1971 Stanford Indians football team

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1971 Stanford Indians football
Pac-8 champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 13–12 vs. Michigan
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 16
APNo. 10
1971 record9–3 (6–1 Pac-8)
Head coachJohn Ralston (9th season)
Home stadiumStanford Stadium (c. 85,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →
1971 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 10 Stanford $ 6 1 0     9 3 0
No. 20 USC 3 2 1     6 4 1
No. 19 Washington 4 3 0     8 3 0
California 4 3 0     6 5 0
Oregon State 3 3 0     5 6 0
Oregon 2 4 0     5 6 0
Washington State 2 5 0     4 7 0
UCLA 1 4 1     2 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1971 Stanford Indians football team represented Stanford University during the 1971 college football season.

Season[edit]

The previous season, the Indians had won the Pac-8 conference and the 1971 Rose Bowl behind Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jim Plunkett. With the core of the "Thunderchickens" defense, led by Jeff Siemon and Pete Lazetich, returning, and under the steady leadership of former backup quarterback Don Bunce, the Indians defended the conference title and went on to upset #4 Michigan in the 1972 Rose Bowl.[1][2]

Following the season, Stanford head coach John Ralston resigned to become head coach of the NFL Denver Broncos.[3] Stanford hired defensive assistant coach Jack Christiansen to replace Ralston.[4]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 11at Missouri*No. 19W 19–0
September 18at Army*No. 13W 38–3
September 25OregonNo. 13W 38–17
October 2No. 19 Duke*No. 10
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
L 3–9
October 9at No. 11 WashingtonNo. 19W 17–6
October 16at USCNo. 15W 33–18
October 23Washington StateNo. 10
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
L 23–24
October 30at Oregon StateNo. 17W 31–24
November 6UCLANo. 12
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
W 20–9
November 13San Jose State*No. 10
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA (rivalry)
L 12–13
November 20CaliforniaNo. 18
W 14–0
January 1, 1972vs. No. 4 Michigan*No. 16W 13–12
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster[edit]

1971 Stanford Cardinal football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB Don Bunce Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Players drafted by the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Greg Sampson Tackle 1 6 Houston Oilers
Jeff Siemon Linebacker 1 10 Minnesota Vikings
Pete Lazetich Defensive end 2 36 San Diego Chargers
Jackie Brown Running back 8 202 Oakland Raiders
Don Bunce Quarterback 12 307 Washington Redskins
Larry Butler Linebacker 16 406 Atlanta Falcons

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Blackman, Frank (December 29, 1999). "Bowled over by the '70s". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  2. ^ "Stanford Game-by-Game Results; 1971–1975". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  3. ^ "Stanford's Ralston Broncos coach". Sarasota Herald Tribune. January 6, 1972. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  4. ^ "Christiansen accepts job at Stanford". Star-News. January 22, 1972. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "1972 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved June 14, 2012.