Cal Poly (1-2, 0-0 Big Sky), which closed out the non-conference portion of its 2018 football schedule with a victory over Ivy League member Brown last week, opens Big Sky Conference play Saturday afternoon at No. 6 Eastern Washington (2-1, 0-0 Big Sky) inside Roos Field (cap.: 8,600).
Senior fullback Joe Protheroe established career highs with 43 carries, 228 yards and three touchdowns as Cal Poly earned its first victory of the year, defeating Ivy League member Brown 44-15 in a non-conference football game Friday night inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Cal Poly (0-2, 0-0 Big Sky), which opened its 2018 season with losses to a pair of top-10 teams in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, plays the only unranked teams in the Mustangs’ first six weeks of the schedule Friday night, hosting Ivy League member Brown (0-0, 0-0 Ivy) inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Cal Poly is celebrating 100 seasons of football during the 2018 campaign. This week the focus is on the teams of the 1930s, which opened with the 1930 campaign canceled due to a polio epidemic. The 1933 team posted a 7-0 record and did not give up a single point to its seven foes, outscoring the opposition 73-0.
Josh Davis ran for 177 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead No. 10/13 Weber State to a 24-17 victory over Cal Poly in a non-conference football game between Big Sky Conference rivals Saturday night inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Cal Poly (0-1, 0-0 Big Sky), which opened its 2018 season last week with a 49-3 loss against top-ranked and six-time NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision national champion North Dakota State, plays its first home game Saturday night against fellow Big Sky Conference member and Nos. 10/13-ranked Weber State (0-1, 0-0 Big Sky) inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium (cap.: 11.075).
Lance Dunn scored three touchdowns in the first half and No. 1 North Dakota State turned a 28-3 halftime lead into a 49-3 victory over Cal Poly in the 2018 season opener for both football teams Saturday afternoon in the Fargodome.
Cal Poly celebrates 100 seasons of football during the 2018 campaign. To commemorate the occasion, videos focusing on each of the 10 decades of Mustang football are being prepared and will be published weekly on GoPoly.com and the various Cal Poly Athletics social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube).
Seeking to quickly erase the memory of a 1-10 campaign in 2017, Cal Poly (0-0, 0-0 Big Sky) opens the 2018 season Saturday afternoon by visiting top-ranked and six-time NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision national champion North Dakota State (0-0, 0-0 MVFC) on Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome (cap.: 18,700) in one of eight Big Sky-Missouri Valley Challenge Series games this season.
From 2003 through 2006, Cal Poly averaged 16 interceptions and 48 sacks per season. Those numbers have dropped. The Mustangs have not reached double digits in interceptions since 2014, averaging 7.3 thefts a season, and, with 21 sacks, surpassed the 20-sack mark for the first time since 2011.
Due to a slew of minor injuries, Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh planned a brief 30-play scrimmage midway through Fall Camp. Instead, his players ran 57 plays Saturday inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium. The Mustang offense scored twice and the defense snapped up a pair of interceptions.
Cal Poly’s offense has eight players who started at least four games last fall or in previous years. On defense, three veteran linebackers are back and the secondary is loaded with seven players who have plenty of experience under their belt. The defensive line? That’s a different story. It is possible that the starting three down linemen on Sept. 1 at top-ranked North Dakota State could include one true freshman and a pair of redshirt freshmen.
Tenth-year Cal Poly head football coach Tim Walsh has announced his five team captains for the 2018 season. Also, Joe Protheroe and Harry Whitson land on Phil Steele's Big Sky Preseason Team, Kyle Lewis and Nick Dzubnar compete for NFL roster spots and North Dakota State sits atop final preseason polls.
Former Cal Poly quarterback Bobby Beathard, who won four Super Bowls as a team executive and drafted four football Hall of Famers, was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor Saturday afternoon in Canton, Ohio.
Eight long months have passed since Cal Poly closed out its worst football season in 53 years. Mustang players and coaches hope to quickly erase that memory, and that process begins Friday afternoon at 2:45 p.m. on Cal Poly’s new practice facility, Doerr Family Field.