|1981 Texas Tech Red Raiders football|
|1981 record||1–9–1 (0–7–1 SWC)|
|Head coach||Jerry Moore (1st season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Jim Bates (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Jones Stadium|
|1981 Southwest Conference football standings|
|#2 SMU †||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||1||–||0|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1981 Texas Tech Red Raiders football team represented Texas Tech University in the Southwest Conference (SWC) during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first season under head coach Jerry Moore, the Red Raiders compiled a 1–9–1 record (4–5 against SWC opponents), were outscored by a combined total of 298 to 198, and finished in ninth and last place in the conference. The team played its home games at Clifford B. and Audrey Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.
|September 12||at Colorado*||L 27–45||34,884|
|September 19||New Mexico*||W 28–21||42,321|
|September 26||at Baylor||L 15–28||40,000|
|October 3||Texas A&M||L 23–24||50,081|
|October 10||Arkansas||L 14–26||41,866|
|October 17||Rice||L 23–30||40,073|
|October 24||Washington*||L 7–14||36,335|
|October 31||at No. 6 Texas||L 9–26||56,439|
|November 7||TCU||T 39–39||37,714|
|November 14||at No. 8 SMU||L 6–30||24,410|
|November 21||at Houston||L 7–15||25,169|
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- "1981 Texas Tech Red Raiders Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/texas-tech/1981-schedule.html. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
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