1983 Fresno State Bulldogs football team
|1983 Fresno State Bulldogs football|
|Conference||Pacific Coast Athletic Association|
|1983 record||7–4 (3–3 PCAA)|
|Head coach||Jim Sweeney (6th season)|
|1983 Pacific Coast Athletic Association football standings|
|Cal State Fullerton $||6||–||0||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
|Long Beach State||3||–||3||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
|San Jose State||3||–||3||–||0||5||–||6||–||0|
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.
|September 10||Bowling Green*||Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, California||L 27–35||30,000|
|September 17||Nevada*||Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, California||W 24–22||27,705|
|September 24||at Pacific (CA)||Pacific Memorial Stadium • Stockton, California||W 34–14||16,234|
|October 1||at Utah State||Romney Stadium • Logan, 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 Stadium • Bozeman, 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||25,712|
|November 5||UNLV||Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, California||W 7–20
|November 12||at Long Beach State[note 4]||Veterans Stadium • Long Beach, California||W 7–3||2,017|
|November 19||Northern Arizona*||Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, California||W 30–22||20,527|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming.|
Team players in the NFL
|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|
- The official name of Fresno State has been California State University, Fresno since 1972. However, it is still commonly known as Fresno State.
- The Big West Conference was known as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association from its founding in 1969 through 1987.
- 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.
- 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.
- "UNLV Punished for Using Ineligible Football Players". Retrieved December 22, 2016.
- "Southland Summaries". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. September 18, 1983. p. III-14. Retrieved April 1, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Saturday's College Football". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. September 26, 1983. p. III-12. Retrieved April 2, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Southland". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. October 30, 1983. p. III-17. Retrieved April 1, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Southland Summaries". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. November 13, 1983. p. III-10. Retrieved April 2, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Fresno State 1983 Schedule". Retrieved December 12, 2016.
- "Fresno State 2016 Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- "Fresno State Yearly Results". Retrieved January 7, 2017.
- "1984 NFL Draft". Retrieved December 7, 2016.
- "Fresno St. Players/Alumni". Retrieved December 12, 2016.