The Saskatchewan Roughriders’ 1981 Season

Season Summary

  • Finished 4th in the Western Conference

Saskatchewan Roughriders 1981 Full Schedule/Results

Team Roster and Stats

Saskatchewan Roughriders 1981 Record
GP W L T PTS PF PA Streak L6
Pre-season 4 2 2 0 4 65 67 W1 2-2-0
Regular Season 16 9 7 0 18 431 371 L1 3-3-0
    Home 8 3 5 0 6 214 209 L2 3-3-0
    Visitor 8 6 2 0 12 217 162 L1 4-2-0
   Divisional opponent 8 2 6 0 4 184 209 L1 2-4-0
   Non-divisional opponent 8 7 1 0 14 247 162 W1 5-1-0

Full 1981 League Standings

Saskatchewan Roughriders 1981 Opponent Appearances

Opponent Opp. Win %
Divisional 0.648 0-4-0 (4) 2-2-0 (4)
Non-Divisional 0.336 3-1-0 (4) 4-0-0 (4)
BC Lions (2) 0.625
Calgary Stampeders (2) 0.375
Edmonton Eskimos (2) 0.906
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

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Assistant Coaches
  • Monte Charles – Receivers
  • Steve Buratto – Offensive line
  • Mike Murphy – Defensive Coordinator
  • Gerry Hart – Defensive backfield

1981 Saskatchewan Roughriders Attendance

  • Capacity: 27,637
  • Total: 223,519
  • High: 30,312
  • Avg: 27,939 (8 out of 8 games)
  • Diff from 1980 Avg: +3,534
  • Low: 24,740
  • Sellouts: 5
  • % of Capacity: 101.10
  • Diff from League Avg: -1,427

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Team Scoring

19811980 +/-
Average Combined Score 50.13 3.06 +
Average Winning Score 30.78 12.28 +
Average Losing Score 22.00 4.36 +
Average Home Score 26.75 8.63 +
Average Visitor Score 27.13 9.75 +
Average Margin of Victory 12.11 9.61 +
Average Margin of Loss 7.00 6.57 -

Stadium

  • 1981 home stadium: Taylor Field
  • Capacity: 27,637
  • Playing surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
  • Previous stadium change: 1979 – Expansion/artificial turf

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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)
Saskatchewan 324274 4766113 434891 9261153 214 (26.8)217 (27.1)431 (26.9)
Opponent 613495 7242114 453277 315485 162 (20.3)209 (26.1)371 (23.2)

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

Saskatchewan Roughriders 1981 Stars of the Week

Offensive Star

  • 1 – Joey Walters
  • 1 – Joe Barnes
  • 1 – John Hufnagel

Defensive Star

  • 1 – Vince Goldsmith
  • 1 – Andre Jones
  • 1 – Jerry Friesen

Lineman Star

  • 2 – Mike Samples

Saskatchewan Roughriders 1981 Player Awards and Nominations

1981 Most Outstanding
  • Player — Joey Walters (Team Nominee)
  • Defensive Player — Lyall Woznesensky (Team Nominee)
  • Offensive Lineman — Don Swafford (Team Nominee)
  • Canadian Player — Lyall Woznesensky (Team Nominee)
  • Rookie — Vince Goldsmith (Winner)
1981 Other Awards
  • Tom Pate Memorial Award — Ken McEachern (Winner)

Saskatchewan Roughriders 1981 Draft Picks

Round–Pick
(Overall)
[Via]Player (Position)College/Program
2–1 (10) Hazen Henderson (DB) Simon Fraser
3–1 (19) Don Buston (FL) Simon Fraser
4–1 (28) David Pearson (DT) Western Ontario
5–1 (37) Vic Stevenson (TE) Calgary
6–1 (46) John Celestino (DT) Windsor
7–1 (55) Wayne Stremmel (LB) Simon Fraser

Saskatchewan Roughriders 1981 All-Star Selections

1 All-Canadian Selections
TE Joey Walters
5 All-Division Selections
TE Joey Walters
DT Mike Samples (Tie)
DE Lyall Woznesensky
OLB Vince Goldsmith
S Ken McEachern

* – indicates unanimous selection

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Week Game Details (EDT
A 1
Wed. June 3
9:00 PM
SSK 19 @ WPG 10 W 18,950
5
Sun. June 7
3:30 PM
BC 20 @ SSK 12 L 18,740
C 10
Tue. June 16
9:30 PM
SSK 1 @ EDM 17 L 43,426
14
Sun. June 21
3:30 PM
CGY 20 @ SSK 33 W 18,599
1 19
Thu. July 2
8:00 PM
SSK 19 @ TOR 18 W 33,243
2 26
Sun. July 12
3:30 PM
WPG 22 @ SSK 20 L 24,740 CTVR
4 31
Fri. July 24
9:00 PM
CGY 25 @ SSK 16 L 26,992 CTV
5 38
Sun. Aug. 2
1:30 PM
SSK 43 @ MTL 23 W 33,209 CTV
6 42
Sun. Aug. 9
3:30 PM
BC 28 @ SSK 24 L 28,168 CBC
7 45
Sat. Aug. 15
8:00 PM
SSK 32 @ OTT 16 W 18,408 CBC
8 50
Sun. Aug. 23
4:00 PM
TOR 14 @ SSK 38 W 26,100 CTV
9 54
Sun. Aug. 30
4:00 PM
SSK 34 @ EDM 44 L 43,346 CTVW
10 56
Sun. Sept. 6
4:00 PM
MTL 26 @ SSK 35 W 28,526 CBC, R/C
11 60
Sat. Sept. 12
9:00 PM
SSK 32 @ WPG 25 W 31,813 CTVW
12 65
Sun. Sept. 20
4:00 PM
OTT 23 @ SSK 26 W 28,385
14 74
Sun. Oct. 4
4:00 PM
HAM 30 @ SSK 26 L 30,296 CBC
15 78
Mon. Oct. 12
4:00 PM
SSK 28 @ HAM 12 W 27,149 CTV, R/C
16 82
Sun. Oct. 18
4:00 PM
EDM 41 @ SSK 29 L 30,312 CBCW
17 86
Sun. Oct. 25
4:00 PM
SSK 24 @ CGY 11 W 33,279 CBC
18 88
Sat. Oct. 31
5:00 PM
SSK 5 @ BC 13 L 21,183 CTVW