1977 Stanford Cardinals football team

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1977 Stanford Cardinals football
Stanford block S.jpg
Sun Bowl vs. LSU, W 24–14
Conference Pacific-8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #15
AP #15
1977 record 9–3 (5–2 Pac-8)
Head coach Bill Walsh
Home stadium Stanford Stadium (c. 85,500, grass)
Seasons
« 1976 1978 »
1977 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#10 Washington   6 1         8 4  
#15 Stanford   5 2         9 3  
#13 USC   5 2         8 4  
California   3 4         7 4  
Washington State   3 4         6 5  
Oregon   1 6         2 9  
Oregon State   0 7         2 9  
UCLA   0 7         0 11  
† – Conference champion
  • UCLA forfeited 7 wins (5 conference wins) due to an ineligible player.
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 1977 Stanford Cardinals football team represented Stanford University during the 1977 college football season. Bill Walsh served his first season as Stanford's head coach. The Cardinals were led by senior quarterback Guy Benjamin, who won the Sammy Baugh Trophy, awarded to the best passer in college football; senior receiver James Lofton, who caught 57 passes for 1,010 yards and 14 TDs and was named an AP and NEA Second Team All-American; junior linebacker Gordy Ceresino, and freshman running back Darrin Nelson.[1] Stanford ended its season with a 9–3 record, good enough for second place in the Pac-8, and went on to defeat LSU in the Sun Bowl.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 10 at #12 Colorado* Folsom FieldBoulder, CO L 21–27   50,482
September 17 at Tulane* Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA W 21–17   30,482
September 24 Illinois* Stanford StadiumStanford, CA W 37–24   50,500
October 1 Oregon Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 20–10   36,500
October 8 UCLA Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 32–28   64,500
October 15 at Washington Husky StadiumSeattle, WA L 21–45   46,529
October 22 Washington State Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 31–29   47,500
October 29 at Oregon State Parker StadiumCorvallis, OR W 26–7   20,196
November 5 at #16 USC Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 0–49   65,101
November 12 San Jose State* Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 31–26   39,000
November 19 California Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA (80th Big Game) W 21–3   87,500
December 31 vs. LSU* Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) W 24–14   30,621
*Non-conference game.

Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
James Lofton Wide Receiver 1 6 Green Bay Packers
Gordon King Tackle 1 10 New York Giants
Guy Benjamin Quarterback 2 51 Miami Dolphins
Bill Kellar Wide Receiver 7 184 Kansas City Chiefs

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Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Migdol, Gary (1997). Stanford: Home of Champions. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing LLC. p. 168. ISBN 1-57167-116-1. 
  2. ^ "Stanford Game-by-Game Results; 1977–1981". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1978.htm
  4. ^ http://www.touchdownclubofcolumbus.com/Awards.htm#SAMMY