It will be quite a show when Stanford plays host to Arizona on Saturday in a crucial Pac-10 Conference football game that could decide second place, and a lot more, when the teams collide in Stanford Stadium at 5 p.m. In addition to the showdown of the second-place teams, the school's newest Hall of Fame inductees will be honored along with the 1970 Rose Bowl team.
Stanford's '70 football team that won the Pac-8 championship and upset second-ranked Ohio State in the Rose Bowl will be honored at halftime.
Former players expected to be in attendance include Heisman Trophy-winner Jim Plunkett, Jeff Siemon, Pete Lazetich, Phil Satre, John Sande, Jackie Brown, Hillary Shockley and Dave Tipton.
John Ralston, who coached Stanford to back-to-back Rose Bowl victories, will also be on hand, along with former assistant coaches Mike White and Roger Theder.
Stanford's famed sports information duo of Bob Murphy and Gary Cavalli, who headed up Plunkett's Heisman Trophy campaign, will also be honored.
The 1970 team finished with a 9-3 overall record and was ranked eighth in the final Top 20 poll released by the Associated Press after Stanford upset the heavily favored Ohio State Buckeyes, 27-17, in the Rose Bowl.
Plunkett became Stanford's first and only winner of the Heisman Trophy as the nation's top player after throwing for 2,715 yards and 18 touchdowns. He completed 20-of-30 passes for 265 yards in the Rose Bowl win over the Buckeyes.
Sande, Tipton, Siemon, Lazetich, Shockley, Brown along with Randy Vataha, Steve Jubb, Larry Butler, Dan Lightfoot, Steve Horowitz and Bob Moore all received various All-America, All-Pacific 8 and All-Pacific Coast recognition.
GoStanford.com will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Stanford's 1970 Rose Bowl season all week long with a three-part retrospective series, courtesy of John Platz '84.
Tickets for Stanford's remaining two home games are available at the Stanford Athletics Ticket Office, located at Stanford Stadium, on-line at GoStanford.com or by calling 1-800-STANFORD.
Note: On Friday, Plunkett will be signing autographs and taking pictures with fans from 4-7 p.m. at the newly remodeled AT&T Store on the Corner of El Camino Real and Page Mill Road. The appearance is sponsored by ESPN and AT&T U-verse and is a tie-in to the weekend football activities at Stanford. Plunkett won the Heisman Trophy in 1970 and was the Rose Bowl MVP in the 1971 game. As a pro, he led the Raiders to two Super Bowl championships and he was the MVP of Super Bowl XV in 1981.