2008 Cal Poly Mustangs Football Team
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2008 Cal Poly Mustangs Football Team
2008 Cal Poly Mustangs football
GWC champion
FCS 1st Round,
L 35-49 vs. Weber State
ConferenceGreat West Conference
STATSNo. 3 (The Sports Network)
2008 record8-3 (3-0 GWC)
Head coachRich Ellerson (8th season)
Offensive coordinatorIan Shields (3rd season)
Home stadiumMustang Stadium
(Capacity: 8,500)
← 2007
2009 →
2008 Great West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 10 Cal Poly $^   3 0         8 3  
UC Davis   2 1         5 7  
North Dakota   1 2         6 4  
South Dakota   1 2         6 5  
Southern Utah   1 3         4 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll

The 2008 Cal Poly Mustangs football team represented California Polytechnic State University[note 1] during the 2008 NCAA Division I FCS football season.

Cal Poly competed in the Great West Conference (GWC). The conference had previously been called the Great West Football Conference, but the new name reflected the addition of sports other than football to the conference. The 2008 Mustangs were led by eighth-year head coach Rich Ellerson and played home games at Mustang Stadium in San Luis Obispo, California. The team finished the season as champion of the GWC, with a regular season record of eight wins and two losses (8-2, 3-0 GWC).

At the end of the season, the Mustangs qualified for the Football Championship Division (FCS) playoffs. In the first playoff game they were defeated by Weber State. That brought their final record to eight wins and three losses (8-3, 3-0 GWC). The Mustangs averaged 44 points a game, outscoring their opponents 488-292 for the season. This was the final season for Rich Ellerson as head coach. In his eight seasons the Mustangs compiled a record of 56-34, a winning percentage of .622 .


August 30at San Diego State*No. 14W 29-2726,851
September 6No. 5 Montana*No. 11L 28-3010,035
September 13at No. 8 McNeese State*No. 14 Game Cancelled
September 20at Northwestern State*No. 13W 52-18
October 4South DakotaNo. 8
  • Mustang Stadium
  • San Luis Obispo, California
W 49-22
October 18at No. 21 South Dakota State*No. 5W 42-28
October 25Southern UtahNo. 6
  • Mustang Stadium
  • San Luis Obispo, California
W 69-41
November 1Idaho State*No. 4
  • Mustang Stadium
  • San Luis Obispo, California
W 49-10
November 8North Carolina Central*No. 3
  • Mustang Stadium
  • San Luis Obispo, California
W 49-3
November 15UC DavisNo. 3
  • Mustang Stadium
  • San Luis Obispo, California (Rivalry)
W 51-28
November 22at Wisconsin*No. 3L 35-36 OT80,709
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to the game


Team players in the NFL

The following Cal Poly Mustang players were selected in the 2009 NFL Draft.[3][4][5]

Player Position Round Overall NFL team
Ramses Barden Wide receiver 3 85 New York Giants


  1. ^ The official name of Cal Poly is California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. However, it has been more commonly known as either Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or just Cal Poly since 1947. See: Cal Poly


  1. ^ "Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Yearly Results". Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Cal Poly Football; 2016 Media Guide". Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "2009 NFL Draft". Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Players/Alumni". Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Draft History: Cal Poly - S.L.O." Retrieved 2017.

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