His first season at Cal State Long Beach a success, Coach George Allen saluted a cheering crowd amid a swirl of confetti Saturday afternoon after the 49ers had defeated Nevada Las Vegas, 29-20, before 4,649 in Veterans Stadium.
It was the first winning season since 1986 for Long Beach, which finished 6-5 overall and 4-3 in the Big West Conference.
Allen, 72, who last had a losing record in 1954 when he was at Whittier College, has now had 17 consecutive winning seasons as a head coach--two with Whittier, five with the Rams, seven with the Washington Redskins, one each with USFL teams Chicago and Arizona, where he last coached in 1984, and one with Long Beach.
"There will never be another football season like this one," said Allen, whose team got off to an 0-3 start, including a 59-0 loss at Clemson in the opener. "In my whole coaching career, this is my most rewarding experience. We stuck together, worked hard and never gave up."