1981 Purdue Boilermakers football team
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|1981 Purdue Boilermakers football|
|1981 record||5–6 (3–6 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Jim Young (5th season)|
|Home stadium||Ross–Ade Stadium|
|1981 Big Ten football standings|
|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|
Rankings from AP Poll
Several Purdue players ranked among the Big Ten leaders, including the following:
- Wide receiver Steve Bryant led the Big Ten with 60 receptions and 11 receiving touchdowns and ranked second with 971 receiving yards and fifth with 66 points scored.
- Quarterback Scott Campbell ranked second in the conference with 185 pass completions, a 57.6% pass completion percentage, 2,686 passing yards, a 138.3 passing efficiency rating, and 2,809 total yards.
- Running back Jimmy Smith ranked fourth in the conference with 152 rushing attempts and ninth with 540 rushing yards.
|September 12||No. 19 Stanford*||Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, Indiana||W 27–19||69,958|
|September 19||at Minnesota||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis||L 13–16||41,530|
|September 26||No. 13 Notre Dame*||Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, Indiana (Shillelagh Trophy)||W 15–14||70,007|
|October 3||at Wisconsin||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, Wisconsin||L 14–20||68,603|
|October 10||Illinois||Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, Indiana (Purdue Cannon)||W 44–20||69,846|
|October 17||at Northwestern||Dyche Stadium • Evanston, Illinois||W 35–0||20,777|
|October 24||Michigan State||Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, Indiana||W 27–26||69,877|
|October 31||Ohio State||Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, Indiana||L 33–45||69,927|
|November 7||at Iowa||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa||L 7–33||60,114|
|November 14||No. 11 Michigan||Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, Indiana||L 10–28||69,736|
|November 21||at Indiana||Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, Indiana (Old Oaken Bucket)||L 17–20||48,466|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
- Jeff Feulner 18 Rush, 108 Yds
- "1981 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
- College Football @ Sports-Reference.com
- Palm Beach Post. 1981 Sept 27.
- 2012 Purdue football information guide