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1933 Stanford Indians football
PCC Co-Champions
Rose Bowl vs. Columbia, L 0-7
ConferencePacific Coast Conference
1933 record8–2–1 (4–1 PCC)
Head coachClaude E. Thornhill (1st season)
Home stadiumStanford Stadium
Seasons
← 1932
1934 →
1933 PCC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Stanford § 4 1 0     8 2 1
Oregon § 4 1 0     9 1 0
USC 4 1 1     10 1 1
Oregon State 2 1 1     6 2 2
Washington State 3 3 1     5 3 1
California 2 2 2     6 3 2
Washington 3 4 0     5 4 0
UCLA 1 3 1     6 4 1
Idaho 1 4 0     4 4 0
Montana 0 4 0     3 4 0
§ – Conference co-champions

The 1933 Stanford Indians football team represented Stanford University in the 1933 college football season. In head coach Tiny Thornill's first season, the Indians allowed only 36 points during the entire regular season and logged four shutout victories. The team was Pacific Coast Conference co-champions with Oregon and was selected to represent the conference in the Rose Bowl.[1]

Heavy favorites in the Rose Bowl against Columbia, the Indians, led by quarterback Frank Alustiza and fullback Bobby Grayson, dominated the line of scrimmage, with Grayson rushing for 152 yards on 28 carries, more than the entire Columbia team—but eight fumbles and a stiff goal line defense by Columbia kept Stanford from scoring, and the lone score, via a hidden ball play, gave the Lions the upset.[2]

The team was the first known as "The Vow Boys" because after a devastating loss to rival USC, the Stanford freshman of that game, led by Alustiza, vowed never again to lose to USC. They kept the vow for three years, beginning with a 13–7 road victory over the 1933 USC team, USC's first loss in 27 games, a victory which paved Stanford's way to the Rose Bowl.[3]

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent Site Result
September 23* State Teachers College Stanford StadiumStanford, CA (Rivalry) W 27–0  
September 30 UCLA Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 3–0  
October 7* Santa Clara Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 7–0  
October 14* at Northwestern Dyche StadiumChicago, IL T 0–0  
October 21* San Francisco Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 20–13  
October 28 at Washington Husky StadiumSeattle, WA L 0–6  
November 4* Olympic Club Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 21–0  
November 11 at USC Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 13–7  
November 18 Montana Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 33–7  
November 25 California Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA (39th Big Game) W 7–3  
January 1, 1934* vs. Columbia Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) L 0–7  
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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