|1963 Stanford Indians football|
|Conference||Athletic Association of Western Universities|
|1963 record||3–7–0 (1–4 AAWU)|
|Home stadium||Stanford Stadium|
|1963 Athletic Association of Western Universities football standings|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1963 Stanford Indians football team represented Stanford University in the 1963 NCAA University Division football season. The team was led by new head coach John Ralston. Ralston succeeded Jack Curtice, who had been fired at the end of the previous season. The team played their home games at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California.
|September 21||San Jose State*||W 29–13|
|September 28||Oregon*||L 7–36|
|October 5||UCLA||L 9–10|
|October 12||at Rice*||L 13–23|
|October 19||at Washington||L 11–19|
|October 26||Notre Dame*||W 24–14|
|November 2||at Oregon State*||L 7–10|
|November 9||at USC||L 11–25|
|November 16||Washington State*||L 15–32|
|November 30[a 1]||California||W 28–17|
- Rescheduled from November 23 following the Kennedy assassination.
|1963 Stanford Cardinal football team roster|
The 66th Big Game was scheduled for November 23, but after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, like nearly all sporting events, the game was canceled and rescheduled for the following week. Stanford was winless in the conference coming into the game, and following a California punt return for a touchdown, were behind their rival 17–9 late in the second half. But the Indians fought back, scoring the last 19 points in the game on two touchdowns and two field goals to win the game.
Players drafted by the NFL/AFL
|Player||Position||Round||Pick||NFL/AFL Club[b 1]|
|Steve Thurlow||Running back||2||25||New York Giants|
|Bob Nichols||Tackle||9/18||122/142||Pittsburgh Steelers/Houston Oilers[b 2]|
|Dick Leeuwenburg||Tackle||11/17||154/134||Chicago Bears/Houston Oilers[b 3]|
|Marv Harris||Linebacker||13||175||Los Angeles Rams|
- AFL Draft selections shown in italics.
- Signed with Pittsburgh.
- Signed with Chicago.
- "Coach Jack Curtice fired by Stanford". The News and Courier. November 27, 1962. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
- "Stanford Game-by-Game Results; 1963–1967". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2015-06-10. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
- Migdol, Gary (1997). Stanford: Home of Champions. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing LLC. p. 140. ISBN 1-57167-116-1.
- "Stanford defeats California by 28–17". The Register-Guard. December 1, 1963. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
- "1964 NFL Draft". Retrieved November 25, 2013.
- "1964 AFL Draft". Retrieved November 25, 2013.