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1981 Southeastern Conference Year Summary

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Record: 61-51-3, .543 W-L% (2nd of 14) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 7.49 (2nd of 14) ▪ SOS: 6.25 (1st of 14)

Conference Champion: Alabama and Georgia

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi State)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Alabama and Georgia)

Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
School W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Georgia 10 2 0 .833 6 0 0 1.000 31.0 10.2 21.43 6.43
Alabama 9 2 1 .792 7 0 0 1.000 24.7 12.6 17.07 5.98
Mississippi State 8 4 0 .667 4 2 0 .667 17.7 11.4 11.27 5.60
Tennessee 8 4 0 .667 3 3 0 .500 20.3 22.1 4.06 3.39
Florida 7 5 0 .583 3 3 0 .500 23.7 13.8 12.90 6.82
Auburn 5 6 0 .455 2 4 0 .333 16.9 15.1 7.66 6.39
Kentucky 3 8 0 .273 2 4 0 .333 12.2 20.2 0.14 8.14
Louisiana State 3 7 1 .318 1 4 1 .250 15.4 24.7 -2.48 4.98
Mississippi 4 6 1 .409 1 5 1 .214 15.2 25.8 1.02 7.65
Vanderbilt 4 7 0 .364 1 5 0 .167 19.2 25.5 1.86 7.13

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
Georgia 10 6 4 17 13 11 9 7 5 4 4 3 3 2 6
Alabama 4 2 12 10 11 7 15 11 8 7 6 4 4 3 7
Florida 17                            
Mississippi State 14 14 14 12 9 19 16 9 7 15          

5 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1982-01-01 Cotton Bowl Texas 14 Alabama 12 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
1982-01-01 Sugar Bowl Pittsburgh 24 Georgia 20 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
1981-12-31 Hall of Fame Classic Mississippi State 10 Kansas 0 Hall of Fame Classic (Birmingham, AL)
1981-12-31 Peach Bowl West Virginia 26 Florida 6 Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA)
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. Whit Taylor (VAND) 209
2. Wayne Peace (FL) 159
3. Alan Risher (LAST) 150
4. John Fourcade (MS) 137
5. Buck Belue (GA) 114
6. Randy Jenkins (KY) 84
7. Steve Alatorre (TN) 81
8. John Bond* (MSST) 65
9. Ardell Fuller (VAND) 40
10. Bob Hewko (FL) 32
Pass Attempts
1. Whit Taylor (VAND) 357
2. Wayne Peace (FL) 273
3. John Fourcade (MS) 251
4. Alan Risher (LAST) 238
5. Buck Belue (GA) 188
6. Randy Jenkins (KY) 170
7. Steve Alatorre (TN) 154
8. John Bond* (MSST) 144
9. Ardell Fuller (VAND) 69
10. Walter Lewis (AL) 66
  Bob Hewko (FL) 66
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Alan Risher (LAST) 63.0
2. Buck Belue (GA) 60.6
3. Whit Taylor (VAND) 58.5
4. Wayne Peace (FL) 58.2
5. John Fourcade (MS) 54.6
6. Steve Alatorre (TN) 52.6
7. Randy Jenkins (KY) 49.4
Passing Yards
1. Whit Taylor (VAND) 2318
2. Wayne Peace (FL) 1803
3. Alan Risher (LAST) 1780
4. Buck Belue (GA) 1603
5. John Fourcade (MS) 1533
6. Steve Alatorre (TN) 1171
7. Randy Jenkins (KY) 1079
8. John Bond* (MSST) 875
9. Walter Lewis (AL) 633
10. Ardell Fuller (VAND) 407
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Buck Belue (GA) 8.5
2. Steve Alatorre (TN) 7.6
3. Alan Risher (LAST) 7.5
4. Wayne Peace (FL) 6.6
5. Whit Taylor (VAND) 6.5
6. Randy Jenkins (KY) 6.3
7. John Fourcade (MS) 6.1
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Buck Belue (GA) 7.6
2. Whit Taylor (VAND) 6.1
3. Alan Risher (LAST) 6.0
4. Steve Alatorre (TN) 5.7
5. Wayne Peace (FL) 5.6
6. John Fourcade (MS) 5.5
7. Randy Jenkins (KY) 4.9
Passing Touchdowns
1. Whit Taylor (VAND) 15
2. Buck Belue (GA) 12
3. Wayne Peace (FL) 11
4. Steve Alatorre (TN) 8
5. Walter Lewis (AL) 6
  Randy Jenkins (KY) 6
7. Alan Risher (LAST) 5
8. Bob Hewko (FL) 4
  John Bond* (MSST) 4
10. Joe Sullivan (AUB) 3
  John Fourcade (MS) 3
Passing Interceptions
1. Wayne Peace (FL) 11
2. Alan Risher (LAST) 10
  Steve Alatorre (TN) 10
  Whit Taylor (VAND) 10
5. Buck Belue (GA) 9
6. John Bond* (MSST) 8
  Randy Jenkins (KY) 8
8. Terry Henry (KY) 6
9. Ken Hobby (AUB) 5
  John Fourcade (MS) 5
  Ardell Fuller (VAND) 5
  Kelly Powell (MS) 5
  Bob Hewko (FL) 5
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Buck Belue (GA) 143.8
2. Alan Risher (LAST) 124.4
3. Whit Taylor (VAND) 121.3
4. Steve Alatorre (TN) 120.6
5. Wayne Peace (FL) 119.0
6. John Fourcade (MS) 105.8
7. Randy Jenkins (KY) 105.0
Rush Attempts
1. Herschel Walker (GA) 385
2. James Jones (FL) 166
3. Donald Ray King* (MSST) 152
4. John Bond* (MSST) 133
5. James Berry (TN) 129
6. Andre Thomas (MS) 128
7. Alan Risher (LAST) 117
8. John Fourcade (MS) 113
9. Lionel James (AUB) 111
10. Michael Haddix* (MSST) 110
Rushing Yards
1. Herschel Walker (GA) 1891
2. Michael Haddix* (MSST) 622
3. James Jones (FL) 617
4. Donald Ray King* (MSST) 581
5. Lionel James (AUB) 561
6. Andre Thomas (MS) 548
7. James Berry (TN) 500
8. Ron O'Neal (AUB) 480
9. George Peoples (AUB) 442
10. Doug Furnas (TN) 409
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. Michael Haddix* (MSST) 5.7
2. Lionel James (AUB) 5.1
3. Doug Furnas (TN) 5.0
4. Herschel Walker (GA) 4.9
5. Jeff Fagan (AL) 4.6
6. Ron O'Neal (AUB) 4.5
7. Ricky Moore (AL) 4.4
8. Andre Thomas (MS) 4.3
9. George Peoples (AUB) 4.2
10. Ernie Goolsby (VAND) 4.1
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Herschel Walker (GA) 18
2. James Jones (FL) 9
3. John Fourcade (MS) 7
4. James Berry (TN) 6
5. Andre Thomas (MS) 5
  Linnie Patrick (AL) 5
  Ron O'Neal (AUB) 5
8. Jeff Fagan (AL) 4
  Ernie Goolsby (VAND) 4
  Donald Ray King* (MSST) 4
  Carnie Norris (GA) 4
  Joe Carter (AL) 4
Receptions
1. Wamon Buggs (VAND) 54
2. Allama Matthews (VAND) 50
3. Norman Jordan (VAND) 49
4. Michael Harmon (MS) 46
5. Van Heflin (VAND) 45
6. Lindsay Scott (GA) 42
  Ernie Goolsby (VAND) 42
8. Orlando McDaniel (LAST) 41
9. Spencer Jackson (FL) 39
10. Malcolm Scott (LAST) 34
Receiving Yards
1. Wamon Buggs (VAND) 778
2. Michael Harmon (MS) 750
3. Lindsay Scott (GA) 728
4. Orlando McDaniel (LAST) 719
5. Allama Matthews (VAND) 704
6. Willie Gault (TN) 479
7. Norman Jordan (VAND) 454
8. Spencer Jackson (FL) 449
9. Rick Massie (KY) 448
10. Anthony Hancock (TN) 437
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Willie Gault (TN) 21.8
2. Orlando McDaniel (LAST) 17.5
3. Lindsay Scott (GA) 17.3
4. Michael Harmon (MS) 16.3
5. Rick Massie (KY) 15.4
6. Broughton Lang (FL) 14.7
7. Jim Campbell (KY) 14.5
8. Wamon Buggs (VAND) 14.4
9. Allama Matthews (VAND) 14.1
10. Anthony Hancock (TN) 13.7
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Lindsay Scott (GA) 6
2. Jesse Bendross (AL) 5
  Spencer Jackson (FL) 5
  Anthony Hancock (TN) 5
5. Van Heflin (VAND) 4
  Wamon Buggs (VAND) 4
  Willie Gault (TN) 4
  Allama Matthews (VAND) 4
9. Norman Jordan (VAND) 3
  Norris Brown (GA) 3
  Phil Roach (VAND) 3
  Mike Edwards (AUB) 3
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Herschel Walker (GA) 399
2. James Jones (FL) 188
3. Donald Ray King* (MSST) 152
4. Van Heflin (VAND) 150
5. Andre Thomas (MS) 145
6. James Berry (TN) 144
7. John Bond* (MSST) 133
8. Michael Haddix* (MSST) 120
9. Ernie Goolsby (VAND) 117
  Alan Risher (LAST) 117
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Herschel Walker (GA) 1975
2. James Jones (FL) 799
3. Wamon Buggs (VAND) 773
4. Michael Harmon (MS) 757
5. Lindsay Scott (GA) 755
6. Orlando McDaniel (LAST) 742
7. Van Heflin (VAND) 732
8. Michael Haddix* (MSST) 712
9. Andre Thomas (MS) 707
10. Allama Matthews (VAND) 704
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Herschel Walker (GA) 20
2. James Jones (FL) 9
3. Van Heflin (VAND) 7
  John Fourcade (MS) 7
5. Anthony Hancock (TN) 6
  Andre Thomas (MS) 6
  Lindsay Scott (GA) 6
  James Berry (TN) 6
9. Jesse Bendross (AL) 5
  Spencer Jackson (FL) 5
  Linnie Patrick (AL) 5
  Ron O'Neal (AUB) 5
Total Plays
1. Whit Taylor (VAND) 421
2. Herschel Walker (GA) 386
3. John Fourcade (MS) 364
4. Alan Risher (LAST) 355
5. Wayne Peace (FL) 337
6. John Bond* (MSST) 277
7. Buck Belue (GA) 264
8. Steve Alatorre (TN) 237
9. Randy Jenkins (KY) 209
10. James Jones (FL) 171
Total Yards
1. Whit Taylor (VAND) 2253
2. Herschel Walker (GA) 1891
3. Alan Risher (LAST) 1758
4. John Fourcade (MS) 1712
5. Buck Belue (GA) 1705
6. Wayne Peace (FL) 1693
7. Steve Alatorre (TN) 1330
8. John Bond* (MSST) 1214
9. Walter Lewis (AL) 946
10. Randy Jenkins (KY) 902
Total Touchdowns
1. Herschel Walker (GA) 18
2. Whit Taylor (VAND) 15
  Buck Belue (GA) 15
4. Wayne Peace (FL) 12
5. Steve Alatorre (TN) 11
6. John Fourcade (MS) 10
  James Jones (FL) 10
8. Alan Risher (LAST) 8
  Walter Lewis (AL) 8
10. James Berry (TN) 6
  Randy Jenkins (KY) 6
  John Bond* (MSST) 6