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Boise State Broncos football
File:Boise State Broncos Logo.svg
First season 1932
Head coach Chris Petersen
Home stadium Bronco Stadium
Field Lyle Smith Field
Stadium capacity 37,000
Stadium surface Blue FieldTurf
Location Boise, Idaho
Conference Mountain West
All-time record 377–145–2
Postseason bowl record 8–4
Claimed national titles 2 (1958 JC, 1980 D-I FCS)
Conference titles 16
Heisman winners 0 (1 finalist)
Colors Blue and Orange            
Mascot Buster Bronco
Marching band Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band
Rivals Idaho
Fresno State

The Boise State Broncos football program represents Boise State University in college football and compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of Division I as a member of the Mountain West Conference. On December 7, 2011, it was announced that the Broncos would join the Big East Conference as football only members as of July 1, 2013.


Originally a junior college, Boise State's football program moved up to four-year status in 1968 and competed as an NAIA independent for two seasons. The Broncos were accepted into the NCAA in October 1969, and a month later into the Big Sky Conference, effective the following July. The Broncos began NCAA competition in 1970 in Division II ("College Division" prior to 1973) in a brand new Bronco Stadium.[1] In 1978, the Broncos and the Big Sky moved up to the new Division I-AA (renamed FCS in 2006) and BSU won its first national championship two years later. In 1996, the Broncos joined the Big West Conference and moved up to Division I-A (now FBS).

In three seasons under head coach Dirk Koetter, the Broncos won two Big West championships and moved to the WAC in 2001, when Dan Hawkins took over and guided the Broncos to four WAC titles in five seasons before handing the reins over to Chris Petersen.[2] Under Petersen, Boise State has recorded two undefeated seasons, three undefeated regular seasons, and reached the Bowl Championship Series twice. The 2006 season was capped with a win over the Oklahoma Sooners in the memorable 2007 Fiesta Bowl, while the 2009 team defeated Texas Christian in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl to finish the season 14–0. They were just the second team ever to go 14–0 in major college football history. The 2010 team achieved their highest preseason ranking in history as the Associated Press ranked the Broncos as the 3rd best team in the country.[3] That same offseason, Boise State accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference starting in 2011.[4] Later in the 2010 season, Boise State achieved the highest rankings in its history, being voted in at #2 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll, as well as earning the #3 slot in the first BCS ranking.[5]

Shortly after the 2010 season, the NCAA accused Boise State of a large number of athletic violations in five sports, including football. Due to the large number of violations, and the large number of sports the violations were committed in, the NCAA leveled the charge of "lack of institutional control". The Boise State football program was given three years probation. During this time, they are to receive a reduction of three scholarships a year, and a reduction in the number of practices permitted.[6]

Between 2008 and 2011, the Broncos went 50–3 to become the first FBS team to win 50 games over a four year span. With the 50–3 record, quarterback Kellen Moore became the winningest quarterback in FBS history, passing former Texas quartback Colt McCoy (45 wins).

Bronco Stadium

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Panoramic view from the south endzone vs Oregon State in 2010 with a then record attendance of 34,137.

Since 1970, Boise State has played its home games in Bronco Stadium, which enjoys a reputation as one of the most difficult places in the country for opposing teams to play. The stadium is well known for its unusual blue playing surface, which was first installed in 1986. "The Blue," as it is called by fans, is the only non-green playing surface in the Football Bowl Subdivision and is one of the most distinguishing and enduring symbols of Boise State football. Boise State is one of four college football programs in the United States to have a non-green playing surface. (Eastern Washington University in the FCS has a red surface, the University of Central Arkansas, also an FCS program, has a grey and purple striped surface and the University of New Haven in Division II has a blue surface). As of November 12, 2012, the Broncos are 80–3 at home since the 1999 season with the only losses being to Washington State in 2001, AP #18 Boston College in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl and to TCU in 2011. They never lost a home conference game during their 10 years as a member of the WAC (40–0). The Broncos are 77–2 in regular season home games since 1999 and were on a 65 game regular season home winning streak until losing to TCU. Prior to the loss to TCU, Boise State had not lost a home conference game since the season finale in 1998 (47 in a row).

Blue uniform ban

In 2011, citing a "competitive advantage," the Mountain West Conference banned Boise State from wearing their all-blue uniforms for home conference games as a condition of joining the conference.[7] When questioned about the ban, Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson confirmed that either the jerseys or pants could be blue, provided that the other be white or orange.[1]

Current staff

Name Position Years
at BSU
Chris Petersen Head Coach 9 (6 as HC)
Robert Prince Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach 5 (1 as OC)
Pete Kwiatkowski Defensive Coordinator 13 (2 as DC)
Scott Huff Special Teams/Tight Ends/Fullbacks Coach 6
Chris Strausser Offensive Line Coach 10
Jonathan Smith Quarterbacks Coach 1
Keith Bhonapha Running Backs Coach 5
Andy Avalos Defensive Line Coach 1
Bob Gregory Linebackers Coach 2
Jimmy Lake Defensive Backs Coach 1

Division I-A bowl game appearances

The Broncos have appeared in 12 bowl games with a record of 8–4, including two wins in BCS games.

Season Date Bowl Opponent Result
1999 December 30, 1999 Humanitarian Bowl Louisville W 34–31
2000 December 28, 2000 Humanitarian Bowl UTEP W 38–23
2002 December 31, 2002 Humanitarian Bowl Iowa State W 34–16
2003 December 23, 2003 PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl TCU W 34–31
2004 December 31, 2004 Autozone Liberty Bowl Louisville L 40–44
2005 December 28, 2005 MPC Computers Bowl Boston College L 21–27
2006 January 1, 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Oklahoma W 43–42OT
2007 December 23, 2007 Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl East Carolina L 38–41
2008 December 23, 2008 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl TCU L 16–17
2009 January 4, 2010 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl TCU W 17–10
2010 December 22, 2010 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas Utah W 26–3
2011 December 22, 2011 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas Arizona State W 56–24

Conference championships

Year Championship Record
1973 Big Sky Conference - (Div. II) 10–3 (6–0)
1974 Big Sky Conference 10–2 (6–0)
1975 Big Sky Conference 9–2–1 (5–0–1)
1977 Big Sky Conference 9–2 (6–0)
1980 Big Sky Conference - (Div. I-AA) 10–3 (6–1)
1994 Big Sky Conference 13–2 (6–1)
1999 Big West Conference - (Div. I-A) 10–3 (5–1)
2000 Big West Conference 10–2 (5–0)
2002 Western Athletic Conference 12–1 (8–0)
2003 Western Athletic Conference 13–1 (8–0)
2004 Western Athletic Conference 11–1 (8–0)
2005 § Western Athletic Conference 9–4 (7–1)
2006 Western Athletic Conference 13–0 (8–0)
2008 Western Athletic Conference 12–1 (8–0)
2009 Western Athletic Conference 14–0 (8–0)
2010 § Western Athletic Conference 12–1 (7–1)

§ – Conference co-champions



BSU has a long standing in-state rivalry with University of Idaho. They played every year from 1971–2010 and with the exception of games from 2001–2004 the matchup was a conference game. The rivalry is dominated by streaks as Idaho won 12 straight years from 1982–1993 while Boise State has won the most recent 12 games between 1999–2010. With Boise State's move to the Mountain West Conference in 2011, the future of the series is in doubt as they did not play during the 2011 season and currently are not scheduled to play in the 2012 season. Boise State leads the rivalry with a series record of 22–17–1.

  • see - Governor's Trophy

Fresno State

Since joining the WAC, BSU has had a rivalry with Fresno State University. The series is 10–4 all time in favor of Boise State. In 2001, the series became a WAC match-up, christened with Boise State's upset over #8 Fresno State 35–30. In 2005, the series became the Battle for the Milk Can, and #20 Fresno State ended Boise State's 31-game winning streak against WAC opponents with their 27–7 victory. The series will continue to be a conference game in 2012 in the MWC but was played as a non-conference game in Fresno in 2011. The winner of the game receives the Milk Can.


The series is 9-3 all time in favor of Boise State. The series became heated in 2006 and 2007 when Hawaiʻi fielded a nationally ranked team. Hawaiʻi ended the Broncos' five-year WAC championship streak in 2007. Their 39–27 victory over Boise State in 2007 was only Boise State's fourth loss in their 10-year tenure in the WAC. With Boise State's move to the Mountain West in 2011 the game will be put on hold for a year then will play again in 2012 when Hawaiʻi will join the Mountain West as a football member only. However, the following year Boise State leaves for the Big East, putting the series again in question.


BSU has a long standing rivalry with Nevada. Boise State leads the series 25–13. Boise State and Nevada have been conference rivals in the Big Sky Conference, the Big West Conference, the WAC, and will continue to be in the Mountain West in 2012. The series was played as a non-conference game in 2011 as the teams met in Boise during Nevada's last year in the WAC. Nevada split the WAC championship with Boise State in 2005 as both teams finished 7–1 in conference play. Boise State beat Nevada on the last game of the season in 2006, giving Boise State a birth into their first BCS bowl. In 2007, in one of the highest scoring games in NCAA Division I football history, Boise State defeated Nevada 69–67 in four overtimes. Recently, the conference championship has been decided by the Wolf Pack and Broncos' late-season games. In 2010, Nevada defeated #3 Boise State 34–31 in overtime, ending the Broncos BCS National Championship hopes. The rivalry between the two schools felt as if it had been rekindled after Nevada's win, since Boise State had won the past 10 games dating back to 1998. Boise State and Nevada have played one time in the postseason in the 1990 I-AA semifinal. Nevada won the game in triple overtime 59–52, and would go on to lose in the final.


BSU has a brewing rivalry with Texas Christian University. Both teams have had recent success during the last decade, and have battled both on the field in very close games and off the field in the polls. Since the beginning of the 2008 season, Boise State only has lost three games, two of which were to TCU by one point in both games. Boise and TCU have met four times with three of the matchups coming in bowl games. The first game was in TCU's home stadium in the inaugural Fort Worth Bowl (now the Armed Forces Bowl) in 2003. #17 Boise State narrowly defeated #18 TCU 34–31. The second meeting was the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, where #11 TCU came back to defeat undefeated #9 Boise State 17–16. In the biggest match-up to date, both teams were selected to a BCS bowl and met in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, where undefeated #6 Boise State defeated undefeated #4 TCU 17–10. In 2011, TCU won the only regular season meeting defeating #5 Boise State 36–35 at Bronco Stadium, snapping the Broncos 65 game regular season home winning streak and 47 game conference home winning streak. The series was intended to become an annual game when BSU joined TCU in the Mountain West Conference, but the conference game was only played once as TCU will leave the Mountain West to join the Big 12 Conference in 2012 (TCU in the process reversed an earlier decision to join the Big East Conference).

Future schedules

In 2012, Boise State will play Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State, and UNLV at home. Hawaiʻi, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming will be road games. The Mountain West Conference has more football teams than scheduled conference games, so Boise State will skip playing one fellow conference member. In 2012, that team will be Air Force.

In 2013, Boise State will join the Big East Conference. The Big East is currently set to have 12 teams in 2013, including new members Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, SMU, Temple, and UCF. The Big East will have two divisions in 2013 and will play a conference championship game. Divisional allingment will be announced at a later date. The conference championship game will be played on campus sites at the team with the best record. Navy will join the Big East in 2015.

Boise State is scheduled to play BYU in football every year between 2012–23.

Future scheduled non-conference games

Year Home Games Neutral Games Away Games
2012 Miami (OH), BYU Michigan State, Southern Miss
2013 Southern Miss, UT Martin Washington, BYU
2014 BYU ^Ole Miss Utah State
2015 Washington, Utah State BYU
2016 Washington State, BYU Oregon State
2017 Washington State, BYU
2018 BYU
2019 BYU
2020 BYU
2021 BYU
2022 Michigan State, BYU
2023 Michigan State, BYU

^ Ole Miss game will be in the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Current players


Retired Numbers

  • 12 - Jim McMillan - QB, 1971–74

College Football Hall of Famers


Pro Football Hall of Famers


Individual awards

AP All-Americans

  • Billy Winn, 2010 3rd team DT
  • Titus Young, 2010 3rd team WR
  • Nate Potter, 2010 3rd team OT
  • Kyle Wilson, 2009 2nd team S
  • Kellen Moore, 2009 3rd team QB & 2010 3rd team QB
  • Ryan Clady, 2007 1st team OT
  • Ian Johnson, 2006 3rd team RB (1st team on SI, 2nd team on Sporting News)
  • Tyler Jones, 2004 2nd team K
  • Joe O'Brien, 1994 1st team DE
  • Rashid Gayle, 1994 2nd team DB
  • K.C. Adams, 1994 2nd team AP
  • Frank Robinson, 1991 1st team CB
  • Erik Helgeson, 1990 1st team & 1989 2nd team DE
  • Peter Kwiatkowski, 1987 1st team DE
  • Tom DeWitz, 1987 1st team & 1986 2nd team OG
  • Markus Koch, 1985 1st team DE & 1983 1st team DT
  • Carl Keever, 1984 1st team DE & 1982 1st team LB
  • John Rade, 1982 1st team DE & 1981 2nd team LB
  • Randy Trautman, 1981 & 1980 1st team DT
  • Rick Woods, 1981 2nd team SS
  • Kipp Bedard, 1981 2nd team WR
  • Rodney Webster, 1981 2nd team TB
  • Cedric Minter, 1980 2nd team & 1978 3rd team RB
  • Joe Aliotti, 1979 1st team QB
  • Doug Scott, 1979 1st team DT
  • Bob McCauley, 1978 2nd team LB
  • Mark Villano, 1978 3rd team OC
  • Terry Hutt, 1977 1st team WR
  • Harold Cotton, 1977 1st team OT
  • Chris Malmgren, 1977 2nd team DT
  • Jim McMillan, 1974 1st team QB
  • Don Hutt, 1973 1st team WR
  • Steve Svitak, 1969 1st team LB

NFL players


Current CFL players

Other notable football players

Records and statistics

Team records

  • Consecutive victories: 24, 2009–2010
  • Largest NCAA Division 1 margin of victory: 74 vs. Humboldt State, 1986 (achieved during the first game played on the blue turf in a 74–0 win)
  • Victories in a season: 14, 2009 (ties FBS record of BYU, 1996; Ohio State, 2002; Alabama, 2009 and Auburn, 2010)

Career records

  • Career passing yards: 14,667, Kellen Moore, 2008–2011
  • Career passing touchdowns: 142, Kellen Moore, 2008–2011
  • Career rushing yards: 4,475, Cedric Minter, 1977–1980
  • Career rushing touchdowns: 58, Ian Johnson, 2005–2008 (also is the all time WAC record for rushing TD's in a career)
  • Career receiving yards: 3,063, Titus Young, 2007–2010
  • Career receiving touchdowns: 39, Austin Pettis, 2007–2010
  • Career all-purpose yards: 6,655, Bill Hammon, 1980–1984
  • Career points leader: 439, Kyle Brotzman, 2007–2010 (also the NCAA all–time career points record for kickers)
  • Career tackles leader: 415, Scott Russell, 1987–1990
  • Career sacks leader: 54.5, Erik Helgeson, 1987–1990
  • Career interceptions leader: 24, Steve Forrey, 1968–1970
  • Career wins as a starting QB: 50, Kellen Moore, 2008–2011 (also the NCAA all time career win record for a starting QB)

Single-game records

  • Most total offensive yards in a single game: 742, vs. Colorado State, 2011
  • Most passing yards in a single game: 532, Ryan Dinwiddie vs. Louisiana Tech, 2003
  • Most passing touchdowns in a single game: 6, Jim McMillan vs. Montana, 1974
  • Most rushing yards in a single game: 261, Cedric Minter vs. Northern Michigan, 1978
  • Most rushing touchdowns in a single game: 5, Jon Helmandollar vs. Louisiana Tech, 2004 & Ian Johnson vs. Oregon State, 2006
  • Most receiving yards in a single game: 264, Winky White vs. Nevada, 1990
  • Most receiving touchdowns in a single game: 4, three players tied for mark.
  • Most receptions in a single game: 16, Tim Gilligan vs. Louisiana Tech, 2003
  • Most all-purpose offense in a single game: 301, Doug Martin vs. Arizona State, 2011
  • Longest field goal made: 56 yards, Roberto Moran vs. UC Davis, 1985
  • Most points scored in a single game: 77, vs. San Jose State, 2003
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A Boise State scrimmage at Bronco Stadium in 2006

Single-season records

  • Most passing yards in a season: 4,031, Ryan Dinwiddie, 2003
  • Most passing touchdowns in a season: 43, Kellen Moore, 2011
  • Best efficiency rating in a season (min. 100 att.): 188.18, Ryan Dinwiddie, 2002
  • Most rushing yards in a season: 1,714, Ian Johnson, 2006
  • Most rushing touchdowns in a season: 26, Brock Forsey, 2002, Ian Johnson 2006
  • Most receiving yards in a season: 1,192, Tim Gilligan, 2003
  • Most receiving touchdowns in a season: 16 Tyler Shoemaker, 2011
  • Most receptions in a season: 82, Jeremy Childs, 2007
  • Most total tackles in a season: 164, Scott Russell, 1988
  • Most sacks in a season: 20, Chris Wing, 1996
  • Most interceptions in a season: 12, Steve Forrey, 1968

Statistics compiled from the Boise State University football Media Guide.

Season records


External links

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