1979 Stanford Cardinals football team

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1979 Stanford Cardinals football
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
1979 record5–5–1 (3–3–1 Pac-10)
Head coachRod Dowhower (1st season)
Home stadiumStanford Stadium (c. 85,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 USC $ 6 0 1     11 0 1
No. 11 Washington 5 2 0     9 3 0
Arizona 4 3 0     6 5 1
Oregon 4 3 0     6 5 0
California 5 4 0     6 6 0
Stanford 3 3 1     5 5 1
Arizona State 3 4 0     6 6 0
UCLA 3 4 0     5 6 0
Washington State 2 6 0     3 8 0
Oregon State 1 7 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • † – Arizona State later forfeited 5 wins (3 in conference) due to NCAA sanctions[1]
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Stanford Cardinals football team represented Stanford University during the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. Rod Dowhower, an assistant coach under previous coach Bill Walsh, was hired as Stanford's new head coach, but resigned after the season to take an assistant coaching position with the NFL's Denver Broncos.[2]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 8at Tulane*No. 13L 10–3341,251
September 15San Jose State*W 45–2946,789
September 22Army*
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
L 13–1743,345
September 29Boston College*
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
W 33–1436,412
October 6UCLA
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
W 27–2470,205
October 13at No. 1 USCT 21–2176,067
October 20at ArizonaW 30–1055,000
October 27at Oregon StateL 31–3316,000
November 3Arizona State
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
W 28–2140,184
November 10Oregon
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
L 7–1645,219
November 17California
L 14–2185,577
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

[3]

Game summaries[edit]

Tulane[edit]

San Jose State[edit]

Mike Dotterer became the first freshman in school history to score three touchdowns in one game during Stanford's 45-29 victory.[4]

Arizona[edit]

1 234Total
Stanford 7 0716 30
Arizona 0 730 10
  • Date: October 20
  • Location: Tucson, Arizona

Roster[edit]

1979 Stanford Cardinal football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 24 Mike Dotterer Fr
TE 83 Chris Dressel Fr
QB 7 John Elway Fr
T 79 Andre Hines Sr
T 67 Brian Holloway Jr
C 66 John Macauley Jr
WR 28 Ken Margerum Jr
G 68 Mike Neill Jr
RB 31 Darrin Nelson Jr
QB 14 Turk Schonert Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 89 Chuck Evans Sr
DT 94 Dan Floyd Sr
LB 99 Tom Hall Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017 Media Guide" (PDF). thesundevils.com. ASU Athletics. p. 127. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "Dowhower quits to take Broncos' post". Palm Beach Post. January 24, 1980. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  3. ^ "Stanford Game-by-Game Results; 1979–1983". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2013-02-15. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  4. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1979 Sept 16. Retrieved 2014-Jan-20.