|1987 Santa Clara Broncos football|
|Conference||Western Football Conference|
|1987 record||6–5 (3–3 WFC)|
|Head coach||Terry Malley (3rd season)|
|Home stadium||Buck Shaw Stadium|
|1987 Western Football Conference standings|
|#3 Portland State $^||6||–||0||–||0||11||–||2||–||1|
|Cal State Northridge||4||–||2||–||0||7||–||4||–||0|
|Southern Utah State||2||–||4||–||0||5||–||6||–||0|
Rankings from Division II Football Committee poll
The Broncos were led by third-year head coach Terry Malley. They played home games at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Santa Clara finished the season with a record of six wins and five losses (6–5, 3–3 WFC). The Broncos outscored their opponents 204–190 for the season.
|September 12||Chico State[note 1]*||W 38–17|
|September 19||Cal State Hayward[note 2]*||W 27–7|
|September 26||at UC Davis*||L 15–21|
|October 3||Sacramento State[note 3]||W 10–5||5,438|
|October 10||at Southern Utah State[note 4]||W 13–10|
|October 17||California Lutheran||W 29–11||4,972|
|October 24||at San Francisco State*||W 28–7|
|October 31||at Cal State Northridge||L 6–7||1,850|
|November 7||Portland State||L 0–41|
|November 14||Saint Mary's (CA)*||L 25–31|
|November 21||at Cal Poly[note 5]||L 13–33|
Team players in the NFL
- The official name of Chico State has been California State University, Chico since 1972. However, it is still commonly known as Chico State.
- California State University, East Bay was known as California State University, Hayward from 1972 to 2004.
- The official name of Sacramento State has been California State University, Sacramento since 1972. However, it is still commonly known as Sacramento State.
- Southern Utah University was known as Southern Utah State College from 1969 to 1990.
- 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.
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