Santa Clara Broncos football
First season1896
Last season1992
StadiumKezar Stadium (in San Francisco, 1925–1952)
Buck Shaw Stadium
(capacity: 6,800)
Field surfaceNatural grass
LocationSanta Clara, California
NCAA divisionDivision II
ConferenceDivision II independent
All-time record352–244–28 (.587)
Bowl record3–0 (1.000)
Conference titles2 (1983, 1985)
RivalriesSt. Mary's Gaels
California Golden Bears
Stanford Cardinal
San Francisco Dons
ColorsMaroon and white[1]
Santa Clara played the Big Game from 1915 to 1917, after the University of California dropped rugby union
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 alumni include


Conference championships

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:

Playoff appearances

NCAA Division II

The Broncos made one appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs. They had a combined record of 1-1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1980 Quarterfinals
Northern Michigan
Cal Poly
W, 27–26
L, 14–38

Bowl game appearances

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.
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