The Fresno State Bulldogs football team represents California State University, Fresno in NCAA Division I FBS college football as a member of the Mountain West Conference. Football was first played on the Fresno campus in 1921. Yet despite also having a number of winning seasons, including two where the Bulldogs went undefeated, they only participated in two University Division bowl games before the 1980s. The Bulldog era bristled when they earned postseason bowl berths four times in the 1980s. The 1985 squad is particularly memorable for Bulldog fans, as the team finished as the only unbeaten Division I-A team in the country, ranked 16th in the coaches poll. The face of Fresno State Bulldogs football changed with the construction of Bulldog Stadium for the 1980 season. The new stadium brought with it a renewed success for the football team, as they enjoyed four Big West championships in the new stadium which took them to five California Bowl appearances against opponents from the Mid-American Conference. 1994, however, marked the beginning of three consecutive losing seasons. The following seasons saw its share of highs and lows. It was not until December 14, 2011, Tim DeRuyter was introduced as the new head coach. He led the Bulldogs to back-to-back conference championships in his first two years. Fresno State Bulldogs got an invite to participate in the 2017 Hawaii Bowl, to face the University of Houston Cougars. The Bulldogs would win their bowl game with a score of 33–27, ending a six year bowl drought.
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