1961 Cal Poly Mustangs football team
|1961 Cal Poly Mustangs football|
|Conference||California Collegiate Athletic Association|
|1961 record||5–3 (3–2 CCAA)|
|Head coach||LeRoy Hughes (12th season)|
|1961 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings|
|#3 AP / #5 UPI Fresno State $||5||–||0||–||0||10||–||0||–||0|
|San Diego State||2||–||2||–||1||7||–||2||–||1|
|Los Angeles State||2||–||2||–||1||4||–||4||–||1|
|Long Beach State||2||–||3||–||0||5||–||5||–||0|
|UC Santa Barbara||0||–||5||–||0||2||–||8||–||0|
Rankings from College Division poll
The 1961 Cal Poly Mustangs football team represented California Polytechnic State University[note 1] during the 1961 College Division football season. Cal Poly competed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
The team was led by twelfth-year head coach LeRoy Hughes and played home games at Mustang Stadium in San Luis Obispo, California. They finished the season with a record of five wins and three losses (5–3, 3–2 CCAA).
|September 30||at San Diego State[note 2]||Aztec Bowl • San Diego||L 6–9||9,000|
|October 7||at Valley State[note 3]||Monroe High • North Hills, California||W 43–8|
|October 14||Fresno State[note 4]||Mustang Stadium • San Luis Obispo, California||L 13–42||6,000|
|October 21||Long Beach State[note 5]||Mustang Stadium • San Luis Obispo, California||W 21–14|
|October 28||San Diego Marines[note 6]*||Mustang Stadium • San Luis Obispo, California||L 20–28|
|November 4||at Los Angeles State[note 7]||Snyder Field ? • Los Angeles||W 40–13|
|November 11||Adams State*||Mustang Stadium • San Luis Obispo, California||W 16–10|
|November 17||UC Santa Barbara*||Mustang Stadium • San Luis Obispo, California||W 32–14|
Team players in the NFL
The following finished their college career in 1961, were not drafted, but played in the NFL.
|Player||Position||First NFL team|
|Karl Finch||Wide receiver||1962 Los Angeles Rams|
- The official name of Cal Poly is California Polytechnic State University. However, it has been more commonly known as either Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or just Cal Poly since 1947.
- San Diego State University was known as San Diego State College from 1935 to 1971.
- California State University, Northridge was known as San Fernando Valley State College from 1958 to 1971.
- California State University, Fresno was known as Fresno State College from 1949 to 1971.
- California State University, Long Beach was known as Long Beach State College from 1950 to 1963.
- The Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) in San Diego fielded a team that played against colleges and other military teams from 1922 to 1964.
- California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) was known as Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences from 1947 to 1963.
- Howard Hagen (October 1, 1961). "Aztecs' 85-Yard Punt Return Nips Poly, 9-6 In Last Minute". The San Diego Union. San Diego, California. p. G-1.
- "Fresno State 2016 Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- "Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Yearly Results". Retrieved January 12, 2017.
- "Cal Poly Football; 2016 Media Guide". Retrieved January 12, 2017.
- "1962 NFL Draft". Retrieved January 12, 2017.
- "Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Players/Alumni". Retrieved January 12, 2017.