1972 Stanford Cardinals football team

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1972 Stanford Cardinals football
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
1972 record6–5 (4–4 Pac-8)
Head coachJack Christiansen (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorRobert A. Jones
Defensive coordinatorNorb Hecker
Home stadiumStanford Stadium
(c. 85,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →
1972 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 USC $ 7 0 0     12 0 0
No. 15 UCLA 5 2 0     8 3 0
No. 19 Washington State 4 3 0     7 4 0
Washington 4 3 0     8 3 0
California 3 4 0     3 8 0
Oregon 2 5 0     5 6 0
Stanford 2 5 0     6 5 0
Oregon State 1 6 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1972 Stanford Cardinals football team represented Stanford University in the 1972 NCAA University Division football season. Following the departure of head coach John Ralston for the Denver Broncos in early January,[1][2][3] defensive backs coach Jack Christiansen was promoted to head coach.[4][5][6] Stanford finished at 6–5, but were 2–5 in Pacific-8 Conference play, tied for sixth.

The school changed its nickname from "Indians" to "Cardinals" in March after objections from Native American students and a vote by the student senate.[7][8][9][10]


Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 16San Jose State*W 44–0
September 23at Duke*No. 19W 10–6
September 30No. 20 West Virginia*No. 19
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
W 41–35
October 7No. 1 USCNo. 15
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA (rivalry)
L 21–30
October 14No. 12 WashingtonNo. 17
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
W 24–0
October 21at OregonNo. 13L 13–15
October 28Oregon State
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
W 17–11
November 4at No. 8 UCLAL 23–28
November 11at Washington StateNo. 20L 13–27
November 18at CaliforniaL 21–24
December 2at Hawaii*W 39–7
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Game summaries[edit]

Washington[edit]

1 234Total
Washington 0 000 0
Stanford 7 1430 24
Source[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stanford's Ralston Broncos coach". Sarasota Herald Tribune. (Florida). Associated Press. January 6, 1972. p. 1D.
  2. ^ "Five-year pro deal to Ralston". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 6, 1972. p. 23.
  3. ^ King, Errol (January 6, 1972). "Ralston's talking Super Bowl". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). UPI. p. C1.
  4. ^ "Christiansen accepts job at Stanford". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). UPI. January 22, 1972. p. 16.
  5. ^ "White decides on Cal; Tribe gets Christiansen". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 22, 1972. p. 1B.
  6. ^ "Christiansen Stanford's coach, White goes to Cal". Lodi News-Sentinel. (California). UPI. January 22, 1972. p. 7.
  7. ^ "Indians are no more as Stanford name". Lodi News-Sentinel. (California). UPI. March 4, 1972. p. 8.
  8. ^ "What is the history of Stanford's mascot and nickname?". Stanford Athletics. July 7, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  9. ^ Wascher, Jim (March 3, 1972). "Senate abolishes mascot". The Stanford Daily. (California). p. 10.
  10. ^ "The Removal of the Indian Mascot at Stanford". Stanford Native American Cultural Center. Archived from the original on 2009-06-20. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  11. ^ "Cards dump Huskies, 24-0". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. October 15, 1972. p. 6C.
  12. ^ "Stanford beats UW with Sixkiller hurt". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. October 15, 1972. p. 2, sports.