–14  
November 29 Delaware Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry; Division I-AA playoffs) L 17–51  

1987[edit]

1987 William & Mary Tribe football
Conference Independent
1987 record 5–6
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (8th year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 5 at East Tennessee State Memorial CenterJohnson City, Tennessee L 25–49  
September 12 at Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland W 27–17  
September 19 at Colgate Andy Kerr StadiumHamilton, New York L 7–19  
October 3 Lehigh Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 28–27  
October 10 at Yale Yale BowlNew Haven, Connecticut L 34–40  
October 17 Delaware Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) L 14–38  
October 24 James Madison Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) L 22–28  
October 31 vs. VMI Foreman FieldNorfolk, Virginia (Oyster Bowl) W 17–6  
November 7 Bucknell Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 31–6  
November 14 at Holy Cross Fitton FieldWorcester, Massachusetts L 7–40  
November 21 Richmond Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 20–7  

1988[edit]

William & Mary became the first university to compete in the Epson Ivy Bowl in Yokohama, defeating a football team composed of Japanese all-stars, 73–3. The game occurred on January 8, 1989, but does not count toward official win-loss records. In order to participate in the game, however, the Tribe were forced to abstain from the Division I-AA playoffs that they had qualified for.

1988 William & Mary Tribe football
Epson Ivy Bowl, W 73–3, at Japan All-Stars
Conference Independent
1988 record 6–4–1
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (9th year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1987 1989 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 3 at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia L 23–31  
September 10 VMI Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 30–7  
September 17 Lehigh Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 14–6  
September 24 at James Madison JMU StadiumHarrisonburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 10–3  
October 8 at Delaware Delaware StadiumNewark, Delaware (Rivalry) L 35–38  
October 15 New Hampshire Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 33–31  
October 22 Villanova Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia T 14–14  
October 29 at #18 Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, Georgia L 24–59  
November 5 Wofford Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 30–14  
November 12 Colgate Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 28–3  
November 19 at Richmond University of Richmond StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) L 19–24  
January 8, 1989 at Japan All-Stars Yokohama StadiumYokohama, Japan (Epson Ivy Bowl) W 73–3  
#Rankings from Associated Press.

1989[edit]

1989 William & Mary Tribe football
Division I-AA First Round, L 10–24, at Furman
Conference Independent
Ranking
AP #10 (NCAA Poll)[3]
1989 record 8–3–1
Head coach Jimmye Laycock (10th year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1988 1990 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 9 Colgate Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 17–13  
September 16 at VMI Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, Virginia (Rivalry) W 24–17  
September 23 at Princeton Palmer StadiumPrinceton, New Jersey T 31–31  
September 30 at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia L 12–24  
October 7 Delaware Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 27–24  
October 14 vs. Boston University Foreman FieldNorfolk, Virginia (Oyster Bowl) W 13–10  
October 21 at Villanova Villanova StadiumVillanova, Pennsylvania L 17–20  
October 28 at Lehigh Goodman StadiumBethlehem, Pennsylvania W 55–39  
November 4 East Tennessee State Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 34–28  
November 11 James Madison Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 24–21  
November 18 Richmond Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 22–10  
November 25 at Furman Paladin StadiumGreenville, South Carolina (Division I-AA playoffs) L 10–24  

Decade totals[edit]

  • Final record: 57–53–2
  • Points scored: 2,439
  • Points against: 2,817
  • +/- point differential: –378

NFL Draft selections[edit]

= NFL Hall of Fame = Canadian Football Hall of Fame = College Football Hall of Fame
5 NFL Draft Selections 
# Year Round Pick Overall Name Team Position
1 1982 3 28 83 Cannon, JohnJohn Cannon Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive end
2 1985 10 9 261 Kelso, MarkMark Kelso Philadelphia Eagles Defensive back
3 1987 7 25 193 Harris, ArchieArchie Harris Chicago Bears Tackle
4 1987 8 23 218 Clemons, Mike "Pinball"Mike "Pinball" Clemons Kansas City Chiefs Running back
5 1987 9 9 232 Ken Lambiotte Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback

References[edit]