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1981 Football Results

Gopher Football 1981 Season

  • Head Coach: Joe Salem (3rd season)
  • Overall Record: 6 - 5
  • Conference Record: 4 - 5

1981 Schedule

Date Opponent W/L Score
09/12/1981 Ohio (5-6) W 19-17
09/19/1981 Purdue (5-6) W 16-13
09/26/1981 Oregon State (1-10) W 42-12
10/03/1981 @ Illinois (7-4) L 29-38
10/10/1981 Homecoming
Northwestern (0-11)
W 35-23
10/17/1981 @ Indiana (3-8) L 16-17
10/24/1981 @ Iowa (8-4) W 12-10
10/31/1981 Michigan (9-3) L 13-34
11/07/1981 Ohio State (9-3) W 35-31
11/14/1981 @ Michigan State (5-6) L 36-43
11/21/1981 Wisconsin (7-5) L 21-26

1981 Big Ten Standings

TEAM CONF OVERALL
Iowa 6-2-0 8-4-0
Ohio State 6-2-0 9-3-0
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

1981 Gopher Football Roster

No. Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Wt. Hometown
68 Anderson, Bob OG So 6-1 239 New Brighton, MN
71 Bankson, Kurt DT Sr 5-10 218 Franklin Park, IL
57 Bennett, Chris OC So 6-3 238 Stillwater, MN
30 Bifulk, Ed FB Jr 6-2 206 St. Paul, MN
79 Bisch, Steve OT Jr 6-6 253 LeSueur, MN
22 Blanchard, Paul P So 5-11 178 Minnetonka, MN
5 Brown, Tony RB Fr 5-10 192 Flint, MI
68 Capo, Rene DT So 6-0 226 Hialeah, FL
14 Cardelli, Glenn SS Jr 5-11 188 Elmwood Park, IL
83 Carroll, Jay TE So 6-4 230 Winona, MN
39 Christopherson, Joe LB Fr 6-1 221 Austin, MN
5 Cieslewicz, Glen LB So 6-3 233 Green Bay, WI
43 Cooper, Chester WR Sr 6-3 202 Paulsboro, NJ
87 Curtis, Mike TE Jr 6-4 221 Eau Claire, WI
78 Dallafior, Ken OT Sr 6-4 264 Madison Heights, MI
16 Davidson, Nick WR Jr 5-11 176 Miami, FL
98 Davis, Anthony DE Jr 6-1 222 Detroit, MI
25 Davis, Howard CB So 5-11 173 Detroit, MI
48 Eldridge, DeWayne RB So 6-1 175 Los Angeles, CA
89 Fahnhorst, Jim LB Sr 6-5 230 St. Cloud, MN
82 Farrow, Lonnie WR Jr 5-10 159 Pompano, FL
46 Ferguson, Melvin SS Fr 6-3 191 Miami, FL
21 Gallery, James K So 6-1 191 Morton, MN
64 Gehrke, Keith OT So 6-5 254 Arlington Heights, IL
3 Gilbert, Andre LB So 6-1 206 Chicago, IL
8 Glenn, Kerry CB Fr 5-9 172 East St. Louis, IL
91 Graffunder, Craig DT Fr 6-4 250 Fridley, MN
76 Hallstrom, Todd OT Jr 6-7 255 Brook Park, MN
12 Hare, Andy WR Fr 6-1 195 Appleton, WI
38 Harms, Brent DT Sr 6-2 224 Rice Lake, WI
42 Harris, Andre CB So 5-11 187 Chicago, IL
29 Hartwig, Fred WR So 5-10 164 St. Paul, MN
28 Henderson, Terrance SS Jr 6-0 185 Los Angeles, CA
34 Henry, Manny FB Fr 6-1 205 Evanston, IL
9 Hohensee, Mike QB Jr 6-1 196 Rowland Heights, CA
95 Horton, Tony LB So 6-2 208 Detroit, MI
3 Howard, Glenn LB Sr 6-2 225 Paulsboro, NJ
49 Howard, Lungen CB Fr 6-0 183 Detroit, MI
65 Humphries, Bill OG Jr 6-3 267 Detroit, MI
33 Hunter, Tony RB Fr 5-9 195 Memphis, TN
40 Jacobs, Frank RB Jr 5-11 203 Cincinnati, OH
99 James, Jimmie DE Jr 6-2 224 Cleveland, OH
17 Johnson, Clark WR Fr 5-10 173 Roseville, MN
94 Kellen, Kevin DT Jr 6-6 255 Grand Rapids, MN
56 Kelly, John OC Fr 6-3 211 Roseville, MN
70 Kelly, Pat OT So 6-3 252 Roseville, MN
79 Kersten, Wally OT Sr 6-6 268 Minneapolis, MN
60 Kuchar, David OT So 6-5 241 Mora, MN
55 Kuebelbeck, Keith OG So 6-4 244 Spooner, WI
35 Laliberte, Mark LB So 6-2 221 Hibbing, MN
73 Lilleberg, Jon OG Fr 6-5 270 Atwater, MN
92 Maas, Dick DT Jr 6-2 227 St. Louis Park, MN
1 McMullen, Dwayne WR So 5-11 173 Harrisburg, PA
74 Mecklenburg, Karl DT Jr 6-4 238 Edina, MN
97 Mia, Darryl LB Jr 6-1 215 Highland Park, MI
66 Moritko, Jeff OG So 6-3 245 Minneapolis, MN
13 Murphy, Sean FS So 6-3 198 Avon, MN
32 Najarian, Peter LB Fr 6-2 222 Minneapolis, MN
61 Ness, Todd DE So 6-1 186 Kenosha, WI
7 Olson, Bruce QB Jr 6-1 190 Reedsburg, WI
58 Olson, Ed OC Jr 6-3 242 Crystal, MN
90 Orgas, Fred DE Jr 6-4 224 Brooklyn Center, MN
77 Paulson, Craig DE So 6-4 247 Stevens Point, WI
51 Pazo, Mark OT Fr 6-3 246 Clairton, PA
45 Peppe, Mike SS Sr 5-11 187 Brooklyn Park, MN
62 Peterson, Eric OG Sr 6-4 232 San Diego, CA
36 Peterson, Todd LB Jr 6-2 222 Richfield, MN
66 Pryor, Mike OT Fr 6-4 260 Memphis, TN
53 Rasmussen, Randy OC Jr 6-2 262 New Brighton, MN
52 Renzi, Ron LB So 6-2 219 Arlington, Va.
2 Richards, Scott FS Fr 5-10 181 St. Paul, MN
26 Robb, Mike LB Jr 6-2 201 Cottage Grove, MN
11 Roller, Willie DE Fr 6-2 212 Minneapolis, MN
44 Ross, Marvel RB Jr 5-9 175 Detroit, MI
41 Ross, Walter RB Jr 6-0 192 St. Petersburg, FL
10 Salem, Tim QB So 6-1 187 Edina, MN
27 Schlichting, Jack WR Fr 6-2 204 Brooklyn Center, MN
81 Seiffert, Gregg TE Fr 6-3 192 Anoka, MN
18 Stensrud, Mike FS Jr 6-3 206 Apple Valley, MN
80 Stern, Derek WR So 6-2 205 Dallas, TX
6 Stout, Todd QB Jr 6-1 181 Cedar Rapids, IA
31 Stroup, Bob FB Jr 6-0 217 Fargo, ND
47 Taylor, Kevin FS So 6-1 186 Detroit, MI
69 Tessier, Scott SS Fr 6-2 208 White Bear Lake, MN
92 Turek, Terry LB Jr 6-5 218 Montgomery, MN
63 Vonderhaar, Mark OT So 6-6 257 Hibbing, MN
20 Walker, DeWayne CB Sr 5-10 177 Pasadena, CA
49 Watson, Teddy RB So 5-10 159 Miami, FL
19 Weckbacker, Ron WR Sr 5-11 163 Burbank, CA
84 Weipert, Joe TE So 6-3 218 Cloquet, MN
4 Witthus, Rick SS Jr 6-3 196 Glencoe, MN
59 Wood, John DE Jr 6-3 225 Schofield, WI

1981 Final AP Poll

RK TEAM RECORD
1 Clemson 12-0-0
2 Texas 10-1-1
3 Penn State 10-2-0
4 Pittsburgh 11-1-0
5 Southern Methodist 10-1-0
6 Georgia 10-2-0
7 Alabama 9-2-1
8 Miami (FL) 9-2-0
9 North Carolina 10-2-0
10 Washington 10-2-0
11 Nebraska 9-3-0
12 Michigan 9-3-0
13 Brigham Young 11-2-0
14 Southern California 9-3-0
15 Ohio State 9-3-0
16 Arizona State 9-2-0
17 West Virginia 9-3-0
18 Iowa 8-4-0
19 Missouri 8-4-0
20 Oklahoma 7-4-1

1981 Final United Press Poll

RK TEAM RECORD
1 Clemson 12-0-0
2 Pittsburgh 11-1-0
3 Penn State 10-2-0
4 Texas 10-1-1
5 Georgia 10-2-0
6 Alabama 9-2-1
7 Washington 10-2-0
8 North Carolina 10-2-0
9 Nebraska 9-3-0
10 Michigan 9-3-0
11 Brigham Young 11-2-0
12 Ohio State 9-3-0
13 Southern California 9-3-0
14 Oklahoma 7-4-1
15 Iowa 8-4-0
16 Arkansas 8-4-0
17 Mississippi State 8-4-0
18 West Virginia 9-3-0
19 Southern Mississippi 9-2-1
20 Missouri 8-4-0

1981 Big Ten Bowl Results

Rose Bowl - 01/01/1982
Washington 28, Iowa 0
Liberty Bowl - 12/30/1981
Ohio State 31, Navy 28
Bluebonnet Bowl - 12/31/1981
Michigan 33, UCLA 14
Garden State Bowl - 12/13/1981
Tennessee 28, Wisconsin 21

1981 Other Bowl Results

Orange Bowl - 01/01/1982
Clemson 22, Nebraska 15
Sugar Bowl - 01/01/1982
Pittsburgh 24, Georgia 20
Cotton Bowl - 01/01/1982
Texas 14, Alabama 12
Sun Bowl - 12/26/1981
Oklahoma 40, Houston 14
Gator Bowl - 12/28/1981
North Carolina 31, Arkansas 27
Tangerine Bowl - 12/19/1981
Missouri 19, Southern Mississippi 17
Peach Bowl - 12/31/1981
West Virginia 26, Florida 6
Fiesta Bowl - 01/01/1982
Penn State 26, Southern California 10
Independence Bowl - 12/12/1981
Texas A&M 33, Oklahoma State 16
Holiday Bowl - 12/18/1981
Brigham Young 38, Washington State 36
Hall of Fame Classic - 12/31/1981
Mississippi State 10, Kansas 0
California Bowl - 12/19/1981
Toledo 27, San Jose State 25