1951 Stanford Indians football team
|1951 Stanford Indians football|
|Conference||Pacific Coast Conference|
|1951 record||9–2 (6–1 PCC)|
|Head coach||Chuck Taylor (1st year)|
|Home stadium||Stanford Stadium|
|1951 PCC football standings|
|#7 Stanford †||6||–||1||–||0||9||–||2||–||0|
|#18 Washington State||4||–||3||–||0||7||–||3||–||0|
|† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1951 Stanford Indians football team represented Stanford University in the 1951 college football season. Stanford was led by first-year head coach Chuck Taylor. The team was a member of the Pacific Coast Conference and played their home games at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California.
The 1950 season had ended in disappointing fashion after high expectations and a fast start. Head coach Marchmont Schwartz had resigned following the season, and to replace him, Stanford hired Chuck Taylor, a former Stanford All-American guard and member of Stanford's undefeated 1940 team which defeated Nebraska in the 1941 Rose Bowl.
Led by the passing attack of senior quarterback Gary Kerkorian and senior end Bill McColl, Stanford ran out to a 9–0 start and took a #3 ranking into the Big Game, where they were 13-point favorites over rival California. Cal upset the Indians 20–7, but as PCC champions, Stanford was invited to the 1952 Rose Bowl against Big 10 champion and 4th-ranked Illinois. The Indians led at halftime 7–6 and trailed only 13–7 to start the fourth quarter, but a 27-point scoring outburst gave the Fighting Illini a convincing 40–7 victory.
|September 23||vs. Oregon||Multnomah Stadium • Portland, Oregon||W 27–20|
|September 29||San Jose State*||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, California||W 26–13|
|October 6||at Michigan*||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Michigan||W 23–13|
|October 13||UCLA||#19||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, California||W 21–7|
|October 20||Santa Clara*||#13||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, California||W 21–14|
|October 27||at Washington||#11||Husky Stadium • Seattle, Washington||W 14–7|
|November 3||#16 Washington State||#11||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, California||W 21–13|
|November 10||#6 USC||#7||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, California||W 27–20|
|November 17||Oregon State||#4||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, California||W 35–14|
|November 24||at #19 California||#3||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, California (54th Big Game)||L 7–20|
|January 1, 1952||vs. #4 Illinois||#8||Rose Bowl • Pasadena, California (Rose Bowl)||L 7–40|
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
Taylor, at 31 the youngest major college football coach, was named AFCA Coach of the Year, the only time a Stanford coach has received the award. In addition to numerous awards, McColl was a Consensus All-American, finished fourth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy, and would go on to a seven-year professional career with the Chicago Bears. Kerkorian was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and backed up Johnny Unitas with the Baltimore Colts.
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- "Chuck Taylor is new grid coach at Stanford U". Modesto Bee. February 3, 1951. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
- "Stanford Game-by-Game Results; 1951–1955". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved September 9, 2011.
- Migdol, Gary (1997). Stanford: Home of Champions. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing LLC. p. 116. ISBN 1-57167-116-1.
- "Matson, Taylor, McColl honored". The Register-Guard. November 19, 1951. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
- "1951 Heisman Trophy Voting". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved October 10, 2011.