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1981 UCLA Bruins football
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
1981 record7–4–1 (5–2–1 Pac-10)
Head coachTerry Donahue (6th season)
Offensive coordinatorHomer Smith (4th season)
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
(Capacity 92,604)
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Washington 6 2 0     10 2 0
#16 Arizona State 5 2 0     9 2 0
#14 USC 5 2 0     9 3 0
Washington State 5 2 1     8 3 1
UCLA 5 2 1     7 4 1
Arizona 4 4 0     6 5 0
Stanford 4 4 0     4 7 0
California 2 6 0     2 9 0
Oregon 1 6 0     2 9 0
Oregon State 0 7 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 UCLA Bruins football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Los Angeles during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their sixth year under head coach Terry Donahue, the Bruins compiled a 7–4–1 record (5–2–1 Pac-10), finished in a tie for fourth place in the Pacific-10 Conference, and lost to Michigan in the 1981 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl.[1]

UCLA's offensive leaders in 1981 were quarterback Tom Ramsey with 1,793 passing yards, running back Kevin Nelson with 883 rushing yards, and wide receiver Cormac Carney with 539 receiving yards.[2]

This was the Bruins' final season at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, their home field since 1928, sharing with the USC Trojans. UCLA moved to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for the 1982 season.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 12at ArizonaNo. 12W 35–1849,311
September 19at No. 20 Wisconsin*No. 9W 31–1369,212
September 26at Iowa*No. 6KTLAL 7–2060,004
October 3Colorado*No. 16W 27–740,347
October 10at StanfordNo. 17L 23–2670,103
October 17at No. 18 Washington StateABCT 17–1740,000
October 24California
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 34–641,637
October 31at OregonW 28–1124,272
November 7No. 16 Washington
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 31–041,818
November 14No. 9 Arizona StateNo. 18
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 34–2447,361
November 21at No. 10 USCNo. 15
ABCL 21–2289,423
December 31vs. No. 16 Michigan*No. 19L 14–3350,107
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1981 UCLA Bruins football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 12 Bono, SteveSteve Bono So
RB 46 Cephous, FrankFrank Cephous So
C 59 Dufour, DanDan Dufour Jr
T 75 Eatman, IrvIrv Eatman Jr
T 67 Love, DuvalDuval Love Fr
QB 10 Neuheisel, RickRick Neuheisel So
QB 14 Ramsey, SteveSteve Ramsey Jr
WR 26 Townsell, Jo-JoJo-Jo Townsell Jr
WR 8 Williams, DokieDokie Williams Jr
G 68 Wingle, BlakeBlake Wingle Jr
TE 91 Wrightman, TimTim Wrightman
WR 18 Young, MikeMike Young Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT Gary, JoeJoe Gary Sr
LB 27 Montgomery, BlanchardBlanchard Montgomery Jr
DT 40 Morgan, KarlKarl Morgan Jr
S 7 Rogers, DonDon Rogers So
DB 21 Sanchez, LupeLupe Sanchez So
DB 35 Turner, JimmyJimmy Turner Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

1982 NFL DraftEdit

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Luis Sharpe Tackle 1 16 St. Louis Cardinals
Tim Wrightman Tight End 3 62 Chicago Bears
[3]

ReferencesEdit

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