William & Mary Tribe football, 1980–89

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The William & Mary Tribe football teams represented the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. The program was established in 1893 and serves as William & Mary's oldest athletic team. Their long-time football rival is the University of Richmond and their annual meeting is dubbed the I-64 Bowl (later renamed the Capital Cup starting in the 2009 season), so named for the highway connecting the two nearby schools.

Jimmye Laycock, a former William & Mary Tribe starting quarterback from 1967 to 1969, became the new head coach in 1980. He had previously worked as position and assistant coaches at various school for the 10 years prior to his first head coaching job, coincidentally at his alma mater. Laycock went 2–9 in 1980, his first season of what would eventually become the longest tenured and all-time winningest coach in school history. As of 2012, Laycock is still the head coach and is in his 35th consecutive year at William & Mary.

Of the era's 10 seasons, three stand out as particularly noteworthy. In 1986, the Tribe finished with a then-school record nine wins (9–3) and an appearance in the Division I-AA playoffs. Though they would lose their first-round game at home to Delaware, the season was a successful one.

Then, in 1988, William & Mary was selected as the inaugural American college football team to participate in the Epson Ivy Bowl, a special football game to be played against a team of all-stars from Japan. The Tribe traveled to Yokohama and easily won, 73–3. The game itself was started to try to spread the sport's popularity to other parts of the world.

In 1989, for the second time in four years, the Tribe qualified for the playoffs. The result was the same—a first round loss, this time to the Furman Paladins—but William & Mary still finished the season with an 8–3–1 record. Jimmye Laycock ended his first decade with a winning record (57–53–2).

1980[edit]

1980 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceIndependent
1980 record2–9
Head coachJimmye Laycock (1st year)
Offensive coordinatorRalph Friedgen (1st year)
Home stadiumCary Field
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
1980 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Pittsburgh           11 1 0
No. 5 Florida State           10 2 0
No. 8 Penn State           10 2 0
No. 9 Notre Dame           9 2 1
No. 18 Miami           9 3 0
Southern Miss           9 3 0
Navy           8 4 0
South Carolina           8 4 0
Virginia Tech           8 4 0
Boston College           7 4 0
Northeast Louisiana           7 4 0
Rutgers           7 4 0
UNLV           7 4 0
Tulane           7 5 0
Colgate           5 4 1
North Texas State           6 5 0
Villanova           6 5 0
West Virginia           6 6 0
Louisville           5 6 0
Richmond           5 6 0
Syracuse           5 6 0
East Carolina           4 7 0
Illinois State           4 7 0
Temple           4 7 0
Army           3 7 1
Holy Cross           3 8 0
Cincinnati           2 9 0
Memphis State           2 9 0
William & Mary           2 9 0
Georgia Tech           1 9 1
Rankings from AP Poll
DateOpponentSiteResult
September 6at NC StateL 0–42
September 13VMIL 10–13
September 20at Virginia TechL 3–7
September 27at NavyL 6–45
October 4Wake ForestL 7–27
October 11DartmouthW 17–14
October 18at RutgersW 21–18
October 25DelawareL 3–7
November 1at East CarolinaL 23–31
November 8at HarvardL 13–24
November 22at RichmondL 14–26

1981[edit]

1981 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceIndependent
1981 record5–6
Head coachJimmye Laycock (2nd year)
Home stadiumCary Field
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Penn State           10 2 0
No. 4 Pittsburgh           11 1 0
No. 8 Miami           9 2 0
Southern Miss           9 2 1
No. 17 West Virginia           9 3 0
Colgate           7 3 0
Virginia Tech           7 4 0
Navy           7 4 1
Cincinnati           6 5 0
Florida State           6 5 0
Holy Cross           6 5 0
Tulane           6 5 0
UNLV           6 6 0
South Carolina           6 6 0
Temple           5 5 0
Boston College           5 6 0
East Carolina           5 6 0
Northeast Louisiana           5 6 0
Louisville           5 6 0
Notre Dame           5 6 0
Rutgers           5 6 0
William & Mary           5 6 0
Syracuse           4 6 1
Richmond           4 7 0
Army           3 7 1
North Texas State           2 9 0
Georgia Tech           1 10 0
Memphis State           1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll
DateOpponentSiteResult
September 5at TempleL 0–42
September 12Miami (OH)L 14–33
September 19at Virginia TechL 3–47
October 3at VMIL 14–31
October 10at DartmouthW 12–7
October 17MarshallW 38–7
October 24at NavyL 0–27
October 31James MadisonW 31–19
November 7HarvardL 14–23
November 14at East CarolinaW 31–21
November 21RichmondW 35–21

1982[edit]

1982 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceIndependent
1982 record3–8
Head coachJimmye Laycock (3rd year)
Home stadiumCary Field
Seasons
← 1981
1983 →
1982 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Penn State           11 1 0
No. 13 Florida State           9 3 0
No. 10 Pittsburgh           9 3 0
No. 19 West Virginia           9 3 0
Boston College           8 3 1
Southwestern Louisiana           7 3 1
East Carolina           7 4 0
Miami           7 4 0
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Virginia Tech           7 4 0
Notre Dame           6 4 1
Cincinnati           6 5 0
Georgia Tech           6 5 0
Navy           6 5 0
Louisville           5 6 0
Rutgers           5 6 0
Army           4 7 0
South Carolina           4 7 0
Temple           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
William & Mary           3 8 0
North Texas State           2 9 0
Syracuse           2 9 0
Memphis State           1 10 0
Richmond           0 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll
DateOpponentSiteResult
September 11at Miami (OH)L 17–35
September 18VMIW 24–12
September 25at Virginia TechL 3–47
October 2at RutgersL 17–27
October 9DartmouthW 24–16
October 16at NavyL 3–39
October 23at James MadisonL 18–24
October 30at DelawareL 21–62
November 6BrownL 22–23
November 13East CarolinaL 27–31
November 20at RichmondW 28–17

1983[edit]

1983 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceIndependent
1983 record6–5
Head coachJimmye Laycock (4th year)
Home stadiumCary Field
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Miami           11 1 0
Virginia Tech           9 2 0
No. 19 Boston College           9 3 0
No. 16 West Virginia           9 3 0
No. 20 East Carolina           8 3 0
No. 18 Pittsburgh           8 3 1
Penn State           8 4 1
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Memphis State           6 4 1
Florida State           8 4 0
Notre Dame           7 5 0
Syracuse           6 5 0
William & Mary           6 5 0
South Carolina           5 6 0
Cincinnati           4 6 1
Southwestern Louisiana           4 6 0
Temple           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
Louisville           3 8 0
Navy           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Rutgers           3 8 0
Army           2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll
DateOpponentSiteResult
September 10at VMIW 28–14
September 17DelawareL 13–30
September 24at North CarolinaL 20–51
October 1vs. YaleW 26–14
October 8at DartmouthW 21–17
October 15James MadisonW 24–21
October 22RutgersL 28–35
October 29at Virginia TechL 21–59
November 5at MarshallW 48–24
November 12at East CarolinaL 6–40
November 19RichmondW 24–15

1984[edit]

1984 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceIndependent
1984 record6–5
Head coachJimmye Laycock (5th year)
Home stadiumCary Field
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →
1984 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Tennessee State 0 0 0     11 0 0
Georgia Southern 0 0 0     8 3 0
#15 Holy Cross 0 0 0     8 3 0
#19 Delaware 0 0 0     8 3 0
#12 Richmond ^ 0 0 0     8 4 0
Eastern Washington 0 0 0     7 2 1
James Madison 0 0 0     6 5 0
William & Mary 0 0 0     6 5 0
Bucknell 0 0 0     5 5 0
Colgate 0 0 0     5 5 0
Lafayette 0 0 0     5 5 0
Lehigh 0 0 0     5 6 0
Florida A&M 0 0 0     3 6 1
Northeastern 0 0 0     3 7 0
Western Kentucky 0 0 0     2 9 0
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
DateOpponentSiteResult
September 8VMIW 24–13
September 15at DelawareW 23–21
September 22at No. 7 Penn StateL 18–56
September 29at James MadisonW 20–10
October 6TempleL 14–28
October 13Boston UniversityW 24–3
October 20at Virginia TechL 14–38
October 27at Wake ForestL 21–34
November 3LehighW 24–10
November 10at ColgateW 48–39
November 17at RichmondL 31–33

1985[edit]

1985 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
APNo. 16 (NCAA Poll)[1]
1985 record7–4
Head coachJimmye Laycock (6th year)
Home stadiumCary Field
Seasons
← 1984
1986 →
1985 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9 Georgia Southern ^ 0 0 0     13 2 0
#11 Eastern Washington ^ 0 0 0     9 3 0
#18 Richmond 0 0 0     8 3 0
Colgate 0 0 0     7 3 1
Delaware 0 0 0     7 4 0
Tennessee State 0 0 0     7 4 0
#16 William & Mary 0 0 0     7 4 0
Lafayette 0 0 0     6 5 0
James Madison 0 0 0     5 6 0
Lehigh 0 0 0     5 6 0
Holy Cross 0 0 0     4 6 1
Florida A&M 0 0 0     4 7 0
Western Kentucky 0 0 0     4 7 0
Bucknell 0 0 0     3 7 0
Northeastern 0 0 0     2 8 0
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
DateOpponentSiteResult
September 7at Wake ForestL 23–30
September 14Norfolk StateW 28–15
September 21DelawareW 17–16
September 28James MadisonW 31–14
October 5at HarvardW 21–14
October 12at Virginia TechL 10–40
October 19at TempleL 16–45
October 26at VMIL 38–39
November 2at LehighW 31–29
November 9at PrincetonW 33–28
November 16RichmondW 28–17

1986[edit]

1986 William & Mary Tribe football
Division I-AA First Round, L 17–51, vs. Delaware
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
APNo. 8 (NCAA Poll)[2]
1986 record9–3
Head coachJimmye Laycock (7th year)
Home stadiumCary Field
Seasons
← 1985
1987 →
DateOpponentSiteResult
September 13ColgateW 42–21
September 20VMIW 37–22
September 27at BucknellW 30–13
October 4HarvardW 24–0
October 11at LehighW 44–34
October 18at DelawareW 24–18
October 25at James MadisonL 33–42
November 1at VirginiaW 41–37
November 8PrincetonW 32–14
November 15Holy CrossL 7–31
November 22at RichmondW 21–14
November 29DelawareL 17–51

1987[edit]

1987 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceIndependent
1987 record5–6
Head coachJimmye Laycock (8th year)
Home stadiumCary Field
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
DateOpponentSiteResult
September 5at East Tennessee StateL 25–49
September 12at NavyW 27–17
September 19at ColgateL 7–19
October 3LehighW 28–27
October 10at YaleL 34–40
October 17DelawareL 14–38
October 24James MadisonL 22–28
October 31vs. VMIW 17–6
November 7BucknellW 31–6
November 14at Holy CrossL 7–40
November 21RichmondW 20–7

1988[edit]

William & Mary became the first university to compete in the Epson Ivy Bowl in Yokohama, defeating a football team composed of Japanese all-stars, 73–3. The game occurred on January 8, 1989, but does not count toward official win-loss records. In order to participate in the game, however, the Tribe were forced to abstain from the Division I-AA playoffs that they had qualified for.

1988 William & Mary Tribe football
Epson Ivy Bowl, W 73–3, at Japan All-Stars
ConferenceIndependent
1988 record6–4–1
Head coachJimmye Laycock (9th year)
Home stadiumCary Field
Seasons
← 1987
1989 →
DateOpponentSiteResult
September 3at VirginiaL 23–31
September 10VMIW 30–7
September 17LehighW 14–6
September 24at James MadisonW 10–3
October 8at DelawareL 35–38
October 15New HampshireW 33–31
October 22VillanovaT 14–14
October 29at No. 18 GeorgiaL 24–59
November 5WoffordW 30–14
November 12ColgateW 28–3
November 19at RichmondL 19–24
January 8, 1989at Japan All-StarsW 73–3

1989[edit]

1989 William & Mary Tribe football
Division I-AA First Round, L 10–24, at Furman
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
APNo. 10 (NCAA Poll)[3]
1989 record8–3–1
Head coachJimmye Laycock (10th year)
Home stadiumCary Field
Seasons
← 1988
1990 →
DateOpponentSiteResult
September 9ColgateW 17–13
September 16at VMIW 24–17
September 23at PrincetonT 31–31
September 30at VirginiaL 12–24
October 7DelawareW 27–24
October 14vs. Boston UniversityW 13–10
October 21at VillanovaL 17–20
October 28at LehighW 55–39
November 4East Tennessee StateW 34–28
November 11James MadisonW 24–21
November 18RichmondW 22–10
November 25at FurmanL 10–24

Decade totals[edit]

  • Final record: 57–53–2
  • Points scored: 2,439
  • Points against: 2,817
  • +/- point differential: –378

NFL Draft selections[edit]

= NFL Hall of Fame = Canadian Football Hall of Fame = College Football Hall of Fame
# Year Round Pick Overall Name Team Position
1 1982 3 28 83 John Cannon Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive end
2 1985 10 9 261 Mark Kelso Philadelphia Eagles Defensive back
3 1987 7 25 193 Archie Harris Chicago Bears Tackle
4 1987 8 23 218 Mike "Pinball" Clemons Kansas City Chiefs Running back
5 1987 9 9 232 Ken Lambiotte Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback

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