1980 Fresno State Bulldogs football team

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1980 Fresno State Bulldogs football
Fresno State wordmark.png
Conference Pacific Coast Athletic Association
1980 record 5–6 (1–4 PCAA)
Head coach Jim Sweeney (3rd season)
Home stadium Bulldog Stadium
(Capacity: 30,000)
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
1980 Pacific Coast Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Long Beach State $ 5 0 0     8 3 0
Utah State 4 1 0     6 5 0
San Jose State 3 2 0     7 4 0
Fresno State 1 4 0     5 6 0
Cal State Fullerton 1 4 0     4 7 0
Pacific (CA) 1 4 0     4 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 Fresno State Bulldogs football team represented California State University, Fresno[note 1] during the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season as a member of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association.[note 2] The team was led by head coach Jim Sweeney, in the first year of his second stint at Fresno State. He had previously coached the team in the 1976 & 1977 seasons. They finished the 1980 season with a record of five wins and six losses (5–6, 1–4 PCAA).

The 1980 season saw the opening of a new on-campus football stadium, Bulldog Stadium. This increased the seating capacity for Fresno State football from 13,000 to 30,000.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 6 at Cal State Fullerton Santa Ana StadiumSanta Ana, CA L 25–39   7,282
September 13 at UNLV* Las Vegas Silver BowlWhitney, NV L 6–35   19,085
September 20 Southwestern Louisiana[note 3]* Bulldog StadiumFresno, CA W 16–14   12,283
September 27 at Utah* Rice StadiumSalt Lake City, UT L 12–27   25,358
October 4 Cal Poly[note 4]* Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, CA W 31–25   15,221
October 11 at San Jose State Spartan StadiumSan Jose, CA (Rivalry) L 14–26   14,120
October 18 Pacific (CA) Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, CA W 27–3   12,782
October 25 Utah State Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, CA L 0–14   10,482
November 11 Long Beach State[note 5] Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, CA L 9–34   8,228
November 18 at Southern Illinois* McAndrew StadiumCarbondale, IL W 31–14   9,800
November 25 Montana State* Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, CA W 21–14   25,684
*Non-conference game.

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Team players in the NFL[edit]

The following were selected in the 1981 NFL Draft.[5][6]

Player Position Round Overall NFL team
Anthony Washington Defensive back 2 44 Pittsburgh Steelers

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. ^ "Bulldog Stadium". Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Fresno State 1980 Schedule". Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  3. ^ "Fresno State 2016 Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  4. ^ "Fresno State Yearly Results". Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "1981 NFL Draft". Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Fresno St. Players/Alumni". Retrieved December 12, 2016.