1970 Stanford Indians football team

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1970 Stanford Indians football
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Pac-8 champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 27–17 vs. Ohio State
Conference Pacific-8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 10
AP No. 8
1970 record 9–3 (6–1 Pac-8)
Head coach John Ralston (8th year)
Home stadium Stanford Stadium (c. 85,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1969
1971 →
1970 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 Stanford $ 6 1 0     9 3 0
Washington 4 3 0     6 4 0
Oregon 4 3 0     6 4 1
UCLA 4 3 0     6 5 0
California 4 3 0     6 5 0
#15 USC 3 4 0     6 4 1
Oregon State 3 4 0     6 5 0
Washington State 0 7 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1970 Stanford Indians football team represented Stanford University during the 1970 college football season.

Season[edit]

The Indians won the Pac-8 conference with an overall record of 9–3 and went on to beat #2 Ohio State in the 1971 Rose Bowl.[1] With eighteen passing and three rushing touchdowns added to his 2,715 passing yards on the year (which broke his own conference record), Rose Bowl MVP Jim Plunkett was awarded the Heisman Trophy. The 1970 college season had been the "Year of the Quarterback," and Plunkett beat out Notre Dame's Joe Theismann and Archie Manning of Ole Miss to win the award.

Plunkett was the first Latino to win the Heisman Trophy. Aside from the Heisman, he captured the Maxwell Award for the nation's best quarterback and was named player of the year by United Press International, The Sporting News, and SPORT magazine. In addition, the American College Football Coaches Association designated him as their Offensive Player of the Year.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 12 at No. 4 Arkansas* No. 10 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 34–28  
September 19 San Jose State* No. 4 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA (Rivalry) W 34–3  
September 26 at Oregon No. 3 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR W 33–10  
October 3 Purdue* No. 3 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA L 14–26  
October 10 No. 4 USC No. 12 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA (Rivalry) W 24–14  
October 17 at Washington State No. 9 Joe Albi StadiumSpokane, WA W 63–16  
October 24 at No. 16 UCLA No. 8 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 9–7  
October 31 Oregon State No. 6 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 48–10  
November 7 Washington No. 6 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 29–22  
November 14 at No. 13 Air Force* No. 6 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO L 14–31  
November 21 at California No. 11 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA (73rd Big Game) L 14–22  
January 1, 1971 vs. No. 2 Ohio State* No. 12 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) W 27–17  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Players drafted by the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Jim Plunkett Quarterback 1 1 New England Patriots
Dave Tipton Defensive Tackle 4 96 New York Giants
Bob Moore Tight End 5 123 Oakland Raiders
Ron Kadziel Linebacker 5 129 Dallas Cowboys
Randy Vataha Wide Receiver 17 418 Los Angeles Rams

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Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]