1937 Fresno State Bulldogs football team

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1937 Fresno State Bulldogs football
Fresno State wordmark.png
Far Western champion
Conference Far Western Conference
1937 record 8–1–1 (4–0 FWC)
Head coach James Bradshaw (2nd season)
Home stadium Fresno State College Stadium
(Capacity: 13,000)
Seasons
← 1936
1938 →
1937 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Fresno State $ 4 0 0     8 1 1
Pacific (CA) 3 1 0     3 5 2
Cal Aggies 2 2 0     4 4 0
Nevada 1 3 0     2 6 0
Chico State 0 4 0     0 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1937 Fresno State Bulldogs football team represented Fresno State Normal School[note 1] during the 1937 college football season.

Fresno State competed in the Far Western Conference (FWC).[note 2] The 1937 team was led by second-year head coach James Bradshaw and played home games at Fresno State College Stadium[note 3] on the campus of Fresno City College in Fresno, California. They finished the season as champion of the FWC with a regular season record of seven wins, one loss and one tie (7–1–1, 4–0 FWC). The Bulldogs outscored their opponents 223–75 for the season. That included holding opponents under 10 points seven times, with four shutouts. At the end of the season, the Bulldogs were invited to play in their first postseason bowl game, the Christmas Day Charity Bowl game against the Arkansas State Bears played in Los Angeles. Fresno State won the game, 27–26, giving them a final record of eight wins, one loss and one tie (8–1–1).

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 25 USC JV* Fresno State College StadiumFresno, CA T 13–13[1]   5,123
October 1 at Willamette* Sweetland Field • Salem, OR W 7–0[2]   3,200
October 9 California JV* Fresno State College Stadium • Fresno, CA W 20–7[3]   6,576
October 15 at Whittier* Hadley Field • Whittier, CA W 24–0[4]   2,500
October 22 at Cal Aggies[note 4] Woodland, CA W 19–0[5]   3,500
October 30 Chico State[note 5] Fresno State College Stadium • Fresno, CA W 40–7[6]   3,082
November 6 at Nevada Mackay Stadium [note 6]Reno, NV W 46–8[7]   3,500
November 11 Hardin–Simmons* Fresno State College Stadium • Fresno, CA L 7–14[8]   11,371
November 25 Pacific (CA)[note 7] Fresno State College Stadium • Fresno, CA W 20–0[9]   10,053
December 25 Arkansas State[note 8]* Gilmore Stadium • Los Angeles, CA (Charity Bowl[note 9]) W 27–26[10]   5,000
*Non-conference game.

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Team players in the NFL[edit]

No Fresno State Bulldog players were selected in the 1938 NFL Draft.[13][14]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) was known as Fresno State Normal School from 1911 to 1948.
  2. ^ The Northern California Athletic Conference (NCAC) was known as the Far Western Conference (FWC) from its founding in 1925 to 1982.
  3. ^ Ratcliffe Stadium was known as Fresno State College Stadium from 1926 to 1940.
  4. ^ University of California, Davis was known as Northern Branch of the College of Agriculture from 1922 to 1959. In common usage, the sports teams were called the "Cal Aggies" from 1924 until the mid 1970s.
  5. ^ California State University, Chico was known as Chico State College from 1935 to 1971.
  6. ^ This stadium is the predecessor to the current Mackay Stadium, which was opened for the 1966 season."University of Nevada, Reno; Mackay Stadium". Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  7. ^ University of the Pacific (UOP) was known as College of the Pacific from 1911 to 1961.
  8. ^ University of Central Arkansas was known as Arkansas State Teachers College from 1925 to 1966.
  9. ^ The 2016 Fresno State Media Guide calls this game the "Little All-American Bowl", but there is no reference to that name in the various 1937 newspaper accounts of the game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ed W. Orman (September 26, 1937). "Bulldogs and U.S.C. Spartans Play to 13-13 Tie; Fresno Eleven Scores First In Opening Period". The Fresno Bee. Fresno, California. p. 1 C. Retrieved March 6, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "Fresno State Dumps Willamette by 7 to 0 Score; Gleason Scores For Bulldogs In Game At Salem". The Fresno Bee. Fresno, California. October 2, 1937. p. 2 B. Retrieved March 6, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ Ed W. Orman (October 10, 1937). "Bulldogs Romp Over Ramblers By 20 To 7 Score; Holbrook Carries Opening Kickoff Back For Score". The Fresno Bee. Fresno, California. p. 1-C. Retrieved March 6, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ Ed W. Orman (October 16, 1937). "Fresno State Bulldogs Wallop Whittier Poet Eleven By 24-0 Count". The Fresno Bee. Fresno, California. p. 2-B. Retrieved March 6, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Fresno Staters Trim Davis Aggies, 19-0, In First Conference Game". The Fresno Bee. Fresno, California. October 23, 1937. p. 2-B. Retrieved March 6, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ Ed W. Orman (October 31, 1937). "Fresno State Wallops Chico State By 40 To 7 Score; Bradshaw Uses Mostly Reserves In Easy Victory". The Fresno Bee. Fresno, California. p. 1-C. Retrieved March 6, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "Fresno State Buries Nevada Under 46 To 8 Drubbing; Bulldogs Open Up And Thrash Wolves At Reno". The Fresno Bee. Fresno, California. November 7, 1937. p. 1-C. Retrieved March 6, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ Ed W. Orman (November 12, 1937). "Fresno State Drops Close One, 14 To 7, To Hardin–Simmons". The Fresno Bee. Fresno, California. p. 2-B. Retrieved March 6, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ Ed W. Orman (November 26, 1937). "Fresno State Spills Pacific For Title; Surprise Passing Attack And Gleason Too Much For C.O.P." The Fresno Bee. Fresno, California. p. 2-B. Retrieved March 6, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ William Tyree (December 26, 1937). "Fresno Beats Arkansas, 27-26". Oakland Tribune. Oakland, California. p. 30-A. Retrieved March 6, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ "Fresno State 2016 Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  12. ^ "Fresno State Yearly Results". Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "1938 NFL Draft". Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  14. ^ "Fresno St. Players/Alumni". Retrieved December 12, 2016.