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1982 Stanford Cardinal football team

The 1982 Stanford Cardinal football team represented Stanford University in the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. This was the first year the team was called the singular Cardinal, representing the color; from 1972 to 1981, the team was referred to as the Cardinals.[1]

1982 Stanford Cardinal football
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
1982 record5–6 (3–5 Pac-10)
Head coachPaul Wiggin (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorJim Fassel (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorLarry Mac Duff (1st season)
Home stadiumStanford Stadium
(c. 85,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1981
1983 →
1982 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 UCLA $ 5 1 1     10 1 1
No. 7 Washington 6 2 0     10 2 0
No. 6 Arizona State 5 2 0     10 2 0
No. 15 USC 5 2 0     8 3 0
Arizona 4 3 1     6 4 1
California 4 4 0     7 4 0
Stanford 3 5 0     5 6 0
Washington State 2 4 1     3 7 1
Oregon 2 6 0     2 8 1
Oregon State 0 7 1     1 9 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Regular seasonEdit

Blessed with All-America quarterback John Elway, the 1982 Cardinal was exciting - 7 of its 11 games were decided in the 4th quarter - but maddeningly erratic:

  • After an impressive opening road win at Purdue, the Cardinal dropped a 35-31 decision at home to unranked San Jose State in week 2.
  • In week 3, at #12 Ohio State, it won on a last-minute 80-yard drive, scoring the decisive TD with 34 seconds remaining. [2]
  • In week 5, at #11 Arizona State, it scored a go-ahead touchdown in the final minute, only to lose on a Sun Devil TD with 11 seconds left on the clock. [2]
  • In week 7 it scored the winning TD at Washington State with 22 seconds left. [2]
  • In week 8 it decisively defeated #2 Washington at home, 43-31, a result that put Elway on the cover of Sports Illustrated. [3]
  • In week 9, at home against unranked Arizona, it gave up 28 unanswered 4th-quarter points to lose by 14. [4]

After a hard-fought 38-35 loss at Rose Bowl-bound and 12th-ranked UCLA in week 10, the Cardinal would travel to Berkeley for its eleventh game.

John Elway's last football game at Stanford was one of the most famous games of all time, the 1982 Big Game versus rival California, which ended with "The Play." It was a play with five backward lateral passes that allowed Cal to win the game.

After that game, Elway congratulated the trombone player that got run over. Although Elway never led his team to a bowl game, he had an accomplished college career. In his four seasons (1979–1982) at Stanford, he completed 774 passes for 9,349 yards and 77 touchdowns. Stanford had a 20–23 record during his tenure. Elway's 24 touchdown passes in 1982 led the nation, and he graduated with nearly every Stanford and Pacific-10 career record for passing and total offense.

He won Pac-10 Player of the Year honors for the second time in 1982, and was a consensus All-American. In addition, he finished second in Heisman Trophy balloting as a senior.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 11at Purdue*W 35–1464,381
September 18San Jose State*L 31–3557,027
September 25at No. 13 Ohio State*W 23–2089,436
October 2Oregon State
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
W 45–539,400
October 9at No. 11 Arizona StateL 17–2170,823
October 16No. 14 USC
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA (rivalry)
L 21–4173,859
October 23at Washington StateW 31–2626,806
October 30No. 2 Washington
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
W 43–3155,213
November 6Arizona
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
L 27–4145,290
November 13at No. 12 UCLAL 35–3878,452
November 20at CaliforniaL 20–2575,662
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1982 Stanford Cardinal football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB Mike Dotterer
QB 7 John Elway Sr
RB Vincent White
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB Rod Gilmore
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK Mark Harmon
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Season summaryEdit

Ohio StateEdit

1 234Total
Stanford 0 01310 23
Ohio State 3 1007 20
  • Date: September 25
  • Location: Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH

[5]

Coaching staffEdit

  • Head Coach – Paul Wiggin (Stanford '57)
  • Associate Head Coach – Ray Handley (Stanford '66)
  • Offensive Coordinator – Jim Fassel (USC '70)
  • Defensive Coordinator – Larry Mac Duff (CSU-Fullerton '71)
  • Running Backs – Jim Anderson (Cal Western '70)
  • Defensive Backs – Chuck Detwiler (Utah State '68)
  • Offensive Line – Dick James (UC Davis '62)
  • Receivers and Tight Ends – Dave Ottmar (Stanford '74)
  • Defensive Line – Fred von Appen (Linfield '64)
  • Asst. Coach-Offensive Line – Pete Mangurian (Louisiana State '77)
  • Asst. Coach-Secondary – Mike Nolan (Oregon '80)

Team players in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
John Elway Quarterback 1 1 Baltimore Colts (later traded to Denver)
Chris Dressel Tight End 3 69 Houston Oilers
Vincent White Running Back 6 163 New York Jets
Mike Dotterer Running Back 8 222 Los Angeles Raiders
Chris Rose Tackle 9 241 Baltimore Colts

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Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "What is the history of Stanford's mascot and nickname?". Stanford Athletics website. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Anatomy of a Miracle". Sports Illustrated. 1 September 1983.
  3. ^ "Bombs Away". Sports Illustrated. 8 November 1982.
  4. ^ "A Look at Stanford's Series With Arizona From a Different Perspective". PAC-12.com.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-16. Retrieved 2014-04-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)