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1981 Purdue Boilermakers football
ConferenceBig Ten
1981 record5–6 (3–6 Big Ten)
Head coachJim Young (5th season)
Home stadiumRoss–Ade Stadium
(Capacity: 69,200)
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 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University during the 1981 Big Ten Conference football season.

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

  • Wide receiver Steve Bryant led the Big Ten with 60 receptions and 11 receiving touchdowns and ranked second with 971 receiving yards and fifth with 66 points scored.[1]
  • Quarterback Scott Campbell ranked second in the conference with 185 pass completions, a 57.6% pass completion percentage, 2,686 passing yards, a 138.3 passing efficiency rating, and 2,809 total yards.[1]
  • Running back Jimmy Smith ranked fourth in the conference with 152 rushing attempts and ninth with 540 rushing yards.[1]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 12No. 19 Stanford*W 27–1969,958
September 19at MinnesotaL 13–1641,530
September 26No. 13 Notre Dame*
W 15–1470,007
October 3at WisconsinL 14–2068,603
October 10Illinoisdagger
W 44–2069,846
October 17at NorthwesternW 35–020,777
October 24Michigan State
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, Indiana
W 27–2669,877
October 31Ohio State
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, Indiana
L 33–4569,927
November 7at IowaL 7–3360,114
November 14No. 11 Michigan
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, Indiana
L 10–2869,736
November 21at IndianaL 17–2048,466
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

[2]

RosterEdit

  • QB Scott Campbell
  • QB Jim Everett
  • FB Bruce King

Season summaryEdit

Notre DameEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Notre Dame 0 7 0 7 14
Purdue 0 0 7 8 15
  • Date: September 26
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Game attendance: 70,007

[3]


Ohio StateEdit

  • Scott Campbell 31/52, 516 Yds [4]


IndianaEdit

Statistics

  • Jeff Feulner 18 Rush, 108 Yds[5]


ReferencesEdit

  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. College Football @ Sports-Reference.com
  3. Palm Beach Post. 1981 Sept 27.
  4. 2018 Purdue record book. Retrieved 2018-Dec-25.
  5. 2012 Purdue football information guide
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