1994 Boise State Broncos football team
|1994 Boise State Broncos football|
Big Sky Champions
|Conference||Big Sky Conference|
|1994 record||13–2 (6–1 Big Sky)|
|Head coach||Pokey Allen (2nd year)|
|Offensive coordinator||Al Borges (2nd year)|
|Defensive coordinator||Tom Mason (2nd year)|
|Home stadium||Bronco Stadium
|1994 Big Sky football standings|
|Boise State $^||6||–||1||–||0||13||–||2||–||0|
The 1994 Boise State Broncos football team represented Boise State University in the 1994 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Broncos competed in the Big Sky Conference and played their home games at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. The Broncos were led by second-year head coach Pokey Allen.
Boise State finished the regular season at 10–1 and 6–1 in conference to win their sixth Big Sky title, their first since the national championship season of 1980. The only blemish was a one-point loss at Idaho State in mid-October. To complete the regular season, BSU finally defeated rival Idaho for the first time since 1981, breaking a twelve-game winning streak for the Vandals. Both teams entered the game at 9–1 (and 5–1 in conference), and BSU head coach Pokey Allen promised to ride his horse down Boise's Broadway Ave, a street that runs past Bronco Stadium, if the game was a sellout. Allen fulfilled his promise.
Three Big Sky teams made the 16-team field for the I-AA playoffs: Boise State (10–1), Idaho (9–2), and Montana (9–2). Idaho lost a first round road game, and Montana won two home games before falling in the semifinals on the road to the eventual champion. The Broncos hosted and won three close games, against North Texas, Appalachian State, and Marshall to raise their overall record to 13–1. In the I-AA finals at Huntington, West Virginia, they were defeated by Jim Tressel's top-ranked Youngstown State 28–14. The 15 games are the most Boise State ever played in one season, and finished at 13–2.
The 1994 season is known by BSU fans as The Magic Carpet Ride, as the Broncos won all ten home games on the blue AstroTurf of Bronco Stadium. This was Boise State's last Big Sky title in football and final appearance in the I-AA playoffs; BSU moved up to Division I-A and the Big West Conference in 1996.
|September 3||Northeastern*||Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID||W 36–26||19,509|
|September 10||Cal State Northridge*||Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID||W 40–19||19,489|
|September 17||Nevada*||Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID (rivalry)||W 37–27||21,669|
|September 24||Liberty*||Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID||W 35–7||21,584|
|October 1||at Northern Arizona||Walkup Skydome • Flagstaff, AZ||W 28–16||12,865|
|October 8||Weber State||Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID||W 24–17||23,226|
|October 15||at Idaho State||Holt Arena • Pocatello, ID||L 31–32||10,267|
|October 22||at Montana State||Reno H. Sales Stadium • Bozeman, MT||W 38–10||7,407|
|November 5||Montana||Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID||W 38–14||22,630|
|November 12||at Eastern Washington||Woodward Field • Cheney, WA||W 16–13||3,872|
|November 19||Idaho||Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID (BSU-UI rivalry)||W 27–24||23,701|
|November 26||North Texas*||Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID (Division I-AA 1st Round)||W 24–20||14,706|
|December 3||Appalachian State*||Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID (Division I-AA Quarterfinal)||W 17–14||15,302|
|December 10||Marshall*||Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID (Division I-AA Semifinal)||W 28–24||20,068|
|December 17||vs. Youngstown State*||Marshall Stadium • Huntington, WV (Division I-AA Championship Game)||L 14–28||27,674|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming.|
- Sahlberg, Bert (November 20, 1994). "End of the line". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B.
- "Boise State rallies to defeat Marshall". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. December 11, 1994. p. 5B.
- "Youngstown State wins". Sunday Gazette. (Schenectady, New York). wire services. December 18, 1994. p. D3.
- "1994 Boise State Broncos Schedule". CFBDataWarehouse.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
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