The Ottawa Rough Riders’ 1981 Season

Season Summary

Ottawa Rough Riders 1981 Full Schedule/Results

Team Roster and Stats

Ottawa Rough Riders 1981 Record
GP W L T PTS PF PA Streak L6
Pre-season 4 3 1 0 6 90 75 W1 3-1-0
Regular Season 16 5 11 0 10 306 446 L1 1-5-0
    Home 8 4 4 0 8 186 212 W1 3-3-0
    Visitor 8 1 7 0 2 120 234 L3 1-5-0
   Divisional opponent 6 3 3 0 6 135 164 L2 3-3-0
   Non-divisional opponent 10 2 8 0 4 171 282 W1 2-4-0

Full 1981 League Standings

Ottawa Rough Riders 1981 Opponent Appearances

Opponent Opp. Win %
Divisional 0.344 2-1-0 (3) 1-2-0 (3)
Non-Divisional 0.631 2-3-0 (5) 0-5-0 (5)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2) 0.719
Montreal Alouettes (2) 0.188
Toronto Argonauts (2) 0.125
BC Lions (2) 0.625
Calgary Stampeders (2) 0.375
Edmonton Eskimos (2) 0.906
Saskatchewan Roughriders (2) 0.563
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2) 0.688

Coaches

Head Coach

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Assistant Coaches
  • Jerry Keeling – Offensive backfield
  • Joseph Moss – Offensive line
  • Donald Sutherin – Defensive line
  • Robert O'Billovich – Defensive secondary

1981 Ottawa Rough Riders Attendance

  • Capacity: 34,972
  • Total: 157,450
  • High: 24,872
  • Avg: 19,681 (8 out of 8 games)
  • Diff from 1980 Avg: -4,401
  • Low: 15,002
  • Sellouts: 0
  • % of Capacity: 56.28
  • Diff from League Avg: -9,686

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Team Scoring

19811980 +/-
Average Combined Score 47.00 0.38 +
Average Winning Score 26.40 4.03 -
Average Losing Score 15.82 0.26 +
Average Home Score 23.25 1.50 -
Average Visitor Score 15.00 4.38 -
Average Margin of Victory 13.40 0.83 +
Average Margin of Loss 18.82 4.60 +

Stadium

  • 1981 home stadium: Lansdowne Park
  • Capacity: 34,972
  • Playing surface: Natural Grass
  • Previous stadium change: 1975 – Expansion

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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)
Ottawa 352459 5052102 381654 632891 186 (23.3)120 (15.0)306 (19.1)
Opponent 345892 7555130 4556101 5865123 234 (29.3)212 (26.5)446 (27.9)

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 3 (1-2-0) 2 (1-1-0) 3 (2-1-0) 1 (0-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 7 (1-6-0) 4 (1-3-0) 2 (1-1-0) 10 (3-7-0)
After 2nd 2 (2-0-0) 1 (1-0-0) 5 (1-4-0) 4 (1-3-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (0-4-0) 6 (3-3-0) 1 (1-0-0) 9 (1-8-0)
After 3rd 4 (3-1-0) 1 (1-0-0) 3 (0-3-0) 2 (1-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 6 (0-6-0) 6 (4-2-0) 1 (1-0-0) 9 (0-9-0)
After 4th 4 (4-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (0-4-0) 1 (1-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 7 (0-7-0) 5 (5-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 11 (0-11-0)

Ottawa Rough Riders 1981 Stars of the Week

Offensive Star

  • None

Defensive Star

  • None

Lineman Star

  • 1 – Rudy Phillips

Ottawa Rough Riders 1981 Player Awards and Nominations

1981 Most Outstanding
  • Player — Tony Gabriel (Team Nominee)
  • Defensive Player — Greg Marshall (Team Nominee)
  • Offensive Lineman — Val Belcher (Division Finalist)
  • Canadian Player — Tony Gabriel (Division Finalist)
  • Rookie — Eric Manns (Team Nominee)

Ottawa Rough Riders 1981 Draft Picks

Round–Pick
(Overall)
[Via]Player (Position)College/Program
1–3 (3) Maurice Doyle (RB) Toronto
2–3 (12) Don Burns (WR) Ottawa
4–3 (30) Eric Boss (DT) Toronto
5–3 (39) Larry Ring (DB) Bishop's
6–3 (48) Tony Refossco (OT) Toronto
7–3 (57) Rob Ball (DT) Queen's

Ottawa Rough Riders 1981 All-Star Selections

4 All-Canadian Selections
G Val Belcher
DT Mike Raines
DE Greg Marshall
S Randy Rhino
6 All-Division Selections
TE Tony Gabriel
G Val Belcher
DT Mike Raines
DE Greg Marshall
DHB Larry Brune
S Randy Rhino

* – indicates unanimous selection

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Week Game Details (EDT
A 2
Thu. June 4
8:00 PM
OTT 20 @ TOR 12 W 28,325
B 7
Thu. June 11
8:00 PM
MTL 17 @ OTT 18 W 16,139
C 13
Sun. June 21
1:30 PM
OTT 17 @ MTL 21 L 21,240
D 15
Fri. June 26
8:00 PM
TOR 25 @ OTT 35 W 14,092
1 20
Fri. July 3
8:00 PM
EDM 47 @ OTT 21 L 22,053 CTV
2 24
Sat. July 11
7:00 PM
OTT 10 @ HAM 47 L 22,345 CBCE, R/C
3 28
Fri. July 17
7:00 PM
MTL 31 @ OTT 33 W 24,872 R/C
4 33
Sat. July 25
11:00 PM
OTT 17 @ BC 31 L 26,661 CBC
6 39
Fri. Aug. 7
8:00 PM
TOR 11 @ OTT 38 W 22,658 CTV
7 45
Sat. Aug. 15
8:00 PM
SSK 32 @ OTT 16 L 18,408 CBC
8 47
Fri. Aug. 21
9:00 PM
OTT 18 @ CGY 30 L 30,276 CTV
9 51
Fri. Aug. 28
9:00 PM
OTT 8 @ WPG 31 L 26,092 CTV
10 55
Fri. Sept. 4
8:00 PM
BC 7 @ OTT 17 W 18,393 CTV
11 61
Sun. Sept. 13
1:30 PM
OTT 23 @ TOR 6 W 30,340 CBCE, R/C
12 65
Sun. Sept. 20
4:00 PM
OTT 23 @ SSK 26 L 28,385
13 67
Sat. Sept. 26
2:00 PM
HAM 30 @ OTT 16 L 20,541 CTVE
14 71
Sat. Oct. 3
2:00 PM
WPG 44 @ OTT 24 L 15,523 CTV
15 77
Mon. Oct. 12
1:30 PM
OTT 6 @ EDM 24 L 45,805 CBC
16 81
Sun. Oct. 18
1:30 PM
CGY 10 @ OTT 21 W 15,002 CBCE
18 89
Sun. Nov. 1
1:30 PM
OTT 15 @ MTL 39 L 20,867 CBCE
P1 91
Sun. Nov. 8
1:00 PM
MTL 16 @ OTT 20 W 17,554 CBC
P2 93
Sun. Nov. 15
1:00 PM
OTT 17 @ HAM 13 W 28,104 CTV
GC 95
Sun. Nov. 22
1:30 PM
EDM 26 vs OTT 23 L 53,307 CBC, CTV