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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.[1]

1933 Stanford Indians football
PCC co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 0–7 vs. Columbia
ConferencePacific Coast Conference
1933 record8–2–1 (4–1 PCC)
Head coachClaude E. Thornhill (1st season)
Home stadiumStanford Stadium
Seasons
← 1932
1934 →
1933 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Stanford ^ + 4 1 0     8 2 1
Oregon + 4 1 0     9 1 0
USC 4 1 1     10 1 1
Oregon State 2 1 1     6 2 2
Washington State 3 3 1     5 3 1
California 2 2 2     6 3 2
Washington 3 4 0     5 4 0
UCLA 1 3 1     6 4 1
Idaho 1 4 0     4 4 0
Montana 0 4 0     3 4 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Selected as Rose Bowl representative

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.[2]

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.[3]

Among the "Vow Boys" was David Packard, found of Hewlett-Packard[4]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 23State Teachers College*W 27–0
September 30UCLA
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
W 3–0
October 7Santa Clara*
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
W 7–0
October 14at Northwestern*T 0–0
October 21San Francisco*
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
W 20–13
October 28at WashingtonL 0–6
November 4Olympic Club*
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
W 21–0
November 11at USCW 13–7
November 18Montana
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
W 33–7
November 25California
W 7–3
January 1, 1934vs. Columbia*L 0–7
  • *Non-conference game

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stanford Game-by-Game Results; 1933–1937". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2012-03-02. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  2. ^ "1934: Columbia, 7 vs. Stanford, 0". Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ http://news.stanford.edu/pr/96/960326packard.html