1981 LSU Tigers football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Record3–7–1 (1–4–1 SEC)
Head coach
Home stadiumTiger Stadium
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 6 Georgia + 6 0 0 10 2 0
No. 7 Alabama + 6 0 0 9 2 1
Mississippi State 4 2 0 8 4 0
Tennessee 3 3 0 8 4 0
Florida 3 3 0 7 5 0
Auburn 2 4 0 5 6 0
Kentucky 2 4 0 3 8 0
LSU 1 4 1 3 7 1
Ole Miss 1 5 1 4 6 1
Vanderbilt 1 5 0 4 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University (LSU) during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season.

In its second season under Jerry Stovall, LSU went 3-7-1, its worst record since going 3–7 in Paul Dietzel's second season of 1956. This mark for futility has been surpassed twice, 2–9 in 1992 and 3–8 in 1999.

The Tigers' second game, a 27–9 loss at Notre Dame, was Gerry Faust's inaugural outing as Fighting Irish coach. Ironically, LSU returned to South Bend four years later and defeated Notre Dame 10–7 in what turned out to be Faust's last game at Notre Dame Stadium.

LSU's 48–7 loss to in-state rival Tulane was its second largest margin of defeat in the series, eclipsed only by a 46–0 shutout at home in 1948.

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 5No. 4 AlabamaABCL 7–24
September 12at No. 4 Notre Dame*MizlouL 9–2759,075
September 19Oregon State*
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 27–24
September 26Rice*
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 28–14
October 3Florida
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
L 10–24
October 10at AuburnL 7–19
October 17Kentucky
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 24–10
October 24No. 20 Florida State*
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
L 14–38
October 31at Ole MissT 27–27
November 14Mississippi State
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
L 9–17
November 28at Tulane*L 7–4871,546[1]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to the game

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Roster

1981 LSU Tigers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 7 Alan Risher Jr
WR 32 Orlando McDaniel Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 11 James Britt Sr
LB 28 Sean Moore Jr
CB 35 Eugene Daniel So
LB 51 Albert Richardson So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt

Roster

References

  1. ^ "Stovall, crew go down with ship". Daily World. November 29, 1981. Retrieved October 19, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ http://www.tigerdroppings.com/lsu-football-history/results.aspx?Season=1981