1981 Idaho State Bengals Football Team
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1981 Idaho State Bengals Football Team
1981 Idaho State Bengals football
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NCAA Division I-AA champion
Big Sky champion
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
Ranking
APNo. 2
1981 record12-1 (6-1 Big Sky)
Head coachDave Kragthorpe (2nd season)
Base defense3-4
Home stadiumASISU Minidome
(Capacity: 12,000)
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Idaho State $^ 6 1 0     12 1 0
No. 5 Boise State ^ 6 1 0     10 3 0
Montana 5 2 0     7 3 0
Nevada 4 3 0     7 4 0
Weber State 4 3 0     7 4 0
Northern Arizona 2 5 0     4 7 0
Montana State 1 6 0     3 7 0
Idaho 0 7 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Poll

The 1981 Idaho State Bengals football team represented Idaho State University in the 1981 NCAA Division I-AA football season. A charter member of the Big Sky Conference, the Bengals were led by second year head coach Dave Kragthorpe and played their home games at the ASISU MiniDome, later renamed Holt Arena, an indoor venue on campus in Pocatello, Idaho.

Led by senior quarterback Mike Machurek, the Bengals won the Big Sky championship with a record, and were 9-1 overall in the regular season. In the eight-team NCAA Division I-AA playoffs, they won two home playoff games, then won their only national football championship to date in the Pioneer Bowl played in Wichita Falls, Texas. ISU defeated Eastern Kentucky, 34-23, to finish the season with a 12-1 record.[1]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 12Eastern Washington*W 34-108,005
Sep 19at Boise StateW 21-1020,486
Sep 26NevadaNo. 3
  • ASISU Minidome
  • Pocatello, ID
W 23-79,883
October 3Northern ArizonaNo. 3
  • ASISU Minidome
  • Pocatello, ID
W 31-611,284
October 10at Portland State*No. 2W 28-92,757
October 17at MontanaNo. 2L 21-249,190
October 31at IdahoNo. 3W 24-1410,500
November 7Montana StateNo. 2
  • ASISU Minidome
  • Pocatello, ID
W 31-310,468
November 14Utah State*No. 2
  • ASISU Minidome
  • Pocatello, ID
W 50-2412,008
November 21Weber StateNo. 2
  • ASISU Minidome
  • Pocatello, ID[2]
W 33-30 3OT13,444
December 5Rhode Island*No. 2
  • ASISU Minidome
  • Pocatello, ID
W 51-012,153
December 12No. 3 South Carolina State*No. 2
  • ASISU Minidome
  • Pocatello, ID
W 41-1212,300
December 19vs. No. 1 Eastern Kentucky*No. 2ABCW 34-2311,002
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

[3][4]

The regular season finale against Weber State went to triple overtime.[2]
The Big Sky introduced overtime for conference games the previous season, and this was its first-ever usage.[5]

Roster

Source:[6]

NFL Draft

Two Bengal seniors were selected in the 1982 NFL Draft, which lasted twelve rounds (334 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Mike Machurek QB 6th 154 Detroit Lions
Case deBruijn P, PK 8th 214 Kansas City Chiefs

References

  1. ^ "Bengals ride like the wind". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. December 20, 1981. p. 2D.
  2. ^ a b "ISU clinches title, Boise wants berth". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 23, 1981. p. C4.
  3. ^ "Division I Championship" (PDF). NCAA. 2013. p. 14. Retrieved 2019 – via ncaa.org.
  4. ^ "Idaho State Bengals 1981 Schedule". cfbinfo.com. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Kasper, John (September 25, 2013). "No. 48 Big Sky Innovation". Big Sky Conference. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Probable starters". Lewiston Morning Tribune. October 31, 1981. p. 3C.

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