1981 UCLA Bruins football team

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1981 UCLA Bruins football
Bluebonnet Bowl, L 14–33 vs. Michigan
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
1981 record 7–4–1 (5–2–1 Pac-10)
Head coach Terry Donahue (6th season)
Offensive coordinator Homer Smith (4th season)
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
(Capacity 92,604)
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 10 Washington $ 6 2 0     10 2 0
No. 16 Arizona State 5 2 0     9 2 0
No. 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 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.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 at Arizona No. 12 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ W 35-18   49,311
September 19 at No. 20 Wisconsin* No. 9 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 31-13   69,212
September 26 at Iowa* No. 6 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA KTLA L 7-20   60,004
October 3 Colorado* No. 16 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 27-7   40,347
October 10 at Stanford No. 17 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA L 23-26   70,103
October 17 at No. 18 Washington State Martin StadiumPullman, WA ABC T 17-17   40,000
October 24 California Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 34-6   41,637
October 31 at Oregon Autzen StadiumEugene, OR W 28-11   24,272
November 7 No. 16 Washington Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 31-0   41,818
November 14 No. 9 Arizona State No. 18 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 34-24   47,361
November 21 at No. 10 USC No. 15 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) ABC L 21-22   89,423
December 31 vs. No. 16 Michigan* No. 19 AstrodomeHouston, TX (Bluebonnet Bowl) L 14-33   50,107
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1982 NFL Draft[edit]

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

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1981 UCLA Bruins Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1981 UCLA Bruins Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1982.htm