1981 Kansas Jayhawks football team

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1981 Kansas Jayhawks football
Conference Big Eight Conference
1981 record 8–4 (4–3 Big 8)
Head coach Don Fambrough (7th season)
Captain David Lawrence, Greg Smith
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 11 Nebraska $ 7 0 0     9 3 0
No. 20 Oklahoma 4 2 1     7 4 1
Kansas 4 3 0     7 5 0
Oklahoma State 4 3 0     7 5 0
No. 19 Missouri 3 4 0     8 4 0
Iowa State 2 4 1     5 5 1
Colorado 2 5 0     3 8 0
Kansas State 1 6 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Eight Conference during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their seventh season under head coach Don Fambrough, the Jayhawks compiled an 8–4 record (4–3 against conference opponents), tied for third place in the conference, and were outscored by opponents by a combined total of 195 to 188.[1][2] They played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.

The team's statistical leaders included Frank Seurer with 1,199 passing yards, Garfield Taylor with 728 rushing yards, and Wayne Capers with 629 receiving yards.[3] David Lawrence and Greg Smith were the team captains.[2]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 5at Tulsa*W 15–11 
September 12Oregon*W 19–10 
September 26Kentucky*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
W 21–16 
October 3Arkansas State*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
W 17–16 
October 10Oklahoma State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
L 7–20 
October 17at OklahomaL 7–45 
October 24Kansas State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS (rivalry)
W 17–14 
October 31at No. 12 NebraskaL 15–31 
November 7at Iowa StateW 24–11 
November 14Colorado
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
W 27–0 
November 21Missouri
W 19–11 
December 31vs. Mississippi State*L 0–10 
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1981 Kansas Jayhawks Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b 2017 Kansas Football Media Guide, p. 186.
  3. ^ "1981 Kansas Jayhawks Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 20, 2017.