1981 Wisconsin Badgers football team

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1981 Wisconsin Badgers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1981 record 7–5 (6–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Dave McClain (4th season)
Defensive coordinator Jim Hilles (4th season)
MVP Dave Levenick
Captain Dave Levenick
Captain Dave Mohapp
Captain Larry Spurlin
Home stadium Camp Randall Stadium
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 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the 1981 Big Ten Conference football season.

Several Wisconsin players ranked among the Big Ten leaders, including the following:

  • Quarterback Jess Cole ranked seventh in the conference with 12 passing touchdowns and ninth with 1,180 passing yards.[1]
  • Running back John Williams ranked second in the conference with 5.5 rushing yards per carry and seventh with 634 rushing yards.
  • David Greenwood led the conference with 156 interception return yards, and he and Matt Vanden Boom tied for second in the conference with six interceptions each.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 12 No. 1 Michigan Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 21–14   68,733
September 19 No. 9 UCLA* No. 20 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI L 13–31   71,496
September 26 Western Michigan*dagger Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI W 21–10   67,196
October 3 Purdue Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI W 20–14   68,603
October 10 No. 18 Ohio State Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI W 24–21   78,973
October 17 at Michigan State No. 14 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 14–33   67,352
October 24 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 21–23   67,413
October 31 Northwestern Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI W 52–0   70,035
November 7 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 28–7   44,218
November 14 Iowa Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI L 7–17   78,731
November 21 at Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN (Paul Bunyan's Axe) W 26–21   47,125
December 13 vs. Tennessee* Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Garden State Bowl) L 21–28   53,220
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

#1 Michigan at Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 7 7 0 14
Wisconsin 0 14 7 0 21

Wisconsin safety Matt Vanden Boom had three interceptions, including the game-clincher with two seconds left at his own 17. It was the Badgers first win against Michigan since 1962 and the first time they scored points against the Wolverines since 1976.

Team players in the 1982 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Von Mansfield Linebacker 5 122 Atlanta Falcons
Jerry Doerger Tackle 8 200 Chicago Bears
Guy Boliaux Linebacker 11 283 Chicago Bears
Dave Levenick Linebacker 12 315 Atlanta Falcons

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1981 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Wisconsin Badgers Index". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  3. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1982.htm