Media Recap: Broncos vs. Beavers

A recap of some of the media leading up to and after the Bronco / Beaver game...

PreGame HYPE:

Honest, Broncos are struggling
09/15/03  PAUL BUKER
Fortunately for Oregon State, all is not well at Boise State, where head coach Dan Hawkins has built a powerhouse program that so outclassed its Western Athletic Conference brethren last season it was borderline embarrassing.  (more...)

Broncos look familiar
Despite sometimes sloppy play, Boise State boasts nation's second-longest win streak
By Brooks Hatch Mid-Valley Sports
Too many penalties.  Too many turnovers.  Problems scoring in the red zone.  A poor third- and fourth-down conversion rate.  Sound familiar?  The same problems that beset Oregon State in its first two football games cropped up for Boise State this past Saturday in a tougher-than-expected, 24-10 victory over Idaho. BSU also routed Division I-AA Idaho State 62-0 on Sept. 6 in its opener.  (more...)

BSU not satisfied after beating Vandals
The Idaho Statesman
Times are good when a 14-point road win over an in-state rival doesn't please a head coach.  Welcome to the current state of Boise State football, where Bronco coach Dan Hawkins wasn't too happy after the Broncos beat Idaho on Saturday in Moscow.  "It's a lot more than that,"  Hawkins said.  If we played a clean game and won 24-10, I'd have no problems. We have a lot of things to still clean up.  (more...)

Boise St. coach sees game as life lesson
Dan Hawkins uses philosophy to teach and motivate his team, which will play Oregon State Saturday.
Gannett News Service  September 17, 2003
BOISE, Idaho Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson often is called a Zen master.
Boise State football coach Dan Hawkins could be a Zen apprentice.
  Hawkins has spent the past decade compiling 154 pages of quotes, plays, diagrams, flow charts and personal thoughts in support of what he calls his "thesis philosophy."  "It's a piece of art, and it's something that's always in process," said Hawkins, the former Willamette University coach who led the Broncos to a 12-1 record and No. 15 AP poll ranking last season.  Someday, he would like to use the information to write a book. He's a voracious reader of psychological and autobiographical texts, and his favorite is Jackson's "Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior."  (more.....)

Proving time arrives Saturday
Broncos are the Beavers' stiffest non-conference foe in seven years
By BROOKS HATCH  Mid-Valley Sports
Boise State isn't the only team playing at Reser Stadium this Saturday with something to prove.  It's also a "prove-it" game for Oregon State, which wasn't overly impressive in victories over Sacramento State and New Mexico State and was downright brutal in its loss at Fresno State.  "They're not just a lay-down team; they're a really good team with a really good coach," junior Kanan Sanchez said of the Broncos (2-0), who will provide the sternest test thus far for the Beavers (2-1).  "We're going to have to come out and play hard. Every game we play is going to be like that because everybody is going to doubt us through the season. We're gonna have to come out and show everybody who Oregon State is every week."  Boise State is the flagship program of the Western Athletic Conference and is anxious to prove itself against BCS-conference opposition. So the Beavers are treating the showdown with the winningest program in the Northwest over the past five seasons just like it was a Pacific-10 Conference encounter.

Bronco's face challenge in Corvallis
Todd Gabriel  Special to The Arbiter  September 18, 2003
The Boise State Broncos take their show on the road this Saturday in their third game of the season. The undefeated Broncos travel to Corvallis to match up with Pac-10 powerhouse Oregon State. The Beavers are 2-1 this season, their only loss came in a close battle against WAC's Fresno State, 16-14.  Boise State played a couple of tune-up games against Division I-AA Idaho State and the University of Idaho – neither of which posed much of a threat to the Broncos.  (more...)

Head to Head
Boise State vs. BCS opponents since 96 season
The Idaho Statesman
Boise State gets its first shot at a BCS school this season, and its only shot, though the Broncos are downplaying that motivation heading into today's game at Oregon State.  "We're not making a big deal of that," said coach Dan Hawkins, whose team beat Iowa State in the 2002 Humanitarian Bowl for the program's first win over a BCS school.

OSU's pieces falling into place
Steven Jackson, Brandon Browner will play against Boise State
By BROOKS HATCH  Mid-Valley Sports
The biggest piece of Oregon State's developing offensive puzzle will be in the lineup today when the Beavers (2-1) meet Boise State (2-0) in their final non-conference game of the season.  Junior tailback Steven Jackson, the linchpin of a unit that has chugged ahead in fits and starts through three games, has recovered from a strained left knee and will start. Jackson has rushed for at least 128 yards in his last eight regular-season games.

Jackson confident he's ready to go
He's not a definite go just yet.  But if there's no residual swelling or stiffness today in Steven Jackson's left knee stemming from Thursday's practice, Oregon State's standout junior tailback will play against Boise State on Saturday.  Jackson strained his left knee in a 28-16 victory over New Mexico State this past Saturday and has been treated with kid gloves all week.

Boise State can push Beavers in a number of directions
Four games into his second tenure at Oregon State, coach Mike Riley faces a potential day of reckoning.  By coincidence, Riley faces the other top finalist in the Beavers' coaching search in the spring. By coincidence, that man, Dan Hawkins, happens to coach a high-scoring Boise State team looking to secure a national reputation by beating its first Pacific-10 Conference team.  Adding drama is that the Beavers (2-1) are coming off two so-so games and a terrible one, and the Broncos' idea of struggling is winning by 14.

Post-Game Reaction

Oregon State 26, Boise State 24
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Derek Anderson threw for 408 yards and James Newson had nine receptions for 208 yards as Oregon State held on to beat Boise State 26-24 on Saturday night, ending the Broncos' 14-game winning streak.  Ryan Dinwiddie was 19-of-36 for 334 yards for the Broncos (2-1), who missed a chance to take the lead with 7:32 left when Tyler Jones' 32-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide right.  The Beavers (3-1) followed with a clock-eating, 17-play drive that ended with Anderson kneeling at the Boise State 16 as the final seconds ticked off.



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