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1981 Michigan Wolverines football team


1981 Michigan Wolverines football team

Conference Big Ten Conference
Coaches #10
AP #12
1981 record 9–3 (6–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Bo Schembechler (13th year)
MVP Butch Woolfolk
Captain Kurt Becker
Captain Robert Thompson
Home stadium Michigan Stadium

The 1981 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

The September 19 25–7 victory over top-ranked Notre Dame, was one of the largest margins of victory over a #1 ranked team ever.[1]


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12, 1981 at Wisconsin #1/1 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 14–21   68,733
September 19, 1981 #1/1 Notre Dame* #11/12 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 25–7   105,888
September 26, 1981 Navy* #7/6 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 21–16   105,213
October 3, 1981 at Indiana #8/8 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 31–17   50,612
October 10, 1981 at Michigan State #6/6 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 38–20   77,923
October 17, 1981 Iowa #5/5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 7–9   105,915
October 24, 1981 Northwestern #18/19 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 38–0   104,361
October 31, 1981 at Minnesota #15/14 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 34–13   52,875
November 7, 1981 Illinois #12/10 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 70–21   105,570
November 14, 1981 at Purdue #11/8 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 28–10   69,736
November 21, 1981 Ohio State #7/6 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 9–14   106,043
December 31, 1981 vs. #19/16 UCLA* #16/13 AstrodomeHouston, TX (Bluebonnet Bowl) W 33–14   77,893
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes


Michigan State


#11 Michigan at Purdue
1 234Total
Michigan 7 0021 28
Purdue 3 070 10







Professional football

The following players were claimed in the 1982 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Butch Woolfolk Running Back 1 18 New York Giants
Bubba Paris Tackle 2 29 San Francisco 49ers
Stan Edwards Running Back 3 72 Houston Oilers
Ed Muransky Tackle 4 91 Los Angeles Raiders

A total of twenty-three (23) members of the 1980 Michigan football team went on to play professional football. They are: Kurt Becker (Chicago Bears, 1982-88, 1990, Los Angeles Rams, 1989), Marion Body (Michigan Panthers, 1983), Keith Bostic (Houston Oilers, 1983-88), Cleveland Browns, 1990), Don Bracken (Green Bay Packers, 1985-90, Los Angeles Rams, 1992-93), Anthony Carter (Michigan Panthers, 1983-84, Oakland Invaders, 1985, Minnesota Vikings, 1985-93, Detroit Lions, 1994-95), Milt Carthens (Indianapolis Colts, 1987), Evan Cooper (Philadelphia Eagles, 1984-87, Atlanta Falcons, 1988-89), Jerry Diorio (Detroit Lions, 1987), Tom Dixon (Michigan Panthers, 1984), Craig Dunaway (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1983), Stanley Edwards (Houston Oilers, 1982-86, Detroit Lions, 1987), Paul Girgash (Michigan Panthers, 1984), Ali Haji-Sheikh (New York Giants, 1983-85, Atlanta Falcons, 1986, Washington Redskins, 1987), Mike Hammerstein (Cincinnati Bengals, 1986-90), Stefan Humphries (Chicago Bears, 1984-86, Denver Broncos, 1987-88), Eric Kattus (Cincinnati Bengals, 1986-91, New York Jets, 1992), Ed Muransky (Los Angeles Raiders, 1982-84, Orlando Renegades, 1985), Bubba Paris (San Francisco 49ers, 1983-90, Indianapolis Colts, 1991, Detroit Lions 1991), Lawrence Ricks (Kansas City Chiefs, 1983-84), Carlton Rose (Washington Redskins, 1987), Rich Strenger (Detroit Lions, 1983-87), Robert Thompson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1983-84, Detroit Lions, 1987), and Butch Woolfolk (New York Giants, 1982-84, Houston Oilers, 1985-86, Detroit Lions, 1987-88).

Coaching staff


External links

  • 1981 Football Team -- Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan Athletics History
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