1981 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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1981 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Big Ten co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 0–28 vs. Washington
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 15
AP No. 18
1981 record 8–4 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Hayden Fry (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Bill Snyder (3rd season)
Defensive coordinator Bill Brashier (3rd season)
Home stadium Kinnick Stadium
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 15 Ohio State + 6 2 0     9 3 0
No. 18 Iowa + 6 2 0     8 4 0
No. 12 Michigan 6 3 0     9 3 0
Illinois 6 3 0     7 4 0
Wisconsin 6 3 0     7 5 0
Minnesota 4 5 0     6 5 0
Michigan State 4 5 0     5 6 0
Purdue 3 6 0     5 6 0
Indiana 3 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 0 9 0     0 11 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1981 Big Ten Conference football season. The Hawks were 6–2 in conference play and were Big Ten Conference co-champions. Iowa went to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 23 years. Their previous appearance in the 1958 season, when Iowa won the 1959 Rose Bowl. It was also Iowa's first winning season since 1961. This time Iowa had a more difficult time, shutout by Don James's Washington Huskies, 28–0. The Hawkeyes finished the 1981 season at 8–4.

Several Iowa players ranked among the Big Ten leaders, including the following:

  • Lou King led the conference with eight interceptions.[1]
  • Phil Blatcher ranked fourth in the conference with 708 rushing yards.[1]
  • Tom Nichol ranked fourth in the conference with 11 field goals made.[1]
  • Jeff Brown ranked fourth in the conference with 137 punt return yards and 6.5 yards per punt return.[1]
  • Quarterback Gordy Bohannon ranked 10th in the conference with 1,303 total yards.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 No. 7 Nebraska* Kinnick StadiumIowa City, Iowa W 10–7   60,160
September 19 at Iowa State* Cyclone StadiumAmes, Iowa (Cy-Hawk Trophy) L 12–23   53,922
September 26 No. 6 UCLA* Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa W 20–7   60,004
October 3 at Northwestern No. 18 Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois W 64–0   30,113
October 10 Indianadagger No. 15 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa W 42–28   60,000
October 17 at No. 5 Michigan No. 12 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, Michigan W 9–7   105,915
October 24 Minnesota No. 6 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa (Floyd of Rosedale) ABC L 10–12   60,000
October 31 at Illinois No. 16 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Illinois L 7–24   66,877
November 7 Purdue Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa W 33–7   60,114
November 14 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin ESPN W 17–7   78,731
November 21 Michigan State No. 19 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa W 36–7   60,103
January 1 vs. No. 12 Washington* No. 13 Rose BowlPasadena, California (Rose Bowl) NBC L 0–28   105,611
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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In 1981, Iowa played eight conference games, missing one opponent.The government of Iowa mandated that they resume their series with Iowa State.
Iowa did not play Ohio State in 1981; OSU was also 8-3 and 6-2 in the Big Ten to tie for the conference title. The Buckeyes won their bowl game, the 1981 Liberty Bowl over Navy, and finished at 9-3.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Final
AP NR NR NR NR 18 15 12 6 16 NR NR 19 13 13 18
Coaches' NR NR NR NR 20 15 12 7 16 NR 18 17 11 11 15

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Game summaries[edit]

Nebraska[edit]

#7 Nebraska at Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Cornhuskers 0 0 0 7 7
Hawkeyes 7 3 0 0 10

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Iowa State[edit]

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UCLA[edit]

#6 UCLA at Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
#6 Bruins 0 7 0 0 7
Hawkeyes 7 0 3 10 20
  • Date: September 26
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Game attendance: 60,004

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Northwestern[edit]

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Indiana[edit]

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Michigan[edit]

#12 Iowa at #5 Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Hawkeyes 6 0 3 0 9
#5 Wolverines 0 7 0 0 7

The Hawkeyes won 9-7 at #5 Michigan, their third victory over a top ten team during the 1981 season. It was Iowa's first victory over the Wolverines since 1962.

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Minnesota[edit]

Minnesota at #6 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0 9 0 3 12
Hawkeyes 0 0 10 0 10

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Illinois[edit]

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Purdue[edit]

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Wisconsin[edit]

Iowa at Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 3 14 0 0 17
Badgers 0 0 0 7 7

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Michigan State[edit]

Michigan State at #19 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 0 7 0 0 7
Hawkeyes 16 0 10 10 36
  • Date: November 21
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Game attendance: 60,103

Iowa earns first Rose Bowl since 1958 with Michigan's loss to Ohio State, which was announced with 6:14 left in the first quarter.[15]

Statistics

  • Phil Blatcher 27 Rush, 247 Yds[16]

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Rose Bowl[edit]

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Postseason Awards[edit]

Team players in 1982 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Ron Hallstrom G 1 22 Green Bay Packers
Andre Tippett LB 2 41 New England Patriots

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "1981 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ "1981 Iowa Hawkeyes Schedule and Results". sports-reference.com. 
  3. ^ "Iowa 1981 AP Football Rankings". 
  4. ^ "IOWA UPSET NEBRASKA, 10-7". New York Times. September 13, 1981. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Iowa State 23, Iowa 12". New York Times. September 20, 1981. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.C.L.A. Is Upset By Iowa". New York Times. September 27, 1981. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "64-0!". Chicago Tribune. October 4, 1981. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ "'Surprise' get Iowa untracked". Chicago Tribune. October 11, 1981. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ "3 Iowa Field Goals Stop Michigan, 9-7". New York Times. October 18, 1981. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Iowa Defeats No. 5 Michigan". Washington Post. October 18, 1981. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Minnesota kicks Iowa back down". Chicago Tribune. October 25, 1981. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Illinois turns to defense". The Pantagraph. November 1, 1981. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Iowa 33, Purdue 7". New York Times. November 8, 1981. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Wisconsin's odor is not of roses". Chicago Tribune. November 15, 1981. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  15. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1981 Nov 22.
  16. ^ Iowa Hawkeyes athletics website.
  17. ^ "IOWA WINS TRIP TO ROSE BOWL". New York Times. November 22, 1981. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Iowa Goes to Rose Bowl as Michigan Loses". Washington Post. November 22, 1981. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Hawkeyes make Iowa sick with Rose Bowl fever". Chicago Tribune. November 22, 1981. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Iowa flat embarrassed by Washington romp". Chicago Tribune. January 2, 1981. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Washington Wilts Iowa's Rose, 28-0". Washington Post. January 2, 1981. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  22. ^ "1982 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com.