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#REDIRECT [[Notre Dame Fighting Irish football (1980–89)#1981]]
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{{Infobox NCAA team season
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|Year=1981
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|Team=Notre Dame Fighting Irish
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|Image=Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
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|ImageSize=150
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|Conference=Independent
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|Division=
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|ShortConference=
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|CoachRank=
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|APRank=
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|Record=5–6
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|ConfRecord=
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|HeadCoach=[[Gerry Faust]]
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| HCYear = 1st
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|Captain=[[Bob Crable]]
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|Captain2=Phil Carter
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|OffCoach=
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|DefCoach=[[Jim Johnson (American football)|Jim Johnson]]
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|OScheme=
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|DScheme=
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|StadiumArena=[[Notre Dame Stadium]] (c. 59,075, grass)
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|Champion=
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|BowlTourney=
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|BowlTourneyResult=
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}}
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{{1981 Division I-A independents football standings}}
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The '''1981 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team''' represented the [[University of Notre Dame]] in the [[1981 NCAA Division I-A football season]].<ref>{{cite web|title=Notre Dame Yearly Results (1980-1984)|publisher=David DeLassus|work=College Football Data Warehouse|accessdate=July 26, 2015|url=http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/n/notre_dame/1980-1984_yearly_results.php}}</ref> The team played its home games at [[Notre Dame Stadium]] in [[South Bend, Indiana]]. [[Gerry Faust]] was the new Notre Dame head coach. The offense scored 232 points, while the defense allowed 160 points. It was Notre Dame's first losing season in 18 years.
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==Rivalries==
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*In the [[Shillelagh Trophy (Notre Dame–Purdue)|Shillelagh Trophy]], Purdue beat Notre Dame.
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*Notre Dame beat Michigan State to claim the [[Megaphone Trophy]].
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==Schedule==
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{{CFB schedule
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| rankyear = 1981
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| timezone = Eastern
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|{{CFB schedule entry
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| date = September 12
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| time = 2:30 p.m.
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| w/l = w
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| rank = 4
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| opponent = [[1981 LSU Tigers football team|LSU]]
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| site_stadium = [[Notre Dame Stadium]]
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| site_cityst = [[Notre Dame, Indiana|Notre Dame, IN]]
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| tv =
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| score = 27–9
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| attend = 59,075
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}}
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|{{CFB schedule entry
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| date = September 19
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| time = 1:50 p.m.
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| w/l = l
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| away = y
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| rank = 1
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| opponent = [[1981 Michigan Wolverines football team|Michigan]]
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| opprank = 11
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| gamename = [[Michigan–Notre Dame football rivalry|rivalry]]
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| site_stadium = [[Michigan Stadium]]
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| site_cityst = [[Ann Arbor, Michigan|Ann Arbor, MI]]
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| tv = [[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]]
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| score = 7–25
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| attend = 105,888
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}}
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|{{CFB schedule entry
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| date = September 26
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| time = 2:30 p.m.
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| w/l = l
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| away = y
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| rank = 13
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| opponent = [[1981 Purdue Boilermakers football team|Purdue]]
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| gamename = [[Shillelagh Trophy (Notre Dame–Purdue)|Shillelagh Trophy]]
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| site_stadium = [[Ross–Ade Stadium]]
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| site_cityst = [[West Lafayette, Indiana|West Lafayette, IN]]
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| tv =
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| score = 14–15
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| attend = 70,007
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}}
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|{{CFB schedule entry
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| date = October 3
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| time = 2:30 p.m.
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| w/l = w
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| rank =
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| opponent = [[1981 Michigan State Spartans football team|Michigan State]]
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| gamename = [[Megaphone Trophy]]
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| site_stadium = Notre Dame Stadium
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| site_cityst = Notre Dame, IN
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| tv =
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| score = 20–7
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| attend = 59,075
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}}
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|{{CFB schedule entry
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| date = October 10
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| time = 2:30 p.m.
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| w/l = l
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| rank =
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| opponent = [[1981 Florida State Seminoles football team|Florida State]]
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| opprank = 20
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| site_stadium = Notre Dame Stadium
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| site_cityst = Notre Dame, IN
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| tv =
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| score = 13–19
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| attend = 59,075
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}}
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|{{CFB schedule entry
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| date = October 24
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| time = 2:30 p.m.
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| w/l = l
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| rank =
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| opponent = [[1981 USC Trojans football team|USC]]
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| opprank = 5
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| gamename = [[Notre Dame–USC football rivalry|Jeweled Shillelagh]]
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| site_stadium = Notre Dame Stadium
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| site_cityst = Notre Dame, IN
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| tv =
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| score = 7–14
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| attend = 59,075
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}}
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|{{CFB schedule entry
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| date = October 31
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| time = 1:30 p.m.
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| w/l = w
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| rank =
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| opponent = [[1981 Navy Midshipmen football team|Navy]]
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| gamename = [[Navy-Notre Dame football rivalry|rivalry]]
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| site_stadium = Notre Dame Stadium
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| site_cityst = Notre Dame, IN
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| tv =
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| score = 38–0
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| attend = 59,075
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}}
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|{{CFB schedule entry
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| date = November 7
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| time = 1:30 p.m.
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| w/l = w
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| rank =
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| opponent = [[1981 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team|Georgia Tech]]
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| site_stadium = Notre Dame Stadium
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| site_cityst = Notre Dame, IN
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| tv =
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| score = 35–3
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| attend = 59,075
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}}
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|{{CFB schedule entry
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| date = November 14
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| time = 3:00 p.m.
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| w/l = w
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| away = y
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| rank =
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| opponent = [[1981 Air Force Falcons football team|Air Force]]
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| site_stadium = [[Falcon Stadium]]
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| site_cityst = [[Colorado Springs, Colorado|Colorado Springs, CO]]
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| tv =
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| score = 35–7
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| attend = 36,700
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}}
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|{{CFB schedule entry
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| date = November 21
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| time = 1:00 p.m.
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| w/l = l
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| away = y
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| rank =
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| opponent = [[1981 Penn State Nittany Lions football team|Penn State]]
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| opprank = 13
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| site_stadium = [[Beaver Stadium]]
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| site_cityst = [[University Park, Pennsylvania|University Park, PA]]
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| tv =
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| score = 21–24
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| attend = 84,175
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}}
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|{{CFB schedule entry
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| date = November 27
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| time = 3:00 p.m.
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| w/l = l
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| away = y
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| rank =
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| opponent = [[1981 Miami Hurricanes football team|Miami]]
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| opprank = 9
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| site_stadium = [[Miami Orange Bowl]]
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| site_cityst = [[Miami, Florida|Miami, FL]]
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| tv = ABC
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| score = 15–37
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| attend = 50,681
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}}
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}}
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==Roster==
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{{American football roster/Header
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| year = 1981
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| team = Notre Dame Fighting Irish
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| teamcolors = f
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| offensive_players =
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{{American football roster/Player|num=82|class=Fr|first=Mark|last=Bavaro|pos=TE|link=y}}
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{{American football roster/Player|num=28|class=So|first=Greg|last=Bell|dab=Greg Bell (American football)|pos=RB|link=y}}
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{{American football roster/Player|num=85|class=Jr|first=Tony|last=Hunter|dab=Tony Hunter (American football)|pos=TE|link=y}}
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{{American football roster/Player|num=5|class=So|first=Blair|last=Kiel|pos=QB|link=y}}
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{{American football roster/Player|num=39|class=Jr|first=Larry|last=Moriarty|pos=RB|link=y}}
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{{American football roster/Player|num=71|class=Sr|first=Phil|last=Pozderac|pos=T|link=y}}
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{{American football roster/Player|num=57|class=Jr|first=Mark|last=Fischer|pos=C|link=n}}
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{{American football roster/Player|num=75|class=Fr|first=Larry|last=Williams|dab=Larry Williams (American football)|pos=G|link=y}}
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| defensive_players=
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{{American football roster/Player|num=9|class=So|first=Chris|last=Brown|dab=Chris Brown (defensive back)|pos=DB|link=y}}
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{{American football roster/Player|num=91|class=Jr|first=Bob|last=Clasby|pos=DT|link=y}}
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{{American football roster/Player|num=43|class=Sr|first=Bob|last=Crable|pos=LB|link=y}}
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{{American football roster/Player|num=22|class=Jr|first=Dave|last=Duerson|pos=S|link=y}}
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{{American football roster/Player|num=78|class=Fr|first=Mike|last=Gann|pos=DE|link=y}}
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{{American football roster/Player|num=55|class=Fr|first=Mike|last=Golic|pos=DT|link=y}}
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{{American football roster/Player|num=30|class=So|first=Stacey|last=Toran|pos=CB|link=y}}
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| special_teams_players=
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{{American football roster/Player|num=3|class=Sr|first=Herry|last=Oliver|pos=K}}
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}}
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{{American football roster/Footer
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| head_coach = *[[Gerry Faust]]
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| asst_coach =
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| accessdate= 2015-12-20
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}}
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==Team players drafted into the NFL==
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*Bob Crable - 1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23 New York Jets
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*John Krimm - 1982 / Round: 3 / Pick: 76 New Orleans Saints
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*Phil Pozderac - 1982 / Round: 5 / Pick: 137 Dallas Cowboys
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==Awards and honors==
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{{Empty section|date=January 2011}}
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==References==
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{{Reflist}}
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{{Notre Dame Fighting Irish football navbox}}
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{{Collegefootball-1980s-season-stub}}
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[[Category:1981 NCAA Division I-A independents football season|Notre Dame]]
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[[Category:Notre Dame Fighting Irish football seasons]]
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[[Category:1981 in sports in Indiana|Notre Dame Fighting Irish]]

Revision as of 08:50, August 6, 2019

1981 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
ConferenceIndependent
1981 record5–6
Head coachGerry Faust (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorJim Johnson
CaptainBob Crable
CaptainPhil Carter
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Division I-A independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Penn State           10 2 0
No. 4 Pittsburgh           11 1 0
No. 8 Miami           9 2 0
Southern Miss           9 2 1
No. 17 West Virginia           9 3 0
Colgate           7 3 0
Virginia Tech           7 4 0
Navy           7 4 1
Cincinnati           6 5 0
Florida State           6 5 0
Holy Cross           6 5 0
Tulane           6 5 0
UNLV           6 6 0
South Carolina           6 6 0
Temple           5 5 0
Boston College           5 6 0
East Carolina           5 6 0
Northeast Louisiana           5 6 0
Louisville           5 6 0
Notre Dame           5 6 0
Rutgers           5 6 0
William & Mary           5 6 0
Syracuse           4 6 1
Richmond           4 7 0
Army           3 7 1
North Texas State           2 9 0
Georgia Tech           1 10 0
Memphis           1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season.[1] The team played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Gerry Faust was the new Notre Dame head coach. The offense scored 232 points, while the defense allowed 160 points. It was Notre Dame's first losing season in 18 years.

Rivalries

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 122:30 p.m.LSUNo. 4W 27–959,075
September 191:50 p.m.at No. 11 MichiganNo. 1ABCL 7–25105,888
September 262:30 p.m.at PurdueNo. 13L 14–1570,007
October 32:30 p.m.Michigan State
W 20–759,075
October 102:30 p.m.No. 20 Florida State
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN
L 13–1959,075
October 242:30 p.m.No. 5 USC
L 7–1459,075
October 311:30 p.m.Navy
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN (rivalry)
W 38–059,075
November 71:30 p.m.Georgia Tech
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN
W 35–359,075
November 143:00 p.m.at Air ForceW 35–736,700
November 211:00 p.m.at No. 13 Penn StateL 21–2484,175
November 273:00 p.m.at No. 9 MiamiABCL 15–3750,681

Roster

1981 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 82 Bavaro, MarkMark Bavaro Fr
RB 28 Bell, GregGreg Bell So
TE 85 Hunter, TonyTony Hunter Jr
QB 5 Kiel, BlairBlair Kiel So
RB 39 Moriarty, LarryLarry Moriarty Jr
T 71 Pozderac, PhilPhil Pozderac Sr
C 57 Fischer, MarkMark Fischer Jr
G 75 Williams, LarryLarry Williams Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 9 Brown, ChrisChris Brown So
DT 91 Clasby, BobBob Clasby Jr
LB 43 Crable, BobBob Crable Sr
S 22 Duerson, DaveDave Duerson Jr
DE 78 Gann, MikeMike Gann Fr
DT 55 Golic, MikeMike Golic Fr
CB 30 Toran, StaceyStacey Toran So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 3 Oliver, HerryHerry Oliver Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Team players drafted into the NFL

  • Bob Crable - 1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23 New York Jets
  • John Krimm - 1982 / Round: 3 / Pick: 76 New Orleans Saints
  • Phil Pozderac - 1982 / Round: 5 / Pick: 137 Dallas Cowboys

Awards and honors

References

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