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1982 Stanford Cardinal football
Stanford logo
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
1982 record5–6 (3–5 Pac-10)
Head coachPaul Wiggin (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorJim Fassel (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorLarry Mac Duff (1st season)
Home stadiumStanford Stadium
(c. 85,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1981
1983 →
1982 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 UCLA 5 1 1     10 1 1
#7 Washington 6 2 0     10 2 0
#6 Arizona State 5 2 0     10 2 0
#15 USC 5 2 0     8 3 0
Arizona 4 3 1     6 4 1
California 4 4 0     7 4 0
Stanford 3 5 0     5 6 0
Washington State 2 4 1     3 7 1
Oregon 2 6 0     2 8 1
Oregon State 0 7 1     1 9 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1982 Stanford Cardinal football team represented Stanford University in the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. This was the first year the team was called the singular Cardinal, representing the color; from 1972 to 1981, the team was referred to as the Cardinals.[1]

Regular seasonEdit

John Elway's last football game at Stanford was one of the most famous games of all time, the 1982 Big Game versus rival California, which ended with "The Play." It was a play with five lateral passes that allowed Cal to win the game.

After that game, Elway congratulated the trombone player that got run over. Although Elway never led his team to a bowl game, he had an accomplished college career. In his four seasons (1979–1982) at Stanford, he completed 774 passes for 9,349 yards and 77 touchdowns. Stanford had a 20–23 record during his tenure. Elway's 24 touchdown passes in 1982 led the nation, and he graduated with nearly every Stanford and Pacific-10 career record for passing and total offense.

He won Pac-10 Player of the Year honors for the second time in 1982, and was a consensus All-American. In addition, he finished second in Heisman Trophy balloting as a senior.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 11* at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 35–14   64,381
September 18* San Jose State Stanford StadiumStanford, CA L 31–35   57,027
September 25* at #13 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 23–20   89,436
October 2 Oregon State Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 45–5   39,400
October 9 at #11 Arizona State Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ L 17–21   70,823
October 16 #14 USC Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA L 21–41   73,859
October 23 at Washington State Martin StadiumPullman, WA W 31–26   26,806
October 30 #2 Washington Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 43–31   55,213
November 6 Arizona Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA L 27–41   45,290
November 13 at #12 UCLA Rose BowlPasadena, CA L 35–38   78,452
November 20 at California California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA (85th Big Game - The Play) L 20–25   75,662
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Season summaryEdit

Ohio StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Stanford 0 0 13 10 23
Ohio State 3 10 0 7 20

[2]


Coaching staffEdit

  • Head Coach – Paul Wiggin (Stanford '57)
  • Associate Head Coach – Ray Handley (Stanford '66)
  • Offensive Coordinator – Jim Fassel (USC '70)
  • Defensive Coordinator – Larry Mac Duff (CSU-Fullerton '71)
  • Running Backs – Jim Anderson (Cal Western '70)
  • Defensive Backs – Chuck Detwiler (Utah State '68)
  • Offensive Line – Dick James (UC Davis '62)
  • Receivers and Tight Ends – Dave Ottmar (Stanford '74)
  • Defensive Line – Fred von Appen (Linfield '64)
  • Asst. Coach-Offensive Line – Pete Mangurian (Louisiana State '77)
  • Asst. Coach-Secondary – Mike Nolan (Oregon '80)

Team Players in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
John Elway Quarterback 1 1 Baltimore Colts
Chris Dressel Tight End 3 69 Houston Oilers
Vincent White Running Back 6 163 New York Jets
Mike Dotterer Running Back 8 222 Los Angeles Raiders
Chris Rose Tackle 9 241 Baltimore Colts
[3]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • John Elway, Sammy Baugh Trophy[4]

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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