Santa Clara Broncos football

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Santa Clara Broncos
First season 1896
Last season 1992
Stadium Kezar Stadium (in San Francisco, 1925–1952)
Buck Shaw Stadium
(Capacity: 6,800)
Field surface Natural grass
Location Santa Clara, California
NCAA division Division II
Conference Division II Independent
All-time record 352–244–28 (.587)
Bowl record 3–0 (1.000)
Conference titles 2 (1983, 1985)
Rivalries St. Mary's Gaels
California Golden Bears
Stanford Cardinal
San Francisco Dons
Colors Maroon and White[1]
Santa Clara played the Big Game from 1915 to 1917, after the University of California dropped rugby union

The Santa Clara Broncos football program was the intercollegiate American football team for Santa Clara University located in Santa Clara, California. Santa Clara played its first football game against St. Mary's College in San Francisco in 1896. Santa Clara compiled an all-time record of 352–244–28 (.587).[2]

At the conclusion of the 1992 season, the Santa Clara football program was discontinued due to new NCAA regulations which mandated all sports be played at the same level at each university. Santa Clara had fielded all Division I teams with the exception of the Division II football team, and elected not to field a team at the Division I-AA level.[3]

Santa Clara played in three major bowl games and won all three: 1937 Sugar Bowl, 1938 Sugar Bowl, and 1950 Orange Bowl.

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:


Conference championships[edit]

Year Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
1983 Western Football Conference (Co-Championship) Pat Malley 6–4–0 2–1
1985 Terry Malley 8–2–1 4–0–1
Total conference championships 2

Conference affiliations:

Bowl game appearances[edit]

Season Date Bowl City W/L Opponent PF PA Head coach
1936 January 1, 1937 Sugar New Orleans W LSU 21 14 Buck Shaw
1937 January 1, 1938 Sugar W LSU 6 0
1949 January 2, 1950 Orange Miami W Kentucky 21 13 Len Casanova
Total 3 bowl games 3–0 48 27


  1. ^ "SCU Color Palette - University Marketing and Communications - Santa Clara University". Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Santa Clara Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  3. ^ [1]

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