|1971 Stanford Indians football|
Rose Bowl champion
|1971 record||9–3 (6–1 Pac-8)|
|Head coach||John Ralston (9th season)|
|Home stadium||Stanford Stadium (c. 85,500, grass)|
|1971 Pacific-8 football standings|
|No. 10 Stanford $||6||–||1||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|No. 20 USC||3||–||2||–||1||6||–||4||–||1|
|No. 19 Washington||4||–||3||–||0||8||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
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.
|September 11||at Missouri*||No. 19||W 19–0|
|September 18||at Army*||No. 13||W 38–3|
|September 25||Oregon||No. 13||W 38–17|
|October 2||No. 19 Duke*||No. 10||L 3–9|
|October 9||at No. 11 Washington||No. 19||W 17–6|
|October 16||at USC||No. 15||W 33–18|
|October 23||Washington State||No. 10||L 23–24|
|October 30||at Oregon State||No. 17||W 31–24|
|November 6||UCLA||No. 12||W 20–9|
|November 13||San Jose State*||No. 10||L 12–13|
|November 20||California||No. 18||W 14–0|
|January 1, 1972||vs. No. 4 Michigan*||No. 16||W 13–12|
|1971 Stanford Cardinal football team roster|
Players drafted by the NFL
|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 Bunce||Quarterback||12||307||Washington Redskins|
|Larry Butler||Linebacker||16||406||Atlanta Falcons|
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