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The 1981 West Virginia Mountaineers football team completed the regular season with a 9-3 record and traveled to the Peach Bowl, where they beat the Florida Gators 26-6. They finished with a ranking of 17/18.

1981 Schedule

1981 season

Oliver Luck was the starting quarterback for the Mountaineers. He led the team with 2448 passing yards and 16 touchdowns. Leading the team in rushing was Curlin Beck with 537 net yards. Rich Hollins led the team in receiving with 37 receptions for 764 yards.

The first game pitted the Mountaineers against the Virginia Cavaliers. The Mountaineers won the opener 32-18 in Charlottesvillemarker. WVU then traveled to College Parkmarker, where they took on the Maryland Terrapins. WVU held on for a 17-13 road victory.

Their home opener was against Colorado Statemarker, who they thrashed 49-3. They then traveled to Boston College, where they won 38-10. Their first loss of the season came at the hands of archrival Pittmarker 17-0 at home. They rebounded with a resounding 27-6 win over Virginia Tech. They played at Penn Statemarker, but lost 7-30, to the number 1 team in the nation.

The Mountaineers returned home for a game with East Carolinamarker, in which they won 20-3. They later on beat Templemarker by a 24-19 margin. Rutgersmarker was next up, and lost 20-3.

West Virginia barely lost on the road to Syracusemarker, 24-27, but more than made up for it with a 26-6 thumping of the Florida Gators in the Peach Bowl.



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