|1986 Long Beach State 49ers football|
|Conference||Pacific Coast Athletic Association|
|1986 record||6–5 (4–3 PCAA)|
|Head coach||Mike Sheppard (3rd season)|
|Home stadium||Veterans Stadium|
|1986 Pacific Coast Athletic Association football standings|
|San Jose State $||7||–||0||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|Long Beach State||4||–||3||–||0||6||–||5||–||0|
|Cal State Fullerton||2||–||5||–||0||3||–||9||–||0|
|New Mexico State||1||–||6||–||0||1||–||10||–||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 Mike Sheppard, and played home games at Veterans Stadium adjacent to the campus of Long Beach City College in Long Beach, California. They finished the season with a record of six wins and five losses (6–5, 4–3 PCAA).
|September 6||at San Diego State*||L 24–27||23,594|
|September 13||at Western Michigan*||W 14–13||10,089|
|September 27||at No. 16 UCLA*||L 23–41||48,140|
|October 11||Cal State Fullerton||W 30–20||7,205|
|October 18||at New Mexico State||W 38–7||12,931|
|October 25||at Fresno State[note 3]||L 12–25||34,283|
|November 1||at Utah State||W 14–3||7,084|
|November 8||Eastern Washington*||W 35–34||8,803|
|November 15||at San Jose State||L 14–38||27,786|
|November 22||UNLV||L 8–31||5,197|
|November 29||Pacific (CA)||W 38–21||4,200|
Team players in the NFL
|Charles Lockett||Wide receiver||3||66||Pittsburgh Steelers|
The following finished their Cal State Long Beach career in 1986, were not drafted, but played in the NFL.
|Player||Position||First NFL team|
|Kwante Hampton||Wide receiver||1987 Atlanta Falcons|
- The official name of Long Beach State has been California State University, Long Beach since 1972. However, it is still commonly known as Long Beach State.
- The Big West Conference was known as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association from its founding in 1969 through 1987.
- The official name of Fresno State has been California State University, Fresno since 1972. However, it is still commonly known as Fresno State.
- "PCAA Summaries". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. October 26, 1986. p. III-20. Retrieved April 2, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
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- Jim McCurdie (November 9, 1986). "Fullerton Ends Frustrating Season on Bright Note, Beats Pacific, 39-38". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. p. III-6. Retrieved February 12, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "PCAA". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. November 23, 1986. p. III-19. Retrieved April 2, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "1986 Long Beach State Forty Niners Schedule". Retrieved December 6, 2016.
- A Touch of Magic In The Air; 1986 Football Media Guide (pamphlet). Long Beach, California: CSULB Athletic Department. 1986.
- California State University Long Beach; 1987 Football Media Guide (pamphlet). Long Beach, California: CSULB Athletic Department. 1987.
- "1987 NFL Draft". Retrieved December 7, 2016.
- "Long Beach St. Players/Alumni". Retrieved December 8, 2016.