1981 BC Lions season

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1981 BC Lions season
Head coach Vic Rapp
Home field Empire Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 3rd, West
Playoff finish Lost West Final

The 1981 BC Lions finished in third place in the West Division with a 10–6 record.

Joe Paopao had an excellent season with 3777 yards passing and 28 passing touchdowns and running back Larry Key had 19 touchdowns in a bounceback season after missing most of the 1980 season due to injury. Wideout Ty Gray had a breakout season with 1428 yards receiving.

The Lions beat Winnipeg in the Wester Semi-final, but fell to the Eskimos 22-16 in the Western Final when Warren Moon hit Brian Kelly for a late 4th quarter touchdown. The Western Final included a game changing officiating error involving a Devon Ford kickoff return for a Lions touchdown when the officials incorrectly stated he stepped out-of-bounds. Television replays showed he clearly did not step out-of-bounds (video replay was instituted 25 years later in 2006).

Running back Larry Key and centre Al Wilson made the CFL all-star team.

First time in Lions history that every regular season (16) and playoff game (2) was televised.

Offseason[edit]

CFL Draft[edit]

Rd Pick Player Position School

Preseason[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

West Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Edmonton Eskimos 16 14 1 1 576 277 29
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 11 5 0 517 299 22
BC Lions 16 10 6 0 438 377 20
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16 9 7 0 431 371 18
Calgary Stampeders 16 6 10 0 306 367 12

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Season schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Score Result Record
1 July 4 vs. Montreal Alouettes 48–8 Win 1–0
2 Bye 1–0
3 July 16 at Toronto Argonauts 32–28 Win 2–0
4 July 25 vs. Ottawa Rough Riders 31–17 Win 3–0
5 July 31 at Calgary Stampeders 52–29 Win 4–0
6 Aug 9 at Saskatchewan Roughriders 28–24 Win 5–0
7 Aug 16 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats 37–23 Loss 5–1
8 Aug 23 at Montreal Alouettes 29–14 Win 6–1
9 Aug 29 vs. Calgary Stampeders 31–21 Win 7–1
10 Sept 4 at Ottawa Rough Riders 17–7 Loss 7–2
11 Sept 13 at Edmonton Eskimos 38–21 Loss 7–3
12 Sept 19 vs. Toronto Argonauts 45–14 Win 8–3
13 Sept 27 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 46–10 Loss 8–4
14 Oct 3 vs. Edmonton Eskimos 22–12 Loss 8–5
15 Bye 8–5
16 Oct 17 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 49–22 Loss 8–6
17 Oct 25 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 34–7 Win 9–6
18 Oct 31 vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders 13–5 Win 10–6

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Playoffs[edit]

West Semi-Final[edit]

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
BC Lions 0 11 3 1 15
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7 1 0 3 11

West Final[edit]

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
BC Lions 3 13 0 0 16
Edmonton Eskimos 6 3 6 7 22


Offensive leaders[edit]

Player Passing yds Rushing yds Receving yds TD
Joe Paopao 3777 25 0 0
Larry Key 1098 237 19
John Henry White 482 386 1
Tyrone Gray 10 1428 9
Ricky Ellis 13 594 4
Al Charuk 0 582 5
Harry Holt 4 367 2

Awards and records[edit]

1981 CFL All-Stars[edit]

1981 CFL Western All-Stars[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CFL.ca". Archived from the original on 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  2. ^ "British Columbia Lions All-Time Canadian Football League (CFL) Records". Archived from the original on 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-03-08.