1902 Stanford football team

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1902 Stanford football
Conference Independent
1902 record 6–1
Head coach Carl L. Clemans (1st year)
« 1901 1903 »

The 1902 Stanford football team represented Stanford University in the 1902 college football season and was coached by Carl L. "Clem" Clemans in his only season coaching the team.[1][2] Clemans played for Stanford's first football teams and was the team's first captain.[3] He scored the first two touchdowns in the first Big Game against California.[4]


Date Opponent Site Result
September 27 Reliance AC Stanford, CA W 12–0  
October 4 Stanford Alumni Stanford, CA W 18–0  
October 11 Reliance AC Stanford, CA W 12–0  
October 27 Nevada Stanford, CA W 11–5  
November 1 Reliance AC Stanford, CA W 23–5  
November 8 vs. California Richmond Grounds • San Francisco, CA (12th Big Game) L 0–16  
November 27 at Utah Cummings FieldSalt Lake City, UT W 35–11  

Game notes


The Big Game against rival California had been played at five different fields around San Francisco since the first game in 1892. The field used for the previous three games, at 16th and Folsom Streets, had been sold and no new field was immediately identified. A site at a former Jewish cemetery at 18th and Dolores was identified and construction of bleachers began, but at the last moment, one of the organizations that owned the land backed out of the deal.[5] Just a month before the game was to be played, another site was found in the Richmond District and a field and bleachers were hastily constructed.[5] In the game, Stanford was shut out 16–0, the team's only loss of the season. The 1903 game was also played on this field, and then, beginning with the 1904 Big Game, the game was alternated between the home field of each team.[5]


  1. "Stanford Game-by-Game Results; 1902–1906". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  2. Official results from "Stanford Football Media Guide" (PDF). p. 142. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  3. "First Stanford Captain Dies". Lodi News-Sentinel. October 10, 1941. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  4. "Trick plays key to upset of Cal". The Stanford Daily. November 21, 1958. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "The Richmond Grounds". Western Neighborhoods Project. Retrieved October 2, 2014.