1971 Stanford Indians football
Pac-8 Champions
Rose Bowl Champions
Rose Bowl vs. Michigan, W 13–12
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
CoachesNo. 16
APNo. 10
1971 record9–3 (6–1 Pac-8)
Head coachJohn Ralston
Home stadiumStanford Stadium (c. 85,500, grass)
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Template:1971 Pacific-8 football standings

The 1971 Stanford Indians football team represented Stanford University during the 1971 college football season.


The previous season, the Indians had won the Pac-8 conference and the 1971 Rose Bowl behind Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jim Plunkett. With the core of the "Thunderchickens" defense, led by Jeff Siemon and Pete Lazetich, returning, and under the steady leadership of former backup quarterback Don Bunce, the Indians defended the conference title and went on to upset #4 Michigan in the 1972 Rose Bowl.[1][2]

Following the season, Stanford head coach John Ralston resigned to become head coach of the NFL Denver Broncos.[3] Stanford hired defensive assistant coach Jack Christiansen to replace Ralston.[4]


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 11* at Missouri #19 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO W 19–0  
September 18* at Army #13 Michie StadiumWest Point, NY W 38–3  
September 25 Oregon #13 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA W 38–17  
October 2* #19 Duke #10 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA L 3–9  
October 9 at #11 Washington #19 Husky StadiumSeattle WA W 17–6  
October 16 at USC #15 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 33–18  
October 23 Washington State #10 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA L 23–24  
October 30 at Oregon State #17 Parker StadiumCorvallis, OR W 31–24  
November 6 UCLA #12 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 20–9  
November 13* San Jose State #10 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA (Rivalry) L 12–13  
November 20 California #18 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA (74th Big Game) W 14–0  
January 1* vs. #4 Michigan #16 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) W 13–12  
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Players drafted by the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Greg Sampson Tackle 1 6 Houston Oilers
Jeff Siemon Linebacker 1 10 Minnesota Vikings
Pete Lazetich Defensive End 2 36 San Diego Chargers
Jackie Brown Running back 8 202 Oakland Raiders
Don BunceQuarterback 12 307 Washington Redskins
Larry Butler Linebacker 16 406 Atlanta Falcons


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