1981 Stanford Cardinals football team

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1981 Stanford Cardinals football
Stanford block S.jpg
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
1981 record 4–7 (4–4 Pac-10)
Head coach Paul Wiggin (2nd season)
Home stadium Stanford Stadium (c. 85,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 10 Washington $ 6 2 0     10 2 0
No. 16 Arizona State 5 2 0     9 2 0
No. 14 USC 5 2 0     9 3 0
Washington State 5 2 1     8 3 1
UCLA 5 2 1     7 4 1
Arizona 4 4 0     6 5 0
Stanford 4 4 0     4 7 0
California 2 6 0     2 9 0
Oregon 1 6 0     2 9 0
Oregon State 0 7 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 Stanford Cardinals football team represented Stanford University in the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. From 1972 until November 17, 1981, Stanford’s official nickname was Cardinals, in reference to one of the school colors, not the bird.[1] After 1981 the team was referred to as the singular Cardinal.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 12:20 p.m. at Purdue No. 19 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ABC L 19–27   62,778
September 19 1:00 p.m. San Jose State Stanford StadiumStanford, CA (Rivalry) USA L 6–28   67,888
September 26 1:00 p.m. No. 8 Ohio State Stanford StadiumStanford, CA ESPN L 19–24   76,102
October 3 7:00 p.m. at Arizona Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ USA L 13–17   41,110
October 10 1:00 p.m. No. 17 UCLA Stanford StadiumStanford, CA USA W 26–23   70,103
October 17 1:00 p.m. at No. 7 USC Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Rivalry) L 17–25   76,291
October 24 1:00 p.m. No. 17 Arizona State Stanford StadiumStanford, CA L 36–62   52,855
October 31 1:30 p.m. at No. 18 Washington Husky StadiumSeattle, WA L 31–42   55,856
November 7 1:00 p.m. at Oregon State Parker StadiumCorvallis, OR W 63–9   22,000
November 14 1:00 p.m. Oregon Stanford StadiumStanford, CA USA W 42–3   36,106
November 21 1:00 p.m. California Stanford StadiumStanford, CA (84th Big Game) USA W 42–21   84,536
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.

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Game summaries[edit]

at Purdue[edit]

San Jose State[edit]

Ohio State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Buckeyes 0 17 7 0 24
Cardinals 3 3 0 13 19

at Arizona[edit]

UCLA[edit]

at Southern California[edit]

Arizona State[edit]

at Washington[edit]

at Oregon State[edit]

Oregon[edit]

California[edit]

California at Stanford
1 2 3 4 Total
California 7 0 7 7 21
Stanford 7 14 14 7 42

Rankings[edit]

AP poll[edit]

Week Ranking
pre 18
September 7, 1981 19
September 14, 1981 NR
September 21, 1981 NR
September 28, 1981 NR
October 5, 1981 NR
October 12, 1981 NR
October 19, 1981 NR
October 26, 1981 NR
November 2, 1981 NR
November 9, 1981 NR
November 16, 1981 NR
November 23, 1981 NR
November 30, 1981 NR
January 3, 1982 NR

[3]

Coaches' poll[edit]

Week Ranking
September 14, 1981 NR
September 21, 1981 NR
September 28, 1981 NR
October 5, 1981 NR
October 12, 1981 NR
October 19, 1981 NR
October 26, 1981 NR
November 2, 1981 NR
November 9, 1981 NR
November 16, 1981 NR
November 23, 1981 NR
November 30, 1981 NR
January 3, 1982 NR

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Statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

Team statistics
  Stanford Opponents
Scoring
Points Per Game
Points Off Turnovers
First Downs
Rushing
Passing
Penalty
Rushing Yardage
Yards gained rushing
Yards lost rushing
Rushing Attempts
Average Per Rush
Average Per Game
TDs Rushing
Passing Yardage
Comp-Att-Int
Average Per Pass
Average Per Catch
Average Per Game
TDs Passing
Total Offense
Total Plays
Average Per Play
Average Per Game
Kick Returns: #-Yards
Punt Returns: #-Yards
INT Returns: #-Yards
Kick Return Average
Punt Return Average
INT Return Average
Fumbles-Lost
Penalties-Yards
Average Per Game
Punts-Yards
Average Per Punt
Net punt average
Kickoffs-Yards
Average Per Kick
Net kick average
Time of Possession/Game
3rd-Down Conversions
3rd-Down Pct
4th-Down Conversions
4th-Down Pct
Sacks By-Yards
Miscellaneous Yards
Touchdowns Scored
Field Goals-Attempts
On-Side Kicks
Red-Zone Scores
Red-Zone Touchdowns
PAT-Attempts
Attendance
Games/Avg Per Game

All opponents

Pac-10 opponents

Non-conference opponents

References[edit]