1980 Indiana Hoosiers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1980 record6–5 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coachLee Corso (8th season)
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 52,324)
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1980 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Michigan 8 0 0     10 2 0
#15/15 Ohio State 7 1 0     9 3 0
#17/16 Purdue 7 1 0     9 3 0
Iowa 4 4 0     4 7 0
Minnesota 4 5 0     5 6 0
Indiana 3 5 0     6 5 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Illinois 3 5 0     3 7 1
Michigan State 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 0 9 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1980 Indiana Hoosiers football team was an American football team that represented Indiana University Bloomington in the 1980 Big Ten Conference football season. In their eighth season under head coach Lee Corso, the Hoosiers finished in a tie for sixth place in the Big Ten Conference (Big Ten), compiled a 6–5 (3–5 against Big Ten opponents), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 255 to 235.[1] The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana.

The team's statistical leaders included quarterback Tim Clifford with 1,391 passing yards, Lonnie Johnson with 1,075 receiving yards and 66 points scored, and Nate Lundy with 459 receiving yards.[2] Several Indiana players also ranked among the Big Ten leaders in various statistical categories, including the following:

  • Lonnie Johnson led the Big Ten with 11 rushing touchdowns and 200 rushing attempts, ranked second with 1,075 rushing yards and 1,146 yards from scrimmage, and ranked third with 5.4 yards per rushing attempt.[3]
  • Tim Wilbur led the Big Ten with 9.1 yard per punt return and 256 punt return yards.[3]
  • Tim Clifford ranked fourth in the Big Ten with a 53.0 pass completion percentage, 16 total touchdowns, and 7.0 yards per passing attempt, and ranked seventh with 1,391 passing yards.[3]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

September 13Iowa
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Bloomington, Indiana
L 7–1650,173
September 20at Kentucky*W 36–30-
September 27at Colorado*W 49–740,219
October 4Duke*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Bloomington, Indiana
W 31–21-
October 11Wisconsindagger
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Bloomington, Indiana
W 24–051,029
October 181:30 PMat No. 9 Ohio StateL 17–2787,957
October 25at NorthwesternW 35–20-
November 1No. 18 Michigan
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Bloomington, Indiana
L 0–3552,071
November 8at MinnesotaL 7–3130,092
November 15Illinois
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Bloomington, Indiana
W 26–24-
November 22at PurdueL 23–2471,629
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time


Roster[edit | edit source]

1980 Indiana Hoosiers football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 14 Clifford, TimTim Clifford Sr
WR 7 Corso, SteveSteve Corso Sr
TE 81 Harangody, DaveDave Harangody Sr
TE 84 Stephenson, BobBob Stephenson Jr
Pos. # Name Class
DT 92 Bell, KenKen Bell Jr
DT 93 Brown, GregGreg Brown Jr
LB 17 Evans, MarlinMarlin Evans Jr
FS 1 Mitchell, SteveSteve Mitchell Jr
DB 19 Pendleton, MikeMike Pendleton So
DB 21 Ramsey, DartDart Ramsey Jr
LB 60 Walls, CraigCraig Walls Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

Iowa[edit | edit source]

On September 13, Indiana opened its season with a 16–7 loss to Iowa. Jeff Brown rushed for 176 yards and caught five passes in his first start as Iowa's tailback.[6]

Bourbon Barrel rivalry[edit | edit source]

On September 20, the Hoosiers played the annual Bourbon Barrel rivalry game. Indiana defeated Kentucky, 36–30, at Lexington, Kentucky. The game was tied at 30–30 when Indiana intercepted a Kentucky pass at midfield with 1:01 remaining in the game. Indiana took the lead on a touchdown pass to Steve Corso (the son of Indiana head coach Lee Corso); Corso called the play the "old pine tree slant".[7]

at Colorado[edit | edit source]

On September 27, Indiana defeated Colorado, 49–7, before a crowd of 40,219 at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado. Flanker Nate Lundy shattered Indiana's single game receiving record (previously 178 yards) with five catches for 256 yards and three touchdowns. After the game, coach Lee Corso said: "Nate Lundy had a great game. 'Doctor Deep' can run on anyone."[8] Quarterback Tim Clifford also tied the school's single game passing yardage record (set in 1943 by Robert Hoernschemeyer), completing 11 of 14 passes for 345 yards and five touchdowns. Clifford also broke the school's career record with 262 completions. Mike Harkrader also became the school's career rushing leader with 2,791 yards.[8]

Duke[edit | edit source]

On October 4, Indiana defeated Duke, 31–21, before a crowd of 43,120 at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. Running back Lonnie Johnson tied Indiana's single game rushing record (set by Courtney Snyder in 1974) with 211 rushing yards against Duke. After the game, coach Lee Corso called Johnson "the best all-around back in the Big Ten."[9]

Wisconsin[edit | edit source]

Indiana defeated Wisconsin, 24–0, in front of a homecoming crowd of 51,029 at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. Indiana's defense held Wisconsin to 204 yards of total offense (only 65 in the second half) and had seven tackles for loss. Quarterback Tim Clifford completed 17 of 25 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns.[10]

at Ohio State[edit | edit source]

On October 18, Indiana lost to #9 Ohio State, 27–17, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Ohio State running back Calvin Murray rushed for 224 yards, the fourth highest single-game tally in Ohio State history to that time, on 35 carries and scored two touchdowns on his 22nd birthday. Indiana running back Mike Harkrader rushed for 117 yards on 18 carries. Harkrader became the seventh leading rusher in Big Ten history with 3,034 yards.[11]

at Northwestern[edit | edit source]

On October 25, Indiana defeated Northwestern, 35–20, in Evanston. Lonnie Johnson rushed for 160 yards on 22 carries, and Mike Harkrader added 102 rushing yards.[12]

Michigan[edit | edit source]

On November 1, #18 Michigan defeated Indiana, 35–0, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. Michigan totaled 349 rushing yards, including 152 by Butch Woolfolk and 123 by Lawrence Ricks. Ricks scored two touchdowns in a span of 28 seconds, running 29 yards for the first, then scoring again after Indiana fumbled the ensuing kickoff. Anthony Carter caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Wangler, and Woolfolk added a 64-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Michigan also intercepted four of Tim Clifford's passes.[13]

at Minnesota[edit | edit source]

On November 8, Minnesota defeated Indiana, 31–7, in Minneapolis. Quarterback Tim Clifford was knocked out of the game in the first half by "a savage blindside tackle" by Jeff Schuh. Minnesota running back Garry White rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns.[14]

Illinois[edit | edit source]

On November 15, Indiana defeated Illinois, 26–24, in Bloomington. Indiana tailback Lonnie Johnson rushed for a school record 237 yards on 37 carries. Illinois quarterback Dave Wilson kept the game close as he passed for 403 yards and three touchdowns.[15]

Old Oaken Bucket game[edit | edit source]

On November 22, in the annual battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, Purdue defeated Indiana, 24–23, in West Lafayette. Purdue led, 24–17, with 21 seconds left when Tim Clifford threw a touchdown pass to Steve Corso (Indiana coach Lee Corso's son). Rather than kick an extra point to tie the game, Indiana coach Corso called for a pass play to win the game; the pass was knocked down, and Purdue preserved a one-point margin of victory.[16]

1981 NFL draftees[edit | edit source]

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Tim Clifford Quarterback 10 260 Chicago Bears
Lonnie Johnson Running back 11 287 Chicago Bears
Nate Lundy Wide receiver 12 329 Dallas Cowboys


References[edit | edit source]

  1. "1980 Indiana Hoosiers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/indiana/1980-schedule.html. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  2. "1980 Indiana Hoosiers Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/indiana/1980.html. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "1980 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/conferences/big-ten/1980.html. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  4. "1980 Football Schedule". Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/indiana/1980-schedule.html. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  5. "1980 Homecoming". Indiana Arbutus (yearboook). http://www.static.getsnworks.com/ids/arbutus/1981/. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  6. "Iowa gets sweet revenge; Hawks hold Indiana this time, 16–7". Des Moines Register: p. 1D. September 14, 1980. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7311827/iowa_gets_sweet_revenge_hawks_hold/.
  7. Bill Benner (September 21, 1980). "Tie an I.U. Victory 'Round a Pine Tree". The Indianapolis Star: pp. 4-1, 4-10. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7312810/tie_an_iu_victory_round_a_pine_tree/.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Bob Collins (September 28, 1980). "Colorado Passed By In Hoosier Air Show". The Indianapolis Star: p. 4-1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7320264/purdue_batters_cats/.
  9. "Hoosiers Limp By Duke, 31-21". The Indianapolis Star: p. 4-1. October 5, 1980. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7337600/hoosiers_limp_by_duke_3121/.
  10. Bill Benner (October 12, 1980). "IU Strols". The Indianapolis Star: pp. D1, D12. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7338457/i_u_strolls/.
  11. "Murray's Birthday No Party For I.U.". The Indianapolis Star: p. 4-1. October 19, 1980. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7338605/murrays_birthday_no_party_for_iu/.
  12. Bob Collins (October 26, 1980). "Indiana oversleeps 'gimmee'". The Indianapolis Star: pp. 4-1, 4-6. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7338965/indiana_oversleeps_gimmee/.
  13. Mick McCabe (November 2, 1980). "Michigan awesome in Indiana win, 35–0". Detroit Free Press: pp. 1H, 8H. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7320123/michigan_awesome_in_indiana_win_350/.
  14. "I.U.'s forecast: cold December". The Indianapolis Star: p. 4-1, 4-7. November 9, 1980. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7318905/ius_forecast_cold_december/.
  15. Max Stultz (November 16, 1980). "Johnson leads 26–24 I.U. victory". The Indianapolis Star: p. 4-3. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7317619/johnson_leads_2624_iu_victory/.
  16. Max Stultz (November 23, 1980). "Boilers beat I.U., 24–23, for Bucket: Marks this one up for Purdue". The Indianapolis Star: p. 4-1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7304649/boilers_beat_iu_2423_for_bucket/.
  17. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1981.htm
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