|1971 Long Beach State 49ers football|
|Conference||Pacific Coast Athletic Association|
|1971 record||8–4 (5–1 PCAA)|
|Head coach||Jim Stangeland (3rd season)|
|Home stadium||Veterans Stadium|
|1971 Pacific Coast Athletic Association football standings|
|Long Beach State $||5||–||1||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
|San Jose State||4||–||1||–||0||5||–||6||–||1|
|San Diego State||2||–||3||–||0||6||–||5||–||0|
|UC Santa Barbara||2||–||3||–||0||3||–||8||–||0|
|Cal State Los Angeles||0||–||3||–||0||2||–||8||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
Cal State Long Beach competed in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association.[note 2] The team was led by third year head coach Jim Stangeland, and played the majority of their home games at Veterans Stadium adjacent to the campus of Long Beach City College in Long Beach, California. One home game was played at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California. They finished the season as Champions of the PCAA, with a record of eight wins and four losses (8–4, 5–1 PCAA).
|September 11||5:30 PM||at Ole Miss*||L 13–29|
|September 18||5:30 PM||at Northern Illinois*||L 38–48||11,687|
|September 25||7:30 PM||Pacific (CA)||W 15–14||6,853|
|October 2||7:30 PM||Valley State[note 3]*||W 34–7|
|October 8||7:30 PM||San Jose State[note 4]||L 28–30|
|October 16||7:30 PM||Cal State Los Angeles||W 36–7||4,128|
|October 23||7:30 PM||at UC Santa Barbara||W 31–10||8,500|
|October 30||7:30 PM||at Cal Poly[note 5]*||W 20–7||6,633|
|November 6||7:30 PM||Fresno State[note 6]||W 30–13|
|November 13||7:30 PM||at San Diego State[note 7]||W 12–7||28,468|
|November 20||11:00 PM||at Hawaii*||W 46–21||14,510|
|November 27||6:00 PM||at UTEP*||L 32–38|
Team players in the NFL
|John Kahler||Defensive end||6||153||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Jim Fassel||Quarterback||7||167||Chicago Bears|
|John Turner||Tight end||11||270||San Diego Chargers|
|Jim Kirby||Wide receiver||16||407||Los Angeles Rams|
The following finished their college career in 1970, were not drafted, but played in the NFL.
|Player||Position||First NFL team|
|Reggie Berry||Defensive back||1972 San Diego Chargers|
- California State University, Long Beach (Long Beach State) was known as California State College, Long Beach from 1964 to 1971.
- The Big West Conference was known as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association from its founding in 1969 through 1987.
- California State University, Northridge was known as San Fernando Valley State College from 1958 to 1971.
- San Jose State University was known as San Jose State College from 1935 to 1971.
- The official name of Cal Poly has been California Polytechnic State University since 1947. However, it is more commonly known as either Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or just Cal Poly.
- California State University, Fresno was known as Fresno State College from 1949 to 1971.
- San Diego State University was known as San Diego State College from 1935 to 1971.
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