1970 Stanford Indians football team
|1970 Stanford Indians football|
Rose Bowl champion
|1970 record||9–3 (6–1 Pac-8)|
|Head coach||John Ralston (8th season)|
|Home stadium||Stanford Stadium (c. 85,500, grass)|
|1970 Pacific-8 football standings|
|No. 8 Stanford $||6||–||1||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|No. 15 USC||3||–||4||–||0||6||–||4||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The Indians were 8–3 in the regular season and won the Pac-8 title by two games; their only conference loss was at rival California in the Big Game on November 21. In the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on New Year's Day, they upset #2 Ohio State.
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; he also 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.
Plunkett was the first overall pick of the 1971 NFL Draft, selected by the Boston Patriots; the team relocated to the new Schaefer Stadium in Foxborough before the 1971 season began and became the New England Patriots.
|September 12||at No. 4 Arkansas*||No. 10||W 34–28|
|September 19||San Jose State*||No. 4||W 34–3|
|September 26||at Oregon||No. 3||W 33–10|
|October 3||Purdue*||No. 3||L 14–26|
|October 10||No. 4 USC||No. 12||W 24–14|
|October 17||at Washington State||No. 9||W 63–16|
|October 24||at No. 16 UCLA||No. 8||W 9–7|
|October 31||Oregon State||No. 6||W 48–10|
|November 7||Washington||No. 6||W 29–22|
|November 14||at No. 13 Air Force*||No. 6||L 14–31|
|November 21||at California||No. 11||L 14–22|
|January 1, 1971||vs. No. 2 Ohio State*||No. 12||W 27–17|
|1970 Stanford Cardinal football team roster|
Five Stanford players were selected in the 1971 NFL Draft
|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|
Awards and honors
- Jim Plunkett, Heisman Trophy 
- Jim Plunkett, Walter Camp Award
- Jim Plunkett, Maxwell Award
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- "1971 NFL Draft". Retrieved November 25, 2013.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2007-04-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)