1945 Fresno State Bulldogs football
Raisin Bowl, L 12–13 vs. Drake
ConferenceCalifornia Collegiate Athletic Association
Record4–6–2 (0–1 CCAA)
Head coach
Home stadiumRatcliffe Stadium
(capacity: 13,000)
← 1944
1946 →
1945 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
San Diego State 1 0 0 2 5 0
Fresno State 0 1 0 4 6 2
  • No champion named for the 1945 season

The 1945 Fresno State Bulldogs football team represented Fresno State Normal School—now known as California State University, Fresno—during the 1945 college football season.

Fresno State competed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). However, due to the impact of World War II, the Bulldogs only played one conference game in 1945. There was no conference champion crowned in 1945. Since some colleges were still not playing football in 1945, the Bulldogs played the College of Pacific twice and Cal Poly twice.

The team was led by first-year head coach Alvin Pierson and played home games at Ratcliffe Stadium on the campus of Fresno City College in Fresno, California. They finished the season with a record of four wins, six losses and two ties (4–6–2, 0–1 CCAA). The Bulldogs outscored their opponents 113–92 for the season, including shutting out their opponents five times and being shut out three times. At the end of the season, Fresno State was invited to the Raisin Bowl, where they were defeated by the Drake Bulldogs, 12–13.


September 15at Cal Poly*T 6–6[1]
September 21at Pacific (CA)*
W 13–0
September 29Minter Field[note 1]*T 0–06,782[2]
October 6at Arizona State–Flagstaff*
W 19–0[3]
October 13Cal Poly*
  • Ratcliffe Stadium
  • Fresno, CA
W 24–06,398
October 20Santa Barbara Marines (CA)*
L 0–6
October 27San Diego State
  • Ratcliffe Stadium
  • Fresno, CA (rivalry)
L 0–75,861[4]
November 3at Nevada*
L 4–715,000
November 12Saint Mary's*
  • Ratcliffe Stadium
  • Fresno, CA
L 6–3213,357
November 17Camp Beale[note 3]*
L 13–21
November 22at Pacific (CA)*
W 16–0
January 1Drake*
L 12–1310,000
  • *Non-conference game



  1. ^ Minter Field was an Army airfield from 1941 to 1948 located in Shafter, California.
  2. ^ This stadium is the predecessor to the current Mackay Stadium, which was opened for the 1966 season.[5]
  3. ^ Beale Air Force Base is located near Marysville, California. It was opened in 1942 as an Army training post and was known as Camp Beale until 1948.


  1. ^ "FSC Opens Grid Season With 6-6 Tie With Cal Poly". The Fresno Bee. Fresno, California. September 16, 1945. p. 18. Retrieved February 1, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access
  2. ^ "Minter Fliers, Bulldogs Fight Scoreless Tie". The Fresno Bee. Fresno, California. September 30, 1945. p. 18. Retrieved February 1, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access
  3. ^ "Fresno State Trips Axman Eleven, 19-0". Arizona Republic. October 7, 1945. p. 5 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Aztecs Record 7 To 0 Upset Over Bulldogs". The San Diego Union. San Diego, California. October 28, 1945. p. 3-B.
  5. ^ "Mackay Stadium". University of Nevada, Reno. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "Fresno State 2016 Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 8, 2016.