1981 Montana Grizzlies football team
|1981 Montana Grizzlies football|
|Conference||Big Sky Conference|
|1981 record||7–3 (5–2 Big Sky)|
|Head coach||Larry Donovan (2nd year)|
|Home stadium||Dornblaser Field|
|1981 Big Sky football standings|
|#2 Idaho State $^||6||–||1||–||0||12||–||1||–||0|
|#5 Boise State ^||6||–||1||–||0||10||–||3||–||0|
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. The Bengals went on to win the conference title and the Division I-AA championship.
|September 19||at Northern Arizona||Walkup Skydome • Flagstaff, AZ||W 29–23|
|September 26||Northern Iowa*||Dornblaser Field • Missoula, MT||W 42–21|
|October 3||Boise State||Dornblaser Field • Missoula, MT||L 13–27|
|October 10||at Idaho||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, 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 Stadium • Bozeman, 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 Stadium • Spokane, WA (EWU–UM Governors Cup)||L 13–14|
- "Big Sky: Montana knocks off Idaho State". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 18, 1981. p. 7C.
- "Bengals ride like the wind". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. December 20, 1981. p. 2D.
- "Montana yearly results". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved July 31, 2013.