1981 BYU Cougars football team

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1981 BYU Cougars football
WAC champion
Holiday Bowl champion
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 13
Record11–2 (7–1 WAC)
Head coach
Defensive coordinatorFred Whittingham (4th season)
Home stadiumCougar Stadium
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 13 BYU $ 7 1 0 11 2 0
Hawaii 5 1 0 9 2 0
Utah 4 1 1 8 2 1
Wyoming 6 2 0 8 3 0
New Mexico 3 4 1 4 7 1
Air Force 2 3 0 4 7 0
San Diego State 3 5 0 6 5 0
UTEP 1 6 0 1 10 0
Colorado State 0 8 0 0 12 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University (BYU) in the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Cougars were led by 10th-year head coach LaVell Edwards and played their home games at Cougar Stadium in Provo, Utah. The team competed as a member of the Western Athletic Conference, winning their sixth consecutive conference title with a conference record of 7–1. BYU was invited to the 1981 Holiday Bowl, where they defeated Washington State. They were ranked 13th in the final AP Poll with an overall record of 11–2.

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 5at Long Beach State*No. 16W 31–8
September 12Air ForceNo. 15W 45–21
September 19at UTEPNo. 13W 65–8
September 26at Colorado*No. 11W 41–20
October 2Utah State*No. 10
W 32–26
October 10UNLV*No. 8
  • Cougar Stadium
  • Provo, UT
L 41–45
October 17at San Diego StateNo. 17W 27–7
October 24at WyomingNo. 13L 20–33
October 31New Mexico
  • Cougar Stadium
  • Provo, UT
W 31–7
November 7at Colorado StateW 63–14
November 14at No. 19 HawaiiW 13–3
November 21UtahNo. 18
W 56–28
December 18vs. No. 20 Washington State*No. 14
W 38–36
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Game summaries[edit]

Air Force[edit]

1 234Total
Air Force 0 777 21
• BYU 10 14714 45

[1]

Colorado[edit]

1 234Total
BYU 14 31410 41
Colorado 0 0614 20

[2]

Utah State[edit]

1 234Total
Utah St 0 7712 26
BYU 0 7619 32
  • Date: October 2
  • Location: Cougar Stadium • Provo, Utah

[3]

Hawaii[edit]

1 234Total
BYU 0 670 13
Hawaii 0 003 3

[4]

Utah[edit]

Utah at #18 BYU
1 234Total
Utah 10 1170 28
BYU 14 21147 56

Jim McMahon passes for 565 yards and becomes the NCAA's career leader in the category.

Roster[edit]

1981 BYU Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 6 Robbie Bosco Fr
TE 95 Gordon Hudson So
WR 7 Glen Kozlowski Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 9 Jim McMahon Sr
C 50 Bart Oates Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 23 Vai Sikahema So
QB 8 Steve Young So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 78 Chuck Ehin Jr
DE 92 Jim Herrmann Fr
DE 77 Mike Morgan Jr
LB 59 Kyle Whittingham Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P/K 10 Lee Johnson Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

Team players in the NFL[edit]

The following were selected in the 1982 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Overall NFL team
Jim McMahon Quarterback 1 5 Chicago Bears
Dan Plater Wide receiver 4 106 Denver Broncos

[5]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BYU Thumps Air Force." Gainesville Sun. 1981 Sept 13.
  2. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1981 Sept 27.
  3. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1981 Oct 3.
  4. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1981 Nov 17.
  5. ^ "1982 NFL Draft Listing - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-21.
  6. ^ "Awards". www.touchdownclubofcolumbus.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17.
  7. ^ "College Football Awards - ESPN". Archived from the original on 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2007-02-20.