1982 California Bowl
1234 Total
Bowling Green 014140 28
Fresno State 00722 29
DateDecember 18, 1982
StadiumBulldog Stadium
LocationFresno, California
California Bowl
 < 1981  1983

The 1982 California Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on December 18, 1982 at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California. The game pitted the Bowling Green Falcons and the Fresno State Bulldogs.


The Falcons opened their season with three straight conference wins (over Ohio, Central Michigan and Western Michigan). A loss to Miami (OH) stopped the streak, though they did beat Northern Illinois the week after. A loss to Toledo was their last conference loss as Bowling Green won the next three games over Kent State, Ball State, and Eastern Michigan. They closed their season out with losses to Long Beach State and North Carolina. This was Bowling Green's first Mid-American Conference title since 1965 and first ever bowl appearance. Fresno State started the season with five straight wins (two of them being PCAA opponents), before a loss to Nevada. After that loss, the Bulldogs closed the season out with five straight wins to close out the season with 10 victories and 6 conference wins. This was their first Pacific Coast Athletic Association title since 1977. This was their first bowl appearance since the charity Mercy Bowl in 1971 along with their first true bowl appearance since 1946.

Game summary

The Bulldogs, playing in their home stadium, scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback. Fresno State gained 220 yards in the fourth quarter while Bowling Green had just 26. They had trailed by 21 points on two occasions, coming back both times. They had 27 first downs to Bowling Green's 17. The Falcons had 126 rushing yards while the Bulldogs had 80. Fresno State had 373 passing yard while Bowling Green had 246. The Bulldogs turned the ball over seven times while the Falcons turned it over once, along with being outpossessed 35:40 to 24:20. For Fresno State, Jeff Tedford threw 31-of-50 for 373 yards for three touchdowns and four interceptions. Stephone Paige caught 15 passes for 246 yards. For Bowling Green, Brian McClure threw 22-of-32 for 246 yards along with two touchdowns and one interception. Chip Otten rushed for 136 yards on 31 carries. [1]


The two teams met up twice more in the California Bowl (1985 and 1991), with the Bulldogs winning the first game and the Falcons would win the second. Fresno State made one other California Bowl appearance, in 1988, which they won.


  1. ^ "2016 Falcon Football Media Guide" (PDF). Bgsufalcons.com.s3.amazonaws.com. Retrieved 2016-12-30.