1976 Fresno State Bulldogs football team
|1976 Fresno State Bulldogs football|
|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)|
|1976 Pacific Coast Athletic Association football standings|
|San Jose State $||4||–||0||–||0||7||–||4||–||0|
|Long Beach State||2||–||2||–||0||8||–||3||–||0|
|Cal State Fullerton||1||–||3||–||0||3||–||7||–||1|
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.
|September 11||at Southwestern Louisiana[note 3]*||Cajun Field • Lafayette, LA||L 14–41
|September 18||at San Diego State*||San Diego Stadium • San Diego, CA (Rivalry)||L 3–7||40,768|
|September 25||Montana State*||Ratcliffe Stadium • Fresno, 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 Stadium • Wichita, KS||L 24–30||12,609|
|October 16||Cal Poly[note 4]*||Ratcliffe Stadium • Fresno, CA||L 15–17||12,650|
|October 23||at San Jose State||Spartan Stadium • San 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||11,100|
|November 13||New Mexico State*||Ratcliffe Stadium • Fresno, CA||W 44–0||8,279|
|November 20||at Santa Clara*||Stevens Stadium • Santa Clara, CA||L 17–20|
Team players in the NFL
- The official name of Fresno State has been California State University, Fresno since 1972. However, it is still commonly known as Fresno State.
- The Big West Conference was known as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association from its founding in 1969 through 1987.
- University of Louisiana at Lafayette was known as University of Southwestern Louisiana from 1960 to 1999.
- 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.
- 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.
- "Louisiana-Lafayette 2014 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved 14 December 2016.
- "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.
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- "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.
- "Fresno State 1976 Schedule". Retrieved December 12, 2016.
- "Fresno State 2016 Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- "Fresno State Yearly Results". Retrieved January 7, 2017.
- "1977 NFL Draft". Retrieved December 7, 2016.
- "Fresno St. Players/Alumni". Retrieved December 12, 2016.