The BC Lions’ 1981 Season

Season Summary

BC Lions 1981 Full Schedule/Results

Team Roster and Stats

BC Lions 1981 Record
GP W L T PTS PF PA Streak L6
Pre-season 4 3 1 0 6 58 60 L1 3-1-0
Regular Season 16 10 6 0 20 438 377 W2 3-3-0
    Home 8 5 3 0 10 225 173 W1 3-3-0
    Visitor 8 5 3 0 10 213 204 W1 3-3-0
   Divisional opponent 8 4 4 0 8 189 234 W1 2-4-0
   Non-divisional opponent 8 6 2 0 12 249 143 W2 4-2-0

Full 1981 League Standings

BC Lions 1981 Opponent Appearances

Opponent Opp. Win %
Divisional 0.633 2-2-0 (4) 2-2-0 (4)
Non-Divisional 0.336 3-1-0 (4) 3-1-0 (4)
Calgary Stampeders (2) 0.375
Edmonton Eskimos (2) 0.906
Saskatchewan Roughriders (2) 0.563
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2) 0.688
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2) 0.719
Montreal Alouettes (2) 0.188
Ottawa Rough Riders (2) 0.313
Toronto Argonauts (2) 0.125

Coaches

Head Coach
  • Vic Rapp (Jan. 21, 1977 – Nov. 9, 1982)

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1981 BC Lions Attendance

  • Capacity: 30,229
  • Total: 207,508
  • High: 30,615
  • Avg: 25,938 (8 out of 8 games)
  • Diff from 1980 Avg: +4,479
  • Low: 20,196
  • Sellouts: 1
  • % of Capacity: 85.81
  • Diff from League Avg: -3,428

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Team Scoring

19811980 +/-
Average Combined Score 50.94 5.19 +
Average Winning Score 34.30 2.43 +
Average Losing Score 15.83 0.26 +
Average Home Score 28.13 2.00 -
Average Visitor Score 26.63 9.13 +
Average Margin of Victory 17.50 0.38 -
Average Margin of Loss 19.00 2.86 +

Stadium

  • 1981 home stadium: Empire Stadium
  • Capacity: 30,229
  • Playing surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
  • Previous stadium change: 1974 – Reduction

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Regular Season Scoring Summary by Quarter

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
HVT HVT HVT HVT H (PPG)V (PPG)T (PPG)
BC 502676 524597 5967126 6475139 225 (28.1)213 (26.6)438 (27.4)
Opponent 404787 5350103 312657 4981130 204 (25.5)173 (21.6)377 (23.6)

Lead/Trailed Record by Quarter

Home Visitor Total
Quarter Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record) Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record) Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record)
After 1st 5 (4-1-0) 1 (1-0-0) 2 (0-2-0) 2 (2-0-0) 1 (0-1-0) 5 (3-2-0) 7 (6-1-0) 2 (1-1-0) 7 (3-4-0)
After 2nd 4 (4-0-0) 1 (1-0-0) 3 (0-3-0) 3 (3-0-0) 1 (0-1-0) 4 (2-2-0) 7 (7-0-0) 2 (1-1-0) 7 (2-5-0)
After 3rd 4 (4-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (1-3-0) 5 (4-1-0) 1 (0-1-0) 2 (1-1-0) 9 (8-1-0) 1 (0-1-0) 6 (2-4-0)
After 4th 5 (5-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 3 (0-3-0) 5 (5-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 3 (0-3-0) 10 (10-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 6 (0-6-0)

BC Lions 1981 Stars of the Week

Offensive Star

  • 2 – Larry Key
  • 1 – Ty Gray
  • 1 – Joe Paopao

Defensive Star

  • 1 – Larry Crawford

Lineman Star

  • 1 – Al Wilson
  • 1 – Rick Goltz
  • 1 – Nick Hebeler

BC Lions 1981 Player Awards and Nominations

1981 Most Outstanding
  • Player — Larry Key (Team Nominee)
  • Defensive Player — Glen Jackson (Team Nominee)
  • Offensive Lineman — Al Wilson (Team Nominee)
  • Canadian Player — Glen Jackson (Team Nominee)
  • Rookie — Mack Moore (Team Nominee)

BC Lions 1981 Draft Picks

Round–Pick
(Overall)
[Via]Player (Position)College/Program
1–5 (5) Nelson Martin, Jr. (WR) Seneca
3–3 (21) [OTT] Jamie Armstead (DB) Calgary
3–5 (23) Larry Priestnall (RB) Acadia
4–5 (32) Ed “Too Small” Jones (DB) Simon Fraser
5–5 (41) Frank Roberto (RB) Simon Fraser
6–5 (50) David Thornhill (WR) Bishop's
7–5 (59) Ed Hole (OT) Alberta

BC Lions 1981 All-Star Selections

2 All-Canadian Selections
RB Larry Key
C Al Wilson
3 All-Division Selections
RB Larry Key*
WR Ty Gray (Tie)
C Al Wilson

* – indicates unanimous selection

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Week Game Details (EDT
A 5
Sun. June 7
3:30 PM
BC 20 @ SSK 12 W 18,740
B 9
Sat. June 13
11:00 PM
CGY 4 @ BC 8 W 18,354
C 12
Sat. June 20
8:00 PM
WPG 18 @ BC 28 W 15,931
D 17
Fri. June 26
9:30 PM
BC 2 @ EDM 26 L 43,346
1 21
Sat. July 4
11:00 PM
MTL 8 @ BC 48 W 26,627 CBC, R/C
3 27
Thu. July 16
8:00 PM
BC 32 @ TOR 29 W 37,116 CBC
4 33
Sat. July 25
11:00 PM
OTT 17 @ BC 31 W 26,661 CBC
5 36
Fri. July 31
9:00 PM
BC 52 @ CGY 29 W 32,135 CTV
6 42
Sun. Aug. 9
3:30 PM
BC 28 @ SSK 24 W 28,168 CBC
7 46
Sun. Aug. 16
5:00 PM
HAM 37 @ BC 23 L 30,615 CTV
8 49
Sun. Aug. 23
1:30 PM
BC 29 @ MTL 14 W 28,932 CBC
9 53
Sat. Aug. 29
11:00 PM
CGY 21 @ BC 31 W 28,932 CBCW
10 55
Fri. Sept. 4
8:00 PM
BC 7 @ OTT 17 L 18,393 CTV
11 62
Sun. Sept. 13
4:00 PM
BC 21 @ EDM 38 L 45,346 CBCW
12 63
Sat. Sept. 19
8:00 PM
TOR 14 @ BC 45 W 20,196 CTV
13 70
Sun. Sept. 27
4:00 PM
BC 10 @ WPG 46 L 27,987 CBCW
14 72
Sat. Oct. 3
11:00 PM
EDM 22 @ BC 12 L 29,458 CTVR
16 80
Sat. Oct. 17
11:00 PM
WPG 49 @ BC 22 L 23,836 CTVW
17 85
Sun. Oct. 25
1:30 PM
BC 34 @ HAM 7 W 20,113 CTV, R/C
18 88
Sat. Oct. 31
5:00 PM
SSK 5 @ BC 13 W 21,183 CTVW
P1 92
Sun. Nov. 8
4:00 PM
BC 15 @ WPG 11 W 32,936 CTV
P2 94
Sun. Nov. 15
4:00 PM
BC 16 @ EDM 22 L 52,861 CBC