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1956 California Golden Bears football
ConferencePacific Coast Conference
1956 record3–7 (2–5 PCC)
Head coachPappy Waldorf (10th season)
Seasons
← 1955
1957 →
1956 PCC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Oregon State 6 1 1     7 3 1
#18 USC 5 2 0     8 2 0
UCLA 5 2 0     7 3 0
Washington 4 4 0     5 5 0
Oregon 3 3 2     4 4 2
Stanford 3 4 0     4 6 0
Washington State 2 5 1     3 6 1
California 2 5 0     3 7 0
Idaho 0 4 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1956 California Golden Bears football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Berkeley in the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. In their 10th and final year under head coach Pappy Waldorf, the Golden Bears compiled a 3–7 record (2–5 against PCC opponents), finished in eighth place in the PCC, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 181 to 135.[1][2]

At the Big Game and even though they even though they were a 14-point underdog, the Bears beat Stanford. Waldorf's players knew that it was his last game and following the win they carried him off the field on their shoulders.[3] Pappy Waldorf was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966.[1]

That season, team's statistical leaders included Joe Kapp with 667 passing yards, Herb Jackson with 462 rushing yards, and Norm Becker with 313 receiving yards.[4] Kapp was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.[5]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 22Baylor*L 6–736,000[6]
September 29at Illinois*L 20–3254,833[7]
October 6No. 7 Pittsburgh*
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
W 14–031,000[8]
October 13at Oregon StateL 13–2114,125[9]
October 20UCLA
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA (rivalry)
L 20–3448,000[10]
October 27at WashingtonW 16–730,510[11]
November 3Oregon
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
L 6–2832,000[12]
November 10at No. 16 USCL 7–2041,628[13]
November 17Washington State
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
L 13–1434,000[14]
November 24Stanford
W 20–1881,400[15]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1956 California Golden Bears Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/california/1956-schedule.html. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  2. "California 2015 Football Information Guide". Cal Golden Bears Athletics. p. 164. Archived from the original on October 26, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20161026170757/https://admin.xosn.com/attachments1/423534.pdf. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  3. CalBear81 (June 29, 2011). "Cal's Greatest Football Coaches: #2 Pappy Waldorf". http://www.californiagoldenblogs.com/2011/6/28/2182492/cals-greatest-football-coaches-2-pappy-waldorf..
  4. "1956 California Golden Bears Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/california/1956.html. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  5. "Joe Kapp". National Football Foundation. https://footballfoundation.org/hof_search.aspx?hof=2141.
  6. "California vs Baylor Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5844010.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  7. "Illinois vs California Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5844020.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  8. "California vs Pitt Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5844014.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  9. "Oregon State vs California Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5844021.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  10. "California vs UCLA Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5844008.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  11. "Washington vs California Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5844026.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  12. "California vs Oregon Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5844012.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  13. "USC vs California Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5844024.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  14. "California vs Washington State Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5844017.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  15. "California vs Stanford Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5844015.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  16. 2015 Football Information Guide. Cal Athletics. 2015. p. 164. Archived from the original on 2016-10-26. https://web.archive.org/web/20161026170757/https://admin.xosn.com/attachments1/423534.pdf.


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