1933 Stanford Indians football team

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1933 Stanford Indians football
Stanford block S.jpg
PCC Co-Champions
Rose Bowl vs. Columbia, L 0-7
Conference Pacific Coast Conference
1933 record 8–2–1 (4–1 PCC)
Head coach Claude E. Thornhill (1st year)
Home stadium Stanford Stadium
Seasons
« 1932 1934 »
1933 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Stanford§ 4 1 0     8 2 1
Oregon § 4 1 0     9 1 0
USC 4 1 1     10 1 1
Oregon State 2 1 1     6 2 2
Washington State 3 3 1     5 3 1
California 2 2 2     6 3 2
Washington 3 4 0     5 4 0
UCLA 1 3 1     6 4 1
Idaho 1 4 0     4 4 0
Montana 0 4 0     3 4 0
§ – Conference co-champions
  • Selected as Rose Bowl representative

The 1933 Stanford Indians football team represented Stanford University in the 1933 college football season. In head coach Tiny Thornill's first season, the Indians allowed only 36 points during the entire regular season and logged four shutout victories. The team was Pacific Coast Conference co-champions with Oregon and was selected to represent the conference in the Rose Bowl.[1]

Heavy favorites in the Rose Bowl against Columbia, the Indians, led by quarterback Frank Alustiza and fullback Bobby Grayson, dominated the line of scrimmage, with Grayson rushing for 152 yards on 28 carries, more than the entire Columbia team—but eight fumbles and a stiff goal line defense by Columbia kept Stanford from scoring, and the lone score, via a hidden ball play, gave the Lions the upset.[2]

The team was the first known as "The Vow Boys" because after a devastating loss to rival USC, the Stanford freshman of that game, led by Alustiza, vowed never again to lose to USC. They kept the vow for three years, beginning with a 13–7 road victory over the 1933 USC team, USC's first loss in 27 games, a victory which paved Stanford's way to the Rose Bowl.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 23 San Jose State* Stanford StadiumStanford, CA W 27–0  
September 30 UCLA Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 3–0  
October 7 Santa Clara* Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 7–0  
October 14 at Northwestern* Dyche StadiumChicago, IL T 0–0  
October 21 San Francisco* Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 20–13  
October 28 at Washington Husky StadiumSeattle, WA L 0–6  
November 4 Olympic Club* Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 21–0  
November 11 at USC Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 13–7  
November 18 Montana Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 33–7  
November 25 California Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA (39th Big Game) W 7–3  
January 1, 1934 vs. Columbia* Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) L 0–7  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stanford Game-by-Game Results; 1933–1937". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ "1934: Columbia, 7 vs. Stanford, 0". Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Tradition: Great Moments in the First Fifty Years of Cardinal Football". The Stanford Review. XXXVII (8). December 1, 2006. Retrieved November 11, 2011.