Boise State Broncos football
|Boise State Broncos football|
|Head coach||Bryan Harsin
3rd year, 24–6 (.800)
|Field||Lyle Smith Field|
|Field surface||Blue FieldTurf|
|All-time record||420–158–2 (.726)|
|Bowl record||11–5 (.688)|
|Playoff appearances||8 (5 D1-AA, 3 Div-II)|
|Claimed nat'l 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)|
|Colors||Blue and Orange
|Fight song||Orange and Blue|
|Marching band||Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band|
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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 Broncos play their home games on campus at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, and their head coach is Bryan Harsin. The program is 11–5 in bowl games since 1999, including a 3–0 record in the Fiesta Bowl.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Early history (1933–1946)
- 1.2 Lyle Smith era (1947–1967)
- 1.3 Tony Knap era (1968–1975)
- 1.4 Jim Criner era (1976–1982)
- 1.5 Lyle Setencich era (1983–1986)
- 1.6 Skip Hall era (1987–1992)
- 1.7 Pokey Allen era (1993–1996)
- 1.8 Houston Nutt era (1997)
- 1.9 Dirk Koetter era (1998–2000)
- 1.10 Dan Hawkins era (2001–2005)
- 1.11 Chris Petersen era (2006–2013)
- 1.12 Bryan Harsin era (2014–present)
- 2 Albertsons Stadium
- 3 Coaching records
- 4 Postseason results
- 5 Top 25 Finishes
- 6 Conference championships
- 7 Rivalries
- 8 All-time record vs. Mountain West teams
- 9 Future scheduled non-conference games
- 10 Notable honors
- 11 NFL players
- 12 Current CFL players
- 13 Current IFL players
- 14 Other notable players
- 15 Records and statistics
- 16 Seasons
- 17 References
- 18 External links
Early history (1933–1946)
The Broncos posted records of 4–2, 3–4, and 2–4–2 in 1940, 1941 and 1946 under head coach Harry Jacoby. (The Broncos did not compete in football from 1942–1945 due to the events surrounding World War II).
Lyle Smith era (1947–1967)
After a year as an assistant, Lyle Smith was promoted to head football coach of Boise Junior College in 1947. Riding a 31-game winning streak in 1950, the team moved into a new 10,000-seat stadium. With the outbreak of the Korean War, Smith missed all but the first three games of the 1950 season and the entire 1951 season due to military duty. 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. Boise won thirteen conference titles in football under Smith and the NJCAA National Football Championship in 1958. Smith's final record is 156–26–6 (.846).
Tony Knap era (1968–1975)
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. 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. Knap and the Broncos won three consecutive Big Sky titles from 1973 to 1975 and compiled a record of 71–19–1.
Jim Criner era (1976–1982)
Knap was succeeded by Jim Criner in 1976, a defensive assistant the previous season under Dick Vermeil at UCLA, the Rose Bowl champions. BSU won the Big Sky again in 1977, and in 1978, the Broncos and the Big Sky moved up to the new Division I-AA (renamed FCS in 2006). A scouting violation late that season at NAU resulted in probation and compromised an excellent 10–1 season in 1979, undefeated in conference at 7–0; the Broncos were ineligible for the Big Sky title and I-AA playoffs. Off probation in 1980, BSU won its first national title, taking the I-AA national championship over defending champion Eastern Kentucky in Sacramento. A runner-up to Idaho State in the Big Sky in 1981, BSU hosted Eastern Kentucky in the I-AA semifinals, but lost, 17–23.
Lyle Setencich era (1983–1986)
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. Setencich's final season in 1986, the first season of blue turf, saw the first losing campaign (5–6) for the Broncos football program in four decades, winning just one road game and losing the final two home games. He lost all four rivalry games against Idaho and resigned following the season.
Skip Hall era (1987–1992)
Skip Hall, previously an assistant coach under Don James at Washington, was hired after Setencich's resignation. 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.
Pokey Allen era (1993–1996)
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, 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).
Houston Nutt era (1997)
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. 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, 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.
Dirk Koetter era (1998–2000)
In three seasons under head coach Dirk Koetter, who previously served as Oregon's offensive coordinator, the Broncos were 26–10, won two Big West championships and moved to the Western Athletic Conference effective in 2001.
Dan Hawkins era (2001–2005)
Dan Hawkins was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach on December 2, 2000, replacing Koetter. 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. 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.
Chris Petersen era (2006–2013)
Coach of the Year awards
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. Coach Petersen is the first and only coach to receive this award twice.
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
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 and #2 in the Coaches' Poll, as well as earning the #3 slot in the first BCS ranking.
Joins Mountain West Conference
After the 2010 season, Boise State accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference starting in 2011. Later in the 2010 season, Boise State achieved the highest rankings in its history, being voted in at #2 in the AP Poll.
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. The Boise State football program was given three years probation, lost three scholarships a year, and had its number of Fall practices reduced.
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. 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.
Winningest program and quarterback in the NCAA over four-year period
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
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
On December 6, 2013, it was announced that coach Chris Petersen would be leaving to fill the head coaching vacancy at Washington 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.
Bryan Harsin era (2014–present)
On December 11, 2013 it was announced that Bryan Harsin would return to his alma mater from Arkansas State as Petersen's replacement. Harsin also served as an assistant for the Broncos under Petersen and as Co-Offensive coordinator at Texas under Mack Brown. 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.
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 April, 2016, the Broncos are 104–6 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, San Diego State in 2012, San Diego State in 2015, and New Mexico in 2015. 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
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. 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. 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 most other teams from wearing all green uniforms as well. The NCAA eventually decided against instituting the rule.
Head coaching records since Boise State became a four-year school in 1968:
|Head Coach||Years||Seasons||Wins||Losses||Ties !||Pct.|
^ 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 - Big Sky began overtime for conference games in 1980
- 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
Division I-AA Playoffs results
The Broncos were members of Division I-AA until 1995. They appeared in the I-AA playoffs five times with a record of 8–4. They were I-AA National Champions in 1980.
National Championship Game
|1988||First Round||Northwestern State||L 13–22|
Middle Tennessee State
L 52–59 3OT
National Championship Game
Division II Playoffs results
The Broncos have appeared in the Division II playoffs three times with an overall record of 1–3.
|1974||Quarterfinals||Central Michigan||L 6–20|
|1975||Quarterfinals||Northern Michigan||L 21–24|
College Division Postseason results
The Broncos had one appearance in the NCAA College Division postseason, with a victory in the West regional final in the Camellia Bowl in 1971. No semifinals or finals were played in the College Division from 1964 through 1972, a poll followed the four quarterfinals.
|1971||Quarterfinals||Chico State||W 32–28|
Top 25 Finishes
|Year||Record||AP Poll||Coaches Poll|
|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
|2014||MW Mountain Division||12–2 (7–1)|
Mountain West Championship Game
|2014 Mountain West Championship Game||Fresno State||W 28–14|
|Games Played||BSU Win||BSU Loss||Win %||First Meeting||Last Meeting||Next Scheduled Meeting|
|6||4||2||.667||2003||L 24–35 (2015)||2016 in Boise|
BSU has developed a rivalry with BYU. While they've never shared a conference and have only met six 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 scheduled every year until year 2023 (tentatively because of the ever changing landscape of conference realignment). Boise State leads the series 4–2.
|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|
|14||11||3||.769||1996||W 55–0 (2015)||2016 in Honolulu|
The series is 11–3 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 (2001–2004), 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 1999–2010, 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 2015, no future games for football or men's basketball are currently scheduled.
- see – Governor's Trophy
|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
|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. 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. 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. There are not any games scheduled between these two teams in the future.
All-time record vs. Mountain West teams
|Air Force||2||2||.500||Lost 2||2011||2015|
|Colorado State||5||0||1.000||Won 5||2011||2015|
|Fresno State||13||5||.722||Won 2||1977||2014|
|New Mexico||6||1||.857||Lost 1||1999||2015|
|San Diego State||2||2||.500||Won 1||2011||2014|
|San Jose State||12||0||1.000||Won 12||1978||2015|
|Utah State||15||5||.750||Lost 1||1975||2015|
Future scheduled non-conference games
Announced schedules as of October 27, 2015
|Year||Home Games||Away Games||Neutral|
|2017||Virginia, Troy||Washington State, BYU|
|2018||Connecticut, BYU||Troy, Oklahoma State|
|2020||Florida State, BYU||Marshall|
|2021||UTEP, Oklahoma State||BYU|
|2022||Michigan State, BYU||Oregon State, UTEP|
|2023||Oregon State, Rice||Michigan State, BYU|
College Football Hall of Famers
- Randy Trautman – DT, 1978–81
Pro Football Hall of Famers
- Dave Wilcox – LB 1960–62 Inducted 2000
- Darian Thompson, 2015 3rd team S 
- Jay Ajayi, 2014 3rd team RB  (2nd team on USA Today)
- Titus Young, 2010 3rd team WR
- Kellen Moore, 2009 3rd team QB & 2010 3rd team QB
- Ian Johnson, 2006 3rd team RB (1st team on SI, 2nd team on Sporting News)
- Markus Koch, 1985 1st team DE & 1983 1st team DT
- John Rade, 1982 1st team DE & 1981 2nd team LB
- Randy Trautman, 1981 & 1980 1st team DT
- Rick Woods, 1981 2nd team SS
- Cedric Minter, 1980 2nd team & 1978 3rd team RB
- Jay Ajayi – RB, Miami Dolphins, (2015) 5th Round, 149th Pick Overall
- Richie Brockel – TE/FB, Free Agent, (2010) UDFA
- Ryan Clady – OT, New York Jets, (2008) 1st Round, 12th Pick Overall, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 Pro Bowl
- Kamalei Correa – DE/LB, Baltimore Ravens, (2016) 2nd Round, 42nd Pick Overall
- Tyrone Crawford – DT, Dallas Cowboys, (2012) 3rd Round, 81st Pick Overall
- Donte Deayon – CB, New York Giants, (2016) UDFA
- Tyler Gray – OLB, Miami Dolphins, (2016) UDFA
- Marcus Henry – OL, New Orleans Saints, (2016) UDFA
- George Iloka – SS, Cincinnati Bengals, (2012) 5th Round, 167th Pick Overall
- Jeron Johnson – SS, Kansas City Chiefs, (2011) UDFA
- DeMarcus Lawrence – DE, Dallas Cowboys, (2014) 2nd Round, 34th Pick Overall
- Charles Leno, Jr. – OT, Chicago Bears, (2014) 7th Round, 246th Pick Overall
- Doug Martin – RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (2012) 1st Round, 31st Pick Overall, 2012 Pro Bowl
- Shea McClellin – DE, New England Patriots, (2012) 1st Round, 19th Pick Overall
- Kellen Moore – QB, Dallas Cowboys, (2012) UDFA
- Rees Odhiambo – OG, Seattle Seahawks, (2016) 3rd Round, 97th Pick Overall
- Matt Paradis – C, Denver Broncos, (2014) 6th Round, 207th Pick Overall
- Austin Pettis – WR, Free Agent, (2011) 3rd Round, 78th Pick Overall
- Blake Renaud – LB, Minnesota Vikings, (2015), UDFA
- Orlando Scandrick – CB, Dallas Cowboys, (2008) 5th Round, 143rd Pick Overall
- Jamar Taylor – CB, Cleveland Browns, (2013) 2nd Round, 54th Pick Overall
- Darian Thompson – S, New York Giants, (2016) 3rd Round, 71st Pick Overall
- Kyle Wilson – CB, New Orleans Saints, (2010) 1st Round, 29th Pick Overall
- Billy Winn – DE, Denver Broncos, (2012) 6th Round, 205th Pick Overall
- Kelsey Young – RB, Washington Redskins, (2016) UDFA
Current CFL players
- Michael Atkinson – DT, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Chase Baker – DT Ottawa Redblacks
- Geraldo Boldewijn – WR, BC Lions
- Jerrell Gavins – DB, Ottawa Redblacks
- Jon Gott – OL, Ottawa Redblacks
- Cleshawn Page – CB, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Brandyn Thompson – DB, Ottawa Redblacks
- Winston Venable – LB, Montreal Alouettes
Current IFL players
Other notable players
- Dave Wilcox – LB, BSU 1960–62 (Boise Junior College)
- Jerry Inman – DL, BSU 1962–63 (Boise Junior College)
- Eric Guthrie – QB, BSU 1968–71
- Jim McMillian – QB, BSU 1972–1974
- Roland "Rollie" Woolsey – DB, BSU 1972–74
- David Hughes – FB, BSU 1977–80
- Cedric Minter – RB, BSU 1977–80
- Rick Woods – S/PR, BSU 1978–81
- John Rade – LB, BSU 1979–82
- Randy Trautman – DT, BSU 1980–81
- Michel Bourgeau – DT, BSU 1980–83
- Markus Koch – DE, BSU 1982–85
- Jon Francis – RB, BSU 1982–85
- Chuck Compton – DB, BSU 1984–86
- Bart Hull – RB, BSU 1988–90
- Frank Robinson – CB, BSU 1988–91
- Scott Monk – LB, BSU 1989–95
- Kimo Von Oelhoffen – DT, BSU 1992–93
- Bryan Johnson – FB, BSU 1996–99
- Bryan Harsin QB, BSU 1995–99
- Shaunard Harts – S, BSU 1997–2000
- Bart Hendricks – QB, BSU 1997–2000
- Brock Forsey – RB, BSU 1998–2002, NFL 2003–05, (2003) 6th Round, 206th Pick Overall to Chicago bears. Chicago Bears (2003), Miami Dolphins (2004), Washington Redskins (2005)
- Jeb Putzier – TE, BSU 1998–2001
- Ryan Dinwiddie – QB, BSU 2000–03
- Tim Gilligan – WR, BSU 2000–03
- Chris Carr – CB, BSU 2001–04, (2005) UDFA, NFL 2005–13, Oakland Raiders (2005–2007), Tennessee Titans (2008), Baltimore Ravens (2009–2011), Minnesota Vikings (2012), San Diego Chargers (2012), New Orleans Saints (2013)
- Daryn Colledge – OG, BSU 2001–05, NFL 2006–14, (2006) 2nd Round, 47th Pick Overall, Green Bay Packers (2006–2014), Arizona Cardinals (2011–2013), Miami Dolphins (2014)
- Alex Guerrero – DL, BSU 2002–05
- Gerald Alexander – S, BSU 2003–06, NFL 2007–11, (2007) 2nd Round, 61st Pick Overall, Detroit Lions (2007–2008), Jacksonville Jaguars (2009–2010), Miami Dolphins (2011), New York Jets (2011)
- Jared Zabransky – QB, BSU 2003–06, NFL 2007–08, CFL 2009–10, (2007) UDFA, Houston Texans (2007), Pittsburgh Steelers (2008), Edmonton Eskimos (2009–2010)
- Vinny Perretta – WR, BSU 2005–08
- Kyle Brotzman – K, BSU 2007–10
- Jarrell Root – DE, BSU 2007–10
- Tyler Shoemaker – WR, BSU 2007–11
- Ryan Winterswyk – DE/TE, BSU 2007–10
- Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe – DT, BSU 2009–13
- Tyler Shoemaker – WR/TE, BSU 2009–12, NFL 2012–2013, CFL 2014–2016, (2012) UDFA, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012), Kansas City Chiefs (2013), Ottawa Redblacks (2014–2015)
- Shane Williams-Rhodes – WR, BSU 2012–2015, (2015) UDFA, CFL 2015, Toronto Argonauts (2015)
Records and statistics
- 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; Auburn, 2010; Florida State, 2013 and Ohio State, 2014)
- 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.
- 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 in 2004, Ian Johnson vs. Oregon State in 2006, & Jay Ajayi vs. Utah State in 2014
- Most receiving yards in a single game: 281, Thomas Sperbeck vs. New Mexico, 2015
- Most receiving touchdowns in a single game: 4, three players tied for mark.
- Most receptions in a single game: 20, Thomas Sperbeck vs. New Mexico, 2015
- 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
- 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 and Thomas Sperbeck, 2015
- 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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