1939 San Jose State Spartans football team
|1939 San Jose State Spartans football|
|Conference||California Collegiate Athletic Association|
|1939 record||13–0 (3–0 CCAA)|
|Head coach||Dudley DeGroot (8th season)|
|Home stadium||Spartan Stadium|
|1939 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings|
|San Jose State $||3||–||0||–||0||13||–||0||–||0|
|Santa Barbara State||1||–||2||–||0||5||–||4||–||1|
|San Diego State||0||–||2||–||0||2||–||7||–||0|
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.
|September 15||Montana State*||W 35–0||5,000|
|September 18||Texas A&I[note 2]*||W 9–0||7,500|
|September 23||at San Francisco*||W 16–6|
|October 1||California JV*||W 27–0|
|October 7||Nevada*||W 28–0|
|October 13||San Diego State[note 3]||W 42–0||8,000|
|October 20||at Pacific (CA)[note 4]*||W 13–3||15,000|
|October 27||at Santa Barbara State[note 5]||W 23–7|
|November 3||at Willamette (OR)*||W 15–0||3,500|
|November 10||Redlands*||W 52–6|
|November 17||at Loyola (CA)[note 6]*||W 10–0||17,000|
|November 24||Fresno State[note 7]||W 42–7||11,311|
|November 30||Drake (IA)*||W 12–0||13,000|
Team players in the NFL
|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.
|Bob Titchenal[note 8]||End – Center – Linebacker – Defensive end||1940 Washington Redskins|
- San Jose State University was known as San Jose State College from 1935 to 1971.
- Texas A&M University–Kingsville was known as Texas College of Arts and Industries from 1929 to 1966.
- San Diego State University was known as San Diego State College from 1935 to 1971.
- University of the Pacific (UOP) was known as College of the Pacific from 1911 to 1961.
- University of California, Santa Barbara was known as Santa Barbara State College from 1921 to 1943.
- Loyola Marymount University was known as Loyola University of Los Angeles from 1930 to 1973.
- California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) was known as Fresno State Normal School from 1911 to 1948.
- Bob Titchenal would later become head coach of the San Jose State Spartans football team, coaching from 1957 to 1964
- 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.
- "Fresno State 2016 Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- 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.
- "San Jose State 2016 Football Media Guide". Retrieved December 16, 2016.
- "San Jose State Yearly Results". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
- "1940 NFL Draft". Retrieved December 7, 2016.
- "San Jose St. Players/Alumni". Retrieved December 16, 2016.
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