Stanford Cardinal football
|Stanford Cardinal football|
|Athletic director||Bernard Muir|
5th year, 42–12 (.778)
|Home stadium||Stanford Stadium|
|All-time record||613–445–49 (.576)|
|Postseason bowl record||12–13–1 (.481)|
|Claimed national titles||2 (1926, 1940)|
Cardinal and White
"Come Join The Band" (official)|
"All Right Now" (de facto)
|Mascot||Stanford Tree (unofficial)|
|Marching band||Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band|
California Golden Bears|
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
|All-time record (including rugby)||707–465–52 (.586)|
Stanford has fielded football teams every year since 1892 with a few exceptions. Like a number of other teams from the era concerned with violence in the sport, the school dropped football in favor of rugby from 1906 to 1917. The school also did not field a team in 1918 (due to World War I) or in 1943, 1944, and 1945 (due to World War II).
The school participated in the first-ever Rose Bowl against Michigan in 1902, in which they were routed 49-0. Its annual Big Game against California is the oldest and most storied rivalry in the Pac-12 and western United States. The Cardinal also compete for the Legends Trophy against independent rival Notre Dame.
The program has an all-time record of 613–445–49 for a winning percentage of .576 and has winning series records against all of its Pac-12 North rivals, except for the Washington Huskies, against whom they are 40–41–4. Led by legendary coach Glenn "Pop" Warner, who still has the most wins in Cardinal history, Stanford claimed National Championships in 1926 and 1940. In 1926, the team was undefeated in the regular season and tied Alabama in the 1927 Rose Bowl. The 1940 team went unbeaten and untied after defeating Nebraska 21–13 in the 1941 Rose Bowl, but the team ranked #2 in the final AP poll released before the game was played.
Pop Warner's era predated the AP poll, but Stanford has finished at least one season in the Top 10 in six different decades under seven different coaches: Claude E. Thornhill in 1934, Clark Shaughnessy in 1940, Chuck Taylor in 1951, John Ralston in 1970 and 1971, Bill Walsh in 1992, Jim Harbaugh in 2010, and David Shaw in 2011 and 2012. Stanford's most recent season finish in the top 5 was in 2010 after the #5 Cardinal dismantled ACC Champion Virginia Tech 40–12 in the 2011 Orange Bowl to finish with a school record 12–1. The Cardinal have played in 25 bowl games in their history, including 15 appearances in bowls now comprising the Bowl Championship Series, specifically fourteen Rose Bowls, the 2011 Orange Bowl, and the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.
Quarterback Jim Plunkett is the only Stanford player to win the Heisman Trophy, doing so in 1970. Three Stanford players have finished second in Heisman voting: quarterback John Elway was second to Herschel Walker in 1982; running back Toby Gerhart was second to Mark Ingram in 2009; and quarterback Andrew Luck finished second twice: to Cam Newton in 2010 and to Robert Griffin III in 2011.
- 1 History
- 2 Season records
- 3 Bowl game appearances and results
- 4 Coaches by number of victories
- 5 Individual honors
- 6 Current NFL players
- 7 Rivalries
- 8 Future non-conference opponents
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The Early Years
The early portion of Stanford's football history was largely successful, particularly in the 1920s under Warner and the 1930s under Claude E. Thornhill. During this time, the Cardinal appeared in six Rose Bowls and won a national championship. The team won a second championship in 1940 under the leadership of first year coach Clark Shaughnessy. Overall, from 1924 to 1941, Stanford totaled a 122-45-9 record and appeared in seven Rose Bowls. Stanford also enjoyed a fine parade of All-American running backs during this time, including Ernie Nevers, Bobby Grayson, and Hugh Gallarneau.
The Struggles of the 40s, 50s, and 60s
Following 1941, Stanford football entered a period of regression. The team only reached two bowl games (a 1950 Pineapple Bowl win and a 1952 Rose Bowl loss) from 1941-1969. The team had 5 different head coaches over this span, and often finished near the bottom of the conference standings. It was during this time that Stanford moved from the Pacific Coast Conference to the Athletic Association of Western Universities (1959), then moved to the Pacific-8 Conference in 1968. Although the team struggled for the most part, there were a few individual bright spots, most notably quarterbacks John Brodie and Bobby Garrett.
The Plunkett and Elway Years
The program experienced a turnaround with the arrival of QB Jim Plunkett. Plunkett and a stout defense led the team to a 9-3 record in 1970, an effort which resulted in a Rose Bowl victory, the program's 4th. Plunkett also won the Heisman trophy that season, and he remains the only Stanford player to receive the award. Stanford won the Rose Bowl again the following year, 13-12 over Michigan, as Stanford kicker Rod Garcia booted a 31 yard field goal with 12 seconds left in the game.
Stanford would experience more limited success late in the 1970s, during Bill Walsh's short tenure as head coach. In 1979, future NFL hall of famer John Elway enrolled at Stanford. Elway became one of Stanford's most iconic and successful players; however, the team struggled during his tenure. Elway's career culminated in a 1982 Big Game loss to rival California, a game Stanford athletic director Andy Geiger said cost Elway the Heisman Trophy. 
The 1990s and Following Regression
The Cardinal enjoyed moderate success in the final decade of the 20th century under Tyrone Willingham. The team finished 44-36-1 under Willingham's seven year tenure (1995-2001), and appeared in the 2000 Rose Bowl, which they lost to Wisconsin. Troy Walters was arguably Stanford's best player during this time, receiving All-American honors and the Fred Biletnikoff Award in 1999, and setting school career records in receiving yards and receptions.
The Harbaugh Era and Recent Years
After half a decade of heavy struggles, including a disastrous 1-11 campaign in 2006, the team returned to prominence in a big way with the hiring of head coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh turned the program from bottom-feeders into BCS contenders in four years, and ended his coaching career at Stanford with a blowout win over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. After Harbaugh left to coach the San Francisco 49ers, the team's offensive coordinator David Shaw became head coach. Shaw led the team to three consecutive BCS bowl games, including two Rose Bowls. The team was led by its quarterback, Andrew Luck, and its dominating defense. After Luck departed for the NFL Draft, Kevin Hogan became the team's starting quarterback. Hogan led the team to a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. The team returned to the Rose Bowl again the following year, but lost a heart-breaker to Michigan St.
Bowl game appearances and results
Coaches by number of victories
|Wins||Losses||Ties||Win percentage|| Total
| # in|
|Warner, Glenn "Pop"Glenn "Pop" Warner||96||71||17||8||.781||9||16|
|Ralston, JohnJohn Ralston||94||55||36||3||.585||9||22|
|Willingham, TyroneTyrone Willingham||81||44||36||1||.549||7||30|
|Shaw, DavidDavid Shaw||54||42||12||0||.778||4||34|
|Taylor, ChuckChuck Taylor||71||40||29||2||.577||7||20|
|Thornhill, Claude E.Claude E. Thornhill||67||35||25||7||.575||7||17|
|Walsh, BillBill Walsh||59||34||24||1||.585||5||24/29|
|Christiansen, JackJack Christiansen||55||30||22||3||.573||5||23|
|Harbaugh, JimJim Harbaugh||50||29||21||0||.580||4||33|
|Schwartz, MarchmontMarchmont Schwartz||60||28||28||4||.500||6||19|
|Elway, JackJack Elway||56||25||29||2||.464||5||27|
|Lanagan, James F.James F. Lanagan||29||23||2||4||.862||3||11|
|Green, DennisDennis Green||34||16||18||0||.471||3||28|
|Wiggin, PaulPaul Wiggin||44||16||28||0||.364||4||26|
|Shaughnessy, ClarkClark Shaughnessy||19||16||3||0||.742||2||18|
|Curtice, JackJack Curtice||50||14||36||0||.280||5||21|
|Kerr, AndrewAndrew Kerr||18||11||7||0||.611||2||15|
|Camp, WalterWalter Camp||17||11||3||3||.735||1||1/3|
|Teevens, BuddyBuddy Teevens||33||10||23||0||.303||3||31|
|Bliss, C. D. "Pop"C. D. "Pop" Bliss||9||8||0||1||.944||1||2|
|Yost, Fielding H.Fielding H. Yost||10||7||2||1||.750||1||8|
|Cross, Harry P.Harry P. Cross||14||7||4||2||.615||2||4/6|
|Harris, WaltWalt Harris||23||6||17||0||.261||2||32|
|Clemans, Carl L.Carl L. Clemans||7||6||1||0||.857||1||10|
|Dowhower, RodRod Dowhower||11||5||5||1||.500||1||25|
|Van Gent, EugeneEugene Van Gent||8||4||2||2||.625||1||14|
|Powell, Walter D.Walter D. Powell||7||4||3||0||.571||1||13|
|Evans, BobBob Evans||7||4||3||0||.571||1||12|
|Brooke, George H.George H. Brooke||5||4||1||0||.800||1||5|
|Fickert, CharlesCharles Fickert||7||3||2||2||.571||1||9|
|Chamberlain, BurrBurr Chamberlain||9||2||5||2||.333||1||7|
- Jim Plunkett – 1970
- Toby Gerhart – 2009
- Troy Walters – 1999
- Jim Plunkett – 1970
- Andrew Luck – 2011
- Owen Marecic – 2010
|Stanford Cardinal retired numbers|
College Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Famers
Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame
Stanford's All-Century Team
Glenn "Pop" Warner (1924–32)
Current NFL players
|Stanford players in the NFL|
|NFL Draft selections|
|First overall selections|
|1954||QB Bobby Garrett, CLE|
|1971||QB Jim Plunkett, NE|
|1983||QB John Elway, BAL|
|2012||QB Andrew Luck, IND|
|Hall of Famers:||3|
|Hall of Famers|
|Class of 1963||FB Ernie Nevers|
|Class of 2003||WR James Lofton|
|Class of 2004||QB John Elway|
- Johnson Bademosi – Cleveland Browns
- Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks
- Alex Debniak – San Francisco 49ers
- David DeCastro - Pittsburgh Steelers
- Jim Dray – Arizona Cardinals
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles
- Coby Fleener - Indianapolis Colts
- Cameron Fleming - New England Patriots
- Sione Fua - Denver Broncos
- Toby Gerhart – Jacksonville Jaguars
- Delano Howell - Indianapolis Colts
- Thomas Keiser – San Diego Chargers
- Matt Kopa – Miami Dolphins
- Erik Lorig – New Orleans Saints
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts
- Matthew Masifilo – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Trent Murphy - Washington Redskins
- Chris Owusu – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Konrad Reuland – New York Jets
- Richard Sherman – Seattle Seahawks
- Alex Smith – Cincinnati Bengals
- Jeremy Stewart - Oakland Raiders
- Will Svitek – Atlanta Falcons
- Stepfan Taylor – Arizona Cardinals
- Michael Thomas - Miami Dolphins
- Levine Toilolo – Atlanta Falcons
- Griff Whalen - Indianapolis Colts
- Ryan Whalen – Cincinnati Bengals
Stanford's main rival is Cal. The rivalry between the two schools is one of the oldest in college football. The two teams play in the Big Game with the winner receiving the Stanford Axe. Currently, Stanford leads the series 59-46-11 and has won the last 5 meetings. The most famous moment of the rivalry occurred in the 1982 Big Game, when Cal used a series of laterals to defeat Stanford 25-20 as time expired.
Stanford maintains an active rivalry with USC. USC currently leads the series 60-29-3, but Stanford has made the series more competitive since the hiring of Jim Harbaugh. In 2007, an unranked Stanford team upset a # 1 ranked USC team 24-23. Stanford was a 41 point underdog prior to the game, and many observers have called it the greatest upset in college football history. In 2009, Stanford defeated USC 55-21, resulting in a post-game verbal confrontation between Harbaugh and USC head coach Pete Carroll. In 2013, USC returned the favor by defeating # 5 Stanford 20-17.
Notre Dame and Stanford have been rivals since 1925. The two teams have met every year since 1988, with the exception of 1995 and 1996. Notre Dame leads the series 19-10.
Future non-conference opponents
|at Northwestern||vs Rice||at Rice||vs Virginia||at UCF||vs Northwestern||at Northwestern||vs Northwestern||at BYU||at BYU|
|vs UCF||at Virginia||at Notre Dame||at Northwestern||vs BYU||vs BYU|
|Notre Dame||at Notre Dame||vs Notre Dame||vs Notre Dame|
- Games for 1891 season were played in early 1892.
- "Stanford Football". Stanford Department of Athletics. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
- Stanford includes its 12 seasons of rugby in its official records.
- In virtually all rankings of U.S. universities, Stanford is rated in the top six with Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, MIT, and Caltech. None of these field an FBS team.
- According to the Stanford Football media guide, the all-time series records against the rest of the Pac-12 North are: California, 60–46–11; Oregon, 46–31–1; Oregon State 53–25–3; Washington State 39–25–1.
- "Hall of Famers". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2007-05-20.
- "Colleges: Pro Football Hall of Fame". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2007-05-12. Retrieved 2007-05-20.
- "The Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame". Stanford Department of Athletics. Retrieved 2007-05-20.
- "NFL Colleges: S". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
- "Stanford Cardinal Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2014-09-24.
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