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1981 Michigan Wolverines football
Bluebonnet Bowl Champions
Bluebonnet Bowl, W 33–14 vs. UCLA
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 10
APNo. 12
1981 record9–3 (6–3 Big Ten)
Head coachBo Schembechler (13th season)
MVPButch Woolfolk
CaptainKurt Becker
CaptainRobert Thompson
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
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 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

The September 19 25–7 victory over top-ranked Notre Dame, was one of the largest margins of victory over a #1 ranked team ever.[1]

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12, 1981 at Wisconsin #1/1 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 21–14   68,733
September 19, 1981* #1/1 Notre Dame #11/12 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 25–7   105,888
September 26, 1981* Navy #7/6 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 21–16   105,213
October 3, 1981 at Indiana #8/8 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 31–17   50,612
October 10, 1981 at Michigan State #6/6 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 38–20   77,923
October 17, 1981 Iowa #5/5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 9–7   105,915
October 24, 1981† Northwestern #18/19 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 38–0   104,361
October 31, 1981 at Minnesota #15/14 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 34–13   52,875
November 7, 1981 Illinois #12/10 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 70–21   105,570
November 14, 1981 at Purdue #11/8 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 28–10   69,736
November 21, 1981 Ohio State #7/6 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 14–9   106,043
December 31, 1981* vs. #19/16 UCLA #16/13 AstrodomeHouston, TX (Bluebonnet Bowl) W 33–14   77,893
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notesEdit

WisconsinEdit

Michigan StateEdit


PurdueEdit

#11 Michigan at Purdue
by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan 7 0 0 21 28
Purdue 3 0 7 0 10

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PlayersEdit

OffenseEdit

DefenseEdit

KickersEdit

AwardsEdit

Professional footballEdit

The following players were claimed in the 1982 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Butch Woolfolk Running Back 1 18 New York Giants
Bubba Paris Tackle 2 29 San Francisco 49ers
Stan Edwards Running Back 3 72 Houston Oilers
Ed Muransky Tackle 4 91 Los Angeles Raiders
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A total of twenty-three (23) members of the 1980 Michigan football team went on to play professional football. They are: Kurt Becker (Chicago Bears, 1982-88, 1990, Los Angeles Rams, 1989), Marion Body (Michigan Panthers, 1983), Keith Bostic (Houston Oilers, 1983-88), Cleveland Browns, 1990), Don Bracken (Green Bay Packers, 1985-90, Los Angeles Rams, 1992-93), Anthony Carter (Michigan Panthers, 1983-84, Oakland Invaders, 1985, Minnesota Vikings, 1985-93, Detroit Lions, 1994-95), Milt Carthens (Indianapolis Colts, 1987), Evan Cooper (Philadelphia Eagles, 1984-87, Atlanta Falcons, 1988-89), Jerry Diorio (Detroit Lions, 1987), Tom Dixon (Michigan Panthers, 1984), Craig Dunaway (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1983), Stanley Edwards (Houston Oilers, 1982-86, Detroit Lions, 1987), Paul Girgash (Michigan Panthers, 1984), Ali Haji-Sheikh (New York Giants, 1983-85, Atlanta Falcons, 1986, Washington Redskins, 1987), Mike Hammerstein (Cincinnati Bengals, 1986-90), Stefan Humphries (Chicago Bears, 1984-86, Denver Broncos, 1987-88), Eric Kattus (Cincinnati Bengals, 1986-91, New York Jets, 1992), Ed Muransky (Los Angeles Raiders, 1982-84, Orlando Renegades, 1985), Bubba Paris (San Francisco 49ers, 1983-90, Indianapolis Colts, 1991, Detroit Lions 1991), Lawrence Ricks (Kansas City Chiefs, 1983-84), Carlton Rose (Washington Redskins, 1987), Rich Strenger (Detroit Lions, 1983-87), Robert Thompson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1983-84, Detroit Lions, 1987), and Butch Woolfolk (New York Giants, 1982-84, Houston Oilers, 1985-86, Detroit Lions, 1987-88).

Coaching staffEdit

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