|1981 Indiana Hoosiers football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1981 record||3–8 (3–6 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Lee Corso (9th season)|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1981 Big Ten football standings|
|#15/12 Ohio State §||6||–||2||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|#18/15 Iowa §||6||–||2||–||0||8||–||4||–||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.
- 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.
- Marc Longshore ranked fifth in the conference with four interceptions.
Schedule[edit | edit source]
|September 12||at Northwestern||W 21–20||-|
|September 19||No. 2 USC*||ONTV||L 21–0||51,167|
|September 26||at Syracuse*||L 7–21||-|
|October 3||1:30 PM||No. 8 Michigan||L 17–38||50,612|
|October 10||at No. 15 Iowa||L 28–42||60,000|
|October 17||Minnesota||W 17–16||46,460|
|October 24||at Ohio State||L 10–29||87,182|
|October 31||at Michigan State||L 3–26||-|
|November 7||Wisconsin||L 7–28||44,218|
|November 14||at Illinois||L 14–35||-|
|November 21||Purdue||W 20–17||48,466|
Roster[edit | edit source]
- WR Duane Gunn
- QB Babe Laufenberg, Jr.
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.
References[edit | edit source]
- "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.
- "1981 Football Schedule". Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/indiana/1981-schedule.html. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
- "1981 Homecoming". Indiana Arbutus (yearboook). http://www.static.getsnworks.com/ids/arbutus/1982/. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
- Eugene Register-Guard. 1981 Nov 22. Retrieved 2018-Dec-12.
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