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1981 Big Ten Conference Year Summary

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Record: 59-55-0, .518 W-L% (6th of 14) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 4.53 (6th of 14) ▪ SOS: 4.92 (5th of 14)

Conference Champion: Iowa and Ohio State

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Michigan and Ohio State)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Iowa, Michigan and Ohio State)

Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
School W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Ohio State 9 3 0 .750 6 2 0 .750 32.3 21.1 11.51 3.59
Iowa 8 4 0 .667 6 2 0 .750 21.7 13.1 11.41 6.08
Michigan 9 3 0 .750 6 3 0 .667 29.6 13.5 17.29 4.87
Illinois 7 4 0 .636 6 3 0 .667 26.1 26.2 7.75 5.93
Wisconsin 7 5 0 .583 6 3 0 .667 22.3 18.3 6.18 4.26
Minnesota 6 5 0 .545 4 5 0 .444 24.9 24.0 2.85 1.67
Michigan State 5 6 0 .455 4 5 0 .444 23.9 22.6 3.68 4.23
Purdue 5 6 0 .455 3 6 0 .333 22.0 21.9 4.63 5.08
Indiana 3 8 0 .273 3 6 0 .333 13.1 26.6 -5.57 6.52
Northwestern 0 11 0 .000 0 9 0 .000 7.5 45.9 -14.39 6.98

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 9/7 9/14 9/21 9/28 10/5 10/12 10/19 10/26 11/2 11/9 11/16 11/23 11/30 Final
Michigan 1 1 11 7 8 6 5 18 15 12 11 7 16 16 12
Ohio State 11 11 8 8 7 18       18     15 15 15
Iowa         18 15 12 6 16     19 13 13 18
Wisconsin     20       14                

4 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1982-01-01 Rose Bowl Washington 28 Iowa 0 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
1981-12-31 Bluebonnet Bowl Michigan 33 UCLA 14 Bluebonnet Bowl (Houston, TX)
1981-12-30 Liberty Bowl Ohio State 31 Navy 28 Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)
1981-12-13 Garden State Bowl Tennessee 28 Wisconsin 21 Garden State Bowl (East Rutherford, NJ)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Tony Eason (IL) 248
2. Scott Campbell (PUR) 185
3. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 183
4. Mike Hohensee (MN) 182
5. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 144
6. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 124
7. Bryan Clark (MIST) 109
8. Steve Smith* (MI) 97
9. John Leister (MIST) 90
10. Jess Cole (WI) 85

Pass Attempts

1. Tony Eason (IL) 406
2. Mike Hohensee (MN) 362
3. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 350
4. Scott Campbell (PUR) 321
5. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 265
6. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 252
7. Steve Smith* (MI) 210
8. Bryan Clark (MIST) 204
9. Jess Cole (WI) 200
10. John Leister (MIST) 186

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Tony Eason (IL) 61.1
2. Scott Campbell (PUR) 57.6
3. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 57.1
4. Bryan Clark (MIST) 53.4
5. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 52.3
6. Mike Hohensee (MN) 50.3
7. John Leister (MIST) 48.4
8. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 46.8
9. Steve Smith* (MI) 46.2
10. Jess Cole (WI) 42.5

Passing Yards

1. Tony Eason (IL) 3360
2. Scott Campbell (PUR) 2686
3. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 2551
4. Mike Hohensee (MN) 2412
5. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 1788
6. Steve Smith* (MI) 1661
7. Bryan Clark (MIST) 1521
8. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 1317
9. Jess Cole (WI) 1180
10. John Leister (MIST) 1097

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Scott Campbell (PUR) 8.4
2. Tony Eason (IL) 8.3
3. Steve Smith* (MI) 7.9
4. Bryan Clark (MIST) 7.5
5. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 7.3
6. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 7.1
7. Mike Hohensee (MN) 6.7
8. Jess Cole (WI) 5.9
9. John Leister (MIST) 5.9
10. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 5.0

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Tony Eason (IL) 7.7
2. Scott Campbell (PUR) 7.7
3. Steve Smith* (MI) 7.0
4. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 7.0
5. Bryan Clark (MIST) 6.6
6. Mike Hohensee (MN) 6.3
7. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 5.8
8. Jess Cole (WI) 4.4
9. John Leister (MIST) 4.0
10. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 3.3

Passing Touchdowns

1. Tony Eason (IL) 20
  Mike Hohensee (MN) 20
3. Scott Campbell (PUR) 18
4. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 17
5. Steve Smith* (MI) 15
6. Bryan Clark (MIST) 14
7. Jess Cole (WI) 12
8. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 8
9. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 7
10. Gordy Bohannon (IA) 6

Passing Interceptions

1. Tony Eason (IL) 14
2. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 13
  Scott Campbell (PUR) 13
4. Mike Hohensee (MN) 12
  Jess Cole (WI) 12
6. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 11
  Steve Smith* (MI) 11
8. John Leister (MIST) 10
  Bryan Clark (MIST) 10
  Art Schlichter* (OHST) 10

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Tony Eason (IL) 140.0
2. Scott Campbell (PUR) 138.3
3. Bryan Clark (MIST) 128.9
4. Steve Smith* (MI) 125.7
5. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 123.8
6. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 118.5
7. Mike Hohensee (MN) 117.8
8. Jess Cole (WI) 99.9
9. John Leister (MIST) 96.0
10. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 87.4

Rush Attempts

1. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 253
2. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 226
3. Jim Gayle* (OHST) 153
4. Jimmy Smith (PUR) 152
5. Frank Jacobs (MN) 147
6. Phil Blatcher (IA) 145
7. Steve Smith* (MI) 134
8. Scott Campbell (PUR) 123
9. Eddie Phillips (IA) 121
10. John Williams (WI) 116

Rushing Yards

1. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 1459
2. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 1217
3. Jim Gayle* (OHST) 732
4. Phil Blatcher (IA) 708
5. Steve Smith* (MI) 674
6. Frank Jacobs (MN) 638
7. John Williams (WI) 634
8. Eddie Phillips (IA) 543
9. Jimmy Smith (PUR) 540
10. Aaron Roberts (MIST) 461

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 5.8
2. John Williams (WI) 5.5
3. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 5.4
4. Manny Henry (MN) 5.2
5. Chucky Davis (WI) 5.2
6. Steve Smith* (MI) 5.0
7. Aaron Roberts (MIST) 4.9
8. Phil Blatcher (IA) 4.9
9. Stan Edwards* (MI) 4.8
10. Lawrence Ricks* (MI) 4.8

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 12
  Steve Smith* (MI) 12
3. Lawrence Ricks* (MI) 9
  Jim Gayle* (OHST) 9
5. Phil Blatcher (IA) 8
  Frank Jacobs (MN) 8
7. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 6
  Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 6
9. Jimmy Smith (PUR) 5
  Tony Eason (IL) 5
  Eddie Phillips (IA) 5

Receptions

1. Steve Bryant (PUR) 60
2. Chester Cooper (MN) 58
3. Anthony Carter* (MI) 50
  Gary Williams* (OHST) 50
5. John Frank* (OHST) 45
6. Ted Jones (MIST) 44
7. Darryl Smith (IL) 43
8. Al Kimichik (MIST) 39
9. Oliver Williams (IL) 38
10. Joe Curtis (IL) 35

Receiving Yards

1. Chester Cooper (MN) 1012
2. Steve Bryant (PUR) 971
3. Anthony Carter* (MI) 952
4. Gary Williams* (OHST) 941
5. Oliver Williams (IL) 760
6. Mike Martin (IL) 670
7. Duane Gunn (IN) 656
8. Daryl Turner (MIST) 653
9. Ted Jones (MIST) 624
10. Cedric Anderson* (OHST) 564

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Duane Gunn (IN) 21.2
2. Daryl Turner (MIST) 21.1
3. Oliver Williams (IL) 20.0
4. Mike Martin (IL) 19.7
5. Anthony Carter* (MI) 19.0
6. Gary Williams* (OHST) 18.8
7. Cedric Anderson* (OHST) 18.2
8. Michael Jones (WI) 17.7
9. Chester Cooper (MN) 17.4
10. Otis Grant (MIST) 17.3

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Steve Bryant (PUR) 11
2. Anthony Carter* (MI) 8
3. Gary Williams* (OHST) 6
  Chester Cooper (MN) 6
  Jay Carroll (MN) 6
  Oliver Williams (IL) 6
7. Otis Grant (MIST) 5
  Darryl Smith (IL) 5
  Mike Martin (IL) 5
  Cedric Anderson* (OHST) 5
  Ted Jones (MIST) 5

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 262
2. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 249
3. Jim Gayle* (OHST) 173
4. Frank Jacobs (MN) 170
5. Jimmy Smith (PUR) 169
6. Phil Blatcher (IA) 161
7. Steve Smith* (MI) 134
8. Calvin Thomas (IL) 130
9. Eddie Phillips (IA) 129
10. Scott Campbell (PUR) 123

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 1514
2. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 1427
3. Chester Cooper (MN) 1023
4. Anthony Carter* (MI) 1019
5. Steve Bryant (PUR) 988
6. Gary Williams* (OHST) 941
7. Jim Gayle* (OHST) 923
8. Phil Blatcher (IA) 832
9. Darryl Smith (IL) 767
  Frank Jacobs (MN) 767

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 12
  Steve Smith* (MI) 12
3. Steve Bryant (PUR) 11
4. Anthony Carter* (MI) 9
  Jim Gayle* (OHST) 9
  Lawrence Ricks* (MI) 9
  Frank Jacobs (MN) 9
8. Phil Blatcher (IA) 8
9. Darryl Smith (IL) 7
10. Chester Cooper (MN) 6
  Oliver Williams (IL) 6
  Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 6
  Gary Williams* (OHST) 6
  Jay Carroll (MN) 6
  Art Schlichter* (OHST) 6

Total Plays

1. Tony Eason (IL) 493
2. Scott Campbell (PUR) 444
3. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 430
4. Mike Hohensee (MN) 427
5. Steve Smith* (MI) 344
6. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 313
7. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 310
8. Jess Cole (WI) 303
9. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 253
10. Bryan Clark (MIST) 252

Total Yards

1. Tony Eason (IL) 3331
2. Scott Campbell (PUR) 2809
3. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 2509
4. Mike Hohensee (MN) 2437
5. Steve Smith* (MI) 2335
6. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 1821
7. Bryan Clark (MIST) 1640
8. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 1459
9. Jess Cole (WI) 1424
10. Gordy Bohannon (IA) 1303

Total Yards Per Play

1. Tony Eason (IL) 6.8

Total Touchdowns

1. Steve Smith* (MI) 27
2. Tony Eason (IL) 25
3. Mike Hohensee (MN) 23
  Art Schlichter* (OHST) 23
5. Scott Campbell (PUR) 20
6. Jess Cole (WI) 16
7. Bryan Clark (MIST) 15
8. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 12
9. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 10
10. Lawrence Ricks* (MI) 9
  Jim Gayle* (OHST) 9