1981 Indiana Hoosiers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1981 record3–8 (3–6 Big Ten)
Head coachLee Corso (9th season)
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 52,324)
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#15/12 Ohio State § 6 2 0     9 3 0
#18/15 Iowa § 6 2 0     8 4 0
#12/10 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 / Coaches' Poll

The 1981 Indiana Hoosiers football team represented the Indiana Hoosiers in the 1981 Big Ten Conference football season. They participated as members of the Big Ten Conference. The Hoosiers played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. The team was coached by Lee Corso, in his ninth year as head coach of the Hoosiers.

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

  • Quarterback Babe Laufenberg ranked third in the conference with a 57.1% pass completion percentage, fifth with 1,788 passing yards, and sixth with a 118.5 passing efficiency rating.[1]
  • Wide receiver Duane Gunn led the conference with an average of 21.2 yards per reception and 27.3 yards per kickoff return and sixth with 656 receiving yards.[1]
  • Marc Longshore ranked fifth in the conference with four interceptions.[1]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 12at NorthwesternW 21–20-
September 19No. 2 USC*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Bloomington, Indiana
ONTVL 21–051,167
September 26at Syracuse*L 7–21-
October 31:30 PMNo. 8 Michigan
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Bloomington, Indiana
L 17–3850,612
October 10at No. 15 IowaL 28–4260,000
October 17Minnesotadagger
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Bloomington, Indiana
W 17–1646,460
October 24at Ohio StateL 10–2987,182
October 31at Michigan StateL 3–26-
November 7Wisconsin
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Bloomington, Indiana
L 7–2844,218
November 14at IllinoisL 14–35-
November 21Purdue
W 20–1748,466
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

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Roster[edit | edit source]

Season summary[edit | edit source]

Purdue[edit | edit source]

Doug Smith kicked the go-ahead 39-yard field goal with 8:30 left in the game and Indiana's defense stopped two ensuing Purdue drives with interceptions to preserve the victory.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "1981 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/conferences/big-ten/1981.html. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  2. "1981 Football Schedule". Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/indiana/1981-schedule.html. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  3. "1981 Homecoming". Indiana Arbutus (yearboook). http://www.static.getsnworks.com/ids/arbutus/1982/. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  4. Eugene Register-Guard. 1981 Nov 22. Retrieved 2018-Dec-12.


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