1981 San Diego State Aztecs football team

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1981 San Diego State Aztecs football
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1981 record 6–5 (3–5 WAC)
Head coach Doug Scovil (1st season)
Home stadium Jack Murphy Stadium
(Capacity: 54,000)
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 WAC football standings
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 San Diego State Aztecs football team represented San Diego State University during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).

The team was led by head coach Doug Scovil, in his first year, and played home games at Jack Murphy Stadium[note 1] in San Diego, California. They finished with a record of six wins and five losses (6–5, 3–5 WAC).

The Aztecs were chosen to participate in the annual Mirage Bowl in 1981. This counted as a regular season game, and was played at the end of the season in Tokyo, Japan. They played the Air Force Academy on Nov. 29.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 12 at Colorado State Hughes StadiumFort Collins, Colorado W 30–14   25,287[1]
September 26 at Oklahoma State* Lewis FieldStillwater, Oklahoma W 23–16   45,000[2]
October 3 at New Mexico University StadiumAlbuquerque, New Mexico W 17–15   18,265[3]
October 10 No. 12 Iowa State* Jack Murphy StadiumSan Diego W 52–31   45,750[4]
October 17 BYU Jack Murphy Stadium • San Diego L 7–27   41,727[5]
October 24 Hawaii Jack Murphy Stadium • San Diego L 10–28   33,167[6]
October 31 at Utah Rice StadiumSalt Lake City, Utah L 14–17   28,513[7]
November 7 Wyomingdagger Jack Murphy Stadium • San Diego L 13–24   30,361[8]
November 14 at UNLV* Las Vegas Silver BowlWhitney, Nevada W 38–20   23,090[9]
November 21 UTEP Jack Murphy Stadium • San Diego W 59–14   20,824[10]
November 29 Air Force National Olympic Stadium (Tokyo)Tokyo, Japan (Mirage Bowl) L 16–21   60,000[11]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

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Team players in the NFL[edit]

The following were selected in the 1982 NFL Draft.[14]

Player Position Round Overall NFL team
Matt Kofler Quarterback 2 48 Buffalo Bills
Vernon Dean Defensive back 2 49 Washington Redskins

The following finished their college career in 1981, were not drafted, but played in the NFL.[15]

Player Position First NFL team
Darryl Hall Defensive back 1987 Los Angeles Rams
Rob Harrison Defensive back 1987 Los Angeles Raiders

Team awards[edit]

Award Player
Most Valuable Player
(John Simcox Memorial Trophy)
Matt Kofler
Outstanding Offensive & Defensive Linemen
(Byron H. Chase Memorial Trophy)
Matt Long]], Off
Mike Vance, Def
Team Captains
Dr. R. Hardy / C.E. Peterson Memorial Trophy
Matt Kofler, Off
Vernon Dean, Def
Most Inspirational Player Jerome Franey

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ San Diego County Credit Union Stadium (SDCCU Stadium) was known as Jack Murphy Stadium from 1981 through 1997. It had been called San Diego Stadium from its opening in 1967 through 1980.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hank Wesch (September 20, 1981). "Aztec Aerial Circus Blitzes Rams 30-14". The San Diego Union. San Diego, California. p. H-1. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ Steve Dolan (September 27, 1981). "San Diego State is 23-16 Winner". The Los Angeles Times (San Diego County ed.). Los Angeles, California. p. III-1. Retrieved January 17, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ Frank Maestas (October 4, 1981). "San Diego State Holds on To Beat New Mexico By 2". Albuquerque Journal. Albuquerque, New Mexico. p. D-1. Retrieved January 17, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Iowa State 2015 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 9, 2016. 
  5. ^ "BYU 1982 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Hawaii 2015 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Utah 1982 Football Media Guide". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  8. ^ Steve Dolan (November 8, 1981). "San Diego State Loses Fourth in Row, 24-13". The Los Angeles Times (San Diego County ed.). Los Angeles, California. p. III-1. Retrieved January 17, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ "Nevada Las Vegas 2015 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 9, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Texas El Paso 2015 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  11. ^ "San Diego State Upset by Air Force". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. November 30, 1981. p. III-18. Retrieved January 17, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ "San Diego State 1981 Schedule". Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "San Diego State 2016 Football Media Guide". Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  14. ^ "1982 NFL Draft". Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  15. ^ "San Diego St. Players/Alumni". Retrieved December 8, 2016.