|1988 Santa Clara Broncos football|
|Conference||Western Football Conference|
|1988 record||7–4 (4–2 WFC)|
|Head coach||Terry Malley (4th season)|
|Home stadium||Buck Shaw Stadium|
|1988 Western Football Conference standings|
|#4 Portland State $^||6||–||0||–||0||11||–||3||–||1|
|#10 Sacramento State ^||4||–||2||–||0||10||–||3||–||0|
|Cal State Northridge||2||–||4||–||0||6||–||5||–||0|
|Southern Utah State||2||–||4||–||0||4||–||7||–||0|
Rankings from Division II Football Committee poll
The Broncos were led by fourth-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 seven wins and four losses (7–4, 4–2 WFC). The Broncos outscored their opponents 251–233 for the season.
|September 3||at Chico State[note 1]*||W 25–16|
|September 10||UC Davis*||L 10–21|
|September 17||San Francisco State*||W 35–0|
|September 24||at Cal State Hayward[note 2]*||W 31–20|
|October 1||at Portland State||L 0–42|
|October 8||Southern Utah State[note 3]||W 34–32|
|October 15||at Sacramento State[note 4]||L 14–28||4,500|
|October 22||at California Lutheran||W 31–7|
|October 29||Cal State Northridge||W 31–27|||
|November 5||at Saint Mary's (CA)*||L 24–27|
|November 12||Cal Poly[note 5]||W 16–13|
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.
- Southern Utah University was known as Southern Utah State College from 1969 to 1990.
- The official name of Sacramento State has been California State University, Sacramento since 1972. However, it is still commonly known as Sacramento State.
- 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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- "1989 NFL Draft". Retrieved January 12, 2017.
- "Santa Clara Players/Alumni". Retrieved March 30, 2017.
- "Draft History: Santa Clara". Retrieved March 30, 2017.