1945 Fresno State Bulldogs football team

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1945 Fresno State Bulldogs football
Fresno State wordmark.png
Raisin Bowl, L 12–13 vs. Drake
ConferenceCalifornia Collegiate Athletic Association
1945 record4–6–2 (0–1 CCAA)
Head coachAlvin Pierson (1st season)
Home stadiumRatcliffe Stadium
(Capacity: 13,000)
Seasons
← 1944
1946 →
1945 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
San Diego State 1 0 0     2 5 0
Fresno State 0 1 0     4 6 2
  • No champion named for the 1945 season

The 1945 Fresno State Bulldogs football team represented Fresno State Normal School[note 1] during the 1945 college football season.

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.

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 15at Cal Poly[note 2]*T 6–6[1]
September 21at Pacific (CA)[note 3]*
W 13–0
September 29Minter Field[note 4]*T 0–0[2]6,782
October 6at Northern Arizona[note 5]*
W 19–0
October 13Cal Poly*
  • Ratcliffe Stadium
  • Fresno, CA
W 24–06,398
October 20Santa Barbara Marines (CA)*
L 0–6
October 27San Diego State[note 6]
  • Ratcliffe Stadium
  • Fresno, CA (Rivalry)
L 0–7[3]5,861
November 3at Nevada*
L 4–715,000
November 12Saint Mary's (CA)*
  • Ratcliffe Stadium
  • Fresno, CA
L 6–3213,357
November 17Camp Beale[note 8]*
L 13–21
November 22at Pacific (CA)*
W 16–0
January 1Drake*
L 12–1310,000
  • *Non-conference game

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Team players in the NFL[edit]

No Fresno State Bulldog players were selected in the 1946 NFL Draft.[6][7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) was known as Fresno State Normal School from 1911 to 1948
  2. ^ California Polytechnic State University was known as California Polytechnic School from 1901 to 1946.
  3. ^ University of the Pacific (UOP) was known as College of the Pacific from 1911 to 1961.
  4. ^ Minter Field was an Army airfield from 1941 to 1948 located in Shafter, California.
  5. ^ Northern Arizona University was known as Arizona State College at Flagstaff from 1945 to 1957.
  6. ^ San Diego State University was known as San Diego State College from 1935 to 1971.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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.open access
  2. ^ "Minter Fliers, Bulldogs Fight Scoreless Tie". The Fresno Bee. Fresno, California. September 30, 1945. p. 18. Retrieved February 1, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access
  3. ^ "Aztecs Record 7 To 0 Upset Over Bulldogs". The San Diego Union. San Diego, California. October 28, 1945. p. 3-B.
  4. ^ "Fresno State 2016 Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  5. ^ "Fresno State Yearly Results". Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  6. ^ "1946 NFL Draft". Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "Fresno St. Players/Alumni". Retrieved December 12, 2016.