Boise State–Fresno State football rivalry

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Boise State–Fresno State football rivalry
Sport College Football
First meeting September 17, 1977
Fresno State, 42–7
Latest meeting December 6, 2014
Boise State, 28–14
Next meeting 2017
Trophy Milk Can
Statistics
Meetings total 18
All-time series Boise State, 13–5 (.722)
Largest victory Boise State, 61–10 (2008)
Longest win streak Boise State, 7 (2006–2012)
Current win streak Boise State, 2 (2014– )
Boise State–Fresno State football rivalry is located in USA West
Boise
Boise
Fresno
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Locations in the western United States

The Boise State–Fresno State football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Broncos of Boise State University and the Bulldogs of California State University, Fresno, both currently members of the Mountain West Conference (MW). The "Milk Can" is the trophy that is awarded to the winner of the game. It was created in 2005, but was not ready in time for the annual match in Fresno, which was won by the Bulldogs after four straight Bronco wins.[1]

The trophy made its first appearance in 2006, when the Broncos carried it off the field. The series dates back to 1977, with three games in different decades, all won by Fresno. The rivalry effectively began sixteen years ago in 2001, when Boise State joined the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and upset #8 Fresno State in their first meeting as conference rivals.[2]

Boise State moved to the MW in 2011 and its planned move to the Big East Conference for football for 2013 meant that the future of the series was in doubt. However, after major instability in the Big East, culminating in a mass exodus of seven schools in December 2012, Boise State decided to stay in the MW, ensuring the future of the rivalry. Fresno State left the WAC and joined the MW in 2013, but the two were placed in opposite football divisions and they did not meet in 2015 or 2016.

History of the trophy[edit]

Boise State with the Milk Can in 2014

The idea for a trophy as the prize for the newly arranged interstate rivalry was hatched by two separate dairy groups that decided to get involved with their local football programs. California (No. 1) and Idaho (No. 4) are two of the nation's leading dairy producers.[3] The South Valley Dairy Group began raising money for Bulldog football in 2001; the Bronco Dairy Boosters began contributing to Boise State in 2005.

Two dairymen and friends in these organizations, Dan Van Grouw of Meridian, Idaho (in the Boise metropolitan area) and Roger Fluegel of Visalia, California (in Fresno State's home of the San Joaquin Valley), put forward the idea of a traveling trophy and began the administrative process. There was positive feedback from the teams, coaches, and fans, but an "administrative changeover" kept the trophy off the field for the 2005 game, though the Bulldogs' 27–7 victory is the first listed on the can.

Game results[edit]

Boise State victories Fresno State victories
# Date Location Winner Score
1 September 17, 1977 Fresno, CA Fresno State 42–7
2 September 8, 1984 Boise, ID Fresno State 37–21
3 November 2, 1996 Fresno, CA Fresno State 41–7
4 October 19, 2001 Fresno, CA Boise State 35–30
5 October 18, 2002 Boise, ID Boise State 67–21
6 November 21, 2003 Fresno, CA Boise State 31–17
7 October 23, 2004 Boise, ID Boise State 33–16
8 November 10, 2005 Fresno, CA Fresno State 27–7
9 November 1, 2006 Boise, ID Boise State 45–21
10 October 26, 2007 Fresno, CA Boise State 34–21
11 November 28, 2008 Boise, ID Boise State 61–10
12 September 18, 2009 Fresno, CA Boise State 51–34
13 November 19, 2010 Boise, ID Boise State 51–0
14 October 7, 2011 Fresno, CA Boise State 57–7
15 October 13, 2012 Boise, ID Boise State 20–10
16 September 20, 2013 Fresno, CA Fresno State 41–40
17 October 17, 2014 Boise, ID Boise State 37–27
18 December 6, 2014 Boise, ID Boise State 28–14
Series: Boise State leads 13–5
  • Non-conference games (5: 1977, 1984, 1996, 2011, 2012)
  • Since 2001, game was not played in two seasons (2015, 2016)
  • Boise State was Division II in 1977, I-AA from 1978–1995, and joined I-A in 1996

Coaching records[edit]

Since first game in 1977

Boise State[edit]

Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Jim Criner Boise State 1 1976–1982 0 1 0 .000
Lyle Setencich Boise State 0 1983–1986 0 1 0 .000
Skip Hall Boise State 0 1987–1992
Pokey Allen Boise State 1 1993–1996 0 1 0 .000
Houston Nutt   Boise State   0 1997
Dirk Koetter Boise State 0 1998–2000
Dan Hawkins Boise State 5 2001–2005 4 1   .800
Chris Petersen Boise State 8 2006–2013 7 1   .875
Bryan Harsin Boise State 2 2014– 2 0 1.000 

Fresno State[edit]

Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Jim Sweeney (a)  Fresno State 1 1976–1977 1 0 0 1.000 
Bob Padilla Fresno State 0 1978–1979
Jim Sweeney (b)  Fresno State 2 1980–1996 2 0 0 1.000 
Pat Hill Fresno State 11 1997–2011 1 10   .091
Tim DeRuyter Fresno State 4 2012– 1 3   .250
  • There have been no ties in this series; all Division I games went to overtime in 1996.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beacham, Greg (November 11, 2005). "No. 20 Fresno St. overwhelms Boise St., 27–7". Lakeland Ledger. (Florida). Associated Press. p. C3. 
  2. ^ "Boise St. stuns No. 8 Fresno St.". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). Associated Press. October 20, 2001. p. 4C. 
  3. ^ "BSU, Fresno State starting to latch on to the "Milk Can" tradition". Retrieved 2008-06-14. [dead link]

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