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.
|1971 Cornell Big Red football|
Ivy League co-champion
|1971 record||8–1 (6–1 Ivy)|
|Head coach||Jack Musick (6th season)|
|Home stadium||Schoellkopf Field|
|1971 Ivy League football standings|
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. Marinaro won first team All-American honors and finished in a close second in voting for the Heisman Trophy. 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.
|September 25||Colgate*||W 38–20|
|October 2||at Rutgers*||W 31–17|
|October 9||Princeton||W 19–8|
|October 16||Harvard||W 21–16|
|October 23||at Yale||W 31–10|
|October 30||Columbia||W 24–21||23,000|
|November 6||Brown||W 21–7|
|November 13||at Dartmouth||L 14–24|
|November 20||at Penn||W 41–13|
|1971 Cornell Big Red football team roster|
- "1971 Cornell Big Red Stats". Sports Reference. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
- "1971 Football Schedule". Cornell Athletics. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
- "Jack Musick, 52, Guided Cornell's Football Team To Ivy Crown in 1971". The New York Times. 29 November 1977. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
- "Over A Century of Tradition" (PDF). Cornell Football Association. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
- Cornell vs. Harvard (Oct. 16, 1971) game footage from the Harvard Video Archive