Fresno State–San Diego State football rivalry

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Fresno State–San Diego State football rivalry
First meeting November 29, 1923
San Diego State 12, Fresno State 2
Latest meeting October 21, 2017
Fresno State 27, San Diego State 3
Trophy Oil Can
Statistics
Meetings total 57
All-time series San Diego State leads, 29–24–4
Current win streak Fresno State 1, (2017–present)
Fresno State–San Diego State football rivalry is located in California
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The Fresno State–San Diego State football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Fresno State Bulldogs football team of California State University, Fresno and San Diego State Aztecs football team of San Diego State University. Both schools are members of the Mountain West Conference. The winner of the game receives the "Old Oil Can" trophy.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Series History[edit]

The rivalry dates back to 1923 when the two teams competed in the Southern California Junior College Conference. The Aztecs won 12–2 at home. Since then, the sides have met 52 more times, including every year from 1945–79, when the two competed in the same conference or were independents. After not facing one another between 1979–1991, the schools resumed the annual series from 1992–98, when both were members of the Western Athletic Conference. In 1999 the Aztecs were one of eight teams that left the WAC to form the Mountain West Conference (MW), which put the rivalry on hold. The two teams however met in 2002 in Fresno. The Bulldogs defeated the Aztecs in a close match 16–14. The rivalry was stalled once again until the two teams met in 2011. The game resulted in an Aztec win 35–28. In 2012, the Bulldogs joined the MW, which renewed the rivalry once again. When the MW expanded to 12 football members and split into divisions for that sport in 2013, the Aztecs and Bulldogs were placed in the new West Division, ensuring annual games for the foreseeable future. San Diego State leads the series 29–24–4, including a 15–13–2 mark in San Diego and a 14–11–2 mark in Fresno.

Oil Can[edit]

The Oil Can trophy comes from a 1930s-era oil can hailing from Fresno that was found at a construction site at San Diego State. "The oil can likely came from a time when Aztec and Bulldog fans traveled to football games between the two schools via the old, twisting, precipitous Grapevine section of Highway 99 over Tejon Pass," said Jacquelyn K. Glasener, executive director of the Fresno State Alumni Association. "Cars in those days carried extra oil and water to be sure they could make it through difficult trips," added Jim Herrick, executive director of the San Diego State Alumni Association. The two Alumni Associations made the Oil Can into a trophy and the teams started competing for it during the 2011 season. Fresno State leads the trophy series 4–3.

Game results[edit]

Fresno State victories San Diego State victories Tie games
No. Date Location Winner Score
1 November 29, 1923 San Diego, CA San Diego State 12–2
2 November 27, 1924 Fresno, CA Fresno State 7–0
3 October 30, 1926 San Diego, CA Fresno State 28–7
4 December 5, 1931 Fresno, CA San Diego State 15–0
5 October 25, 1940 San Diego, CA Tie 0–0
6 October 25, 1941 Fresno, CA Fresno State 26–0
7 October 10, 1942 San Diego, CA Fresno State 66–0
8 October 27, 1945 Fresno, CA San Diego State 7–0
9 October 26, 1946 San Diego, CA San Diego State 7–0
10 November 1, 1947 Fresno, CA Tie 7–7
11 November 6, 1948 San Diego, CA Fresno State 7–6
12 November 5, 1949 Fresno, CA San Diego State 18–7
13 October 21, 1950 San Diego, CA Tie 20–20
14 November 3, 1951 Fresno, CA San Diego State 13–7
15 November 1, 1952 San Diego, CA Fresno State 49–33
16 October 31, 1953 Fresno, CA Tie 27–27
17 October 30, 1954 San Diego, CA Fresno State 20–0
18 November 5, 1955 Fresno, CA Fresno State 20–6
19 November 17, 1956 San Diego, CA Fresno State 50–7
20 November 3, 1957 Fresno, CA Fresno State 27–0
21 November 1, 1958 San Diego, CA Fresno State 22–20
22 October 31, 1959 Fresno, CA Fresno State 38–13
23 October 29, 1960 San Diego, CA Fresno State 60–0
24 October 28, 1961 Fresno, CA Fresno State 27–6
25 October 27, 1962 San Diego, CA San Diego State 29–26
26 November 9, 1963 Fresno, CA San Diego State 34–6
27 October 31, 1964 San Diego, CA San Diego State 44–6
28 October 30, 1965 Fresno, CA San Diego State 26–7
29 October 29, 1966 San Diego, CA San Diego State 34–13
No. Date Location Winner Score
30 October 28, 1967 Fresno, CA San Diego State 28–21
31 November 2, 1968 San Diego, CA San Diego State 42–12
32 November 1, 1969 Fresno, CA San Diego State 48–20
33 October 31, 1970 San Diego, CA #14 San Diego State 56–14
34 October 30, 1971 Fresno, CA Fresno State 17–10
35 October 28, 1972 San Diego, CA San Diego State 21–14
36 November 17, 1973 Fresno, CA San Diego State 41–6
37 October 12, 1974 San Diego, CA San Diego State 24–21
38 October 11, 1975 Fresno, CA San Diego State 29–0
39 September 18, 1976 San Diego, CA San Diego State 7–3
40 October 8, 1977 Fresno, CA Fresno State 34–14
41 October 7, 1978 San Diego, CA San Diego State 31–14
42 September 22, 1979 Fresno, CA San Diego State 32–23
43 November 21, 1992 San Diego, CA Fresno State 45–41
44 November 20, 1993 Fresno, CA Fresno State 63–37
45 November 26, 1994 San Diego, CA Fresno State 49–42
46 October 14, 1995 San Diego, CA San Diego State 48–24
47 November 23, 1996 San Diego, CA San Diego State 31–21
48 November 15, 1997 Fresno, CA San Diego State 20–19
49 November 7, 1998 San Diego, CA San Diego State 10–0
50 August 29, 2002 Fresno, CA Fresno State 16–14
51 December 3, 2011 San Diego, CA San Diego State 35–28
52 September 29, 2012 Fresno, CA Fresno State 52–40
53 October 26, 2013 San Diego, CA #15 Fresno State 35–28
54 October 3, 2014 Fresno, CA Fresno State 24–13
55 October 3, 2015 San Diego, CA San Diego State 21–7
56 October 14, 2016 Fresno, CA San Diego State 17–3
57 October 21, 2017 San Diego, CA Fresno State 27–3
Series: San Diego State leads 29–24–4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SDSU, Fresno State to 'Battle for the Oil Can'". San Diego State University. November 29, 2011. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  2. ^ "Aztecs Will "Battle for the Oil Can"". sandiegoreader.com. November 30, 2011. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  3. ^ "SDSU and Fresno State might "Battle for the Oil Can" for the last time". U-T San Diego. September 25, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  4. ^ "History reignites FS-SDSU rivalry". gobulldogs.com. November 28, 2011. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  5. ^ "Aztecs, Bulldogs ready for rivalry rebirth". thedailyaztec.com. December 1, 2011. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  6. ^ ""Battle for the Oil Can"". KGPE. September 26, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-08.