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Boise State Broncos Football
2014 Boise State Broncos football team
Boise State updated official mark 2013.png
First season 1932
Head coach Bryan Harsin
1st year, 12–2 (.857)
Home stadium Albertsons Stadium
Field Lyle Smith Field
Stadium capacity 36,387
Stadium surface Blue FieldTurf
Location Boise, Idaho
Conference Mountain West
Division Mountain
All-time record 408–154–2 (.725)
Postseason bowl record 10–5 (.667)
Claimed national titles 2 (1958 JC, 1980 D-I AA)
Conference titles 18 (6 Big Sky, 2 Big West, 8 WAC, 2 MWC)
Heisman winners 0 (1 finalist)

Blue and Orange

Fight song Orange and Blue
Mascot Buster Bronco
Marching band Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band
Rivals Idaho Vandals
Nevada Wolf Pack
Fresno State Bulldogs
Hawaiʻi Warriors
BYU Cougars

The Boise State Broncos football program represents Boise State University in college football and competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of Division I as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The team is currently coached by Bryan Harsin. The Broncos play their home games at Albertsons Stadium.



Early History (1933–1946)[edit]

Originally a junior college, Boise State first fielded a football team in 1933 under head coach Dusty Kline.[1] That team compiled a record of 1–2–1.[1][2]

Kline was succeeded by Max Eiden.[2][3] Under Eiden, the Broncos posted a record of 17–23–1 from 1934-1939.[2][3]

The Broncos posted records of 4–2, 3–4, and 2–4–2 in 1940, 1941 and 1946 under head coach Harry Jacoby.[2] (The Broncos did not compete in football from 1942-1945 due to the events surrounding World War II).[2]

Lyle Smith era (1947–1967)[edit]

Head coach Lyle Smith was hired in 1947 and served two stints as the Broncos head coach, first from 1947-1950 and 1952-1967. Riding a 31-game winning streak, the team moved into a new 10,000-seat stadium in 1950. With the outbreak of the Korean War, Smith missed all but the first three games of the 1950 season[4] and the entire 1951 season due to military duty.[5] He returned in 1952 and was a leading candidate for the vacant job at his alma mater Idaho in 1954, but withdrew his name from consideration, content at Boise.[6][7] Boise won thirteen conference titles in football under Smith and the NJCAA National Football Championship in 1958.[8] Smith's final record is 156–26–6.[2]

Tony Knap era (1968–1975)[edit]

Boise State's football program moved up to four-year status in 1968 under new head coach Tony Knap and competed as an NAIA independent for two seasons.[9][10] The Broncos were accepted into the NCAA in October 1969,[11] and a month later into the Big Sky Conference, effective the following July.[12] The Broncos began NCAA competition in 1970 in Division II ("College Division" prior to 1973) in a brand new Bronco Stadium.[13] Knap and the Broncos won three consecutive Big Sky titles from 1973 to 1975 and compiled a record of 71–19–1.[2]

Jim Criner era (1976–1982)[edit]

Knap was succeeded by Jim Criner in 1976, and BSU won the Big Sky again in 1977. 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.

Criner departed after the 1982 season to accept the head football coach position at Iowa State.[14] His final record is 59–21–1.[2]

Lyle Setencich era (1983–1986)[edit]

Lyle Setencich was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach of Boise State following Criner's departure. Under Setencich, Boise State posted a 24–20 record in four seasons.[15] Setencich's final season in 1986 saw the first losing campaign (5–6) for the Broncos football program in four decades. He resigned following the season.[15]

Skip Hall era (1987–1992)[edit]

Skip Hall, previously an assistant coach at Washington, was hired as the Broncos head coach after Setencich's resignation.[16] In Hall's second season, the Broncos returned to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs, their first appearance since 1981. Hall's best season was in 1990, when Boise State advanced to the national semifinals, falling in a high scoring game against Big Sky rival Nevada, the conference champion whom the Broncos had defeated a month earlier in Boise.

Hall resigned as the Broncos head coach after six seasons and a 42–28 overall record.[2][16]

Pokey Allen era (1993–1996)[edit]

The Broncos turned to Portland State head coach Pokey Allen to lead the Boise State football team after Hall resigned. Under Allen, the Broncos returned to the championship game in 1994,[17] and after 26 years in the Big Sky, BSU joined the Big West Conference in 1996 and moved up to Division I-A (now FBS).

The Broncos had an interim head coach for part of 1996 as Allen battled cancer.[18] Allen passed away due to the cancer in December 1996.[18]

Houston Nutt era (1997)[edit]

Head coach Houston Nutt made the step up to NCAA Division I-A the next year when Boise State hired him away from Murray State to take over the program, which was the lowest ranked of 112 Division I-A schools and had posted a 2–10 record the year before.[19] Two years after making the Division I-AA finals in 1994, Boise State's first year in Division I-A had been difficult and was looking for a recruiter and motivator to jump start their program following Allen's death.

Nutt's team posted a 5–6 record in 1997,[20] playing at the Division I-A level with its Division I-AA players. Nutt's team beat rival Idaho on the road in overtime for the first BSU win in Moscow since 1981. Additionally, Boise State almost pulled off an upset against Wisconsin of the Big Ten.

Nutt resigned as head coach after just one season to accept the head football coach position at Arkansas.[21]

Dirk Koetter era (1998–2000)[edit]

In three seasons under head coach Dirk Koetter, who previously served as Oregon's offensive coordinator,[22] the Broncos were 26–10, won two Big West championships and moved to the Western Athletic Conference effective in 2001.

Koetter departed the Broncos after the 2000 season to accept the head football coach position at Arizona State.[23]

Dan Hawkins era (2001–2005)[edit]

Dan Hawkins was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach on December 2, 2000, replacing Koetter.[24] In 2004, Hawkins was honored with his second Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Coach of the Year title in three years. Through the 2005 season, he compiled a 53–11 record as Boise State's head coach, including a 37–3 record in WAC competition with four straight WAC titles. Only Walter Camp, George Washington Woodruff and Bob Pruett had more total wins in their first five years of head coaching. He holds a 31–game WAC winning streak, the longest in conference history.[25] One of his first hires at Boise State was Chris Petersen as his offensive coordinator; Petersen was a quarterback at UC Davis while Hawkins was an assistant coach, and was the wide receivers coach at Oregon under head coach Mike Bellotti.

After five seasons at the helm of the Broncos football program, Hawkins left Boise State to take over as head football coach at Colorado.[26]

Chris Petersen era (2006–2013)[edit]

Coach Petersen

The Broncos promoted offensive coordinator Chris Petersen to head coach following Hawkins' departure.[27]

Coach of the Year Awards[edit]

During his time at Boise State, Coach Chris Petersen won two Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year Awards, voted on by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.[28] Coach Petersen is the first and only coach to receive this award twice.

Undefeated Seasons[edit]

Under Petersen, Boise State recorded two undefeated seasons, three undefeated regular seasons, and reached the Bowl Championship Series twice. The 2006 season was capped with a memorable upset of Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, while the 2009 team defeated TCU in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl to finish the season 14–0. They were just the second team ever to go 14–0 in the history of major college football.

Highest Ranking in School History[edit]

Coach Petersen brought Boise State football its highest ranking, as the 2010 team rose to #2 in the Associated Press poll during weeks 7, 8 and 9[29] and #2 in the Coaches' Poll, as well as earning the #3 slot in the first BCS ranking.[30]

Joins Mountain West Conference[edit]

After the 2010 season, Boise State accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference starting in 2011.[31] Later in the 2010 season, Boise State achieved the highest rankings in its history, being voted in at #2 in both the AP Poll.

NCAA Violations in Other Sports Negatively Impact Football Program[edit]

In May 2011, Boise State Athletics was cited by the NCAA for "lack of institutional control", for one major violation in women's tennis and several minor violations in four sports, including football. While the football program's violations were minor (student athletes provided fellow recruits with meals and beds while visiting campus), the football program suffered serious penalties nonetheless.[32] The Boise State football program was given three years probation, lost three scholarships a year, and had its number of Fall practices reduced.[33]

As a result of the NCAA violations, the Athletic Director who brought blue turf to Boise State and hired Chris Petersen (Gene Bleymaier) was asked to resign, and ultimately fired when he refused.[34] Despite President Kustra's firing of Mr. Bleymaier, boosters continued to support him. Just two years later, the new football facility was named in his honor.[35]

Winningest Program and Quarterback in the NCAA Over 4 Year Period[edit]

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 quarterback Colt McCoy (45 wins).

Invitation to Big East Conference[edit]

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 and would be sharing a division with Memphis, SMU, Houston, San Diego State, and Temple. However, on December 31, 2012, Boise State announced they had decided to stay in the Mountain West conference, leaving the Big East, much like TCU, without ever playing a game in the conference. San Diego State also announced they would remain in the Mountain West Conference.

End of an Era[edit]

On December 6, 2013, it was announced that coach Chris Petersen would be leaving to fill the head coaching vacancy at Washington[36] that was created when the Huskies' Steve Sarkisian left to coach USC. Assistant head coach Bob Gregory was named interim head coach for the bowl game.[37]

Bryan Harsin era (2014-present)[edit]

On December 11, 2013 it was announced that Bryan Harsin would return to his alma mater from Arkansas State as Petersen's replacement.[38] Harsin also served as an assistant for the Broncos under Petersen.[38] In the first season of Bryan Harsin's tenure, they went 10–2 in the regular season and won the Mountain West Championship Game, defeating Fresno State 28–14. This was Boise State's first outright Mountain West Conference championship. The Broncos faced the Arizona Wildcats in the Fiesta Bowl winning the game 38–30. He finished the season 12–2.

Albertsons Stadium[edit]

Main article: Albertsons Stadium
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 Albertsons Stadium (known as Bronco Stadium from 1970–May 2014), 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 blue artificial 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 (FBS) 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 Football Championship Subdivision (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 15, 2014, the Broncos are 98–4 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, TCU in 2011 and to San Diego State in 2012. The Broncos won 47 straight home conference games from 1999 to 2011 and were undefeated in conference during their 10 years in the WAC (40–0). The Broncos are 95–3 in regular season home games since 1999. They had a winning streak of 65 regular season games from the 2001 to 2011 seasons. Their current home winning streak stands at 12.

Blue Uniform Ban[edit]

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.[39] 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.[40] After Boise State decided to not join the Big East Conference and remain in the Mountain West the uniform restrictions were lifted beginning in the 2013 season. The NCAA considered a rule that would have required a team's uniform, either jersey or pants, to contrast the playing surface. The rule would have banned Boise State's all blue uniforms at home and teams from wearing all green uniforms as well. The NCAA eventually decided against instituting the rule.[41]

Coaching records[edit]

Head coaching records since Boise State became a four year school in 1968:

Head Coach Years Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Tony Knap 8 1968–1975 71 19 1 .786
Jim Criner 7 1976–1982 59 21 1 .735
Lyle Setencich 4 1983–1986 24 20 0 .545
Skip Hall 6 1987–1992 42 28 0 .600
Pokey Allen 4  1993–1996^ 24 15 0 .615
Tom Mason^ 1 1996 1 9   .100
Houston Nutt 1 1997 5 6   .455
Dirk Koetter 3 1998–2000 26 10   .722
Dan Hawkins 5 2001–2005 53 11   .828
Chris Petersen 8 2006–2013 92 12   .885
Bob Gregory* (bowl) 2013 0 1   .000
Bryan Harsin   2014– 12 2   .857

^ Mason was the interim head coach for the first 10 games of the 1996 season while head coach Pokey Allen battled cancer.
* Gregory was the interim head coach after Petersen took the job at Washington.
! Ties no longer possible after the addition of overtime in 1996

  • NAIA (1968–69), NCAA Division II (1970–77), Division I-AA (1978–95), Division I-A/FBS (1996–present)

Division I-A/FBS bowl game appearances[edit]

The Broncos have appeared in 15 bowl games with a record of 10–5, including two wins in BCS bowl games and one win in a New Year's Six bowl.

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
2012 December 22, 2012 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas Washington W 28–26
2013 December 24, 2013 Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl Oregon State L 23–38
2014 December 31, 2014 Vizio Fiesta Bowl Arizona W 38–30

Top 25 Finishes[edit]

Year Record AP Poll Coaches Poll
2002 12–1 15 12
2003 13–1 16 15
2004 11–1 12 13
2006 13–0 5 6
2008 12–1 11 13
2009 14–0 4 4
2010 12–1 9 7
2011 12–1 8 6
2012 11–2 18 14
2014 12–2 16 16

Conference championships[edit]

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)
2012 § Mountain West Conference 11–2 (7–1)
2014 Mountain West Conference 12–2 (7–1)

§ – Conference co–champions

Division titles[edit]

Year Championship Record
2014 MW Mountain Division 12–2 (7–1)

Mountain West Championship Game[edit]

Year Opponent Result
2014 Mountain West Championship Game Fresno State W 28–14



Games Played BSU Win BSU Loss Win % First Meeting Last Meeting Next Scheduled Meeting
5 4 1 .800 2003 W 55–30 (2014) 2015 @ BYU

BSU has developed a rivalry with BYU. While they've never shared a conference and have only met four times, the geographical proximity, cultural overlap, competitive games, and scheduled future match ups has turned these opponents into instant rivals. The two schools have games schedule every year until year 2023 (tentatively because of the ever changing landscape of conference realignment).[42] Boise State leads the series 4–1 with a 50–12 win in Provo in 2003, a 28–27 win in Boise in 2004, a 7–6 win in Boise in 2012, a 37–20 loss in Provo in 2013 and a 55–30 win in Boise in 2014.

Fresno State[edit]

Games Played BSU Win BSU Loss Win % First Meeting Last Meeting |Next Scheduled Meeting Trophy
18 13 5 .722 1977 W 28–14 (2014) 2017 Milk Can

BSU has had a rivalry with Fresno State University since joining the WAC. The series is 13–5 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. After being played as a non-conference game in 2011, the series continued as a conference game in 2012. The winner of the game receives the Milk Can. Although Fresno State has five all-time wins over Boise State, only two wins has come since they have played each other every year since 2001. In the 2014 season, Boise State played Fresno State twice, winning both times, the second one coming in the Mountain West Championship, which Boise State won for the first time. Fresno State was looking to repeat.

The rivalry is no longer an annual affair following the expansion of the MW to 12 football members in 2013. At that time, Boise State and Fresno State were placed in separate football divisions (respectively Mountain and West). As part of the new scheduling arrangement, all cross-divisional games rotate in a four-year cycle, with two years of play followed by two years off. This in turn means that the game will not be played in 2015 or 2016 unless it is in the Mountain West Championship Game.


Games Played BSU Win BSU Loss Win % First Meeting Last Meeting Next Scheduled Meeting
13 10 3 .769 1996 W 49–14 (2012) 2015

The series is 10–3 all time in favor of Boise State. The series became heated in 2006 and 2007 when Hawaii fielded a nationally ranked team. Their 39–27 victory over Boise State in 2007 was only Boise State's fourth loss in their 10-year tenure in the WAC. Hawaii ended the Broncos' five-year WAC championship streak in 2007 and was one of three teams to share the WAC title, along with Boise State in 2010. Hawaiʻi and Boise State became conference foes again for the 2012 season.

As in the case of the Fresno State rivalry, the Hawaiʻi game is no longer an annual matchup after the 2013 MW expansion. Hawaiʻi was placed in the West Division, opposite Boise State.


Games Played BSU Win BSU Loss Ties Win % First Meeting Last Meeting Next Scheduled Meeting Trophy
40 22 17 1 .563 1971 W 52–14 (2010)   Governor's Trophy

BSU had a 40-year in-state rivalry with the University of Idaho, which began with a Bronco victory in the first meeting in 1971. They met every year through 2010, and with the exception of four years (20012004), the matchup was a conference game. The rivalry was dominated by streaks as Idaho won 12 straight years from 1982–1993, while Boise State won the most recent 12 games between 19992010, mostly by large margins. BSU leads the rivalry with a series record of 22–17–1 (.563).

After Boise State's move to the Mountain West Conference in 2011, Boise State has refused to play Idaho home and home in football. As a response, Idaho has refused to play Boise State at Taco Bell Arena for men's basketball. As of 2012, no future games are currently scheduled.


Games Played BSU Win BSU Loss Win % First Meeting Last Meeting Next Scheduled Meeting
41 28 13 .683 1971 W 51–46 (2014)


BSU has a long-standing rivalry with Nevada. Boise State leads the series 28–13. Boise State and Nevada have been conference rivals in the Big Sky Conference, the Big West Conference, the WAC, and the Mountain West. However, the series is no longer an annual affair after the 2013 expansion, as Nevada was placed in the opposite division from Boise State. Boise State and Nevada played in 2013 and will play again in 2014, and will not play in 2015 or 2016.

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 berth 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.

Other notable opponents[edit]


Games Played BSU Win BSU Loss Win % First Meeting Last Meeting Next Scheduled Meeting
4 2 2 .500 2003 L 35–36 (2011)  

BSU had a brewing rivalry with Texas Christian University, but the teams have only ever met four times and there are not any future games scheduled, with TCU having joined the Big 12 Conference.[43][44] This intersectional rivalry had its foundation in frustration as Boise and TCU took turns upending the seasons of some of each other's greatest teams. The underdog won the final three meetings. The first game was 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 in the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl where #11 TCU came back to beat previously undefeated #9 Boise State 17–16. The third meeting was in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl where undefeated #6 Boise State beat undefeated #4 TCU 17–10. In 2011, #24 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 controversy around the scheduling of this game added further intensity to the rivalry. The game was originally scheduled to be played at TCU's home stadium until the MWC moved the game to Boise Idaho because TCU was leaving the MWC for the Big 12.[45] The rivalry did not end with the last scheduled game between these two opponents. Further controversy erupted when Boise Coach Chris Petersen voted "Boise State's interests" by voting TCU much lower on his ballot than the average final 2011 Coaches Poll voter in an alleged attempt to exploit BCS rules and secure Boise a BCS Bowl over MWC Champion TCU, who had beaten Boise State earlier in the season.[46] There are not any games scheduled between these two teams in the future.[42]

All-time record vs. Mountain West teams[edit]

Opponent Won Lost Percentage Streak First Last
Air Force 2 1 .667 Lost 1 2011 2014
Colorado State 4 0 1.000 Won 4 2011 2014
Fresno State 13 5 .722 Won 2 1977 2014
Hawaiʻi 10 3 .769 Won 4 1996 2012
Nevada 28 13 .683 Won 4 1971 2014
New Mexico 6 0 1.000 Won 6 1999 2014
San Diego State 2 2 .500 Win 1 2011 2014
San Jose State 11 0 1.000 Won 11 1978 2010
UNLV 5 3 .625 Won 3 1972 2012
Utah State 15 4 .789 Won 12 1975 2014
Wyoming 9 0 1.000 Won 9 2002 2014
Totals 105 31 .772

Future scheduled non-conference games[edit]

Year Home Games Neutral Games Away Games
2015 Washington, Idaho State BYU, Virginia
2016 Washington State, BYU Louisiana-Lafayette, Oregon State
2017 Virginia, Troy Washington State, BYU
2018 Connecticut, BYU Troy, Oklahoma State
2019 Cincinnati Florida State, BYU
2020 Florida State, BYU Cincinnati
2021 Oklahoma State BYU
2022 Michigan State, BYU
2023 Michigan State, BYU

Notable Honors[edit]

College Football Hall of Famers[edit]


Pro Football Hall of Famers[edit]


Individual awards[edit]

AP All-Americans[edit]

NFL players[edit]


Current CFL players[edit]

Other notable football players[edit]

Records and statistics[edit]

Team records[edit]

Career records[edit]

  • 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 receptions: 244, Matt Miller, 2011–2014
  • Career receiving yards: 3,063, Titus Young, 2007–2010
  • Career receiving touchdowns: 39, Austin Pettis, 2007–2010
  • Career all-purpose yards: 6,670, Brock Forsey, 1999–2002
  • 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 FBS all-time career win record for a starting QB)
    • This latter record is not officially recognized by the NCAA, which has no entry in its record book for this statistic.

Single-game records[edit]

A Boise State scrimmage at Bronco Stadium in 2006

Single-season records[edit]

  • 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: 1,823, Jay Ajayi, 2014
  • Most rushing touchdowns in a season: 28, Jay Ajayi, 2014
  • 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: 88, Matt Miller, 2013
  • 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.



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