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1981 Utah Utes football
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
1981 record8–2–1 (4–1–1 WAC)
Head coachWayne Howard (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorRon McBride[1]
Defensive coordinatorTom Gadd[1]
Home stadiumRice Stadium
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 WAC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 13 BYU 7 1 0     11 2 0
Hawaii 5 1 0     9 2 0
Utah 4 1 1     8 2 1
Wyoming 6 2 0     8 3 0
New Mexico 3 4 1     4 7 1
Air Force 2 3 0     4 7 0
San Diego State 3 5 0     6 5 0
UTEP 1 6 0     1 10 0
Colorado State 0 8 0     0 12 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 Utah Utes football team was an American football team that represented the University of Utah during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. Head coach Wayne Howard led the team to a 4–1–1 mark in the WAC and 8–2–1 overall.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 57:30 PMUtah State*W 10–029,010[2]
September 128:30 PMat No. 20 Arizona State*L 10–5264,558[2]
September 197:30 PMPortland State*
  • Rice Stadium
  • Salt Lake City
W 46–024,122[2]
September 2612:00 PMat Northwestern*W 42–025,256[2]
October 27:30 PMUTEP
  • Rice Stadium
  • Salt Lake City
W 38–1026,851[2]
October 171:30 PMat Colorado StateW 24–1315,933[2]
October 248:30 PMat UNLV*W 69–2827,883[2]
October 311:30 PMSan Diego Statedagger
  • Rice Stadium
  • Salt Lake City
W 17–1428,513[2]
November 77:00 PMat New MexicoABCT 7–714,420[2]
November 141:30 PMWyoming
  • Rice Stadium
  • Salt Lake City
W 30–2728,206[2]
November 211:30 PMat No. 18 BYUL 28–5647,163[2]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Mountain time
[3][4]

NFL draftEdit

Five players went in the 1982 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Darryl Haley Offensive tackle 2 55 New England Patriots
Del Rodgers Running back 3 71 Green Bay Packers
Jack Campbell Offensive tackle 6 144 Seattle Seahawks
Steve Clark Defensive end 9 239 Miami Dolphins
Wayne Jones Offensive tackle 10 276 Miami Dolphins

ReferencesEdit

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