2008 Boise State Broncos football team

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2008 Boise State Broncos football
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WAC Champions
Poinsettia Bowl vs #11 TCU, L 16–17
Conference Western Athletic Conference
Ranking
Coaches #13
AP #11
2008 record 12–1 (8–0 WAC)
Head coach Chris Petersen
Offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox
Base defense 4-3
Home stadium Bronco Stadium
(Capacity: 32,000)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#11 Boise State   8 0         12 1  
Louisiana Tech   5 3         8 5  
Nevada   5 3         7 6  
Hawaii   5 3         7 7  
Fresno State   4 4         7 6  
San Jose State   4 4         6 6  
Utah State   3 5         3 9  
New Mexico State   1 7         3 9  
Idaho   1 7         2 10  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Boise State Broncos football team represented Boise State University in the 2008 college football season. The Broncos played their home games at Bronco Stadium, most famous for its blue artificial turf surface, often referred to as the "smurf-turf". The blue turf was new for the 2008 season, as the old Astroplay surface was replaced by Field Turf. The Broncos won the Western Athletic Conference championship and were one of only two teams (the other being the Utah Utes) to finish the 2008 regular season with an undefeated record. However, the Broncos were unable to finish the season undefeated after losing 16–17 to #11 TCU in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

Previous season[edit]

The Broncos take the field through the fog during the 2008 season.

The Broncos entered the 2007 season ranked #23 in the coaches poll and were on a 13-game winning streak after going undefeated in 2006. After an opening home win against Weber State to extend their winning streak to 14, the Broncos traveled to Seattle to play Washington. The Broncos failed to win against a Pac-10 team, losing to the Huskies 24–10, ending their nation's best winning streak, and dropping out of the top 25. The Broncos would win 9 straight games from September 15 to November 17, including 7 WAC games and wins over rivals Fresno State, Idaho, and Nevada in a 4 OT game that set a new NCAA FBS record for points scored with 136 (69–67; that record total was matched later that season when Navy beat North Texas 74–62). The Broncos reentered the top 25 on November 3 and made it as high as #15 before dropping to #17 for the season ending game at #13 and undefeated Hawaii. The game with Hawaii was for the outright WAC championship, won by Hawaii 39–27. The Broncos would return to Honolulu to play East Carolina in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on December 23, won by East Carolina 41–38. The Broncos would finish the season 10–3, but failed to win either a conference championship or a bowl game for the first time since 2001.

Pre-season[edit]

Pre-season awards[edit]

On July 25, the Broncos were selected as the favorite to win the WAC by the media by a total of 383 points to 379 for Fresno State and first place votes of 25 to 20. The WAC coaches (not allowed to vote for their own team) voted Fresno #1 with a total of 63 to 57 points. Fresno had a total of 7 first place votes among WAC coaches to Boise States 2.

The USA Today Coaches preseason top 25 poll was released on August 1, with Boise State receiving 25 votes to rank 34th.

The Associated Press preseason top 25 poll was released on August 16, with Boise State receiving 17 votes to rank 36th.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 6:00 PM Idaho State* Bronco StadiumBoise, ID (Battle for the Liberty Bell) KTVB W 49–7   32,318
September 13 6:00 PM Bowling Green* Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID KTVB W 20–7   32,335
September 20 1:30 PM at #12 Oregon* Autzen StadiumEugene, OR KTVB W 37–32   58,713
October 1 6:00 PM Louisiana Tech #18 Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID ESPN W 38–3   32,071
October 11 6:00 PM at Southern Miss* #16 M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS CBSCS W 24–7   30,912
October 17 6:00 PM Hawaiʻi #16 Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID ESPN W 27–7   32,342
October 24 7:00 PM at San Jose State #13 Spartan StadiumSan Jose, CA ESPN2 W 33–16   26,258
November 1 5:00 PM at New Mexico State #11 Aggie Memorial StadiumLas Cruces, NM KTVB W 49–0   15,922
November 8 12:00 PM Utah State #10 Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID KTVB W 49–14   32,171
November 15 3:00 PM at Idaho #9 Kibbie DomeMoscow, ID (Battle for the Governor's Trophy) KTVB W 45–10   17,000
November 22 2:00 PM at Nevada #9 Mackay StadiumReno, NV KTVB/ESPN2 W 41–34   27,057
November 28 4:00 PM Fresno State #9 Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID (Battle for the Milk Can) ESPN2 W 61–10   32,412
December 23 6:00 PM vs. #11 Texas Christian* #9 Qualcomm StadiumSan Diego, CA (San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl) ESPN L 16–17   34,628
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time.

Game notes[edit]

Idaho State[edit]

23-6 all time, last meeting 2003 (62-0 in Boise)

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 7 0 0 7
Broncos 7 21 14 7 49

The Broncos opened the 2008 season with a 49-7 win over their former in-state rival Idaho State in front of a new Bronco Stadium record crowd of 32,318. Freshman quarterback Kellen Moore completed 14 of 19 passes for 274 and 2 Touchdowns (80, 56) in his first collegiate start. Ian Johnson rushed 14 times for 87 yards and one score while Titus Young made 7 receptions for 142 yards and one touchdown and also one rushing touchdown. Richie Brockel rushed for two TD's and Tyler Shoemaker caught two TD passes. The two TD's by Young, Brockel and Shoemaker marks the first time three Bronco's had each scored two TD's in one game. The Broncos out gained the Bengals 582 to 207 in total yards. The Broncos also blocked a Bengal punt in the 2nd quarter. With the win the Broncos moved their regular season home winning streak to 44. At one point in the fourth quarter, all 11 players on Defense for the Bronco's were freshman.


Bowling Green[edit]

1-0 all time, last meeting 2005 (48-20 in Boise)

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 0 0 7 7
Broncos 6 14 0 0 20

Another Bronco Stadium record crowd of 32,335 watched as Boise State raised their regular season home winning streak to 45 games by beating Bowling Green 20-7. The Broncos came out fast scoring 3 touchdowns in the first half. A much improved second half Bowling Green defense mixed with various mental mistakes by the Bronco offense left the Broncos scoreless in the second half. Ian Johnson rushed 13 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns while quarterback Kellen Moore went 18 of 23 for 180, started the game 11 of 11, and rushed for his first career touchdown. Kyle Brotzman set a Boise State record by making his 75th straight extra point, breaking the record held by Tyler Jones of 74 made in 2003 and 2004. Safety Jeron Johnson had 13 tackles (8 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, one pass break up and two second half fumble recoveries to win WAC defensive player of the week.


Oregon[edit]

Boise State sideline and fans in Autzen Stadium.

First ever meeting

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 24 13 0 37
#12 Ducks 6 0 7 19 32

Since joining D1A (now FBS) in 1996, Boise State had lost all 13 of their road games against teams from BCS conferences. That streak ended with a 37-32 win over Oregon of the Pac-10 in front of 58,713 hostile fans in Autzen Stadium. The Broncos held leads of 24-6 at halftime and 37-13 in the 4th before Oregon closed out the game with 19 unanswered points. The Broncos were held to only 38 yards rushing, but were helped by the arm of Freshman quarterback Kellen Moore. Moore went 25-37 for 386 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. One touchdown pass went for 73 yards to Senior Vinny Perretta, his first TD of the season, before he left the game with a concussion. Junior Jeremy Childs added 4 receptions for 100 yards with a long of 41. Junior Kyle Wilson made 2 interceptions (totaling 3 on the season) while Sophomore Brandyn Thompson made his first career interception. Sophomore kicker Kyle Brotzman went 3-4 on field goals from 24, 36, and a career long 51 yards. Sophomore safety Jeron Johnson was ejected late in the 4th. The win propelled the Broncos into the top 25 in both major polls for the first time this season, being ranked 19th by the AP and 20th by the coaches in the USA Today poll. For his efforts, Kellen Moore was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Bowl Subdivision National Offensive Player of the Week and the WAC Offensive Player of the Week. The Broncos were also named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week.

Louisiana Tech[edit]

Boise State on defense in the first half.

6-4 all time, 6-1 as WAC members. Last year 45-31 in Ruston

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 3 0 0 3
#18 Broncos 7 14 10 7 38

Boise State won their WAC opener for the 8th straight year and extended their regular season home winning streak to 46 by defeating the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech 38-3. Kellen Moore threw an interception on the opening drive, then was almost perfect finishing the game 20-28 for 325 and 2 TD's (13, 44) to Julian Hawkins and Chris O'niel, the latter on a reverse throw back to Moore from Vinny Perretta. Moore's numbers were good enough to earn the WAC Offensive Player of the Week award for the second time this season. D.J. Harper added 2 TD's on 9 carries for 35 yards. Ian Johnson again had a subpar rushing game, 9 for 42, but had his first career 100 yard receiving game with 106 on 3 catches. The Bronco defense has now given up 7 points or less in 3 of the 4 games this season. Kyle Brotzman hit a 49-yard field goal and averaged 57.7 yards on 3 punts including one downed at the 1-yard line and another of 72 yards. The Broncos moved up in the top 25 polls to #15 in the AP and #16 in the USA Today Coaches poll.


Southern Miss[edit]

1-0 all time, last meeting 2007 (38-16 in Boise)

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Broncos 0 24 0 0 24
Golden Eagles 0 7 0 0 7

The Bronco defense shined in holding the strong Southern Mississippi offense to just 278 yards, stops on 4 fourth down tries and forced 2 turnovers to help the Bronco offense that continues to struggle. The Bronco offense was great in the second quarter, scoring all of their 24 points, but a series of three and outs, penalties and other bad decisions led to just 113 yards and 6 first downs in the second half. The Broncos were held scoreless in the second half for the second time this season, but also held their opponent to 7 points or less for the fourth time in five games this season. Kellen Moore went 21 of 30 for 170, 3 TD's and 1 pick. 10 of his completions went to Jeremy Childs for 92 yards. Austin Pettis added 2 TD's on 4 catches for 30 yards. Jeron Johnson recorded his first interception of the season. Kyle Brotzman went 3 for 3 on PAT's, made a 32-yard field goal and averaged 39.7 yards on 6 punts that included 2 down inside the 20-yard line and a long of 63 in rout to being awarded the WAC Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time in his two-year career. Boise State remained the same in every major poll following the win. Prior to the game wide receiver Titus Young, who had previously been suspended for the Oregon game, was suspended indefinitely.

Hawai'i[edit]

A then record crowd of 32,342 watches Boise State vs Hawaii.

6-3 all time, 6-1 as WAC members. Last year 27-39 in Honolulu

1 2 3 4 Total
Warriors 0 7 0 0 7
#16 Broncos 3 7 14 3 27

The Broncos defense came up with 5 interceptions and 7 sacks in taking down the defending WAC champion Hawaii Warriors 27-7 in front of another record crowd of 32,342 in Bronco Stadium. Brandyn Thompson had 3 interceptions and 5 solo tackles (one for a loss) to be awarded the WAC Defensive Player of the Week. George Iloka and Jeron Johnson also made interceptions. This marked the 5th time this season the Bronco Defense held their opponent to 7 points or less and moved to 2nd in the nation in scoring defense giving up only 10.5 PPG. On offense, Kellen Moore went 25 of 33 for 256 and 3 TD's, 6 of his passes going to Vinny Perretta for 82 yards. Kyle Brotzman won the WAC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second straight week going 2 for 4 on field goals (31, 43), brought his school record for consecutive extra points to 90, and averaged 60 yards on 3 punts with a career long of 75 and 2 downed inside the 20. The Broncos have still never lost a home WAC game (26 straight) and have now won 47 straight regular season home games. The Broncos moved to #13 in all of the major polls and debuted at #12 in the first BCS rankings.


San Jose State[edit]

Spartan Stadium SJSU vs BSU

8-0 all time, 7-0 as WAC members. Last year 42-7 in Boise

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Broncos 6 14 3 10 33
Spartans 6 3 7 0 16

The last two trips to San Jose for Boise State resulted in unsuccessful but scary close upset bids by the Spartans, both times the Broncos were undefeated. This game had the same ingredients and looked to be heading for a close finish being 20-16 in the third quarter, but the Broncos scored the games final 13 points to stay undefeated and stop the Spartans chances of playing spoiler to the Broncos undefeated chances. Kellen Moore went 26 of 40 for 244 1 INT and 2 TD's to Jeremy Childs and Austin Pettis. Jeremy Avery rushed 21 times for 96 yards and Ian Johnson added 66 on 16 carries and 2 TD's to set a new career touchdown mark in Boise State history, now with 51. Along with his 5 receptions Jeremy Childs had a first quarter punt block that led to a Bronco Touchdown. Kyle Brotzman hit 2 field goals from 31 and 39. The win gives the Broncos sole possession of first place in the WAC and moved them to #11 in every major poll, including the BCS.


New Mexico State[edit]

8-0 all time, 3-0 as WAC members. Last year 58-0 in Boise.

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Broncos 7 21 14 7 49
Aggies 0 0 0 0 0

New Mexico State quarterback Chase Holbrook, who entered the game averaging 295 yards a game, only managed 64 yards passing and his Aggies were shut out by Boise State for the second straight year. The Bronco defense held the Aggies to only 150 total yards, made 7 sacks, 1 INT by Kyle Wilson, forced one fumble and now have given up 7 points or less in 6 of 8 games this season and are now giving up just 9.88 points per game. Kyle Wilson also scored the Broncos first non offensive touchdown of the season by returning a fourth quarter punt 71 yards. On offense, Kellen Moore went 15 of 23 for 246, 1 INT and 3 TD's, 1 to Austin Pettis and 2 to Jeremy Childs. Ian Johnson had 10 carries for 61 yards and 1 TD to increase his school record to 52 TD's in his career. The Broncos moved to #9 in the AP Poll, their highest regular season ranking in school history, and moved to #10 in every other poll.


Utah State[edit]

Beginning of the 4th quarter.

10-4 all time, 3-0 as WAC members. Last year 52-0 in Logan

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 0 7 7 0 14
#10 Broncos 7 21 14 7 49

Four different Bronco players threw for a combined 5 TD's and 458 yards passing to collect their 37th straight conference home win and remain undefeated on the season. Kellen Moore went 27 of 36 for 362, 2 TD's and 1 INT. Backup quarterback Mike Coughlin and wide receivers Tanyon Bissell and Vinny Perretta also added TD passes. Perretta added a 38-yard TD reception of his own to go along with 2 each by Jeremy Childs (57, 17) and Austin Pettis (7, 5). Ian Johnson's 1-yard TD run moved his school record for career rushing TD's to 53. The Bronco defense held the Aggie rushing attack to just 44 yards, forced 6 turnovers and scored their first TD of the season when Ellis Powers picked up a Ryan Winterswyk forced fumble and returned it 4 yards. George Iloka had 2 interceptions. The Bronocs are now ranked #9 in every major poll.

Idaho[edit]

19-17-1 all time, 3-0 as WAC members. Last year 58-14 in Boise

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Broncos 14 3 21 7 45
Vandals 7 3 0 0 10

The Broncos knocked off their in-state rivals for the 10th straight year to retain the Governor's Trophy and secure their 6th WAC Championship in 7 years. The Vandals opened the game with an 81-yard TD on the first play of the game and it was all down hill from there. The Broncos ran over the Vandals to the tune of 525 yards, 315 of those on the ground. Jeremy Avery became the first Bronco back to go over 100 yards this season by gaining 156 yards on 11 carries, had a long of 57 for one of his two TD's and set a school record with 14.2 YPC. Ian Johnson added to his school record for rushing TD's which now stands at 54. Kellen Moore went 23 for 31 for 210 yards, 11 of those to Jeremy Childs for 99 yards and 6 to Austin Pettis for 71 yards. Kyle Wilson now leads the WAC with 5 interceptions and returned a punt 79 yards for his second return TD of the season. Ellis Powers return a fumble 45 yards for a TD, his second TD in as many weeks. True freshman defensive lineman Byron Hout, who made 5 solo tackles, 2 sacks and forced the fumble that led to the Powers TD, was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Week. The Broncos remained at #9 in every major poll.


Nevada[edit]

Freshman QB Kellen Moore threw for a then career high 414 yards
Bronco players during pregame

22-12 all time, 7-0 as WAC members. Last year 69-67 in 4 OT's in Boise.

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Broncos 14 10 7 10 41
Wolf Pack 0 3 21 10 34

The Broncos held off a frenzy second half comeback by the Wolf Pack that ended when Colin Kaepernick's pass was batted down in the end zone on the last play of the game to secure the Broncos their 11th win of the season, their 5th season this decade with 11 wins or more, and the WAC championship for the 6th time in 7 years. The Broncos came out quick to lead Nevada 24-3 at halftime, but Kellen Moore threw 3 3rd quarter interceptions, 2 that were returned for touchdowns, and Nevada's offense scored on a 31-yard run to make it 31-24 at the end of 3. The Bronco's pushed their lead back to 17 on an Austin Pettis TD reception and a Kyle Brotzman 50-yard field goal. Nevada scored a TD with 4:36 left, recovered an on-side kick, kicked a FG with 2:36 left, and got the ball one last time with 1:37 left after a Brotzman missed 44-yard field goal but couldn't punch it in the end zone to force overtime. Kellen Moore went 29 of 48 for 414, a career high, 3 TD's and the 3 costly INT's. Austin Pettis had 9 catches for 126 yards and 2 TD's (18, 10) to be named WAC Offensive Player of the Week while Vinny Perretta made 5 catches for 126 yards and a rushing TD. The Broncos only managed 70 yards rushing, 66 of those on an Ian Johnson TD run. The Broncos remained #9 in all major polls for the 3rd consecutive week.


Fresno State[edit]

6-4 all time, 6-1 as WAC members. Last year 34-21 in Fresno

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 3 0 0 10
#9 Broncos 7 6 28 20 61

The new record crowd of 32,412 rushed the field and fireworks went off above Bronco Stadium to celebrate the Broncos 3rd undefeated season in 5 years, their 5th 8-0 WAC season in the last 7 years, and their 7th straight year of being undefeated at home all to keep their slim BCS chances alive. Senior QB Bush Hamden started on Senior day and threw 1 pass that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Fresno State. The Bulldogs would only manage 3 points the rest of the game. The Broncos stated slow in the first half leading only 13-10 at the half but broke the game wide open with 4 TD's in the third. Jeremy Avery scored on a 43-yard rush, Kyle Wilson returned a punt 90 yards for his 3rd return score of the year, Julian Hawkins caught a 35-yard TD pass from WR Tayon Bissel on a reverse pass, and Kellen Moore found TE Tommy Gallarda for a 16-yard TD reception. Ian Johnson had a 69-yard run on the last play of the 3rd quarter and scored a TD to open the 4th. Johnson added another TD later in the 4th to tie Marshall Faulk for the WAC record for TD rushes in a career with 57. In all Johnson carried the ball 14 times for 128 and the 2 scores. Kellen Moore went 17 for 23 for 213 and 2 TD's. Kyle Wilson was named the WAC Special Teams Player of the Week. On December 7, the Broncos were selected to play #11 Texas Christian (10-2) in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on December 23.

Poinsettia Bowl - TCU[edit]

1-0 all time. Last meeting 2003 (34-31 in the Plains Capital Fort Worth Bowl)

Post Season Awards[edit]

WAC Coach of the Year[edit]

Chris Petersen

WAC Freshman of the Year[edit]

Kellen Moore-QB

First Team All WAC[edit]

Jeremy Childs- Jr. WR- Second straight year on 1st team

Andrew Woodruff- Sr. OL

Ryan Winterswyk- So. DL

Ellis Powers-Sr. LB

Kyle Wilson- Jr. DB- 2007 2nd team

Second Team All WAC[edit]

Austin Pettis- So. WR

Kellen Moore- Fr. QB

Ian Johnson-Sr. RB- 2006 & 2007 1st team

Mike T. Williams- Sr. DL

Jeron Johnson- So. DB

Kyle Wilson- Jr. ST/KR

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
AP 36 32 29 29 19 17 15 15 13 11 9 9 9 9 9 9 11
Coaches 34 33 30 29 20 18 16 16 13 11 10 9 9 9 9 9 13
Harris Not released 18 15 15 13 11 10 9 9 9 9 9
BCS Not released 12 11 10 9 9 9 9 9

Statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

BSU Opp
Scoring 473   147  
  Points per Game 39.4   12.2  
First Downs 270   200  
  Rushing 1952   1259  
  Passing 3529   2275  
Penalties-Yards 89-814   78-682  
Total Offense 5481   3534  
  Avg per Game 456.8   294.5  
Fumbles-Lost 25-14   19-11  
BSU Opp
Punts-Yards 43-1903   71-2851  
  Avg per Punt 44.3   40.2  
Time of Possession/Game 29:13   30:47  
3rd Down Conversions 67-151   59-191  
4th Down Conversions 9-13   9-33  
Touchdowns Scored 62   19  
Field Goals-Attempts 14-22   6-12  
PAT-Attempts 59-60   15-17  
Attendance 193,649   175,862  
  Games/Avg per Game 6-32,275   6-29,310  

Scores by quarter[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Boise State 78 179 138 78 473
Opponents 26 43 42 36 147

Offense[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Name GP Att Yards Avg TD Long Avg/G
I. Johnson 12   143   738   5.2   12   69   61.5
J. Avery 12   109   613   5.6   4   57   51.1
D. Harper 12   51   259   5.0   4   29   21.6
V. Perretta 12   17   129   7.6   2   27   10.8
D. Martin 10   24   107   4.5   0   23   10.7
T. Young 3   5   52   10.4   2   24   17.3
T. Bissell 12   6   48   8.0   0   41   4.0
J. Hodge 7   12   46   3.8   0   8   6.6
B. Hamdan 7   3   7   2.3   0   6   1.0
R. Brockel 12   3   6   2.0   2   3   0.5
M. Coughlin 6   7   5   0.7   0   9   0.8
K. Moore 12   36   -20   -0.6   1   15   -1.7
TEAM 8   12   -38   -3.2   0   0   -4.8
Broncos Total 12   429   1952   4.6   27   69   162.7
Opponents 12   425   1259   3.0   7   60   104.9

Passing[edit]

Name GP-GS Cmp-Att Pct Yds TD INT Lng Avg/G RAT
K. Moore 12-11   259-370  70.0   3264   25   9   80   272.0   161.53
B. Hamdan 7-1   10-20   50.0   115   1   1   22   16.4   104.80
M. Coughlin 6-0   3-5   60.0   25   1   0   13   4.2   168.00
T. Bissell 12-0   3-4   75.0   108   2   0   57   9.0   466.80
V. Perretta 12-0   1-1   100.0   17   1   0   17   1.5   572.80
A. Pettis 12-0   0-1   0.0   0   0   0   0   0   0.00
TEAM 8-0   0-2   0.0   0   0   0   0   0   0.00
Broncos Total 12   276-403   68.5   3529   30   10   80   294.1   161.65
Opponents 12   212-413   51.3   2275   8   20   81   189.6   94.31

Receiving[edit]

Name GP Rec Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
J. Childs 11   65   741   11.4   7   57   67.4
A. Pettis 12   45   502   11.2   9   24   41.8
V. Perretta 12   34   500   14.7   2   73   41.7
J. Hawkins 12   24   312   13.0   3   46   26.0
I. Johnson 12   19   234   12.3   0   51   19.5
K. Efaw 12   17   262   15.4   0   34   21.8
J. Avery 12   15   220   14.7   0   37   18.3
T. Young 3   10   168   16.8   1   80   56.0
C. O'Neill 4   10   131   13.1   2   44   32.8
R. Brockel 12   9   91   10.1   2   21   7.6
T. Shoemaker 12   7   110   15.7   2   56   9.2
T. Gallarda 12   6   65   10.8   2   16   5.4
T. Bissell 12   5   60   12.0   0   15   5.0
D.J. Harper 12   4   37   9.2   0   20   3.1
D. Martin 10   2   53   26.5   0   35   5.3
M. Choate 11   2   29   14.5   0   22   2.6
T. Franklin 10   2   14   7.0   0   8   1.4
Broncos Total 12   276   3529   12.8   30   80   294.1
Opponents 12   212   2275   10.7   8   81   189.6

Defense[edit]

Team GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds-TD FF
Total 12 505 336 841 83-349 34-248 56 6 20-110 5.5 0 30 11-49-2 13 4

Special teams[edit]

Team Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Total 43 1903 44.3 75 6 2 15 0 88 5618 63.8 13 2
Team Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Total 43 539 12.5 3 90 23 506 22.0 0 42

Expanded WAC Standings[edit]

Western Athletic Conference
Conf Overall
Team-Bowl Berth W L W L PF PA STREAK
#13 Boise State- Poinsettia Bowl 8 0 12 1 489 164 L 1
Louisiana Tech- Independence Bowl 5 3 8 5 320 308 W 1
Nevada- Humanitarian Bowl 5 3 7 6 489 420 L 1
Hawaiʻi- Hawaii Bowl 5 3 7 7 345 404 L 2
Fresno State- New Mexico Bowl 4 4 7 6 385 404 L 2
San José State 4 4 6 6 224 259 L 3
Utah State 3 5 3 9 288 416 W 1
Idaho 1 7 2 10 235 513 L 3
New Mexico State 1 7 3 9 266 409 L 7

Roster[edit]

(Updated 11/20/08)

Quarterbacks

  • 11 Kellen Moore - Freshman (S)
  • 3 Bush Hamdan - Senior
  • 7 Michael Coughlin - Sophomore
  • 10 Drew Hawkins - Redshirt Freshman

Running Backs

  • 41 Ian Johnson - Senior (S)
  • 27 Jeremy Avery* - Sophomore
  • 6 D.J. Harper* - Sophomore
  • 22 Doug Martin - Freshman
  • 28 Jarvis Hodge - Sophomore
  • 26 Matt Kaiserman - Redshirt Freshman
  • Carlo Audagnotti - Redshirt Freshman
  • Mana Purdy- Redshirt Freshman

Fullbacks

  • 47 Dan Paul - Freshman (S)
  • 32 Andy Silsby - Junior
  • 34 Stephen Gabbard - Freshman
  • Jake Hess- Redshirt Freshman
  • Drew Wright- Redshirt Freshman

Wide Receivers

  • 9 Jeremy Childs - Junior (S)
  • 19 Vinny Perretta - Senior (S)
  • 82 Julian Hawkins* - Senior (S)
  • 87 Austin Pettis - Sophomore
  • 2 Tanyon Bissell* - Senior
  • 21 Toshi Franklin* - Senior
  • 89 Tyler Shoemaker- Freshman
  • 46 Michael Choate - Junior
  • 4 Titus Young - Sophomore (suspended)
  • 20 Mitch Burroughs - Redshirt Freshman
  • 81 Chris Potter- Redshirt Freshman
  • 84 Tim Ruben- Redshirt Freshman
 

Offensive Guards

  • 76 Jon Gott - Senior (S)
  • 71 Cory Yriarte- Freshman (S)
  • 62 Kevin Sapien - Sophomore
  • 77 Ben Iannacchione - Senior
  • 59 Will Lawrence - Sophomore
  • 75 Faraji Wright - Redshirt Freshman
  • 79 Bronson Durrant - Redshirt Freshman
  • 61 Joe Kellogg - Redshirt Freshman
  • 64 Brenel Myers - Redshirt Freshman

Offensive Tackles

  • 60 Andrew Woodruff - Senior (S)
  • 62 Kevin Sapien - Sophomore (S)
  • 72 Matt Slater - Junior
  • 73 Nate Potter - Sophomore
  • 70 Zach Waller- Freshman
  • 74 Tom Swanson - Redshirt Freshman
  • 54 Michael Ames - Redshirt Freshman

Centers

  • 65 Thomas Byrd- Freshman (S)
  • 57 Garret Pendergast- Freshman

Tight Ends

  • 40 Richie Brockel - Junior (S)
  • 85 Tommy Gallarda - Junior
  • 80 Kyle Efaw- Freshman
  • 83 Shaun King - Sophomore
  • 38 Josh Hill - Freshman
  • 86 Chandler Koch - Redshirt Freshman
  • 88 Chris O'Neill* - Senior (I)
 

Defensive Ends

  • 93 Mike T. Williams - Senior (S)
  • 98 Ryan Winterswyk - Junior (S)
  • 92 Shea McClellin - Freshman
  • 94 Byron Hout - Freshman
  • 91 Chuck Hayes - Freshman
  • 96 Jarrell Root - Freshman (I)

Defensive Tackles

  • 53 Sean Bingham - Senior (S)
  • 90 Billy Winn- Freshman (S)
  • 67 Joe Bozikovich - Senior
  • 50 J.P. Nisby - Freshman
  • 97 Chase Baker - Freshman
  • 95 Darren Koontz - Redshirt Freshman
  • 68 Greg Grimes - Redshirt Freshman
  • 65 Michael Atkinson - Redshirt Freshman
  • 99 Steven Reveles - Senior (I)

Linebackers

  • 24 Tim Brady - Senior (S)
  • 44 Kyle Gingg - Senior (S)
  • 52 Derrell Acrey* - Sophomore (S)
  • 51 Dallas Dobbs - Senior
  • 36 Aaron Tevis- Freshman
  • 25 Hunter White- Freshman
  • 47 Dan Paul - Freshman
  • 28 Dave Wilson- Freshman
  • 42 Matt Wilson- Freshman
  • 45 Daron Mackey - Redshirt Junior
  • 33 Tommy Smith - Redshirt Freshman
  • 43 Alex Ruben - Redshirt Freshman
  • 46 Hazen Moss - Redshirt Freshman
  • 56 Alex Lavoy - Redshirt Freshman
  • 48 JC Percy - Redshirt Freshman
 

Cornerbacks

  • 1 Kyle Wilson - Junior (S)
  • 13 Brandyn Thompson* - Sophomore (S)
  • 21 Jamar Taylor - Freshman
  • 16 Cedric Febis - Freshman
  • 17 Keith McGowen - Sophomore
  • 14 Garcia Day - Senior
  • 31 Antwon Murray - Freshman
  • 38 Raphael Lambert - Redshirt Freshman
  • 20 Josh Borgman - Redshirt Freshman

Safeties

  • 23 Jeron Johnson - Sophomore (S)
  • 18 Ellis Powers* - Senior (S)
  • 8 George Iloka - Freshman
  • 5 Jason Robinson - Sophomore
  • 30 Travis Stanaway- Freshman
  • 29 Tyler Jackson - Redshirt Freshman

Punters

  • 35 Kyle Brotzman - Sophomore (S)
  • 49 Brad Elkin- Sophomore

Kickers

  • 35 Kyle Brotzman - Sophomore (S)
  • 14 Brock Jaramillo- Senior
† Returning Starter......(S) 2008 Starter......(I) Injured      * Experienced Player     

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