1981 Montana Grizzlies football team

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1981 Montana Grizzlies football
Montana UM logo.gif
Conference Big Sky Conference
1981 record 7–3 (5–2 Big Sky)
Head coach Larry Donovan (2nd year)
Home stadium Dornblaser Field
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Idaho State $^ 6 1 0     12 1 0
#5 Boise State ^ 6 1 0     10 3 0
Montana 5 2 0     7 3 0
Nevada 4 3 0     7 4 0
Weber State 4 3 0     7 4 0
Northern Arizona 2 5 0     4 7 0
Montana State 1 6 0     3 7 0
Idaho 0 7 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Idaho State earned automatic berth and
    Boise State earned at-large berth in I-AA playoffs.
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA poll (released before championship playoffs)

The 1981 Montana Grizzlies football team represented the University of Montana in the 1981 NCAA Division I-AA football season. A charter member of the Big Sky Conference, the Grizzlies were led by second-year head coach Larry Donovan and played their home games at Dornblaser Field in Missoula.

Montana had an overall record of 7–3 and finished third in the Big Sky at 5–2.

Montana was the only team to defeat Idaho State in 1981; a tie-breaking field goal with seconds remaining was the difference.[1] The Bengals went on to win the conference title and the Division I-AA championship.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 19 at Northern Arizona Walkup SkydomeFlagstaff, AZ W 29–23  
September 26 Northern Iowa* Dornblaser FieldMissoula, MT W 42–21  
October 3 Boise State Dornblaser Field • Missoula, MT L 13–27  
October 10 at Idaho Kibbie DomeMoscow, ID (Little Brown Stein) W 16–14  
October 17 Idaho State Dornblaser Field • Missoula, MT W 24–21  
October 24 Portland State* Dornblaser Field • Missoula, MT W 33–3  
October 31 at Montana State Reno H. Sales StadiumBozeman, MT (Brawl of the Wild) W 27–17  
November 7 Nevada Dornblaser Field • Missoula, MT W 33–26  
November 14 Weber State Dornblaser Field • Missoula, MT L 6–7  
November 21 at Eastern Washington* Joe Albi StadiumSpokane, WA (EWU–UM Governors Cup) L 13–14  
*Non-conference game.

Source:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Sky: Montana knocks off Idaho State". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 18, 1981. p. 7C. 
  2. ^ "Bengals ride like the wind". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. December 20, 1981. p. 2D. 
  3. ^ "Montana yearly results". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved July 31, 2013.