1939 San Jose State Spartans football team

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1939 San Jose State Spartans football
CCAA champion
ConferenceCalifornia Collegiate Athletic Association
1939 record13–0 (3–0 CCAA)
Head coachDudley DeGroot (8th season)
Home stadiumSpartan Stadium
(Capacity: 18,155)
Seasons
← 1938
1940 →
1939 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
San Jose State $ 3 0 0     13 0 0
Fresno State 1 1 0     10 1 0
Santa Barbara State 1 2 0     5 4 1
San Diego State 0 2 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1939 San Jose State Spartans football team represented San Jose State College[note 1] during the 1939 college football season.

San Jose State competed in the inaugural year of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The team was classified as an independent for the previous four seasons (1935-1938). The Spartans were led by head coach Dudley DeGroot, in his eighth year, and played home games at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, California.

The Spartans finished the season as undefeated CCAA champions with a final record of thirteen wins and no losses (13-0, 3-0 CCAA). The Spartans dominated their opponents, scoring 324 points for the season while giving up only 29, for an average score of 24–2. Only four opposing teams scored against the Spartans, never more than seven points, and eight teams were shut out.

The Spartans spent two weeks in the Associated Press poll in 1939. They were ranked No. 19 in Week 7 and No. 18 in week 8.

Famed football coach Pop Warner was an advisory coach for the Spartans in 1939 and 1940, helping the team to a 24–1 record over the two seasons. The October 20th game vs. College of the Pacific marked the first time Warner had coached against Amos Alonzo Stagg since the two coaches had met in 1907, when Warner was coaching Carlisle and defeated Stagg's University of Chicago.

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 15Montana State*W 35–05,000
September 18Texas A&I[note 2]*
  • Spartan Stadium
  • San Jose, California
W 9–07,500
September 23at San Francisco*W 16–6
October 1California JV*
  • Spartan Stadium
  • San Jose, California
W 27–0
October 7Nevada*
  • Spartan Stadium
  • San Jose, California
W 28–0
October 13San Diego State[note 3]
  • Spartan Stadium
  • San Jose, California
W 42–08,000[1]
October 20at Pacific (CA)[note 4]*
W 13–315,000
October 27at Santa Barbara State[note 5]W 23–7
November 3at Willamette (OR)*
W 15–03,500
November 10Redlands*
  • Spartan Stadium
  • San Jose, California
W 52–6
November 17at Loyola (CA)[note 6]*
W 10–017,000
November 24Fresno State[note 7]
  • Spartan Stadium
  • San Jose, California (rivalry)
W 42–711,311[2][3]
November 30Drake (IA)*
  • Spartan Stadium
  • San Jose, California
W 12–013,000
  • *Non-conference game

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Team players in the NFL[edit]

The following San Jose State players were selected in the 1940 NFL Draft.[6][7]

Player Position Round Overall NFL team
Roy Zimmerman Quarterback – Wing Back – Kicker 7 58 Washington Redskins

The following player ended his San Jose State career in 1939, was not drafted, but played in the NFL.

Player Position NFL team
Bob Titchenal[note 8] End – Center – Linebacker – Defensive end 1940 Washington Redskins

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ San Jose State University was known as San Jose State College from 1935 to 1971.
  2. ^ Texas A&M University–Kingsville was known as Texas College of Arts and Industries from 1929 to 1966.
  3. ^ San Diego State University was known as San Diego State College from 1935 to 1971.
  4. ^ University of the Pacific (UOP) was known as College of the Pacific from 1911 to 1961.
  5. ^ University of California, Santa Barbara was known as Santa Barbara State College from 1921 to 1943.
  6. ^ Loyola Marymount University was known as Loyola University of Los Angeles from 1930 to 1973.
  7. ^ California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) was known as Fresno State Normal School from 1911 to 1948.
  8. ^ Bob Titchenal would later become head coach of the San Jose State Spartans football team, coaching from 1957 to 1964

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ted Steinmann (October 14, 1939). "San Jose State Runs Wild, Trounces Aztecs, 42 to 0". The San Diego Union. San Diego, California. p. 3-B.
  2. ^ "Fresno State 2016 Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  3. ^ Dick Hyland (October 14, 1939). "Riot Climaxes San Jose's 42-7 Win". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. p. II-9. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "San Jose State 2016 Football Media Guide". Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  5. ^ "San Jose State Yearly Results". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "1940 NFL Draft". Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "San Jose St. Players/Alumni". Retrieved December 16, 2016.