|1970 Stanford Indians football|
Rose Bowl Champions
|1970 record||9–3 (6–1 Pac-8)|
|Head coach||John Ralston|
|Home stadium||Stanford Stadium (c. 85,500, grass)|
|1970 Pacific-8 football standings|
|#8 Stanford †||6||–||1||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll
The Indians won the Pac-8 conference with an overall record of 9–3 and went on to beat #2 Ohio State in the 1971 Rose Bowl. 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. Aside from the Heisman, he 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.
|September 12*||at #4 Arkansas||#10||War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR||W 34–28|
|September 19*||San Jose State||#4||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA (Rivalry)||W 34–3|
|September 26||at Oregon||#3||Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR||W 33–10|
|October 3*||Purdue||#3||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA||L 14–26|
|October 10||#4 USC||#12||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA||W 24–14|
|October 17||at Washington State||#9||Joe Albi Stadium • Spokane, WA||W 63–16|
|October 24||at #16 UCLA||#8||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA||W 9–7|
|October 31||Oregon State||#6||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA||W 48–10|
|November 7||Washington||#6||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA||W 29–22|
|November 14*||at #13 Air Force||#6||Falcon Stadium • Colorado Springs, CO||L 14–31|
|November 21||at California||#11||California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA (73rd Big Game)||L 14–22|
|January 1*||vs. #2 Ohio State||#12||Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Rose Bowl)||W 27–17|
|*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
Players drafted by the NFL
|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
- "Stanford Game-by-Game Results; 1970–1974". College Football Data Warehouse. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/pac10/stanford/yearly_results.php?year=1970. Retrieved September 9, 2011.
- "1971 NFL Draft". http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1971.htm. Retrieved November 25, 2013.