1981 Purdue Boilermakers football team

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1981 Purdue Boilermakers football
Conference Big Ten
1981 record 5–6 (3–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Jim Young (5th season)
Home stadium Ross–Ade Stadium
(Capacity: 69,200)
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 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University during the 1981 Big Ten Conference football season.

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.[1]
  • 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.[1]
  • Running back Jimmy Smith ranked fourth in the conference with 152 rushing attempts and ninth with 540 rushing yards.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 12 No. 19 Stanford* Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 27–19   69,958
September 19 at Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 13–16   41,530
September 26 No. 13 Notre Dame* Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) W 15–14   70,007
October 3 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 14–20   68,603
October 10 Illinoisdagger Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN (Purdue Cannon) W 44–20   69,846
October 17 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 35–0   20,777
October 24 Michigan State Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN W 27–26   69,877
October 31 Ohio State Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN L 33–45   69,927
November 7 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA L 7–33   60,114
November 14 No. 11 Michigan Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN L 10–28   69,736
November 21 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN (Old Oaken Bucket) L 17–20   48,466
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Season summary[edit]

Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 0 7 0 7 14
Purdue 0 0 7 8 15
  • Date: September 26
  • Location: Ross-Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Game attendance: 70,007

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Indiana[edit]

Statistics

  • Jeff Feulner 18 Rush, 108 Yds[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1981 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ College Football @ Sports-Reference.com
  3. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1981 Sept 27.
  4. ^ 2012 Purdue football information guide