1945 Fresno State Bulldogs football team
|1945 Fresno State Bulldogs football|
|Conference||California Collegiate Athletic Association|
|1945 record||4–6–2 (0–1 CCAA)|
|Head coach||Alvin Pierson (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Ratcliffe Stadium|
|1945 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings|
|San Diego State||1||–||0||–||0||2||–||5||–||0|
Fresno State competed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). However, due to the impact of World War II, the Bulldogs only played one conference game in 1945. There was no conference champion crowned in 1945. Since some colleges were still not playing football in 1945, the Bulldogs played the College of Pacific twice and Cal Poly twice.
The team was led by first-year head coach Alvin Pierson and played home games at Ratcliffe Stadium on the campus of Fresno City College in Fresno, California. They finished the season with a record of four wins, six losses and two ties (4–6–2, 0–1 CCAA). The Bulldogs outscored their opponents 113–92 for the season, including shutting out their opponents five times and being shut out three times. At the end of the season, Fresno State was invited to the Raisin Bowl, where they were defeated by the Drake Bulldogs, 12–13.
|September 15||at Cal Poly[note 2]*||T 6–6|
|September 21||at Pacific (CA)[note 3]*||W 13–0|
|September 29||Minter Field[note 4]*||T 0–0||6,782|
|October 6||at Northern Arizona[note 5]*||W 19–0|
|October 13||Cal Poly*||W 24–0||6,398|
|October 20||Santa Barbara Marines (CA)*||L 0–6|
|October 27||San Diego State[note 6]||L 0–7||5,861|
|November 3||at Nevada*||L 4–7||15,000|
|November 12||Saint Mary's (CA)*||L 6–32||13,357|
|November 17||Camp Beale[note 8]*||L 13–21|
|November 22||at Pacific (CA)*||W 16–0|
|January 1||Drake*||L 12–13||10,000|
Team players in the NFL
- California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) was known as Fresno State Normal School from 1911 to 1948
- California Polytechnic State University was known as California Polytechnic School from 1901 to 1946.
- University of the Pacific (UOP) was known as College of the Pacific from 1911 to 1961.
- Minter Field was an Army airfield from 1941 to 1948 located in Shafter, California.
- Northern Arizona University was known as Arizona State College at Flagstaff from 1945 to 1957.
- San Diego State University was known as San Diego State College from 1935 to 1971.
- 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.
- Beale Air Force Base is located near Marysville, California. It was opened in 1942 as an Army training post and was known as Camp Beale until 1948.
- "FSC Opens Grid Season With 6-6 Tie With Cal Poly". The Fresno Bee. Fresno, California. September 16, 1945. p. 18. Retrieved February 1, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Minter Fliers, Bulldogs Fight Scoreless Tie". The Fresno Bee. Fresno, California. September 30, 1945. p. 18. Retrieved February 1, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Aztecs Record 7 To 0 Upset Over Bulldogs". The San Diego Union. San Diego, California. October 28, 1945. p. 3-B.
- "Fresno State 2016 Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- "Fresno State Yearly Results". Retrieved January 7, 2017.
- "1946 NFL Draft". Retrieved December 7, 2016.
- "Fresno St. Players/Alumni". Retrieved December 12, 2016.
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