1994 Boise State Broncos football team

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1994 Boise State Broncos football
Old Boise State Script logo.png
Conference Big Sky Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
Sports Network No. 3
1994 record 13–2 (6–1 Big Sky)
Head coach Pokey Allen (2nd season)
Offensive coordinator Al Borges (2nd season)
Defensive coordinator Tom Mason (2nd season)
Home stadium Bronco Stadium
(Capacity: 20,000)
Seasons
← 1993
1995 →
1994 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Boise State $^ 6 1 0     13 2 0
#6 Idaho ^ 5 2 0     9 3 0
#8 Montana ^ 5 2 0     11 3 0
#25 Northern Arizona 4 3 0     7 4 0
Idaho State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Weber State 2 5 0     5 6 0
Eastern Washington 2 5 0     4 7 0
Montana State 0 7 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Boise State earned automatic berth and Idaho and Montana earned at-large berths in I-AA playoffs.)
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA poll

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.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 3 Northeastern* Bronco StadiumBoise, ID W 36–26   19,509
September 10 Cal State Northridge* Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID W 40–19   19,489
September 17 Nevada – (Div. I-A)* 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 No. 16 Northern Arizona No. 25 Walkup SkydomeFlagstaff, AZ [1] W 28–16   12,865
October 8 Weber State No. 16 Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID [2] W 24–17   23,226
October 15 at Idaho State No. 11 Holt ArenaPocatello, ID [3] L 31–32   10,267
October 22 at Montana State No. 17 Reno H. Sales StadiumBozeman, MT[4] W 38–10   7,407
November 5 No. 1 Montana No. 15 Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID [5][6] W 38–14   22,630
November 12 at Eastern Washington No. 10 Woodward FieldCheney, WA [7][8] W 16–13   3,872
November 19 No. 3 Idaho No. 6 Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID [9] (rivalry) W 27–24   23,701
November 26 No. 18 North Texas* No. 3 Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID [10] (Div. I-AA 1st Round) W 24–20   14,706
December 3 No. 17 Appalachian State* No. 3 Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID [11] (Div. I-AA Quarterfinal) W 17–14   15,302
December 10 No. 2 Marshall* No. 3 Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID [12] (Div. I-AA Semifinal) W 28–24   20,068
December 17 vs. No. 1 Youngstown State* No. 3 Marshall StadiumHuntington, WV [13][14] (Div. I-AA Championship) L 14–28   27,674
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network (Div. I-AA).

Source:[15]

Regular season[edit]

Coming off a 3–8 year in 1993, Boise State finished the 1994 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.[3] A convincing 38–14 win over top-ranked Montana in early November put the Broncos into the top ten.[5][6] To complete the regular season, #6 BSU hosted third-ranked rival Idaho,[16] and won for the first time since 1981, breaking a twelve-game winning streak for the Vandals.[9] Both teams entered the game at 9–1 (and 5–1 in conference); they switched rankings for the next poll.[17]

Unranked at the start of the season,[18] Boise State finished third in the final poll, released prior to the playoffs.[17]

I-AA playoffs[edit]

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 on the road to defending champion Youngstown State in the semifinals, foiling an all-Big Sky final. Conference MVP quarterback Dave Dickenson did not play due to an ankle injury,[19][20] and the Griz lost 28–9.[21] The Penguins had defeated Idaho on the same field in the semifinals the previous season.[22] The Broncos hosted and won three close games, against North Texas,[10] Appalachian State,[11] and #2 Marshall to raise their overall record to 13–1.[12]

Prior to hosting their third straight playoff game at home (following the home game against Idaho), Allen promised to ride his horse down Boise's Broadway Avenue if the Marshall game had an attendance over 20,000. Allen fulfilled his promise two days after the game and rode westbound on University Drive, from Bronco Stadium at Broadway to the Student Union.[23]

In the I-AA finals five days later at Huntington, West Virginia, they were defeated by the defending champions, Jim Tressel's top-ranked Youngstown State, 28–14.[13][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.

Allen's cancer[edit]

Bothered by shoulder pain for about a month, Allen had outpatient surgery in Boise for a biopsy three days prior to the 1994 championship game, and was diagnosed two days after the game with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of muscle cancer.[24][25]

The tumor in his upper right arm was removed in March and Allen underwent extensive chemotherapy and a stem-cell transplant in July at the Fred Hutchinson Center in Seattle.[26] He returned to coach the Broncos in 1995 while going through treatment, and the cancer was declared in remission in December 1995, but the doctors warned of likely recurrence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Broncos stick NAU with fourth quarter surge". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 2, 1994. p. 4B. 
  2. ^ "Boise St. 24, Weber St. 17". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 9, 1994. p. 5B. 
  3. ^ a b "Bengals stun Boise State". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. October 16, 1994. p. 4B. 
  4. ^ "Boise St. 38, Montana St. 10". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 23, 1994. p. 4B. 
  5. ^ a b "Broncos throw Griz". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. November 6, 1994. p. 4B. 
  6. ^ a b "Sports Network I-AA Poll". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. November 8, 1994. p. 2B. 
  7. ^ Sando, Mike (November 12, 1994). "Eastern runs into hard-charging Boise". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. C1. 
  8. ^ "Boise St. 16, E. Washington 13". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. November 13, 1994. p. 5B. 
  9. ^ a b Sahlberg, Bert (November 20, 1994). "End of the line". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 1B. 
  10. ^ a b "Broncos fend off North Texas". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. November 27, 1994. p. 5B. 
  11. ^ a b "Griz, BSU advance to semis". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. December 4, 1994. p. 5B. 
  12. ^ a b "Boise State rallies to defeat Marshall". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. December 11, 1994. p. 5B. 
  13. ^ a b "Youngstown St. powers past Boise St. in I-AA title game". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho-Washington. Associated Press. December 19, 1994. p. 4C. 
  14. ^ a b "Youngstown State wins". Sunday Gazette. Schenectady, New York. wire services. December 18, 1994. p. D3. 
  15. ^ "1994 Boise State Broncos Schedule". CFBDataWarehouse.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Sports Network I-AA Poll". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. November 15, 1994. p. 2B. 
  17. ^ a b "Sports Network Div. I-AA Poll". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. November 22, 1994. p. 2B. 
  18. ^ "Sports Network Div. I-AA Poll". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho-Washington. Associated Press. September 7, 1994. p. 2B. 
  19. ^ "Montana minus Dickenson to meet defending I-AA champs". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho-Washington. Associated Press. December 8, 1994. p. 3E. 
  20. ^ "Montana heads east for I-AA playoff showdown". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho-Washington. Associated Press. December 10, 1994. p. 1D. 
  21. ^ "Youngstown State tops Griz". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. December 11, 1994. p. 5B. 
  22. ^ Sahlberg, Bert (December 12, 1993). "Penguins put UI on ice". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 1B. 
  23. ^ "Pokey Allen on horseback". Boise State University. (Albertsons Library digital collections). December 12, 1994. 
  24. ^ "BSU's Allen has cancer". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho-Washington. Associated Press. December 21, 1994. p. 1B. 
  25. ^ "Allen has tumor". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. December 21, 1994. p. C1. 
  26. ^ "Allen in serious condition". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. July 5, 1995. p. D5.