1983 Fresno State Bulldogs football team

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1983 Fresno State Bulldogs football
Fresno State wordmark.png
Conference Pacific Coast Athletic Association
1983 record 7–4 (3–3 PCAA)
Head coach Jim Sweeney (6th season)
Home stadium Bulldog Stadium
(Capacity: 30,000)
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 Pacific Coast Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Cal State Fullerton $ 6 0 0     8 4 0
Utah State 4 2 0     6 5 0
Long Beach State 3 3 0     8 4 0
Fresno State 3 3 0     7 4 0
San Jose State 3 3 0     5 6 0
Pacific (CA) 2 4 0     4 8 0
UNLV 0 6 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Records adjusted for UNLV forfeit of all 7 victories

The 1983 Fresno State Bulldogs football team represented California State University, Fresno[note 1] during the 1983 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 his sixth year, and played their home games at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California. They finished the 1983 season with a record of six wins and five losses (6–5, 2–4 PCAA).

After the 1984 season was over, it was discovered that the UNLV Rebels had used multiple ineligible players during both the 1983 and 1984 season. As a result, Fresno State's loss to UNLV turns into a forfeit win and their record is adjusted to 7–4, 3–3 PCAA.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 10 Bowling Green* Bulldog StadiumFresno, California L 27–35   30,000
September 17 Nevada* Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, California W 24–22[2]   27,705
September 24 at Pacific (CA) Pacific Memorial StadiumStockton, California W 34–14[3]   16,234
October 1 at Utah State Romney StadiumLogan, Utah L 12–20   10,179
October 8 San Jose State Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, California (Rivalry) L 23–41   35,000
October 15 at Montana State* Reno H. Sales StadiumBozeman, Montana W 31–12   6,467
October 22 Cal State Fullerton Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, California L 17–18   26,903
October 29 Cal Poly[note 3]* Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, California W 30–7[4]   25,712
November 5 UNLVdagger Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, California W 7–20
forfeit win  
24,054
November 12 at Long Beach State[note 4] Veterans StadiumLong Beach, California W 7–3[5]   2,017
November 19 Northern Arizona* Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, California W 30–22   20,527
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

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Team players in the NFL[edit]

The following were selected in the 1984 NFL Draft.[9][10]

Player Position Round Overall NFL Team
Derrick Franklin Defensive back 10 260 Atlanta Falcons

The following finished their college career in 1983, were not drafted, but played in the NFL.

Player Position First NFL Team
Clyde Glover Defensive tackle 1987 San Francisco 49ers

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. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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. ^ "UNLV Punished for Using Ineligible Football Players". Retrieved December 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Southland Summaries". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. September 18, 1983. p. III-14. Retrieved April 1, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Saturday's College Football". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. September 26, 1983. p. III-12. Retrieved April 2, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Southland". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. October 30, 1983. p. III-17. Retrieved April 1, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Southland Summaries". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. November 13, 1983. p. III-10. Retrieved April 2, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Fresno State 1983 Schedule". Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Fresno State 2016 Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Fresno State Yearly Results". Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  9. ^ "1984 NFL Draft". Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Fresno St. Players/Alumni". Retrieved December 12, 2016.