Boise State Broncos football

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Boise State Broncos football
2016 Boise State Broncos football team
First season 1932
Head coach Bryan Harsin
3rd year, 318 (.795)
Stadium Albertsons Stadium
Field Lyle Smith Field
Seating capacity 36,387
Field surface Blue FieldTurf
Location Boise, Idaho
Conference Mountain West
Division Mountain
All-time record 4271602 (.727)
Bowl record 115 (.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)
Division titles 2
Heisman winners 0 (1 finalist)
Consensus All-Americans 2
Colors Blue and Orange[1]
Fight song Orange and Blue
Mascot Buster Bronco
Marching band Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band
Rivals Idaho Vandals
Nevada Wolf Pack
Fresno State
BYU Cougars
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

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.


Early history (1933–1946)

Originally a junior college, Boise State first fielded a football team in 1933 under head coach Dusty Kline.[2] That team compiled a record of 1–2–1.[2][3]

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

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

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[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 (.846).[3]

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.[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.[3]

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;[14] the Broncos were ineligible for the Big Sky title and I-AA playoffs.[15][16][17] 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.

Criner departed after the 1982 season to accept the head football coach position at Iowa State.[18] His final record is 59–21–1 (.735).[3]

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.[19] 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.[19]

Skip Hall era (1987–1992)

Skip Hall, previously an assistant coach under Don James at Washington, was hired after Setencich's resignation.[20] 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 lost all six against Idaho and resigned as the Broncos head coach after six seasons and a 42–28 (.600) record.[3][20]

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,[21] 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.[22] Allen died due to the cancer in December 1996.[22]

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.[23] 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,[24] 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.[25]

Dirk Koetter era (1998–2000)

In three seasons under head coach Dirk Koetter, who previously served as Oregon's offensive coordinator,[26] 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.[27]

Dan Hawkins era (2001–2005)

Dan Hawkins was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach on December 2, 2000, replacing Koetter.[28] 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.[29] 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.[30]

Chris Petersen era (2006–2013)

Coach Petersen

The Broncos promoted offensive coordinator Chris Petersen to head coach following Hawkins' departure.[31]

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.[32] Coach Petersen is the first and only coach to receive this award twice.

Undefeated seasons

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[33] and #2 in the Coaches' Poll, as well as earning the #3 slot in the first BCS ranking.[34]

Joins Mountain West Conference

After the 2010 season, Boise State accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference starting in 2011.[35] Later in the 2010 season, Boise State achieved the highest rankings in its history, being voted in at #2 in the AP Poll.

NCAA violations

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.[36] The Boise State football program was given three years probation, lost three scholarships a year, and had its number of Fall practices reduced.[37]

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.[38] 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.[39]

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[40] 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.[41]

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.[42] Harsin also served as an assistant for the Broncos under Petersen and as Co-Offensive coordinator at Texas under Mack Brown.[42] 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

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 to 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 making it the first college stadium field to be any color other than traditional green, as well as the only college to have a non-green field for 22 years (1986–2008). "The Blue," as it is called by fans, is one of the most distinguishing and enduring symbols of Boise State football. Boise State holds a trademark on any non-green field, not just blue. Therefore anyone (highschool, college, or otherwise) must apply for a license from Boise State before installing a football field any color other than green. Boise State is one of 7 college football programs in the United States to have a non-green playing surface. Other schools with non-green fields are as follows: (FBS) Eastern Michigan University (Gray), (FCS) Eastern Washington University (Red), the University of Central Arkansas (Grey and Purple), Coastal Carolina University (Teal), (Division II) the University of New Haven (Blue), (NAIA) Lindenwood University (Red and Grey). Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan Also has a Blue Football field. As of November 18, 2016, the Broncos are 110–6 (.948) 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, and to New Mexico and Air Force in 2015 in back-to-back weeks. The Broncos won 47 straight home conference games from 1999 to 2011 and were undefeated at home in conference play during their 10 years in the WAC (40–0). The Broncos are 106–5 (.955) in regular season home games since 1999, and had a winning streak of 65 regular season games from 2001 to 2011. Their current home winning streak stands at 6.

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.[43] 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.[44] 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.

Hosei Tomahawks

Main article: Tomahawks Field

In 2012, Boise State granted special permission and an international trademark to Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan for use of the blue field turf for their football field, Tomahawks Field. [45] [46]

Coaching records

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

Head Coach Years Seasons Wins Losses Ties ! Pct.
Tony Knap81968–197571191.786
Jim Criner71976–198259211.735
Lyle Setencich41983–198624200.545
Skip Hall61987–199242280.600
Pokey Allen4 1993–1996^24150.615
Tom Mason^1199619 .100
Houston Nutt1199756 .455
Dirk Koetter31998–20002610 .722
Dan Hawkins52001–20055311 .828
Chris Petersen82006–2013 9212 .885
Bob Gregory*201301 .000
Bryan Harsin   2014–318 .795

^ 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

Postseason results

Division I-A/FBS bowl game appearances

The Broncos have appeared in 16 bowl games with a record of 11–5, 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 43–42 OT
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
2015 December 23, 2015 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Northern Illinois W 55–7

Division I-AA Playoffs results

The Broncos were members of Division I-AA for eighteen seasons, from its inception in 1978 through 1995. They appeared in the I-AA playoffs five times with a record of 8–4, and were I-AA national champions in 1980.

Year Round Opponent Result
1980 Semifinals
National Championship Game
Grambling State
Eastern Kentucky
W 14–9
W 31–29
1981 Quarterfinals
Jackson State
Eastern Kentucky
W 19–7
L 17–23
1988 First Round Northwestern State L 13–22
1990 First Round
Northern Iowa
Middle Tennessee State
W 20–3
W 20–13
L 52–59 3OT
1994 First Round
National Championship Game
North Texas
Appalachian State
Youngstown State
W 24–20
W 17–14
W 28–24
L 14–28

Division II Playoffs results

The Broncos appeared in the Division II playoffs three times, with an overall record of 1–3; all three losses were to the eventual national champions.

Year Round Opponent Result
1973 Quarterfinals
South Dakota
Louisiana Tech
W 53–10
L 34–38
1974 Quarterfinals Central Michigan L 6–20
1975 Quarterfinals Northern Michigan L 21–24

In 1977, Boise State (9–2) was undefeated in the Big Sky (6–0) and won another title. Due their regular season not ending until November 26 at Idaho, the same day as the first round of the Division II playoffs, BSU was replaced by runner-up Northern Arizona, who lost 35–0 at home.

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.[47] No semifinals or finals were played in the College Division from 1964 through 1972, a poll followed the four quarterfinals.

Year Round Opponent Result
1971 Quarterfinals Chico State W 32–28

Top 25 Finishes

Year Record AP Poll Coaches Poll

Conference championships

Year Championship Record Overall
1973 Big Sky Conference(Div. II) 6–0 10–3
1974 Big Sky Conference 6–0 10–2
1975 Big Sky Conference 5–0–1   9–2–1
1977 Big Sky Conference 6–0   9–2
1980 Big Sky Conference – (Div. I-AA) 6–1 10–3
1994 Big Sky Conference 6–1 13–2
1999 Big West Conference(Div. I-A) 5–1 10–3
2000 Big West Conference 5–0 10–2
2002 Western Athletic Conference 8–0 12–1
2003 Western Athletic Conference 8–0 13–1
2004 Western Athletic Conference 8–0 11–1
2005 § Western Athletic Conference 7–1   9–4
2006 Western Athletic Conference 8–0 13–0
2008 Western Athletic Conference 8–0 12–1
2009 Western Athletic Conference 8–0 14–0
2010 § Western Athletic Conference 7–1 12–1
2012 § Mountain West Conference 7–1 11–2
2014 Mountain West Conference 7–1 12–2

§ – Conference co–champions

Division titles

Year Championship Record
2014 MW Mountain Division 12–2 (7–1)
2016dagger MW Mountain Division 10–2 (6–2)

dagger – Division co–champions, did not play in MW Championship Game.

Mountain West Championship Game

Year Opponent Result Venue Location
2014 Fresno State W 28–14 Albertsons Stadium Boise, Idaho



Games Played BSU Win BSU Loss Win % First Meeting Last Meeting Next Scheduled Meeting
7 5 2 .714 2003 W 28–27 (2016) 2017 in Provo

BSU has developed a rivalry with BYU. While they've never shared a conference and have only met seven 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).[48] Boise State leads the series 5–2.

Fresno State

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
15 12 3 .800 1996 W 52–16 (2016) 2019

The series is 12–3 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 2015, no future games for football or men's basketball 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.


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.[49][50] 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.[51] 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.[52] There are not any games scheduled between these two teams in the future.[48]

All-time record vs. Mountain West teams

Opponent Won Lost Percentage Streak First Last
Air Force 2 3 .400 Lost 3 2011 2016
Colorado State 6 0 1.000 Won 6 2011 2016
Fresno State 13 5 .722 Won 2 1977 2014
Hawaiʻi 12 3 .800 Won 6 1996 2016
Nevada 28 13 .683 Won 4 1971 2014
New Mexico 7 1 .875 Won 1 1999 2016
San Diego State 2 2 .500 Won 1 2011 2014
San Jose State 13 0 1.000 Won 13 1978 2016
UNLV 7 3 .700 Won 5 1972 2016
Utah State 16 5 .762 Won 1 1975 2016
Wyoming 10 1 .909 Lost 1 2002 2016
Totals 116 36 .763

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
2019 Marshall BYU Florida State
(EverBank Field)
2020 Florida State, BYU Marshall
2021 UTEP, Oklahoma State BYU
2022 Michigan State, BYU Oregon State, UTEP
2023 Oregon State, Rice Michigan State, BYU
2024 Cincinnati Rice
2025 Cincinnati

Notable honors

College Football Hall of Famers


Pro Football Hall of Famers


Individual awards

AP All-Americans

NFL players


Current CFL players

Current IFL players

Other notable players

Records and statistics

Team records

Career records

Single-game records

A Boise State scrimmage at Bronco Stadium in 2006

Single-season records

Statistics compiled from the Boise State University football Media Guide.



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