1976 Fresno State Bulldogs football team

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1976 Fresno State Bulldogs football
Fresno State wordmark.png
Conference Pacific Coast Athletic Association
1976 record 5–6 (+1 win by forfeit which does not change record) (3–1 PCAA)
Head coach Jim Sweeney (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson (1st season)
Home stadium Ratcliffe Stadium
(Capacity: 13,000)
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →
1976 Pacific Coast Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
San Jose State $ 4 0 0     7 4 0
Fresno State 3 1 0     5 6 0
Long Beach State 2 2 0     8 3 0
Cal State Fullerton 1 3 0     3 7 1
Pacific (CA) 0 4 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1976 Fresno State Bulldogs football team represented California State University, Fresno[note 1] during the 1976 NCAA Division I football season as a member of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association.[note 2] The team was led by head coach Jim Sweeney, in his first year, and they played their home games at Ratcliffe Stadium on the campus of Fresno City College in Fresno, California. They finished the season with a record of five wins and six losses (5–6, 3–1 PCAA).

While Fresno State lost its initial game against the Southwestern Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, the game was subsequently forfeited by Louisiana-Lafayette due to the use of ineligible players. The won-loss record is not adjusted.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 11 at Southwestern Louisiana[note 3]* Cajun FieldLafayette, LA L 14–41
forfeit win  
22,890
September 18 at San Diego State* San Diego StadiumSan Diego, CA (Rivalry) L 3–7[2]   40,768
September 25 Montana State* Ratcliffe StadiumFresno, CA W 24–10   11,500
October 2 Cal State Fullerton Ratcliffe Stadium • Fresno, CA W 31–12   11,500
October 9 at Wichita State* Cessna StadiumWichita, KS L 24–30[3]   12,609
October 16 Cal Poly[note 4]* Ratcliffe Stadium • Fresno, CA L 15–17   12,650
October 23 at San Jose State Spartan StadiumSan Jose, CA (Rivalry) L 7–21   16,500
October 30 Pacific (CA) Ratcliffe Stadium • Fresno, CA W 35–7   10,200
November 6 Long Beach State[note 5] Ratcliffe Stadium • Fresno, CA W 23–0[4]   11,100
November 13 New Mexico State* Ratcliffe Stadium • Fresno, CA W 44–0   8,279
November 20 at Santa Clara* Stevens StadiumSanta Clara, CA L 17–20  
*Non-conference game.

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Team players in the NFL[edit]

No Bulldogs were selected in the 1977 NFL Draft.[8][9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The official name of Fresno State has been California State University, Fresno since 1972. However, it is still commonly known as Fresno State.
  2. ^ The Big West Conference was known as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association from its founding in 1969 through 1987.
  3. ^ University of Louisiana at Lafayette was known as University of Southwestern Louisiana from 1960 to 1999.
  4. ^ The official name of Cal Poly has been California Polytechnic State University since 1947. However, it is more commonly known as either Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or just Cal Poly.
  5. ^ The official name of Long Beach State has been California State University, Long Beach since 1972. However, it is still commonly known as Long Beach State.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Louisiana-Lafayette 2014 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Long Beach State Wins Again, 32-10". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. September 19, 1976. p. III-16. Retrieved February 23, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Long Beach State Wins Again, 32-10". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. October 10, 1976. p. III-11. Retrieved March 31, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Long Beach State Shut Out by Fresno". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. November 7, 1976. p. III-16. Retrieved February 23, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Fresno State 1976 Schedule". Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Fresno State 2016 Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  7. ^ "Fresno State Yearly Results". Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "1977 NFL Draft". Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  9. ^ "Fresno St. Players/Alumni". Retrieved December 12, 2016.