(This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools)
OREGON STATE (The Beavers Lead the Series 4-1)
Out of the schools that have played Boise State a minimum of two times, Oregon State is one of only three schools in the nation to lead the all-time series with the Broncos. The others are Washington State (3-0) and Long Beach State (5-3).
1986--Coach Lyle Setencich and the Broncos ventured into Beaver territory and were spanked 34-3 by Pac-10 Oregon State. Star tailback Chris Jackson missed seven games in 1986 due to a knee injury suffered in the season opener and the Bronco offense could offer little else to compete with the Beavers.
1989--In one of the true classic Bronco Stadium games, both teams fought back and forth, with Oregon State scoring in the final seconds to defeat the Division I-AA Broncos 37-30. The Broncos had staged a furious rally from a 20-6 third quarter deficit behind the right arm of quarterback Mike Virden, finally tying the game on a two-point conversion with 3:57 left. Oregon State promptly marched 93 yards to score the winning touchdown.
2003--In the first game of what has been an outstanding three-game series between the two schools this decade, Oregon State came from behind to defeat Boise State 26-24 in Corvallis in a nationally-televised game by ESPN. Boise State got the big scoring plays (a 67-yard pass from Ryan Dinwiddie to T.J. Acree and a 62-yard punt return by Tim Gilligan) but it was Oregon State that got the win. OSU's Derek Anderson threw for 408 yards lofting passes repeatedly to James Newsome (9 catches for 208 yards) who got up and snatched the ball away from smaller Bronco defenders. NFL-bound Steven Jackson also ran for 122 yards for the Beavers.
2004--Three Korey Hall interceptions electrified a sold-out Bronco Stadium crowd in a 53-34 Boise State win over Oregon State broadcast nationally by ESPN. Hall's first pick bounced off two defenders and he snared it out of the air, found the sideline and flew into the north end zone, startling OSU quarterback Derek Anderson and the Beavers. It was the ultimate momentum changer, for Hall's play turned around a game that was 14-0 in favor of the PAC-10 team into 34 straight points by Boise State. Jared Zabransky was 20 of 30 for 225 yards and ran for another 73 yards to lead the Bronco offense.
2005--Boise State seemingly had this one in control, leading through much of the game. But once again Oregon State came from behind in Corvallis to sting the Broncos 30-27 on a short Alexis Serna field goal with 1:03 left in the contest. It was the first lead of the game for the Beavers, who held on to get their second close win at home. Senior receiver Mike Hass burned the Bronco secondary again with 11 catches for 178 yards. Quarterback Matt Moore was 27-38 for the Beavers, while Yvenson Bernard ran for 94 yards and two scores and punter Sam Paulescu pinned Boise State inside the 20 four times.
WYOMING (Boise State Leads Series 2-0)
2002--In their first meeting, Boise State went into the game fresh with the news that starting quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie would be out for five weeks. Backup B.J. Rhode filled in nicely (20 of 29 passes for 204 yards), as Rhode led the Broncos to a 35-13 win in Laramie. Boise State outrushed the Cowboys 227-125, led by Brock Forsey's 155 yards on just 18 carries.
2003--The following year, Boise State prevailed in Boise over the Cowboys 33-17. The stout Bronco defense held Wyoming to just 32 rushing yards, while quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie connected on 27 of 38 passes to lead Boise State to the win.
HAWAI'I (Boise State Leads Series 5-2)
1996--Boise State traveled to the islands for a battle against Hawai'i, but left home disappointed as the home team won 20-14.
1999--The Broncos were still in the Big West and one of their only losses that year was at Hawai'i, 34-19. The Rainbow Warriors rallied from a 19-7 halftime deficit for their first back-to-back victories since 1997. Prior to that, Hawai'i had lost 19 games in a row. Dan Robinson passed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and completed 20 of 39 passes for 261 yards to lead Hawai'i, while the Warrior defense got through to sack Bart Hendricks six times to preserve the victory.
2001--In Boise State's inaugural year in the WAC, the Broncos held on for a 28-21 decision over the Rainbow Warriors in Honolulu. Hawai'i had fought back from a 20-9 halftime deficit to take a 21-20 lead, but then Brock Forsey took over for the Broncos. Forsey finished the game with 132 rushing yards and the game winning touchdown and added six catches for 46 yards while running mate David Mikell provided first half fireworks with a 98-yard kickoff return.
2002--Boise State left no doubt in Boise, defeating Timmy Chang and Hawai'i 58-31. Backup quarterback B.J. Rhode completed 18 of 28 passes for 190 yards and two scores in leading the Broncos to an important WAC win. Chris Carr's blocked punt for a touchdown provided an early momentum boost for Boise State and Quintin Mikell forced three Hawai'i turnovers. Brock Forsey finished with 105 rushing yards to lead the Broncos.
2003--The Broncos take care of business on the island, downing the Rainbow Warriors 45-28. In his first career start, Boise State running back Donny Heck ran for a then-school record tying four touchdowns and quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie threw for 329 yards to lead the Broncos to the win.
2004--In a dramatic display of talent, Boise State dominated every facet of the game in defeating Hawai'i 69-3 in Bronco Stadium. Boise State rushed for 425 yards and a school record eight touchdowns (four by quarterback Jared Zabransky) and a phenomenal Bronco defense held the run-and-shoot Rainbow Warriors to just 227 yards passing. Hawai'i quarterback Timmy Chang, who was left in the blowout by Coach June Jones to try to break the all-time NCAA record for career passing yards, instead set the dubious NCAA mark for career interceptions as the Broncos picked off five Chang passes. Gabe Franklin, Mark Onibokun, Marty Tadman, Cam Hall and Chris Barrios all collected interceptions for Boise State, with Barrios bringing his all the way back for a 50-yard touchdown.
2005--In one of the strangest games anyone can recall, Boise State rode two special teams' blocked kicks for touchdowns to a wild 44-41 win in Honolulu. In a further twist of irony, both kicks were blocked by Daryn Colledge and both were returned by cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The latter occurred with three minutes remaining as Hawai'i lined up for an extra point that would tie the game. After Colledge swatted the ball away, Scandrick picked it up and carried it the length of the field for two points. Boise State endured a most unimpressive first half as Hawai'i quarterback Colt Brennan (426 passing yards for four TD's) led the Rainbow Warriors to a 20-7 lead at the break. It wasn't until Quinton Jones' Bronco record 92-yard punt return that Boise State grabbed its first lead at 21-20. Jones caught a booming punt on the right side and broke across the field. He picked up some key blocks near the sideline, cut back and raced into the end zone. Scandrick's first return of 69 yards on a blocked field goal was just part of an amazing chain of events in the second half that provided the thrilling finish.
UTAH (Boise State Leads Series 3-2)
1980--The Broncos left no doubt that this was going to be a special year, after they went into Salt Lake City and defeated the Division I-A Utes 28-7. Terry Zahner, one of the members of the famous Bronco Four Horsemen, ran for 113 yards and scored two touchdowns while Dan Williams put a stop to many a Utah ball carrier with 15 tackles to shock the Utes.
1985--Utah got even in the series with a 20-17 win over Boise State, once again in Salt Lake City. The Utes and Broncos fought to the end, with Utah kicking a field goal in the game's final moments to take the victory.
1987--In Bronco Stadium, the Utes escaped with a 31-27 win over Boise State. Quarterback Vince Alcade had the Broncos on top 27-17 in the fourth quarter, but Utah signal caller Scott Mitchell led the Utes to two late touchdowns to steal the win.
1998--In the first game of the series in which both schools were in the same division, Boise State of the Big West defeated Utah of the Mountain West 31-28. Nate Sparks came in in relief of starter Bart Hendricks and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Rodney Smith with 45 seconds left to lift Boise State to the win. Sparks replaced starter Bart Hendricks and completed 6-of-8 passes for 93. Hendricks was 17-of-35 for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Mike Anderson rushed for 120 yards on 19 carries for the Utes.
1999--Boise State held on for a 26-20 win over the Utes in Boise. Nick Calaycay booted four field goals and the Bronco defense held Utah to 60 rushing yards on 25 carries. Davey Malaythong picked up 94 yards on 27 carries for Boise State.
LOUISIANA TECH (Series Tied, 4-4)
1973--Long before their WAC rivalry, Louisiana Tech downed Boise State 38-34 in the National Semifinals of the Division II playoffs, as future National Football League star Roger Carr slipped by a defender in the end zone and hauled in a short touchdown pass with 33 seconds remaining to give Tech the win and an eventual National Championship.
1997--Twenty-four years after their initial meeting, both schools had jumped from Division II to I-A. Louisiana Tech came to town and downed the Broncos 31-27. This game featured the rushing of Boise State (286 yards) vs. the passing of Tech (335 yards). The Broncos grabbed the lead early and held it for the entire game until Jason Powers caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Tim Rattay to give the Bulldogs the win in the game's final moments. Rattay completed 29 of 43 passes with Troy Edwards hauling in 11 of those for 173 yards for Louisiana Tech.
1998--In the first meeting of the series in Ruston, Tim Rattay (28 for 41 for 539 yards) was sensational as Independent Louisiana Tech put on the afterburners in a 63-28 win over Boise State. Rattay, second in the history of college football with 115 career touchdown passes and also second all-time with 12,746 passing yards, threw for eight TD's against the Broncos on this day, five of them to Troy Edwards for Louisiana Tech. Edwards finished with 10 catches for 235 yards while teammate James Jordan got in the act with eight receptions for 163. Edwards is fourth in NCAA history with 280 career catches. The Bulldogs commanded a 42-0 halftime lead to put the game away.
2001--Ryan Dinwiddie's pass at the Louisiana Tech 25-yard line was blocked at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by defensive end Brandon Avance with 22 seconds left, killing a Bronco rally that found them just short in a 48-42 Tech win in Ruston. It was the first shoot-out between two great college and future professional quarterbacks, Dinwiddie for Boise State and Luke McCown for the Bulldogs. McCown was 30 of 46 passing for 464 yards and four touchdowns while Dinwiddie was 30 of 49 for 351 yards and three touchdowns. McCown also ran for a TD and did not throw an interception. Tech's D.J. Curry scored on two long touchdown receptions (67 and 68 yards) to break the backs of the Bronco defense. Brock Forsey had 71 yards rushing and 10 catches for 98 yards in a superhuman effort.
2002--In another great dual of spectacular quarterbacks, Boise State pulled away for a 36-10 win in Boise. Ryan Dinwiddie tossed four touchdown passes, including a spectacular bomb to a wide open Lou Fanucchi that covered a then school-record 97 yards in the game's first few minutes. Dinwiddie (19 for 33 for 399 yards) and the Broncos pulled away from a tight 14-10 halftime lead to put the game out of reach. Boise State's amazing receiving trio nearly all hit the century mark in Bronco Stadium, as Billy Wingfield (5 catches for 119 yards), Fanucchi (2 for 106) and Jay Swillie (5 receptions for 91) had the Tech receivers guessing all afternoon. Luke McCown was 30 for 47 for 330 yards for the Bulldogs.
2003----Dinwiddie led Boise State to a thrilling 43-37 win in Louisiana. It was the third and final match between Dinwiddie and McCown and it lived up to all the hype. The two teams slugged it out for 60 minutes, amassing a combined 1,291 yards. Boise State accounted for 732 of those with Dinwiddie going Broncos 40-of-60 for 532 yards and three scores, setting new Boise State records for attempted and completed passes in a game. Not to be outdone, Louisiana Tech quarterback Luke McCown hit on 29-of-56 passes for 437 yards and two touchdowns. Five receivers gained over 100 receiving yards in the game, led by Boise State's Tim Gilligan, who set a Bronco single game record with 16 catches for 255 yards, including a long catch of 76 yards. Lawrence Bady contributed to the offensive fireworks with six catches for 102 yards. D.J. Curry caught a pass in his 27th consecutive games as he topped Tech receivers with nine receptions for 144 yards, including a long of 66 yards. Chris Norwood added nine receptions for 109 yards for the Bulldogs while Tech's Tramissian Davis hauled in three catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. David Mikell toted the ball 24 times for 99 yards for Boise State while Ryan Moats picked up 99 yards on eight carries for the Bulldogs. Tech kicker Josh Scobee totaled 13 points on three field goals and four extra points to become the all-time kick-scoring leader for the Bulldogs with 289 career points.
2004--Boise State dominated this one in Boise, 55-14 as Jon Helmandollar broke a school record with five rushing touchdowns. Helmandollar totaled 91 yards on 10 carries while Lee Marks gained 89 yards on 15 tries. Boise State outgained the Bulldogs with 629 yards in total offense and 35 first downs compared to 294 and 16. Bronco quarterback Jared Zabransky was 20 of 30 for 317 yards, with Lawrence Bady (5 catches for 108) and T.J. Acree (6 for 102) both topping the century mark.
2005--Utilizing an almost exclusive running game, Boise State clinched its fourth straight WAC title with a 30-13 win in Ruston. The Broncos gained 260 yards on the ground in a workmanlike manner while Boise State held Tech to 236 yards of total offense. Ian Johnson led the team in rushing with 103 yards on 16 carries as Boise State clinched a tie with Nevada for the league championship.
NEW MEXICO STATE (Boise State Leads Series 6-0)
1996--Boise State celebrated its first season in the Big West with a 33-32 win over the Aggies in Las Cruces. The back and forth contest saw the Broncos come back twice in the last four minutes to secure the victory. Tony Hilde and Ryan Ikebe hooked up on touchdowns covering 22, 29 and 66 yards and Reggie Ethridge (23 carries for 84 yards) scored twice to lead Boise State. The Broncos withstood a fine performance by Chad Salisbury (34 for 51 for 450 yards and two touchdowns).
1997--The Broncos throttled New Mexico State and scored a 52-10 win in Boise. Coach Houston Nutt's team raced to a 38-7 halftime lead and never looked back. Nate Sparks (10-14 for 201 yards) tossed three touchdown passes and Nicko Tatum (15 carries for 100 yards) scored twice on the ground for the Broncos.
1998--The two teams battled to the end in New Mexico, with Boise State hanging on for a 55-52 victory. The Broncos topped the Aggies with 611 yards of total offense to 582. Eron Hurley could not be stopped with 137 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and Nate Sparks fired four touchdown passes for Boise State. Rodney Smith hauled in nine passes for 200 yards and two of those scores while Wilson grabbed eight for 104 yards. Denvis Manns gained 180 yards on 28 carries while Ryan Shaw (nine catches for 240 yards) was burning the Bronco secondary for New Mexico State.
1999--Returning to Bronco Stadium, Boise State toppled the Aggies 45-26. Bart Hendricks tossed three touchdown passes and found the end zone twice himself to lead Coach Dirk Koetter's team. Gavin Reed paced the ground attack for the Broncos with 75 yards on 18 carries. Lou Fanucchi hit the century mark in receiving yards on five catches for Boise State while Ryan Shaw caught nine passes for 167 yards for New Mexico State.
2000--Boise State emerged with a 34-31 win on the road against New Mexico State. Bronco quarterback Bart Hendricks fired three touchdown passes and ran for another TD and Brock Forsey picked up 106 yards on the ground. Lou Fanucchi caught six passes for 116 yards and a touchdown, Jeb Putzier also grabbed six for 96 and Jay Swillie hauled in five for 109 yards and a score.
2005--Boise State blitzed New Mexico State 56-6 in Bronco Stadium, outgaining the Aggies on the ground 303 to 61. A balanced Bronco attack utilized eight ball carriers led by Lee Marks (18 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown) and Jared Zabransky spread the ball around to 11 different receivers in the win.
IDAHO (Series Tied 17-17-1)
1971--The Vandals had played football since 1893 and came into this first-ever meeting as a Division I school going against the Division II upstart Broncos. Idaho Coach Don Robbins had chastised the Broncos about the weak schools they had beaten. It turned out that the Vandals did worse than any of those "weak" teams on Boise State's schedule, with quarterback Eric Guthrie shredding the Moscow secondary to the tune of 42-14.
1972--With revenge on their minds, Idaho came into Boise and edged the Broncos 22-21.
1973--The third meeting of the series went much the same way the first one did, with the Broncos whipping Idaho 47-24 in Moscow. Idaho had thumped UTEP 62-14 the week before and to the Bronco player's amazement the Moscow players had stomped and chanted their way through the Boise State locker game just prior to the game. All-Americans Jim McMillan and Don Hutt were not affected, and the classic combination spelled doom on the field for Idaho.
1974--Another humiliating defeat for Moscow, with the Broncos winning 53-29 in Boise. It was quarterback Jim McMillan's final appearance in Boise, and the Vallivue High School star completed 30 of 42 passes and capped off the best season of total yards in Bronco history at that time in helping the Broncos clinch the Big Sky Championship.
1975-- The two teams met in Moscow, and they left the stadium with the scoreboard reading Boise State 31, Idaho 31, in the only tie of the series.
1976--The Broncos had won three straight Big Sky Championships, but 1976 was not their year. In the season opener, Idaho handed the Broncos a 16-9 loss. Moscow scored on a 100-yard kickoff return to open the game and despite Fred Goode's best efforts (146 yards rushing), Boise State could not close the gap.
1977--Boise State would have received a Division II national playoff berth for their excellent '77 season but a scheduling conflict (the game with Idaho) prevented them from accepting the invitation. The Broncos blew out Division I Idaho in Moscow to the tune of 44-14.
1978-- Idaho had been stripped of its Division I status prior to the start of the season and the Moscow school joined Boise State in the newly created Division I-AA and the Big Sky Conference. Once again, the Broncos scored a lopsided victory, 48-10 in Boise.
1979--One of Boise State's best-ever teams went up to Moscow and handed Idaho a 41-17 loss.
1980--Boise State's National Championship year, and Idaho certainly wasn't going to stand in their way. The Broncos dumped Idaho 44-21 in Boise as running back Cedric Minter scored four touchdowns and went over the 4,000-yard mark in career rushing.
1981--John Broadous scored on a school-record 100-yard kickoff return as the Broncos won a 45-43 thriller in Moscow. The game marked the return of quarterback Tim Klena to the lineup after missing five weeks with a broken thumb. Klena hadn't missed a beat, connecting on 19 of 32 passes for 334 yards. Bronco Hall of Fame Receiver Kipp Bedard was Klena's favorite target, finding holes in the Vandal secondary to grab 11 catches for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Bedard's highlight game enabled him to finish the year with a school record of 1,108 yards, besting Mike Holton's existing mark of 1,060 yards. Senior linebacker Ray Santucci broke a school record of his own in the game, recording his 332nd career tackle in the second half to top Doug Scott's total of 325.
1982--Idaho started an improbable streak of victories featuring bizarre plays and twists that even Hollywood could never think of. Idaho edged Boise State in Boise, 24-17.
1983--The Broncos had Lyle Setencich as coach, and this could only mean a 45-24 win for Idaho in Moscow.
1984--Idaho humiliated Boise State in Bronco Stadium 37-0 in the only shutout of the series.
1985--Things were no different in Moscow, as Idaho blew out the Broncos 44-27.
1986--This one was a nailbiter in Boise, as Idaho defeated Boise State 21-14 to give Coach Setencich and Boise State their first losing season since becoming a four-year school.
1987--Skip Hall was the new Head Coach of Boise State, and his Broncos put up a fight in Moscow before losing 40-34.
1988--Another bizarre win for Idaho, as the visiting Vandals downed Boise State 26-20. The Moscow school came into the game heavily favored behind record-setting and future NFL quarterback John Friesz, and they quickly shot out to a 26-0 halftime lead. However, the Bronco defense, led by Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year Pete Kwiatkowski, leading tackler Mark Williams and freshman defensive back Kenny Kuehl, completely stifled the vaunted Vandal attack in the second half, keying a furious Bronco rally that ended when Boise State was stopped on the Idaho 35-yard line as time expired.
1989--In yet another close game, Idaho survived in Moscow 26-21.
1990--The two teams came back to Boise, but the result was yet another close win for Idaho 21-14.
1991--Idaho won in Moscow yet again, downing the snakebitten Broncos 28-24.
1992--Idaho sent Bronco Coach Skip Hall out with a 62-16 whipping.
1993--Pokey Allen took over the reins as coach, but Idaho collected their twelfth win in a row, 49-16 in Moscow.
1994--By this time, Coach Allen had the Bronco Express back in full gear, and running back K.C. Adams and the Broncos won in Boise 27-24. The win ended Idaho's streak at twelve games and clinched the Big Sky Championship for the Broncos. After the game, fans tried for half an hour to tear down the north goal post with some, including Offensive Coordinator Al Borges, hanging on the post.
1995--Boise State could not break the string in Moscow, as the Vandals came back for a 33-13 win.
1996--This was Boise State's first year in Division I-A, and Bronco Coach Allen had been diagnosed with cancer. He had fought bravely for his life while Assistant Coach Tom Mason guided the Broncos in his absence. Shortly before his death, Allen gamely came back to coach the Broncos and in his final game as a head coach for clearly an inferior team that year, Idaho poured it on against Allen and the Broncos in Bronco Stadium, not letting up until they waltzed out of town with a 64-19 win.
1997--In the first of two overtime games of the series, Coach Houston Nutt led Boise State to an exciting 30-23 win in Moscow over the Vandals. The box score on this one is another statistical anomaly--Boise State had 477 yards of total offense to 252 for the Vandals and controlled the ball for 37 minutes to only 23 for Idaho. The game was close because of two factors: 1) A Bronco fumble at the goal line that resulted in a 99-yard touchdown return for Moscow and 2) Those long Bronco drives ended three times in Todd Belcastro field goals instead of touchdowns as the Vandal defense stiffened when it had to. Rodney Smith was amazing for the Broncos with 13 catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns.
1998--A go-for-broke two-point conversion succeeded as Idaho won a 36-35 thriller in overtime against the Broncos in Boise. The Vandals won the game when, after a time-out, they came out lined up for a two-point conversion instead of an extra point to tie it. It clearly caught Boise State off guard as the defense was out of position. Joel Thomas was wide open in the end zone for the conversion and the go-for-broke strategy paid off. This was a matchup that featured two ties and five lead changes. Running backs Eron Hurley of Boise State and Thomas each scored two touchdowns for their respective teams. Hurley had one of the best rushing days in Bronco history with 254 yards on 29 carries. Thomas rushed for 121 yards for Idaho.
1999--Boise State went up to Pullman and dominated the Vandals 45-14. Bronco quarterback Bart Hendricks threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead the offense while the defense held Idaho to just 69 yards on 29 carries and intercepted four John Welsh passes. Jay Swillie led the Bronco receivers with seven catches for 71 yards.
2000--Quarterback Bart Hendricks was sensational (20-30 for 405 yards) as Boise State rang up a 66-24 win in Boise against the Vandals. The Broncos raced to a 42-10 halftime lead and coasted from there. Hendricks through for five touchdowns and ran for another score in the win while the Bronco defense intercepted five Idaho passes. Tight end Robby Snelling hauled in five Hendricks passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
2001--Call it karma. The Vandals had accumulated very bad karma and Bronco fans and players could never forgive them for what they did to Coach Allen in 1996. Boise State blew out Idaho in Washington State's stadium 45-13 in Coach Dan Hawkins' first year. Quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie was 16 of 21 for 298 yards and two touchdowns and Brock Forsey rumbled for 123 yards and threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jay Swillie for the Broncos. Chris Lacy grabbed seven catches for a career-high 145 yards for Idaho.
2002--Boise State prevailed in Boise 38-21. The Bronco tandem of David Mikell and Brock Forsey accounted for 328 yards of total offense and scored five touchdowns between them. Mikell led Bronco rushers with 108 yards on just ten carries and three touchdowns, while Forsey had 91 yards rushing and was the team's leading receiver with seven catches for 115 yards. Meanwhile, Ryan Dinwiddie had another near-perfect performance, hitting on 18 of 23 passes for 259 yards.
2003--In a lackluster offensive game by both teams, Boise State defeated Idaho 24-10 in Moscow. David Mikell provided the spark the Broncos needed with three rushing touchdowns including a brilliant 78-yarder that put the game away. Mikell finished with 24 carries for 235 yards.
2004--Hawkins had by this time built Boise State into a national powerhouse, and every player played sparingly as Boise State won 65-7. The Broncos set a school record with eight rushing touchdowns including three by quarterback Jared Zabransky. Zabransky also hit 11 of 16 passes for 234 yards to ten different receivers, as the Bronco machine could not be stopped. Tailback Lee Marks also ran for 105 yards for Boise State and punt return star Chris Carr scored on a 62-yard return. The Bronco defense held Idaho to only 212 yards of total offense to keep Idaho at bay throughout the game.
2005--Quarterback Taylor Tharp came in and sparked the Broncos to a 70-35 win in Boise. Special teams came up big for Coach Dan Hawkins' team. Austin Smith returned a Steven Wichman fumble 39 yards for a touchdown and Orlando Scandrick picked off a Wichman pass and brought it in 50 yards for six. Quinton Jones returned a punt 73 yards for one score and ran 50 yards for another for Boise State. Lee Marks topped the century mark with 102 yards and a touchdown on just nine carries. Daniel Smith caught 10 passes for 114 yards and two TD's to lead Idaho.
FRESNO STATE (Series Tied, 4-4)
1977--Fresno State dominated the first-ever meeting between the two schools, embarrassing Boise State 42-7 in Fresno. Boise State was a member of the Big Sky Conference and Division I-AA, while Fresno State played in the Big West and was already a member of Division I.
1984--Seven years had passed since Fresno's blowout win. This time, the result was much closer, with the Bulldogs owning a 37-21 win in Bronco Stadium.
1996--The third meeting between Boise State and Fresno State went pretty much the same way the rest of the games went for the Broncos in their inaugural year in Division I-A, with Fresno pulverizing Boise State 41-7 in Fresno. Jim Arellanes was an efficient 10 of 14 passing for 170 yards and two touchdowns while Brian Roberson caught seven balls for 119 yards for the Bulldogs.
2001-- Fresno State had scored season-opening wins over Colorado, Oregon State and Wisconsin and was knocking on the door of a Bowl Championship Series berth, climbing all the way up to #8 in the national polls. Jay Swillie's catch and remarkable balancing act which allowed him to stay on his feet and scamper into the end zone for a 54-yard Bronco touchdown enabled Boise State to shock the Bulldogs on ESPN, 35-30. It was the first Western Athletic Conference matchup between the two. The game was a classic matchup between Fresno State quarterback David Carr (30-49 for 345 yards and 3 touchdowns) and Boise State's Ryan Dinwiddie (20-32, 297, 4 TD's). The receiving duo of Rodney Wright and Bernard Berrian were phenomenal for the Bulldogs, with Wright hauling in 14 receptions for 179 yards and Berrian adding eight catches for 85.
2002--After backup B.J. Rhode had performed like a pro in his absence for five games, Boise State quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie returned to the lineup in the second quarter of the nationally-televised game against Fresno State in Bronco Stadium. He proceeded to pick apart the Bulldog secondary and enjoy one of the best games in the history of college football. Dinwiddie was a pinpoint 19 of 22 for 426 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Broncos to a resounding 67-21 win.
2003--Ryan Dinwiddie led the Broncos to a hard-fought 31-17 win in Fresno against the Bulldogs on ESPN. Dinwiddie once again was deadly accurate, connecting on 22 of 31 passes for 273 yards and two touchdown strikes, one a 73-yarder to Tim Gilligan and the other a 23-yard toss to T.J. Acree. Bernard Berrian (13 catches for 122 yards) and Marque Davis (8 for 97) shone brightly for the Bulldogs.
2004--Boise State topped Fresno State 33-16 in Boise, another game in the budding rivalry televised on ESPN. Jared Zabransky was an efficient 15 of 23 passes, Lee Marks ran for 112 yards and Lou Groza Award finalist Tyler Jones booted four field goals to lead the Bronco attack. The win catapulted Boise State up the national rankings once again.
2005--Fresno State ended the Broncos' four-game streak against them by putting up a stifling defense that throttled Boise State at every turn, resulting in a 27-7 win in Fresno. Fresno senior Paul Pinegar became the school's all-time leader in career touchdown passes and threw for 307 yards. Paul Williams was on the receiving end of two long scores, one of them a 98-yarder, and Wendell Mathis ran for 121 yards and a touchdown. The Bulldogs controlled the ball for more than 40 minutes and racked up 513 yards of total offense. After a 67-yard Jeff Carpenter touchdown in the game's opening seconds, the Bulldog defense shut out the vaunted Bronco attack the rest of the way. The game was once again broadcast on ESPN.
SAN JOSE STATE (Boise State Leads Series 6-0)
1978--In the first meeting of the two schools, Division I-AA Boise State downed Division I-A San Jose State 30-15 in Bronco Stadium.
2001--In Boise State's first year in the Western Athletic Conference, the Broncos blew past San Jose State in Boise 56-6. Bart Hendricks and Jeb Putzier hooked up on scoring passes of 30, 31 and 80 yards, Jay Swillie caught another Dinwiddie TD pass and Brock Forsey (21 rushes for 122 yards) ran for three scores as Boise State humbled the Spartans. The Bronco defense held San Jose to a mere 183 yards of total offense.
2002--Boise State put on a brilliant offensive showing in handing the Spartans a 45-8 defeat in San Jose. Coach Dan Hawkins' team amassed 650 yards of total offense in putting on a clinic. National touchdown leader Brock Forsey added four more to his total and picked up 166 yards rushing in the Bronco win. Charles Pauley gathered ten receptions for 105 yards to lead the Spartans.
2003-- Prior to this game, the Spartans were taunting Boise State near the midfield logo. Not wise. Boise State went on to set a school record in a 77-14 thrashing over San Jose. Quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie threw two touchdown passes to T.J. Acree and one each to Tim Gilligan and Derek Schouman. Dinwiddie finished the game hitting 17 of 28 passes for 350 yards and also scored on a touchdown run. The Bronco defense and special teams were in on the act as Boise State started only one of its nine first half possessions inside its own 30-yard line.
2004--In a wild Saturday morning contest on ESPN, the Broncos survived 56-49 in double overtime. The early morning wakeup call (local start time of 9 A.M.) nearly turned into a nightmare for Boise State, which was favored by five touchdowns. San Jose was in position to pull off one of the year's biggest upsets as they lined up for a 30-yard field goal try with just over a minute left in regulation but the Broncos rose to the task and blocked Jeff Carr's try. Lee Marks and Jon Helmandollar scored in the two overtimes and Boise State escaped with the win. The result caused national analysts to seriously question Boise State's #7 BCS ranking, and in fact the Broncos would fall a notch each of the next two weeks because of it. It was certainly the game of their lives for San Jose State's game Spartans. Rufus Skillern proved to be a thorn in the side of the Bronco defense all game long, making them pay with 10 catches for 167 yards. Lance Martin also picked up 114 yards rushing against a Boise State defense that prided itself in stopping the run. Lee Marks gained 140 yards on the ground, exactly half of the Bronco total.
2005----Boise State downed the Spartans 38-21 in Bronco Stadium. Lee Marks gained 98 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries to pace 12 Bronco ball carriers. The stalwart Boise State defense held San Jose to just 56 yards rushing on 31 carries.
UTAH STATE (Boise State Leads Series 8-4)
1975--Division I Independent Utah State humbled the Division II Broncos 42-19 in Boise for one of the team's only losses of the season.
1977--Boise State headed to Logan and recorded a 23-16 win over Utah State.
1982--By this time, Utah State was Division I-A and a member of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association, but this one went to the Broncos 30-10 in Boise. Rodney Webster piled up 143 rushing yards and Mark Jensen nailed three field goals to lead the Broncos. It was John Rade that everyone was talking about, however, after Rade terrorized the Aggie offense with eight tackles for loss on the day and 35 yards in quarterback sacks.
1983--Utah State got a win in Logan in a "pitcher's dual" 10-7.
1995--Twelve years after their last meeting, Coach Pokey Allen and the Broncos downed the Aggies 38-14 in the season opener in Logan. It was the first time that a head coach had lost back-to-back games to the same school while coaching for two different teams--In the final game of 1994, John L. Smith lost to Boise State 27-24 while Head Coach of Idaho, then took a job as the head man of Utah State and lost in the season opener of '95 to the Broncos.)
1996--Boise State was invited to me a member of Division I-A and joined the Big West; thus the two teams met in their first conference battle, with Utah State scoring a resounding 39-14 win in Boise. Utah State thoroughly controlled the clock, piling up 34 first downs to just 14 for Boise State, with the Aggie offense on the field for nearly 38 minutes of the game. Utah State freshman Demario Brown picked up 165 yards on 21 carries while Matt Sauk was 20 of 33 for 299 yards through the air. Nakia Jenkins was on the receiving end of the lion's share of those passes, credited with nine catches for 150 yards.
1997--The Aggies made it two straight with an exciting 24-20 win in Logan. Demario Brown 21 carries for 118 yards and Melvin Blue scored two touchdowns for the Aggies. Rodney Smith led the Broncos with 11 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown with Corey Nelson adding four catches for 118 yards and a score.
1998--Fourth quarter interception returns by Shawn Sandoval (12 yards) and Jeff Davis (46 yards) enabled the Broncos to score a Big West win in Boise, downing Utah State 30-16. Demario Brown led the Aggies with 93 rushing yards while Shaunard Harts paced the Bronco ground game with 66 yards.
1999--This was a hard-fought contest all the way, with Boise State prevailing 33-27 in Logan. Nick Calaycay kicked four field goals and Gavin Reed's 77-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave Boise State a lead it never relinquished. Bart Hendricks was a steady 22 of 41 passes for 292 yards for the Broncos while Aggie workhorse Demario Brown picked up 239 yards on 33 carries.
2000--In a game with little defense, Boise State downed the Aggies 66-38 in Boise. Bart Hendricks distributed four touchdown passes and ran for another touchdown in a complete day in which Hendricks finished 21 of 29 passing for 381 yards. Lou Fanucchi caught six balls for 151 yards for the Broncos while Utah State's Aaron Jones enjoyed a fantastic day with 10 receptions for 297 yards.
2002--Boise State had joined the WAC, but the two teams met anyway as non-conference foes in Boise. The Broncos won this won 63-38. B.J. Rhode (17 of 28 for 376 yards) was the key to victory in leading Boise State without Ryan Dinwiddie. Rhode became the seventh Bronco in history to fire five touchdown passes and added a touchdown on the ground as well. Billy Wingfield was on the receiving end of 6 of those Rhode passes for 128 yards and one touchdown with teammate Jay Swillie snaring touchdown passes of 57 and 67 yards for the Broncos. Quarterback Jose Fuentes was 21 of 34 for 297 yards and two touchdowns for the Aggies. Kevin Curtis grabbed 10 catches for 117 yards for Utah State.
2005--The two schools were again in the same conference as Boise State emerged victorious 45-21 in Logan. Quarterback Jared Zabransky tossed four touchdown passes and Antwaun Carter scored on two TD runs to lead Boise State to the win. Zabransky finished the game with 26 for 39 for 328 yards. All-purpose running back Jeff Carpenter grabbed seven of those passes for 99 yards and a score to lead all receivers while Drisan James finished with five catches for 91 yards. Korey Hall and Chris Barrios led the Bronco defense with 11 tackles each. Utah State quarterback Leon Jackson picked up 255 yards of total offense to spearhead the Aggie offense, with 49 net yards rushing and a fine 16-29 day passing for 206 yards and three touchdowns.
NEVADA (Boise State Leads Series 20-12)
1972--Knap and the Broncos prevailed in Boise 56-19.
1973--Nevada handed Boise State one of only three losses they suffered on the season, 23-21. A last second defensive tripping penalty called on linebacker Claude Tomasini gave the Wolf Pack one more play. They scored a touchdown to knock off the Broncos.
1974--The Broncos put together a solid performance in downing the Wolf Pack 36-16.
1975--Boise State downed Nevada 49-6 in Reno and went on to record their third consecutive Big Sky Conference title in Coach Tony Knap's final season with the Broncos.
1976--In the first year of the Jim Criner era, Boise State topped Nevada 26-8 behind quarterback Dee Pickett and running back Fred Goode.
1977--Nevada was a much-improved team from previous years and this time, the Pack stopped Boise State 28-10 in Reno.
1979--The resumption of the rivalry after a year off saw Boise State winning a 28-27 contest in Reno.
1980--In the first of two straight defensive struggles, Boise State squeaked out a 14-3 win in Bronco Stadium. It was a classic game featuring Division I-AA's two top running backs that would go on to successful careers in the National Football League, Boise State's Cedric Minter and UNR's Frank Hawkins. Although this one was one by the Bronco defense, both Minter and Hawkins would finish the year ranked in the top fifteen for rushing yards in the history of college football.
1981--In Reno, Boise State came away with a 13-3 win over the Pack.
1982--This one was yet another close battle, with Boise State emerging victorious in Boise 20-13.
1983--It was Nevada's turn and in Reno, the Pack toppled the Broncos 38-20.
1984--Boise State scored a 37-12 win in Boise in an otherwise lackluster year.
1985--Nevada put together another lopsided win in Reno, downing the Broncos 37-10.
1986--ESPN had begun their sports network by now, and rated Nevada one of the top 25 teams in the nation, despite the fact that they were a I-AA team. Boise State gave the Pack all they could handle in Bronco Stadium before falling 21-16.
1987--Coach Skip Hall's thrilling 1987 offense enabled the Broncos to come out of Nevada with a 36-31 win. This was a seesaw affair throughout. Hall's book of gadget plays was well used in this one, and the Broncos had it seemingly in hand in the fourth quarter. But it was Pete Kwiatkowski's sack on the final play of the game that preserved the win as Nevada was making a final attempt at reaching the end zone.
1988--The two teams returned to Bronco Stadium, where Boise State notched a 40-28 win.
1989--Nevada turned the tables in Reno, easily winning 30-14.
1990--The Broncos scored a 30-14 win in Boise over the Pack. The Bronco defense led by All-Big Sky selections Eric Helgeson, Scott Russell and Frank Robinson held potent Nevada to just 216 total yards and just 14 on the ground. That allowed quarterback Mike Virden and slippery receiver Winky White to work their magic.
1990--In the only year when the two teams met twice, each had won two games in the Division I-AA National Playoffs and the two Big Sky schools met in the National Semifinals in Reno. In one of the greatest games at any level, Nevada escaped with a 59-52 win over Boise State in three overtimes to advance to the National Championship. Nevada capitalized early with a pass interception for a touchdown and a fumble recovery in the end zone. Down 20-7, Duane Halliday was inserted into the lineup for Boise State to try to spark the Bronco offense. It was a successful move by Coach Skip Hall, as Halliday had pulled the Broncos 35-23 at the end of the third quarter. Through seven quarters, Boise State's defense had held the explosive Pack without a touchdown. With just over 10 minutes remaining, however, Nevada had closed to 35-31. Facing a third and two on their own 28, Nevada needed to convert or punt it away to the Broncos. Fullback Ray Whalen got the ball and Bronco defenders closed in for the stop. Somehow when the dust cleared, Whalen had emerged from the pack and was running down the middle of the field en route to a 72-yard touchdown. Nevada scored again and with 59 seconds left they held the lead 45-38. Starter Mike Virden returned to the game and led Boise State to the game-tying touchdown with a one-yard pass to Ryan Teel, sending the game into overtime. Both teams missed field goal tries in the first overtime and scored touchdowns in the second, with Boise State's coming on a Bart Hull touchdown. Whalen burst through the line for an 8-yard touchdown in the third overtime, finishing the game with a Nevada school record of 245 yards. When the Pack stopped Boise State on its possession, Nevada emerged victorious and advanced to the National Championship. Halliday finished the game with 382 yards passing, at the time the fourth-highest passing total in Bronco history.
1991--Boise State lost a defensive contest in Reno, 17-14 when the Pack defense broke through to block a Mike Black game-tying field goal.
1993--Nevada had moved on to Division I-A and the Big West Conference and the two teams met in a non-conference game in Reno, with the Pack prevailing 38-10.
1994--This was a magical year for Boise State, and led by quarterback Tony Hilde and receiver Ryan Ikebe, the Broncos downed the Pack 37-27 in Boise.
1996--The Broncos joined Nevada in both Division I-A and the Big West, and were promptly thumped 66-28 in Reno. A pinpoint 27 of 35 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns. Damond Wilkins destroyed the Bronco secondary with13 receptions for 121 yards. The Pack defense also scored on a 25-yard interception return by Duke Hasson and an 81-yard fumble return by Anthony Morgan. Reggie Ethridge scored two touchdowns for Boise State and rushed for 90 yards.
1997--A wild contest in Bronco Stadium saw Nevada defeat Boise State 56-42. John Dutton bested Bart Hendricks as the Pack burned the Bronco defense for 694 total yards. Dutton was 28 for 41 for an amazing 557 yards for Nevada while Hendricks was 24 of 39 for 287 yards for the Broncos. Dutton connected on four scoring strikes to three for Hendricks while the versatile Boise State QB also scored on two runs. Geoff Noisy was Dutton's favorite target with nine catches for 118 yards, while Trevor Insley had a sensational 217 yards on six catches. Insley ranks second all-time in NCAA football with 298 career receptions while Insley is third with 295. Chris Lemon ran for 125 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries for Nevada. Rodney Smith was the receiving star for Boise State with 13 catches for 162 yards.
1998--Nevada whipped the Broncos in Reno 52-24, shutting out Boise State in the second half after the two teams went into the locker room knotted at 24. Chris Lemon (27 carries for 114 yards) scored three touchdowns to lead the Wolf Pack to victory. Reggie Mitchell also scored on a 32-yard interception return and Del Bates electrified the crowd with an 89-yard kickoff return. Eron Hurley (10 carries for 77 yards) hit paydirt twice for Boise State.
1999--This time, Coach Dirk Koetter and the Broncos won a lopsided contest, 52-17. Boise State scored all 21 points of the second half to put the game out of reach as Bart Hendricks scored two touchdowns and passed for two others.
2001--Nevada had joined the WAC in 2000 but try as they might, they couldn't get away from Boise State, as the Broncos were admitted to the WAC the following year. Behind quarterback Bart Hendricks, Boise State handed Nevada a 49-7 setback. Trevor Insley led Nevada with nine catches for 145 yards and a touchdown.
2002--Boise State traveled to Reno and came away with a 44-7 victory over the Pack to conclude a perfect 8-0 season in the Western Athletic Conference. Brock Forsey (27 carries for 187 yards) rambled for four touchdowns and Nick Calaycay kicked three field goals to lead the Broncos. Nevada managed just 163 yards of total offense on the afternoon. Nate Burleson, a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver, made eight catches for 102 yards and scored the Pack's touchdown.
2003--This one was no contest. The Broncos had hit the national Top 15 by this time, and downed Nevada 56-3 in Boise to clinch the Western Athletic Conference title. A Ryan Dinwiddie to Tony McPherson 76-yard pass play on the second play of the game began the assault. Dinwiddie also fired strikes to Lawrence Bady, T.J. Acree and David Mikell and scored on two touchdown runs himself. R.D. finished the game 17 of 24 passes for 325 yards.
2004--The Broncos were proving to be road warriors, and defeated Nevada 58-21 in Reno to cap a perfect regular season and a national top ten ranking. Jared Zabransky threw three touchdown passes while Cam Hall's spectacular interception and 52-yard run into the end zone sparked the defense. T.J. Acree hauled in six Zabransky passes for 105 yards for the Broncos. Jeff Rowe of Nevada finished the game 24 of 42 with Nichiren Flowers his top receiver with eight catches for 74 yards.
2005--The matchup between eventual co-WAC champions wasn't close as the Broncos downed Nevada 49-14 in Boise. Ian Johnson gained 91 yards on just 12 carries to lead the Boise State offense while the Bronco "D" intercepted four Jeff Rowe passes. Safety Marty Tadman picked off two of those and led the defense with 11 tackles. Nichiren Flowers paced Nevada with nine catches for 136 yards.