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1971 Cornell Big Red football team

The 1971 Cornell Big Red football team represented Cornell University in the 1971 college football season as a member of the Ivy League. The Big Red were led by sixth-year head coach Jack Musick and played their home games at Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red finished the season 8–1 overall and 6–1 in Ivy League play to win Cornell's first-ever Ivy League championship, sharing the title with Dartmouth, the only team to defeat the 1971 Big Red.[1][2]

1971 Cornell Big Red football
Cornell "C" logo.svg
Ivy League co-champion
ConferenceIvy League
1971 record8–1 (6–1 Ivy)
Head coachJack Musick (6th season)
Home stadiumSchoellkopf Field
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →
1971 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Dartmouth + 6 1 0     8 1 0
Cornell + 6 1 0     8 1 0
Columbia 5 2 0     6 3 0
Harvard 4 3 0     5 4 0
Yale 3 4 0     4 5 0
Princeton 3 4 0     4 5 0
Penn 1 6 0     2 7 0
Brown 0 7 0     0 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The team was led offensively by future NFL running back Ed Marinaro; during the 1971 season, Marinaro capped his college football career by setting a national collegiate record for career rushing yards at 4,715, which stood until being broken in 1976 by Tony Dorsett of the Pittsburgh Panthers.[3] Marinaro won first team All-American honors and finished in a close second in voting for the Heisman Trophy.[4] On October 30, 1971, Cornell saw its largest home football crowd in the post-1970 era with 23,000 in attendance at Schoellkopf Field (which had a capacity of 25,597) for the day's rivalry match-up against Columbia.[4]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 25Colgate*W 38–20
October 2at Rutgers*W 31–17
October 9Princeton
  • Schoellkopf Field
  • Ithaca, NY
W 19–8
October 16Harvard
  • Schoellkopf Field
  • Ithaca, NY
W 21–16
October 23at YaleW 31–10
October 30Columbia
  • Schoellkopf Field
  • Ithaca, NY (rivalry)
W 24–2123,000
November 6Brown
  • Schoellkopf Field
  • Ithaca, NY
W 21–7
November 13at DartmouthL 14–24
November 20at PennW 41–13
  • *Non-conference game

RosterEdit

1971 Cornell Big Red football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 10 Barrett Rosser Jr
HB 12 John Moresko Jr
RB 44 Ed Marinaro Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 86 William Ellis Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1971 Cornell Big Red Stats". Sports Reference. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  2. ^ "1971 Football Schedule". Cornell Athletics. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Jack Musick, 52, Guided Cornell's Football Team To Ivy Crown in 1971". The New York Times. 29 November 1977. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Over A Century of Tradition" (PDF). Cornell Football Association. Retrieved 12 October 2017.

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