1933 Stanford Indians football team
The 1933 Stanford Indians football team represented Stanford University in the 1933 college football season. In head coach Tiny Thornill's first season, the Indians allowed only 36 points during the entire regular season and logged four shutout victories. The team was Pacific Coast Conference co-champions with Oregon and was selected to represent the conference in the Rose Bowl.
|1933 Stanford Indians football|
|Conference||Pacific Coast Conference|
|1933 record||8–2–1 (4–1 PCC)|
|Head coach||Claude E. Thornhill (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Stanford Stadium|
|1933 PCC football standings|
|Stanford ^ +||4||–||1||–||0||8||–||2||–||1|
Heavy favorites in the Rose Bowl against Columbia, the Indians, led by quarterback Frank Alustiza and fullback Bobby Grayson, dominated the line of scrimmage, with Grayson rushing for 152 yards on 28 carries, more than the entire Columbia team—but eight fumbles and a stiff goal line defense by Columbia kept Stanford from scoring, and the lone score, via a hidden ball play, gave the Lions the upset.
The team was the first known as "The Vow Boys" because after a devastating loss to rival USC, the Stanford freshman of that game, led by Alustiza, vowed never again to lose to USC. They kept the vow for three years, beginning with a 13–7 road victory over the 1933 USC team, USC's first loss in 27 games, a victory which paved Stanford's way to the Rose Bowl.
|September 23||State Teachers College*||W 27–0|
|September 30||UCLA||W 3–0|
|October 7||Santa Clara*||W 7–0|
|October 14||at Northwestern*||T 0–0|
|October 21||San Francisco*||W 20–13|
|October 28||at Washington||L 0–6|
|November 4||Olympic Club*||W 21–0|
|November 11||at USC||W 13–7|
|November 18||Montana||W 33–7|
|November 25||California||W 7–3|
|January 1, 1934||vs. Columbia*||L 0–7|
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- "1934: Columbia, 7 vs. Stanford, 0". Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- "Tradition: Great Moments in the First Fifty Years of Cardinal Football". The Stanford Review. XXXVII (8). December 1, 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved November 11, 2011.