List of Stanford Cardinal bowl games

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The Stanford Cardinal football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing Stanford University in the North Division of the Pacific-12 Conference (Pac-12). Prior to 1930, the team had no official nickname. From 1930 to 1972, the team was known as the Indians; from 1972 to 1981, the team was known as the Cardinals; since 1982, the team has competed as the Cardinal.

Since the establishment of the team in 1892, Stanford has appeared in 26 bowl games.[1] Included in these games are 14 appearances in the Rose Bowl Game and four Bowl Championship Series (BCS) game appearances with an overall record of 12 wins, 13 losses, and one tie.[1]

Bowl games[edit]

List of bowl games showing bowl played in, date, winning team, score, losing team, stadium, location, attendance, head coach, and MVP
# Bowl Date Winning team Score Losing team Stadium Location Attendance Head coach MVP
1 Rose Bowl January 1, 1902 Michigan L 0–49 Stanford Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 8,500 Fickert, CharlesCharles Fickert Neil Snow (Michigan)
2 Rose Bowl January 1, 1925 Notre Dame L 10–27 Stanford Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 53,000 Warner, Glenn "Pop"Glenn "Pop" Warner Nevers, ErnieErnie Nevers (Stanford)
Elmer Layden (Notre Dame)
3 Rose Bowl January 1, 1927 Stanford T 7–7 Alabama Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 57,417 Warner, Glenn "Pop"Glenn "Pop" Warner Pickhard, FredFred Pickhard (Alabama)
4 Rose Bowl January 2, 1928 Stanford W 7–6 Pittsburgh Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 70,000 Warner, Glenn "Pop"Glenn "Pop" Warner Hoffman, BiffBiff Hoffman (Stanford)
5 Rose Bowl January 1, 1934 Columbia L 0–7 Stanford Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 35,000 Thornhill, Claude E.Claude E. Thornhill Montgomery, CliffCliff Montgomery (Columbia)
6 Rose Bowl January 1, 1935 Alabama L 13–29 Stanford Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 84,474 Thornhill, Claude E.Claude E. Thornhill Howell, DixieDixie Howell (Alabama)
7 Rose Bowl January 1, 1936 Stanford W 7–0 SMU Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 84,784 Thornhill, Claude E.Claude E. Thornhill Moscrip, JimJim Moscrip (Stanford)
Keith Topping (Stanford)
8 Rose Bowl January 1, 1941 Stanford W 21–13 Nebraska Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 92,000 Shaughnessy, ClarkClark Shaughnessy Kmetovic, PetePete Kmetovic (Stanford)
9 Rose Bowl January 1, 1952 Illinois L 7–40 Stanford Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 96,825 Taylor, ChuckChuck Taylor Tate, BillBill Tate (Illinois)
10 Rose Bowl January 1, 1971 Stanford W 27–17 Ohio State Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 103,839 Ralston, JohnJohn Ralston Plunkett, JimJim Plunkett (Stanford)
11 Rose Bowl January 1, 1972 Stanford W 13–12 Michigan Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 103,154 Ralston, JohnJohn Ralston Bunce, DonDon Bunce (Stanford)
12 Sun Bowl December 31, 1977 Stanford W 24–14 LSU Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso, TX 31,318 Walsh, BillBill Walsh Ceresino, GordyGordy Ceresino (Stanford)
Charles Alexander (LSU)
13 Bluebonnet Bowl December 31, 1978 Stanford W 25–22 Georgia Astrodome Houston, TX 34,084 Walsh, BillBill Walsh Dils, SteveSteve Dils (Stanford)
Gordy Ceresino (Stanford)
14 Gator Bowl December 27, 1986 Clemson L 21–27 Stanford Gator Bowl Stadium Jacksonville, FL 80,104 Elway, JackJack Elway Muster, BradBrad Muster (Stanford)
Rodney Williams (Clemson)
15 Aloha Bowl December 25, 1991 Georgia Tech L 17–18 Stanford Aloha Stadium Honolulu, HI 34,433 Green, DennisDennis Green Vardell, TommyTommy Vardell (Stanford)
Shawn Jones (Georgia Tech)
16 Blockbuster Bowl January 1, 1993 Stanford W 24–3 Penn State Joe Robbie Stadium Miami Gardens, FL 45,554 Walsh, BillBill Walsh Gordon, DarrienDarrien Gordon (Stanford)
17 Liberty Bowl December 30, 1995 East Carolina L 13–19 Stanford Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Memphis, TN 47,398 Willingham, TyroneTyrone Willingham Ellis, KwameKwame Ellis (Stanford)
18 Sun Bowl December 31, 1996 Stanford W 38–0 Michigan State Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso, TX 42,721 Willingham, TyroneTyrone Willingham Hutchinson, ChadChad Hutchinson (Stanford)
19 Rose Bowl January 1, 2000 Wisconsin L 9–17 Stanford Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 93,731 Willingham, TyroneTyrone Willingham Dayne, RonRon Dayne (Wisconsin)
20 Seattle Bowl December 27, 2001 Georgia Tech L 14–24 Stanford Safeco Field Seattle, WA 30,144 Willingham, TyroneTyrone Willingham Godsey, GeorgeGeorge Godsey (Georgia Tech)
21 Sun Bowl December 31, 2009 Oklahoma L 27–31 Stanford Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso, TX 53,713 Harbaugh, JimJim Harbaugh Broyles, RyanRyan Broyles (Oklahoma)
22 Orange Bowl January 3, 2011 Stanford W 40–12 Virginia Tech Sun Life Stadium Miami Gardens, FL 65,453 Harbaugh, JimJim Harbaugh Luck, AndrewAndrew Luck (Stanford)
23 Fiesta Bowl January 2, 2012 Oklahoma State L 38–41 (OT) Stanford University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, AZ 69,927 Shaw, DavidDavid Shaw Blackmon, JustinJustin Blackmon (Oklahoma State)
Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)
24 Rose Bowl January 1, 2013 Stanford W 20–14 Wisconsin Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 93,359 Shaw, DavidDavid Shaw Taylor, StepfanStepfan Taylor (Stanford)
Usua Amanam (Stanford)
25 Rose Bowl January 1, 2014 Michigan State L 20–24 Stanford Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 95,173 Shaw, DavidDavid Shaw Cook, ConnorConnor Cook (Michigan State)
Kyler Elsworth (Michigan State)
26 Foster Farms Bowl December 30, 2014 Stanford W 45–21 Maryland Levi's Stadium Santa Clara, CA 34,780 Shaw, DavidDavid Shaw Hogan, KevinKevin Hogan (Stanford)
James Vaughters (Stanford)


  1. ^ a b "Bowl/All-Star Game Records". NCAA. Retrieved December 6, 2012.