1971 Cornell Big Red football
Ivy League co-champion
Conference Ivy League
1971 record 8–1 (6–1 Ivy)
Head coach Jack Musick (6th year)
Home stadium Schoellkopf Field
« 1970 1972 »

Template:1971 Ivy League football standings The 1971 Cornell Big Red football team represented Cornell University in the 1971 college football season as a member of the Ivy League. The Big Red were led by sixth-year head coach Jack Musick and played their home games at Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red finished the season 8–1 overall and 6–1 in Ivy League play to win Cornell's first-ever Ivy League championship, sharing the title with Dartmouth, the only team to defeat the 1971 Big Red.[1][2]

The team was led offensively by future NFL running back Ed Marinaro; during the 1971 season, Marinaro capped his college football career by setting a national collegiate record for career rushing yards at 4,715, which stood until being broken in 1976 by Tony Dorsett of the Pittsburgh Panthers.[3] Marinaro won first team All-American honors and finished in a close second in voting for the Heisman Trophy.[4] On October 30, 1971, Cornell saw its largest home football crowd in the post-1970 era with 23,000 in attendance at Schoellkopf Field (which had a capacity of 25,597) for the day's rivalry match-up against Columbia.[4]


September 25Colgate*W 38–20
October 2at Rutgers*W 31–17
October 9Princeton
  • Schoellkopf Field
  • Ithaca, NY
W 19–8
October 16Harvard
  • Schoellkopf Field
  • Ithaca, NY
W 21–16
October 23at YaleW 31–10
October 30Columbia
  • Schoellkopf Field
  • Ithaca, NY (rivalry)
W 24–2123,000
November 6Brown
  • Schoellkopf Field
  • Ithaca, NY
W 21–7
November 13at DartmouthL 14–24
November 20at PennW 41–13
  • *Non-conference game


1971 Cornell Big Red football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 10 Rosser, BarrettBarrett Rosser Jr
HB 12 Moresko, JohnJohn Moresko Jr
RB 44 Marinaro, EdEd Marinaro Jr
Pos. # Name Class
DE 86 Ellis, WilliamWilliam Ellis Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt



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