1956 Fresno State Bulldogs football team

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1956 Fresno State Bulldogs football
Fresno State wordmark.png
Conference California Collegiate Athletic Association
1956 record 8–2 (2–0 CCAA)
Head coach Clark Van Galder (5th season)
Home stadium Ratcliffe Stadium
(Capacity: 13,000)
Seasons
← 1955
1957 →
1956 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Fresno State 2 0 0     8 2 0
San Diego State 2 1 0     4 3 2
Santa Barbara 1 1 0     5 5 0
Los Angeles State 0 1 0     3 5 1
Cal Poly 0 2 0     7 3 0
  • No champion named for the 1956 season
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1956 Fresno State Bulldogs football team represented Fresno State College[note 1] during the 1956 NCAA College Division football season.

The team was led by fifth-year head coach Clark Van Galder and played home games at Ratcliffe Stadium on the campus of Fresno City College in Fresno, California. They finished the season with the best record in the CCAA, but no champion was named. The team had a record of eight wins and two losses (8–2, 2–0 CCAA).

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 22 at BYU* Cougar Stadium[note 2]Provo, Utah W 26–13   8,330
September 29 at Willamette* McCulloch StadiumSalem, Oregon W 27–12  
October 5 San Diego Marines[note 3]* Ratcliffe StadiumFresno, California W 2–0   7,800
October 13 Pacific (CA)[note 4]* Ratcliffe Stadium • Fresno, California L 14–21   13,923
October 20 San Francisco State[note 5]* Ratcliffe Stadium • Fresno, California W 28–0   6,719
October 27 Hawaii* Ratcliffe Stadium • Fresno, California (Rivalry) W 39–20   8,430
November 3 Idaho* Ratcliffe Stadium • Fresno, California L 12–24   10,018
November 10 Cal Poly[note 6] Ratcliffe Stadium • Fresno, California W 21–13   8,372
November 17 at San Diego State[note 7] Aztec BowlSan Diego (Rivalry) W 50–7[1]   11,000
November 22 at San Jose State[note 8]* Spartan StadiumSan Jose, California (Rivalry) W 30–14   7,000
*Non-conference game.

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Team players in the NFL/AFL[edit]

The following were selected in the 1957 NFL Draft.[4][5]

Player Position Round Overall NFL team
Bill Murphy End 10 120 Chicago Bears
Darryl Rogers Back 24 280 Los Angeles Rams
Nick Brown Guard 27 324 Chicago Bears

The following finished their college career in 1956, were not drafted, but played in the AFL (prior to the merge with the NFL).

Player Position First AFL team
Bob Garner Defensive back 1960 Los Angeles Chargers

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ California State University, Fresno was known as Fresno State College from 1949 to 1971.
  2. ^ This stadium is the predecessor to the current Cougar Stadium on the BYU campus, which was opened for the 1964 season
  3. ^ The Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) in San Diego fielded a team that played against colleges and other military teams from 1922 to 1964.
  4. ^ University of the Pacific (UOP) was known as College of the Pacific from 1911 to 1961.
  5. ^ San Francisco State University was known as San Francisco State College from 1935 to 1971.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ San Diego State University was known as San Diego State College from 1935 to 1971.
  8. ^ San Jose State University was known as San Jose State College from 1935 to 1971.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Howard Hagen (November 18, 1956). "Power-Laden Fresno Rips Aztecs, 50-7". The San Diego Union. San Diego, California. p. F-1. 
  2. ^ "Fresno State 2016 Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Fresno State Yearly Results". Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ "1957 NFL Draft". Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Fresno St. Players/Alumni". Retrieved December 12, 2016.