Fresno State Bulldogs football

American varsity football team
Fresno State Bulldogs football
2024 Fresno State Bulldogs football team
First season1921; 103 years ago
Athletic directorTerry Tumey
Head coachJeff Tedford
5th season, 45–22 (.672)
StadiumValley Children's Stadium
(capacity: 40,727)
FieldJim Sweeney Field
Year built1980
Field surfaceTurf
LocationFresno, California
ConferenceMountain West
DivisionWest (2013–2019 and 2021–2022)
Past conferencesCalifornia Coast Conference (1922–1924)
Far Western Conference (1925–1940)
California Collegiate Athletic Association (1939–1950, 1953–1968)
Big West Conference (1969–1991)
Western Athletic Conference (1992–2012)
All-time record645–446–27 [1] (.589)
Bowl record17–14 (.548)
Conference titles29
Division titles5 (MW, West)
RivalriesBoise State (rivalry)
Hawaii (rivalry)
San Diego State (rivalry)
San Jose State (rivalry)
Cal Poly
Consensus All-Americans2
ColorsCardinal red and blue[2]
Fight songFight Varsity
Troopers Battle Hymn
Marching bandFresno State Bulldog Marching Band

The Fresno State Bulldogs football team represents California State University, Fresno in NCAA Division I FBS college football as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The green "V" on the Bulldogs' helmets, uniforms, and playing field symbolizes California's Central Valley, specifically the San Joaquin Valley, the agricultural valley from which they draw their support.


Early history

Football was first played on the Fresno campus in 1921, and for its first year it played as an independent. The Bulldogs joined the California Coast Conference, which included several regional opponents the next year, and moved to the Northern California Athletic Conference of which it was among the charter schools in 1925. These early years laid the foundations of rivalries to come, with games against San Jose State and Pacific in the first year, and adding UC Davis, Nevada, and San Diego State in the following years of NCAC play. The NCAA began classifying schools into University Division and College Division groups in 1937, and the Bulldogs, along with the other major college schools in the conference, broke off into the California Collegiate Athletic Association in 1939, a conference it remained in until joining the Pacific Coast Athletic Association, later known as the Big West Conference, in 1969. Notable coaches during this period include Cecil Coleman, who during his five years at Fresno State had a .760 winning percentage. Coleman took the 1961 team to an undefeated season, capped by a 36–6 Mercy Bowl victory over Bowling Green State. Fresno State football experienced a stretch of seasons hovering around the .500 mark during the later 1960s and 70s. Yet despite also having a number of winning seasons, including two where the Bulldogs went undefeated, they only participated in two University Division bowl games before the 1980s.

The Sweeney eras (1976–1977, 1980–1996)

In 1976, Jim Sweeney took over a Bulldog squad that had had 8 winning seasons since its last bowl bid, and promptly took the 1977 squad to a 9–2 record in his second year as head coach. The Sweeney era bristled with confidence as the Bulldogs became, along with rival San Jose State, the class of the Big West, earning postseason bowl berths four times in the 1980s. Sweeney's 1985 squad is particularly memorable for Bulldog fans, as the team finished as the only unbeaten Division I-A team in the country, ranked 16th in the coaches poll. The 1985 squad did not, however, finish untied, after a 24–24 tie at home against the Rainbow clad Warriors of Hawaii. The lone blemish to a perfect season, coupled with the difficulty either team has had in winning in the other's home stadium, has led the Warriors and Bulldogs to contend for one of the WAC's fiercest rivalries.

The face of Fresno State football changed with the construction of Bulldog Stadium for the 1980 season. Before then, the Bulldogs played their home games in Fresno City College's Ratcliffe Stadium, which seated approximately 13,000 fans. The construction of a modern new on-campus stadium which held over 30,000 in attendance was an outstanding improvement for the Bulldogs, who saw drastic increases in attendance and alumni support. The new stadium brought with it a renewed success for the football team, as they enjoyed four Big West championships in the new stadium which took them to five California Bowl appearances against opponents from the Mid-American Conference. During the Sweeney era, the Bulldogs posted nine consecutive winning seasons, a run which included five double-digit win seasons. 1994, however, marked the beginning of three consecutive losing seasons which ended the Sweeney era and brought in Pat Hill, who had worked both in the NFL and colleges for the past several decades—including a stint as an assistant under Sweeney from 1984 to 1989.

Pat Hill era (1997–2011)

Under Hill, Fresno State continued the advances it had made during the Sweeney era. Soon after returning to Fresno, Hill declared that his Bulldogs would play "anybody, anywhere, anytime." He recalled that this was the same blueprint Bobby Bowden followed in turning Florida State into a powerhouse.[3] To that end, Hill's Bulldogs frequently played particularly difficult non-conference schedules against elite, highly ranked teams. The Bulldogs have also been the only BCS non-AQ conference school to record three consecutive bowl victories over schools from BCS conferences.

In 1998, the Bulldogs, under Hill took on all comers and had a strong season led by WAC offensive player of the year Jaime Kimbrough. In 2001, the Bulldogs, and quarterback David Carr, began their season with several upsets of ranked teams. The Bulldogs opened the season in Boulder against the Colorado Buffaloes, leaving with a 24–22 win over the eventual Big 12 champions. The next game of the 2001 season was at home against the Oregon State Beavers, the team that Sports Illustrated had been picked as its preseason No. 1. In an electric game at Bulldog Stadium[citation needed], the Bulldogs outplayed the Beavers[citation needed] in a 44–24 rout. Fresno State then headed to Madison to take on the Wisconsin Badgers, winners of the Sun Bowl over UCLA the previous year. The Bulldogs also topped the Badgers by a score of 32–20. These victories, followed by wins over Tulsa, Louisiana Tech, and Colorado State led the Bulldogs to a ranking of No. 8 in the polls, the highest for a mid-major team since(BYU was ranked No. 5 in 1996), and earned the Bulldogs a degree of prestige not usually afforded a mid-major program. This changed abruptly, however, when the Boise State Broncos and Hawaii Rainbows upset the Bulldogs in Fresno and Honolulu respectively to smash the Bulldogs' hopes of playing in a BCS bowl. The defeats led the team instead the Silicon Valley Classic against Michigan State, a game which was taken by the Spartans by a score of 44–35. Nonetheless, the impressive performances of the regular season earned[citation needed] Fresno State its first number one overall NFL draft choice in David Carr, picked first by the expansion Houston Texans.

The 2002 squad, which had difficulty opening the season with a 1–3 record, finished strong to finish the regular season 8–5 and earning another bid to the Silicon Valley Classic against Georgia Tech. This resulted in a win for the Bulldogs, who beat the Yellow Jackets 30–21.

The 2003 squad earned a spot in the Silicon Valley Classic for the third year in a row, this time facing UCLA in San Jose. The Bulldogs defeated the Bruins 17–9.

Spring 2007 Scrimmage in Visalia

The 2004 season began for the Bulldogs much as the 2001 season had, with surprising upsets over BCS opponents in their home stadiums. The Bulldogs opened the season at Husky Stadium against Washington, a team with high expectations in its second year with head coach Keith Gilbertson. The Bulldogs came away with the win by a score of 35–16. The second game was against the Big 12 champions, the Kansas State Wildcats, who had beaten the No. 1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners to finish the previous year. The Bulldogs walked out of Manhattan with an unexpected 45–21 win, again earning the squad national attention and a ranking in the polls. Again, similarly to the 2001 season, the Bulldogs unexpectedly lost to Louisiana Tech, followed by two more losses, including to newly cemented rival Boise State. However, the Bulldogs found their redemptive qualities pervading in five straight wins by 40 or more points, including a 70–14 home rout over rival Hawaiʻi, to earn a bid to the MPC Computers Bowl. In the MPC Bowl, the Bulldogs won their third straight bowl victory against a BCS conference team, beating the Virginia Cavaliers 37–34 in overtime.

The Bulldogs block a field goal against the Texas A&M Aggies in a 2007 trip to College Station, Texas

The 2005 season began with heady expectations which the Bulldogs largely lived up to for much of the season. The 2005 squad, after an early 3-point loss to Oregon in Eugene, rallied to win seven straight, including the first win at Hawaiʻi since 1994, and a redemptive home victory over Boise State, traveled to the Los Angeles Coliseum to face the No. 1 ranked USC Trojans, bringing with them an 8–1 record, a ranking of No. 16, and senior leadership and depth at key positions. The match up against USC turned out to be one for the ages as Fresno State quarterback Paul Pinegar continually drew against USC quarterback Matt Leinart, and Fresno State running backs Wendel Mathis and Bryson Sumlin exchanged touchdown runs with eventual Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush. Despite taking a halftime lead and trading scores with the Trojans all night, at the end of regulation, USC's athleticism with Reggie Bush, the Bulldogs lost by a score of 42–50. The loss to the Trojans changed the character of the team, who proceeded to lose their next four games, including the Liberty Bowl against Tulsa.

The 2006 squad, weakened by key senior losses at quarterback, running back and on the defense, struggled with the schedule, opening the year 1–7 before winning three straight, only to close the season with the first loss to San Jose State since before the fall of the Soviet Union.

After a disappointing season in 2006, the 2007 Fresno State Bulldogs bounced back, finishing 9–4. They started strong against a weak Sacramento State team before losing a close game at Texas A&M in triple overtime. After another loss to Oregon, they won 8 of their final 10 games, including a victory over Georgia Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl.

On September 1, 2008, the Bulldogs opened their season with a 24–7 victory over Rutgers in a non-conference game. The Bulldogs would end the season with a 7–6 record, including a loss in the New Mexico Bowl against Colorado State.

The 2009 season begin with high hopes as Fresno State dominated its first opponent, UC Davis. However, the Bulldogs would go on to lose three straight games against Wisconsin, Boise State, and Cincinnati. The Bulldogs would rebound to win their next five games, before falling to rival Nevada. The Bulldogs would also go on to beat Illinois, in one of the more memorable college football games of the year. The Bulldogs scored a touchdown with only seconds left. Down by one point, the Bulldogs decided to go for two rather than kick a field goal to tie it up. With time expiring, Fresno State QB Ryan Colburn was forced to throw the ball into the end zone. The ball was deflected by an Illinois player, and caught by Fresno State offensive lineman Devan Cunningham who barreled his way into the end zone for a two-point conversion. The Bulldogs won 53–52. This miraculous play has been dubbed by many as the "remarkable deflection". The Bulldogs would end the season at 8–5 including a loss to Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl. However, Ryan Mathews had one of his best seasons to date, rushing for 1,800 yards, and scoring 19 touchdowns. Ryan Mathews declared his eligibility for the NFL draft, and was selected 12th over-all by the San Diego Chargers.

Much like the 2009 season, the 2010 season saw its share of highs and lows. The Bulldogs would start the season off with a victory over Cincinnati. However, they'd go on to lose against the upper half of the WAC conference and finish the regular season at 8–3. The Bulldogs accepted an invite to face Northern Illinois in the Humanitarian Bowl. It marked the third straight year that Fresno State would face a fellow non-AQ program in a bowl game. The Bulldogs would lose the game to Northern Illinois adding to its disappointing bowl record against other non-AQ programs.

Tim DeRuyter era (2012–2016)

On December 5, 2011, after finishing the year 4–9, Fresno State announced that Pat Hill had been fired as the head coach of the football program. On December 14, 2011, Tim DeRuyter, defensive coordinator and interim head coach of Texas A&M was introduced as the new head coach. He led the Bulldogs to back-to-back conference championships in his first two years with Derek Carr playing as quarterback. DeRuyter was then given a five-year contract extension and Carr was drafted by the Oakland Raiders at 36th overall in 2014. With Carr gone, the Bulldogs would rotate through several quarterbacks and would finish with losing records the next two seasons. After opening the 2016 season with a 1–7 record, DeRuyter was fired.[4]

Jeff Tedford era (2017–2019)

The Bulldogs announced it had hired former Cal head coach, former quarterback under Coach Jim Sweeney, former Bulldogs offensive coordinator, and Fresno State alumnus Jeff Tedford to be its next head coach beginning with the 2017 season.[5] In his first season as Fresno State's head coach, Coach Tedford led the Bulldogs to a 10–4 season, including wins over rivals San Diego State and the No. 25 Boise State Broncos. They clinched the MW West Division, but would lose to Boise State 14–17 in the MW Championship game. Fresno State got an invite to participate in the 2017 Hawaii Bowl, to face the University of Houston Cougars. The Bulldogs would win their bowl game with a score of 33–27, ending a six-year bowl drought. Fresno State would the end the season at 10–4, making it one of the best turnarounds in college football. In 2018, Fresno State made back-to-back conference championship appearances, facing Boise State in a rematch of the previous championship game; this time defeating Boise State 19–16 in overtime. They faced the Arizona State Sun Devils in the 2018 Las Vegas Bowl, winning 20–31. Their victory over Arizona State gave Fresno State the first 12-win season in school history. The team suffered a setback in 2019, finishing 4–8 overall and 2–6 in conference play. On December 6, 2019, Tedford announced his resignation from Fresno State after 3 seasons for health reasons.[6]

Fresno State defenders tackle an Air Force ballcarrier during a 2019 game

Kalen DeBoer era (2020–2021)

On December 17, 2019, former Fresno State offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer, who had spent the 2019 season at Indiana, was hired as Tedford's replacement.[7]

On September 18, 2021, the Bulldogs beat #13 UCLA Bruins 40–37. It is the second highest ranked opponent ever defeated by Fresno State. [8]

On November 29, 2021, DeBoer left Fresno after 2 seasons for the head coaching job at Washington.[9]

Tedford's return (2022-present)

Tedford was rehired on December 8, 2021 for the 2022 season. Under Tedford, the Bulldogs won another Mountain West championship and beat Washington State in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl.[10]

The Bulldogs' 2023 home opener against Eastern Washington was historically significant as the first FBS game with linear television coverage exclusively in Spanish, with UniMás televising the game in the Fresno and Bakersfield markets. English-language coverage was exclusively by streaming, with audio being a simulcast of Fresno State's (English) radio broadcast.[11]

Conference affiliations


Conference championships

Fresno State has won 29 conference championships through the 2022 season.

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1922 California Coast Conference Arthur W. Jones 7–1–2 2–0–1
1923 California Coast Conference Arthur W. Jones 7–2 3–0
1930 Far Western Conference Stanley Borleske 8–0 5–0
1934 Far Western Conference Leo Harris 7–2–1 3–0–1
1935 Far Western Conference Leo Harris 6–3 4–0
1937 Far Western Conference James Bradshaw 8–1–1 4–0
1941 California Collegiate Athletic Association James Bradshaw 4–3–2 2–0–1
1942 California Collegiate Athletic Association James Bradshaw 9–1 2–0
1954 California Collegiate Athletic Association Clark Van Galder 7–3 4–0
1955 California Collegiate Athletic Association Clark Van Galder 9–1 2–0
1956 California Collegiate Athletic Association Clark Van Galder 8-2 2–0
1958 California Collegiate Athletic Association Clark Van Galder 5–5 4–1
1959 California Collegiate Athletic Association Cecil Coleman 7–3 5–0
1960 California Collegiate Athletic Association Cecil Coleman 9–1 5–0
1961 California Collegiate Athletic Association Cecil Coleman 10–0 5–0
1968 California Collegiate Athletic Association Darryl Rogers 7–4 4–0
1977 Pacific Coast Athletic Association Jim Sweeney 9–2 4–0
1982 Pacific Coast Athletic Association Jim Sweeney 11–1 6–0
1985 Pacific Coast Athletic Association Jim Sweeney 11–0–1 7–0
1988 Big West Conference Jim Sweeney 10–2 7–0
1989 Big West Conference Jim Sweeney 11–1 7–0
1991 Big West Conference Jim Sweeney 10–2 6–1
1992 Western Athletic Conference Jim Sweeney 9–4 6–2
1993 Western Athletic Conference Jim Sweeney 9–4 6–2
1999 Western Athletic Conference Pat Hill 8–5 5–2
2012 Mountain West Conference Tim DeRuyter 9–4 7–1
2013 Mountain West Conference Tim DeRuyter 11–2 7–1
2018 Mountain West Conference Jeff Tedford 12–2 7–1
2022 Mountain West Conference Jeff Tedford 10-4 7–1

† Co-champions

Division championships

Year Conference Coach Overall record Conference record Opponent CG result
2013 MW West Tim DeRuyter 11–2 7–1 Utah State W, 24–17
2014 MW West Tim DeRuyter 6–8 5–3 Boise State L, 14–28
2017 MW West Jeff Tedford 10–4 7–1 Boise State L, 14–17
2018 MW West Jeff Tedford 12–2 7–1 Boise State W, 19–16OT
2022 MW West Jeff Tedford 10–4 7–1 Boise State W, 28–16

† Co-champion

Bowl games

Head coaches

Coach Seasons Record Pct.
Arthur W. Jones 1921–1928 36–26–7 .572
Stanley Borleske 1929–1932 16–18–2 .472
Leo Harris 1933–1935 18–9–1 .661
James Bradshaw 1936–1942, 1946 59–18–2 .759
Earl Wight 1944 0–6 .000
Alvin Pierson 1945, 1949 7–14–2 .348
Ken Gleason 1947–1948 6–12–3 .357
Duke Jacobs 1950–1951 7–11–1 .395
Clark Van Galder 1952–1958 46–22–2 .671
Cecil Coleman 1959–1963 38–12 .760
Phil Krueger 1964–1965 10–10 .500
Darryl Rogers 1966–1972 42–32–1 .567
J. R. Boone 1973–1975 10–25 .286
Jim Sweeney 1976–1977
144–75–3 .655
Bob Padilla 1978–1979 7–15–0 .318
Pat Hill 1997–2011 112–80 .583
Tim DeRuyter 2012–2016 30–30 .500
Eric Kiesau 2016 0–4 .000
Jeff Tedford 2017–2019, 2022–present 45–22 .672
Kalen DeBoer 2020–2021 12–6 .667
Lee Marks 2021 1–0 1.000

† Interim


Boise State

The Battle of the Milk Can

The Boise State-Fresno State rivalry originated in 1977. The Milk Can is awarded to each season's winner of the Battle of the Milk Can, a college football game between the Fresno State Bulldogs and the Boise State Broncos. The team who wins the Milk Can gets to keep it for a year. The trophy was created in 2005, but was not ready in time for the annual match in Fresno, which was won by the Bulldogs. It made its first appearance in 2006, when the victorious Broncos carried it off the field. The idea for a trophy as the prize for the newly arranged interstate rivalry was hatched by two separate dairy groups that decided to get involved with their local football programs. California (No. 1) and Idaho (No. 4) are two of the nation's leading dairy producers.[12] The South Valley Dairy Group began raising money for Bulldog football in 2001; the Bronco Dairy Boosters began contributing to Boise State in 2005. Two dairymen and friends in these organizations, Dan Van Grouw of Meridian, Idaho (in the Boise metropolitan area) and Roger Fluegel of Visalia, California (in Fresno State's home of the San Joaquin Valley), put forward the idea of a traveling trophy and began the administrative process. There was positive feedback from the teams, coaches, and fans, but an "administrative changeover" kept the trophy off the field for the 2005 game, though the Bulldogs' 27–7 victory is the first listed on the can.


The rivalry with Hawaii has increased greatly in recent years, with both teams being the oldest members of the WAC contending regularly for the conference championship. Coaches from both schools have accused each side of various episodes of poor sportsmanship over the years, and both schools have some of the nation's rowdiest home fans. The rivalry has featured some lopsided results, including a 70–14 Fresno victory over Hawaii in 2004 and a 68–37 Warriors victory in 2006 over Fresno. In 2007, allegations that Fresno State fans were physically and verbally abused by hometown Hawaii fans circulated the internet and television media added to this rivalry. The game is no longer an annual affair; the two teams are no longer designated as annual opponents in the MW's post-2022 divisionless scheduling model.

San Diego State

The Battle for the Oil Can

The Fresno State-San Diego State rivalry, also known as the Battle for the Oil Can, is one of the Bulldogs' biggest rivalry games. This in-state rivalry dates back to 1923, with the Aztecs winning the initial meeting at home 12–2. Since then, the sides have met 51 more times, including every year from 1945 to 1979, when the two competed in the same conference or were independents. After not facing one another between 1979 and 1991, the schools resumed the annual series from 1992 to 1998, when both were members of the Western Athletic Conference. The two teams have met twice since then, in 2002 and 2011. With Fresno State joining the Mountain West Conference in 2012 and the addition of the divisional format, the Aztecs and the Bulldogs will compete on an annual basis once again. The two teams play for the Old Oil Can as a trophy. The name comes from a 1930s-era oil can hailing from Fresno that was found at a construction site at San Diego State. "The oil can likely came from a time when Aztec and Bulldog fans traveled to football games between the two schools via the old, twisting, precipitous Grapevine section of Highway 99 over Tejon Pass", said Jacquelyn K. Glasener, executive director of the Fresno State Alumni Association. "Cars in those days carried extra oil and water to be sure they could make it through difficult trips", added Jim Herrick, executive director of the San Diego State Alumni Association. As of 2023, Fresno State trails in the series 27–31–4.[citation needed][when?]

San Jose State

The Battle for the Valley Trophy

The Fresno State–San Jose State football rivalry started in 1921 and is the Bulldogs' oldest rival. San Jose State led the series from 1949 to 2001, but Fresno State tied it at 32 games each with a victory in 2002, and recaptured the lead in 2003. The Bulldogs have maintained the series lead since 2003, but have lost the past two games to the Spartans, including a 52–62 loss at Spartan Stadium (now CEFCU Stadium) on 11/29/2013. The Bulldogs and Spartans played the first football game of the series in 1921. The football rivalry took a one-year break in 2012 after conference realignment temporarily separated the two schools, with Fresno State moving to the Mountain West Conference while San Jose State remained in the Western Athletic Conference. It resumed as a conference rivalry in 2013 when San Jose State joined the MW, and the Spartans were designated as one of the Bulldogs' two permanent opponents in the MW's post-2022 divisionless scheduling model. As of 2023 Fresno State leads the 86 game series 44-39-3


The Sierra Showdown

The 'Sierra Showdown' is named after the Sierra Nevada mountain range that runs along the California-Nevada border and is near the home cities of both schools (Fresno, California and Reno, Nevada). As recent as November 2022 there was case made for the Nevada-Fresno State football game to add a Sierra Showdown Trophy [13] Paul Loeffler, the voice of the Fresno State Bulldogs, suggested on Twitter that Nevada and Fresno State should play for the Sierra Showdown Trophy that is half silver (for the Silver State) and half gold (for the Golden State). Loeffler was quoted as saying ""You guys are on the eastern side of the Sierra. You're looking at the other side of the mountains that we're looking at from the western side. We have to go through or over that pass to play each other. We've been doing it forever. So why not make that mountain the symbol of this rivalry?" The Wolf Pack and Bulldogs have played each other 55 times. The series began in 1923 and has been played every season since 1998. The 55 matchups are more games than Nevada has played its main rival, UNLV (49 times). Nevada is the other of Fresno State's two protected rivalries in the MW's post-2022 divisionless scheduling model, meaning they continue to play every year. Fresno State leads the all-time series 32-22-1 as of 2023, including a 16–11 mark since the teams began playing regularly again in 1994.

Cal Poly

Battle for the Victory Bell

From 1956 to 1975, Cal Poly and the Bulldogs traded the "Victory Bell Trophy", which was donated to Cal Poly in 1952.[14] The trophy, which weighed about 200 pounds,[15] was ultimately retired due to repeated theft.[16] The two programs didn't play each other from 1986 through 2009, but brought back matchups in 2010,[17] 2013,[18] 2021[19] and 2022.[20] In the 46-game all-time series, Fresno State leads 34-10-2.

Louisiana Tech

Battle for the Bone

From 2001 to 2011, Louisiana Tech and Fresno State played annually as members of the Western Athletic Conference.[21] The two schools both feature Bulldogs as their mascots, hence the name "Battle for the Bone" was coined by Fresno State's 2001 Homecoming Chair, Terrance Mayes.[22] In 2012 Fresno State left the Western Athletic Conference and joined the Mountain West Conference, effectively ending the rivalry.[23] In the 13-game all-time series, Fresno State leads 9-4.[24]

Retired numbers

Fresno State Bulldogs retired numbers
No. Player Pos. Tenure Year retired Ref.
Derek Carr QB 2009–2013 2017 [25]
David Carr QB 1997–2001 2007 [25]
Kevin Sweeney QB 1983–1986 [25]
Trent Dilfer QB 1991–1993 [25]
Vince Petrucci K 1976–1978 [25]
Davante Adams WR 2011–2013 2022 [25]
Dale Messer WR 1958–1960 [25]
Lorenzo Neal RB 1990–1992 2022 [25]
Henry Ellard WR 1979–1982 [25]


Jackie Fellows, HB- 1942 (LK-1st; MS-1st)
Davante Adams, WR- 2013 (AP-2nd)

National Award Winners

Sam Baugh Trophy

Sam Baugh Trophy
Year Name Position
1993 Trent Dilfer Quarterback
2001 David Carr Quarterback
2013 Derek Carr Quarterback
2023 Michael Ingalls Quarterback

This honor is given by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, awarded annually to the nation's top collegiate passer.

Paul Warfield Trophy

Paul Warfield Trophy
Year Name Position
2013 Davante Adams Wide receiver

This honor is awarded annually to the nation's top collegiate wide receiver.

All-time record vs. current Mountain West teams

Results as of the conclusion of the 2022 NCAA Division I FBS football season.[26]

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First meeting
Air Force 3 7 0 .300 Lost 3 1993
Boise State 9 17 0 .346 Won 2 1977
Colorado State 6 10 0 .375 Won 1 1992
Hawaii 30 24 1 .555 Won 1 1938
Nevada 32 22 1 .583 Won 3 1923
New Mexico 15 6 0 .750 Lost 1 1947
San Diego State 27 31 4 .475 Lost 1 1923
San Jose State 44 39 3 .535 Lost 1 1921
UNLV 20 7 0 .720 Won 6 1979
Utah State 19 13 1 .578 Won 2 1952
Wyoming 9 6 0 .643 Lost 1 1992
Totals 214 182 10 .540

Future non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of July 13, 2021.[27]

2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
at Michigan at Kansas at USC Utah Tech at USC Texas Tech
Sacramento State Georgia Southern Sacramento State at Washington at Georgia Southern
at UCLA at Oregon State at Washington State Washington State
New Mexico State Southern
2030 2031 2032
at Texas Tech at Kansas at Texas Tech


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