1996 Fresno State Bulldogs football team represented California State University, Fresno during the [note 1] 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The team was led by head coach Jim Sweeney, in his nineteenth (and last) year, and played home games at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California. They finished the 1996 season with a record of five wins, seven losses (5–7, 2–6 WAC).
Coach Sweeney finished his career with 201 college victories. 144 of these came at Fresno State, 26 at Washington State, and 21 at Montana State. The 169 wins in Division I-A (Fresno State & Washington State) place him in the top 40 of winningest Division I-A coaches of all time.
Schedule [ edit ]
Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
August 31 Oregon * L 27–30 OT 39,312
September 7 at No. 18 Auburn * L 0–62 79,026
September 21 at Utah * L 17–45 32,539
September 28 Hawaii Bulldog Stadium Fresno, CA ( Rivalry) W 20–0 36,428
October 12 San Jose State * Bulldog Stadium Fresno, CA ( Rivalry) W 28–18 38,276
October 19 at No. 23 Wyoming L 21–42 14,446
October 26 at UNLV W 34–23 11,319
November 2 Boise State Bulldog Stadium Fresno, CA ( Rivalry) W 41–7 36,099
November 9 Colorado State Bulldog Stadium Fresno, CA L 20–42 35,009
November 16 Air Force Bulldog Stadium Fresno, CA L 38–44 OT 39,112
November 23 at San Diego State L 21–31 32,107 *Non-conference game Rankings from no Poll released prior to the game
1996 Fresno State Bulldogs football team roster
73 Donte Addision OG 6-4 265 So Seaside, Calif.
87 Chris Alex TE 6-3 250 Fr
Jim Arellanes Sr
Chris Conrad Jr
Richie Donati Sr
Corey Fields Jr
Grant Parnagian Jr
Michael Pittman Jr
47 Joe Barnes LB 5-10 180 Jr Duarte, Calif.
20 Chris Bayne LB 6-0 205 Sr
(C) Team captain
(S) Suspended (I) Ineligible
Team players in the NFL [ edit ]
The following were selected in the
1997 NFL Draft. 
The following finished their college career in 1996, were not drafted, but played in the NFL.
References [ edit ]