2013 Cal Poly Football Headlines
December 11, 2013
Mustang Linebacker Johnny Millard to Play in Medal of Honor Bowl
Cal Poly senior linebacker Johnny Millard has accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 11, 2014, in Charleston, S.C.
December 10, 2013
Sullivan Grosz Named All-American by College Sports Madness
Cal Poly senior defensive lineman Sullivan Grosz has earned his first All-American honor as he was selected to the first team by College Sports Madness.
December 9, 2013
Grosz, Ivory and Hubbard Earn Top Football Awards at Team Banquet
Senior defensive lineman Sullivan Grosz, junior slotback Kristaan Ivory and senior safety Alex Hubbard were the top award winners at the team banquet honoring the 2013 Cal Poly football team Sunday at Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo.
November 27, 2013
Cal Poly Caps Break-Even Football Season With Win at Northern Colorado
For head coach Tim Walsh and the Cal Poly football team, the best word to describe the 2013 season might be “underachieving.” “I know we were as competitive as maybe everyone in the country, not just conference," said fifth-year head coach Tim Walsh.
November 26, 2013
Sullivan Grosz Earns Big Sky Co-Defensive Player of the Year Award
Cal Poly senior defensive tackle Sullivan Grosz, fifth on Cal Poly’s career sacks chart, has been selected as the Big Sky Conference’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Three other Mustangs join Grosz on the all-conference first team.
November 25, 2013
Senior Safety Alex Hubbard Earns Big Sky Conference Award
Cal Poly senior safety Alex Hubbard, who returned a kickoff for a touchdown and also intercepted a pass against Northern Colorado, has been named ROOT SPORTS Big Sky Conference co-special teams player of the week.
November 23, 2013
Cal Poly Finishes 6-6 Following 42-14 Victory at Northern Colorado
Senior fullback Akaninyene Umoh scored three times and senior safety Alex Hubbard scored Cal Poly’s first touchdown by kickoff return in 11 years as the Mustangs wrapped up a 6-6 season with a 42-14 Big Sky Conference victory over Northern Colorado on Saturday afternoon.
November 18, 2013
Cal Poly to Visit Northern Colorado on Saturday to Conclude 2013 Season
Cal Poly (5-6, 4-3 Big Sky), which had its slim playoff hopes dashed by No. 3 Eastern Washington in its home finale last week, wraps up its 2013 football season Saturday afternoon, visiting Northern Colorado (1-10, 0-7 Big Sky) at Nottingham Field (8,500) in Greeley, Colo. Kickoff is set for 11:05 a.m. PST.
November 16, 2013
No. 3 Eastern Washington Earns 35-22 Big Sky Victory Over Cal Poly
Sophomore quarterback Vernon Adams passed for 224 yards and a pair of touchdowns before leaving the game early in the third quarter as No. 3 Eastern Washington defeated Cal Poly 35-22 in a Big Sky Conference football game Saturday afternoon in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
November 15, 2013
Cal Poly to Host First-Place Eastern Washington Saturday for Homecoming
Cal Poly (5-5, 4-2 Big Sky), which beat Sacramento State last week for its first two-game winning streak of the season and completed a sweep of California’s Football Championship Subdivision teams, hosts Big Sky Conference leader and No. 3 Eastern Washington (8-2, 6-0 Big Sky) on Saturday for Homecoming and Senior Day in Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12:40 p.m.
November 13, 2013
1953 Cal Poly Football Team to Hold 60-Year Reunion This Weekend
Cal Poly's undefeated, untied 1953 football team will hold a reunion Saturday in conjunction with the Mustangs' homecoming game against No. 3-ranked Eastern Washington.
November 9, 2013
Brown Throws Four TD Passes to Lead Cal Poly Over Sacramento State
Sophomore quarterback Chris Brown threw four touchdown passes while senior fullback Akaninyene Umoh and junior slotback Kristaan Ivory both rushed for over 100 yards as Cal Poly defeated Sacramento State 42-7 in a Big Sky Conference football game Saturday night in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
November 8, 2013
Cal Poly to Host Sacramento State for California FCS Championship
Cal Poly (4-5, 3-2 Big Sky), which beat San Diego in August and UC Davis last week, bids for a sweep of California’s Football Championship Subdivision teams Saturday night, hosting Sacramento State (4-5, 3-2 Big Sky) on Heroes Day in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
November 6, 2013
Bodie Bennett is Cal Poly's Honorary Team Captain for Saturday's Game
Bodie Bennett, who has had five open-heart surgeries, four cardiac catheterizations and countless other medical procedures in his 3.5-year life, will march down Perimeter Road with the Cal Poly football team Saturday and will be the Mustangs' honorary team captain for the coin toss.
November 4, 2013
Samoodi Earns Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week Award
Cal Poly cornerback Bijon Samoodi has been honored as the ROOT SPORTS Big Sky Conference defensive player of the week after recovering a fumble and intercepting a pass to go along with six tackles in a 34-16 win at UC Davis.
November 2, 2013
Cal Poly, UC Davis Resume Battle for the Golden Horseshoe on Saturday
Cal Poly (3-5, 2-2 Big Sky), which snapped a three-game Battle for the Golden Horseshoe losing streak a year ago in Alex G. Spanos Stadium, visits UC Davis (3-6, 3-2 Big Sky) for the 39th renewal of the rivalry Saturday afternoon in Aggie Stadium.
November 2, 2013
Brown Sparks Cal Poly to 34-16 Victory Over Rival UC Davis
Sophomore quarterback Chris Brown rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns as Cal Poly snapped a two-game losing streak with a 34-16 victory over rival UC Davis in the renewal of The Battle for the Golden Horseshoe on Saturday in Aggie Stadium.
October 26, 2013
No. 16/19 Northern Arizona Earns 17-13 Victory Over Cal Poly
Marcus Alford’s 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter lifted No. 16/19 Northern Arizona to a 17-13 victory over Cal Poly in a Big Sky Conference football game Saturday night before 9,882 in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
October 25, 2013
Cal Poly to Host No. 16/19 No. Arizona on Parent and Family Weekend
Cal Poly (3-4, 2-1 Big Sky), which defeated Northern Arizona for the first time in nine tries a year ago, clinching a share of the Big Sky championship in its first year in the conference as well as a berth in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, hosts the same Lumberjacks (5-2, 3-1 Big Sky) for its Parent and Family Weekend game Saturday night in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
October 23, 2013
Bauman Seeks to Join Elite Group of FCS Players on Saturday Night
Zach Bauman is approaching a milestone only eight other players in the Football Championship Subdivision have achieved. The Northern Arizona running back is seeking to become the ninth player in FCS history to rush for 1,000 yards or more in four consecutive seasons.
October 19, 2013
No. 9/10 Montana Rallies for 21-14 Overtime Victory Over Cal Poly
Jordan Johnson threw a pair of touchdown passes, one with 12 seconds left to tie the game and the other on the second play of overtime – to lead Montana to a 21-14 Big Sky Conference victory over Cal Poly on Saturday before 25,913 in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
October 18, 2013
Cal Poly to Visit No. 9/10 Montana for Big Sky Conference Showdown
Cal Poly (3-3, 2-0 Big Sky), which last week earned its first shutout in seven years and held Weber State to just 173 yards of offense, the lowest total in Tim Walsh’s five seasons at the helm of the Mustangs, puts its unblemished Big Sky Conference mark on the line Saturday afternoon, visiting Montana (5-1, 2-1 Big Sky) for a midseason Big Sky showdown inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
October 12, 2013
Graves Sparks Cal Poly to 47-0 Big Sky Victory over Weber State
Sophomore quarterback Dano Graves, in his first collegiate start, passed for three touchdowns and ran for 116 yards to lead Cal Poly to a 47-0 victory over Weber State in a Big Sky Conference football game Saturday night in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
October 11, 2013
Cal Poly Resumes Big Sky Schedule by Hosting Weber State Saturday Night
Cal Poly (2-3, 1-0 Big Sky), which has lost three of its four non-conference games, puts its unblemished Big Sky Conference mark on the line Saturday night, hosting Weber State (1-5, 0-2 Big Sky) for its Hall of Fame Game inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:05 p.m.
October 5, 2013
Cal Poly Falls to Yale, 24-10, in First Big Sky vs. Ivy League Matchup
Senior quarterback Henry Furman passed for 199 yards and two touchdowns while junior tailback Tyler Varga rushed for 114 yards as Yale rallied from a 10-7 halftime deficit to upset No. 18 Cal Poly 24-10 in the first-ever matchup of Big Sky vs. Ivy League football teams Saturday afternoon in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
October 4, 2013
No. 18/19 Cal Poly Returns Home to Host Yale for Non-Conference Game
Cal Poly (2-2, 1-0 Big Sky), which snapped a two-game losing streak and ended a three-game road trip with a victory over Portland State in the Big Sky Conference opener for both schools last week, steps away from conference play for its final non-conference game of the 2013 season Saturday afternoon, hosting Yale (2-0, 1-0 Ivy) in the first matchup between a Big Sky school and one from the Ivy League.
October 2, 2013
Cal Poly Ranked No. 25 in Initial Gridiron Power Index for 2013 Season
Cal Poly is ranked tied for 25th place with Wofford in the initial 2013 Gridiron Power Index, the index rating for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision similar to the BCS rankings and a top indicator of at-large playoff selections.
September 30, 2013
Mustangs Remain 18th, 19th in FCS Polls Despite Win Over Portland State
Despite a four-point victory on the road against a Portland State team averaging 43 points and 612 yards in total offense, the Cal Poly football team did not move up or down in this week’s pair of major Football Championship Subdivision polls.
September 28, 2013
Cal Poly to Host Yale on Saturday in First Big Sky vs. Ivy Matchup
Cal Poly's first home game in over a month will be against unbeaten Yale (2-0) on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
September 27, 2013
No. 18 Cal Poly Rallies to Beat Portland State, 38-34, in Big Sky Opener
Sophomore quarterback Chris Brown rushed for 129 yards and one touchdown and passed for two more scores as No. 18 Cal Poly rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to beat Portland State 38-34 in the Big Sky Conference football opener for both schools Thursday night at JELD-WEN Field.
September 26, 2013
No. 18/19 Cal Poly Opens Defense of Big Sky Title Thursday at Portland St.
Following back-to-back losses to Football Bowl Subdivision members Fresno State and Colorado State, Cal Poly (1-2, 0-0 Big Sky) opens defense of its one-third share of the Big Sky Conference title Thursday night at Portland State (3-1, 0-0 Big Sky), a team averaging 42.8 points and 612 yards per game.
September 26, 2013
Several Cal Poly Football Coaches Return to Beaver State Roots
Tim Walsh, head coach at Portland State for 14 seasons, will be on the sideline of the visiting team at JELD-WEN Field on Thursday night for the first time since leaving the Vikings program in 2006 to become offensive coordinator at Army.
September 23, 2013
Mustangs Remain 18th and 19th in Pair of FCS Polls After Bye Week
Cal Poly did not move up or down in this week’s pair of major Football Championship Subdivision polls following its bye week.
September 16, 2013
Mustangs Remain in Top 20 in Pair of FCS Polls
Back-to-back losses to Mountain West Conference teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision dropped Cal Poly out of the Top 10, but the Mustang football team remains in the Top 20 of this week’s pair of major Football Championship Subdivision polls.
September 16, 2013
KKFX-TV to Air Simulcast of Cal Poly-Montana Football Game
KKFX/FOX 11, the FOX affiliate for San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria and Santa Barbara, will provide a telecast of Cal Poly’s Big Sky Conference football game at Montana on Saturday, Oct. 19.
September 14, 2013
No. 14 Cal Poly Falls to Colorado State, 34-17
Colorado State amassed 353 yards and 27 points in the first half and held on for a 34-17 victory over No. 14 Cal Poly in a non-conference football game Saturday afternoon at Hughes Stadium.
September 13, 2013
No. 14 Cal Poly Prepares for Second FBS Matchup at Colorado State
Cal Poly (1-1) will play its second straight game against a Football Bowl Subdivision team from the Mountain West Conference this week, visiting Colorado State (0-2) on Saturday.
September 13, 2013
Cal Poly-Colorado State Game on Saturday to be Played as Scheduled
Cal Poly’s non-conference football game Saturday afternoon at Colorado State in Hughes Stadium will be played as scheduled.
September 9, 2013
Mustangs Slip to 14th in Pair of FCS Polls
Despite falling to Fresno State 41-25 over the weekend, the Cal Poly football team remained in the top 15 in the two major NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision polls Monday.
September 7, 2013
No. 10 Cal Poly Rallies Late, But Falls to Fresno State, 41-25
Senior wide receiver Isaiah Burse returned two punts for touchdowns and also caught a scoring pass as Fresno State defeated No. 10 Cal Poly 41-25 in a non-conference football game Saturday night in Bulldog Stadium.
September 6, 2013
No. 10/12 Cal Poly Hits the Road for Pair of Contests Against FBS Schools
Cal Poly will play Fresno State in a non-conference matchup of Central California rivals Saturday night for just the second time in the last 28 years.
September 5, 2013
Ivory Lands National Honor from College Football Performance Awards
Cal Poly junior slotback Kristaan Ivory has been named national all-purpose performer of the week in the Football Championship Subdivision by College Football Performance Awards.
September 2, 2013
Mustangs Climb to 10th, 12th in FCS Football Polls
Thanks to a 38-16 season-opening victory over the University of San Diego over the weekend, the Cal Poly football team inched upward in the two NCAA Division I Football Championship polls Monday.
August 31, 2013
No. 11 Cal Poly Pulls Away in Second Half for 38-16 Victory Over San Diego
For the second straight year, Cal Poly opened its football season against the University of San Diego and pulled away in the second half for a victory. Coach Tim Walsh’s 11th-ranked Mustangs outscored the Toreros 21-6 in the second half to turn a 17-10 halftime lead into a 38-16 triumph Saturday afternoon in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
August 30, 2013
No. 11/14 Cal Poly to Open 2013 Season at Home Against U. of San Diego
For the second straight season, the Cal Poly football team will open at home against the University of San Diego. The Mustangs, ranked No. 11 in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision preseason coaches poll and 14th in the The Sports Network preseason media poll, begin their fifth season under head coach Tim Walsh Saturday afternoon against the Toreros in Alex G. Spanos Stadium (11,075).
August 30, 2013
Ex-Mustangs Make Final Pitch for NFL Roster Spots Thursday Night
Former Cal Poly football players Deonte Williams and Asa Jackson made their final pitches for National Football League roster spots in exhibition games Thursday night.
August 25, 2013
Jackson Returns One Punt 34 Yards for Baltimore Ravens
Former Cal Poly defensive back and return specialist Asa Jackson returned a punt 34 yards in the fourth quarter of the Baltimore Ravens' preseason National Football League game against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium.
August 22, 2013
Grosz Lands on Two More Preseason All-American Teams
More preseason honors have poured in for Cal Poly football players, led by senior defensive tackle Sullivan Grosz with a pair of awards.
August 19, 2013
Jackson Returns Punt for Touchdown in Baltimore's Preseason Win
Former Cal Poly cornerback and return specialist Asa Jackson returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown Thursday night as the Baltimore Ravens rallied for a 27-23 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
August 19, 2013
Moraga Wins Four-Man Quarterback Battle at Cal Poly
The four-man quarterback battle at Cal Poly is over … for the moment. Junior Vince Moraga was tabbed by Mustang head coach Tim Walsh on Monday as the starter for the football team's season opener August 31 against the University of San Diego.
August 17, 2013
Trosin, Brown Lead Cal Poly Offense to Three Scores Each in Scrimmage
Freshman slotback Jake Brito scored two touchdowns while true freshman Kyle Lewis and redshirt freshman Kori Garcia combined for 142 rushing yards, highlighting Saturday's lone scrimmage of Cal Poly's 2013 Fall Football Camp.
August 15, 2013
Cal Poly's Lone Scrimmage of Fall Camp Set for Saturday Morning
Cal Poly's lone scrimmage of its three-week Fall Camp is scheduled for Saturday morning on the upper fields of the Cal Poly Sports Complex.
August 13, 2013
Cal Poly Ranked No. 14 in Sports Network Preseason Poll
Cal Poly will open the 2013 football season ranked No. 14 by The Sports Network.
August 11, 2013
Trio of Former Mustangs Play on Opening Weekend of NFL Preseason
A trio of former Cal Poly football players played in National Football League exhibition games over the weekend, combining for one catch, two carries and an interception.
August 10, 2013
Cal Poly Wraps Up First Week of Fall Camp Saturday With Double Session
One week of football practice is in the books and fifth-year Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh is pleased with some areas and concerned about others.
August 6, 2013
No. 11 Mustangs Name Team Captains for 2013 Season
Sullivan Grosz, Johnny Millard, Cole Stanford and Lefi Letuligasenoa have been selected as No. 11 Cal Poly's team captains for the 2013 football season.
August 5, 2013
Position Drills Highlight First Day of Practice for Cal Poly
Sixteen newcomers were greeted by about 20 returning redshirts and nearly 60 veterans as the Cal Poly football team opened the three-week Fall Camp on Monday on the upper fields of the Cal Poly Sports Complex.
August 2, 2013
Cal Poly Opens Fall Camp Monday With 58 Returning Lettermen
Cal Poly football begins preparations for the 2013 season Monday with the first of 25 practice sessions in Fall Camp, armed with 58 returning lettermen (17 starters) and a hotly contested four-man battle at quarterback.
July 18, 2013
Grosz Nominated for 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
Cal Poly senior defensive tackle Sullivan Grosz is one of a record 150 nominees for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, an award that recognizes a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.
July 15, 2013
Cal Poly Selected by Coaches and Media to Finish Fourth in Big Sky
In its first year in the Big Sky Conference a year ago, the Cal Poly football team proved the pollsters -- both coaches and the media -- wrong by turning their fifth-place prediction into a share of the conference championship.
July 15, 2013
Trio of Mustangs Named to All-Big Sky Preseason Team
Offensive tackle Giovanni Sani, defensive tackle Sullivan Grosz and special teams player Chris Judge, all of whom will be seniors on the Cal Poly football team this fall, have been named to the 2013 Big Sky Preseason All-Conference Team.
July 8, 2013
Mustang Return Specialist Chris Nicholls Honored by CFPA
Junior return specialist Chris Nicholls is Cal Poly's sixth player named to a College Football Performance Awards watch list. Nicholls joined 33 others on the watch list for kick returners.
July 1, 2013
Defensive Tackle Grosz on Sports Network Preseason All-America Team
Cal Poly senior defensive tackle Sullivan Grosz has been named to The Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision Preseason All-America third team.
June 24, 2013
Cal Poly Placekicker Bobby Zalud Earns Spot on CFPA Watch List
Senior placekicker Bobby Zalud has become Cal Poly's fifth player named to the College Football Performance Awards watch lists for the 2013 season.
June 12, 2013
Cal Poly Linebacker Nick Dzubnar Lands on CFPA Watch List
Cal Poly has landed a fourth player -- junior linebacker Nick Dzubnar -- on the series of College Football Performance Awards watch lists.
June 6, 2013
Senior Sullivan Grosz Added to CFPA Watch List for Defensive Linemen
Cal Poly defensive tackle Sullivan Grosz is the latest addition to the watch lists compiled by College Football Performance Awards. Grosz was added to the watch list for defensive linemen, joining running back Kristaan Ivory and wide receiver Willie Tucker, both juniors.
June 3, 2013
Cal Poly Football Hires Pair of Assistant Coaches
Cal Poly has added Eti Ena and Jim Craft to its football coaching staff. Fifth-year Mustang head coach Tim Walsh said Ena will serve as the team's defensive line coach while Craft will coach the wide receivers.
May 21, 2013
Ivory, Tucker Land on College Football Performance Awards Watch Lists
Cal Poly running back Kristaan Ivory and wide receiver Willie Tucker, both juniors, have been selected to College Football Performance Awards watch lists for the 2013 college football season.