SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly is celebrating 100 seasons of football during the 2018 campaign.
To commemorate the occasion, videos focusing on each of the 10 decades of Mustang football will be published each week on GoPoly.com and the various Cal Poly Athletics social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube).
The decade of the 1910s was first, as Cal Poly officially fielded a football team for the first time in 1915 with the hiring of D.W. Schlosser as head coach. The 1920s was featured next, followed by the 1930s, highlighted by the undefeated, untied, unscored-upon 1933 squad which finished 7-0. The 1940s included the first Mustang game as a four-year school, the cancellation of the 1943 and 1944 seasons due to World War II and the return of Howie O'Daniels as head coach in 1946 and guiding the Mustangs to a 6-2-1 mark, including an upset win over San Diego State.
This week the focus is on the teams of the 1950s.
Head coach Roy Hughes arrived in 1950 and vowed, "In three years, we'll be tough." He lived up to his promise with an undefeated, untied 1953 season as the Mustangs were 9-0 and outscored the opposition 395-65.
Some consider the 1958 team to be the best Mustang squad. With Bobby Beathard and Tom Klosterman calling the signals and defensive linemen John Madden and Pat Lovell helping the team to 53 forced fumbles while allowing just eight touchdowns all year and 175.8 yards per game, the 1958 team went 9-1.
The decade would come to a close in tragedy, however, as 16 players, the team manager and a booster were among 22 people killed in a plane crash shortly after takeoff at Toledo Municipal Airport on Oct. 29, 1960.
In addition to the 1943 and 1944 seasons, Cal Poly did not field a team in 1918 due to a flu epidemic and in 1930 because of a polio epidemic. Thus, even though the first game was played 103 years ago in 1915, the 2018 Mustangs are playing Cal Poly's 100th season of football.
Each subsequent video, produced by Cal Poly Athletics Video Coordinator Andrew Baird, will be published on Tuesdays throughout the 2018 season.
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Cal Poly continues Big Sky Conference play Saturday against Montana, with kickoff set for 4:05 p.m. inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium. The game will be televised by Eleven Sports (available on DirecTV channel 623, Charter SD channel 346 and HD channel 879 as well as on AT&T, U-verse, Verizon FiOS and Google Fiber).