Decades of Bronco Stadium Dominance

The pundits and media make a big deal about winning streaks, but really the true measure of success is much more long-term. By any measure, Boise State has been "scary good" on its home turf.

Bronco football is not just about the coaches or the players. Three common threads have kept it so successful. 1) As Blue Tundra will cover in a separate article, It's the Bronco fans 2) a stable administration and 3) the city of Boise itself. 

Bronco Stadium has a long history of sellouts, no matter how big the capacity of the stadium. As the adage goes, if you build it they will come. The stadium is situated in such a way that noise easily projects from the stands to the playing surface, making Bronco Stadium one of the loudest football stadiums in the country. Bronco fans support their team, and the results show. This fact alone will draw great players and great coaches to Boise.

The second common thread to Bronco football success over the years is a stable athletic department at Boise State. Since 1968, there have been just two athletic directors, Lyle Smith and current A.D. Gene Bleymaier. It is no accident that Bleymaier has been there throughout the success--he has built the program to the point it is today, just as Smith did in his tenure. Bleymaier has done it the right way, starting from the ground up, building a clean program, hiring great coaches and role models, striving for academic excellence. Boise State's football team has led the nation for two years running in academic success relative to the general student body.

The third main factor for Boise State's success in football is the city of Boise itself. The capital city has consistently been rated among the best places in America to live by numerous publications. The vast variety of activities within a few hours of Boise is staggering. Few cities in the country offer snow skiing in the winter and world famous whitewater rafting in the summer within a few hours. The livability, business and job opportunities and activities continue to attract growth, as the Boise are continues to surge ahead with one of the fastest growth rates in the country. In fact, Boise is now the number one destination in the country, according to two separate moving companies.

These topics will all be discussed in depth in separate features during the BroncoCountry 30-Day Countdown series. They all have combined to form a unique opportunity for Boise State University. The ability of the players and coaches is always paramount to success, but that ability thrives in Boise thanks to great supportive fans, a stable athletic department and the livability of the area.

Much was made about the nation's longest home winning streak, which came to an abrupt end in the MPC Bowl last year, as Boston College snapped a 31-game streak in Bronco Stadium. Prior to that, the Broncos had put together a 14-game streak before Washington State handed the Broncos a 41-20 loss in 2001.

The point is that a certain amount of luck goes into a streak of any kind, be it football games or winning hands at poker. A more appropriate measure of success is always long-term winning. Boise State has certainly done that. In fact, the Broncos have a remarkable 45-2 record on the blue since 1999, and are 52-14 since becoming a Division I-A school in 1996.

The Broncos have not just won during that time; they've dominated. In their ten years as a Division I-A team, Boise State has averaged 34 points to just 18 for their opponents. Since 2000, the Broncos have outscored their opposition 1809-666, or an average of 45 points a game to just 17 for their Bronco Stadium opponents. 

Since the beginning of what is now Bronco Stadium, Boise State has compiled a 200-50 record at home, an incredible winning percentage of 80 percent. They reached 200 home wins faster than any four-year school in the history of modern college football. By looking back at history and comparing each decade, it is strikingly obvious that none of this is a fluke--the Broncos have been strong since their football inception and have been a power at every level they have ever competed in. In the 60's, Boise State was 8-2 in Bronco Stadium, in the 70's they were 54-8, then 47-18 in the 80's, 51-21 in the 90's and 40-1 in the 2000's. Add in a junior college record of 199-61-9 and just four losing seasons since becoming a four-year school in 1968 and you have a remarkably successful football team. And when playing on the blue, it is very difficult indeed to leave town with a victory. In the last seven years only two schools have done it--Washington State and Boston College--and they were both nationally-ranked BCS teams.

Boise State's home record has been phenomenal, enabling the Broncos to rank among the nation's best home teams in every time period. That in turn will continue to draw more and more fans, attract new people to the area that want to see the Broncos play, and will drive demand for more and more seats in Bronco Stadium.

Watching the Broncos play on the Blue is an experience one will never forget!

TEAM

LAST 2 YEARS RANK

LAST 5 YEARS RANK

LAST 10 YEARS RANK

USC

#1 (12-0)

#4 (28-2)

#23 (46-15)

Texas

#2 (11-0)

#1 (27-1)

#4 (50-7)

Louisville

#2 (11-0)

#10 (25-4)

-- (43-17)

Auburn

#4 (13-1)

#18 (28-6)

-- (49-19)

Boise State

#4 (13-1)

#2 (31-2)

#18 (52-14)

LSU

#6 (12-1)

#11 (29-5)

#24 (51-17)

Florida

#7 (11-1)

#25 (24-7)

#7 (52-9)

Iowa

#7 (11-1)

#6 (29-3)

#30 (44-18)

Oklahoma

#7 (11-1)

#3 (30-2)

#17 (47-12)

Texas Tech

#7 (11-1)

#14 (25-5)

#21 (47-14)

Wisconsin

#7 (11-1)

-- (21-11)

-- (45-18)

Navy

#12 (10-1)

-- 24-11

-- (36-23)

Toledo

#13 (9-1)

#5 (26-2)

#6 (51-8)

Ohio State

#14 (11-2)

#7 (31-4)

#8 (57-10)

Virginia Tech

#14 (11-2)

#24 (27-7)

#9 (55-10)

Florida State

#16 (10-2)

#23 (24-6)

#1 53-6

Georgia

#16 (10-2)

#9 (27-4)

#15 (48-12)

Nevada

#16 (10-2)

-- (19-10)

-- (32-24)

Pittsburgh

#16 (10-2)

-- (22-9)

-- (40-23)

Utah

#16 (10-2)

#19 (23-5)

-- (39-16)

UTEP

#16 (10-2)

-- (17-14)

-- (32-24)

Virginia

#16 (10-2)

#20 (25-6)

#21 (47-14)

West Virginia

#16 (10-2)

-- (22-9)

-- (42-19)

Boston College

#24 (9-2)

#28 (22-8)

-- (39-20)

California

#24 (9-2)

-- (17-13)

-- (30-27)

Fresno State

#24 (9-2)

#15 (24-5)

#14 (46-11)

TCU

#24 (9-2)

#19 (23-5)

#30 (40-16)

Alabama

#28 (11-3)

-- (19-13)

-- (32-21)

Miami (OH)

#29 (8-2)

#26 (19-6)

#25 (36-13)

Northern Illinois

#29 (8-2)

#15 (24-5)

-- (32-23)

Michigan

-- (10-3)

#13 (28-5)

#5 (56-8)

Penn State

-- (10-3)

-- (23-11)

#26 (47-17)

Miami (FL)

-- (9-3)

#8 (28-4)

#16 (51-13)

Louisiana Tech

-- (7-2)

-- (13-6)

#29 (30-11)

Bowling Green

-- (7-3)

#12 (23-4)

#28 (37-14)

Nebraska

-- (9-4)

#21 (29-7)

#3 (59-8)

Oregon

-- (8-4)

#29 (23-9)

#20 (49-13)

Colorado State

-- (7-4)

-- (18-9)

#27 (38-14)

Marshall

-- (7-4)

#15 (24-5)

#2 (49-6)

Tennessee

-- (8-5)

-- (23-10)

#11 (52-12)

Southern Mississippi

-- (6-4)

#27 (20-7)

#19 (39-10)

Kansas State

-- (7-6)

#30 (25-10)

#10 (56-12)

Maryland

-- (5-6)

#25 (24-7)

-- (38-21)

 

 

 Chronicle of Bronco Stadium Record:

 

1968

Loss to Linfield 17-7

Win over Westminster 50-2

Win over Eastern Washington 20-0

Win over Idaho State 27-20

Win over Western State 441-0

 

1969

Win over Whitworth 66-7

Loss to Northern Colorado 16-10

Win against Hiram Scott 51-7

Win over Idaho State 35-27

Win over College of Idaho 45-0

 

1970

Win over Chico State 49-14

Win over Eastern Montana 35-0

Win against Central Washington 34-20

Win over Southern Oregon 57-0

Win over Eastern Washington 12-0

Loss to Weber State 41-7

 

1971

Win over Idaho 42-14

Win over Cal Poly-SLO 18-14

Win against Montana 47-24

Win over Central Washington 35-26

Win over Montana State 52-24

Win over Northern Arizona 22-17

Win vs. College of Idaho 28-21

 

1972

Win against UNLV 36-16

Win against Weber State 49-16

Win over Nevada 56-19

Win vs. Idaho State 31-28

Loss to Idaho 22-21

 

1973

Win vs. Montana State 27-27

Win over Portland State 64-7

Win against Northern Arizona 21-6

Win over Montana 55-7

Win over Cal Poly-SLO 42-10

Win over South Dakota 53-10 in the Division II National Quarterfinals

 

1974

Win over Chico State 41-7

Win vs. Nevada 36-16

Win over Idaho State 61-3

Win vs. Weber State 42-14

Win against UC Davis 41-20

Win over Idaho 53-29

 

1975

Win against Cal State-Hayward 42-20

Win vs. Cal Poly-SLO 35-29

Win against Montana State 35-34

Win over UNLV 34-21

Win over Northern Arizona 48-0

Win vs. Montana 39-28

Loss to Utah State 42-19

Loss to Northern Michigan 24-21 in Division II National Quarterfinals

 

1976

Loss to Idaho 16-9

Win against Augustana 42-14

Win over Humboldt State 33-0

Loss to Montana 17-14

Win over Nevada 26-8

Win over Weber State 56-31

 

1977

Win over UNLV 45-14

Win over Montana State 26-0

Win vs. Northern Arizona 27-13

Win over Idaho State 31-7

Win over Cal Poly-SLO 42-21

Win over Idaho 44-14

 

1978

Win over I-A Cal State Fullerton 42-12

Win against I-A Long Beach State 19-13

Win against Northern Michigan 31-21

Loss to Montana 15-7

Win over I-A San Jose State 30-15

Win over Weber State 14-13

Win over Idaho 48-10

 

1979

Loss to I-A Long Beach State 9-7

Win against Akron 31-21

Win over Montana State 14-0

Win over Idaho State 44-0

Win against Northern Arizona 44-7

Win vs. Cal Poly 56-14

 

1980

Loss to Southeastern Louisiana 17-13

Win over Montana 44-10

Win against Idaho 44-21

Win over Weber State 24-0

Win over I-A Cal State-Fullerton 26-11

Win against Nevada 14-3

Win over Grambling 14-9 in the Division I-AA National Semifinals

 

1981

Win over Northwestern State 32-20

Win against Rhode Island 33-9

Loss to Idaho State 21-10

Win vs. Northern Arizona 34-20

Win vs. Montana State 20-10

Win against Cal Poly 17-3

Loss to Eastern Kentucky in the I-AA National Semifinals

 

1982

Win against I-A Cal State-Fullerton 20-9

Win vs. Nevada 20-13

Win over Montana 21-14

Win over Weber State 41-21

Loss to Idaho 24-17

Win over Utah State 30-10

 

1983

Loss to I-A Cal State-Fullerton 13-10

Win vs. Eastern Washington 33-24

Win over Cal Poly 27-3

Win over Montana State 42-0

Win against Idaho State 32-20

Win over Northern Arizona 28-3

 

1984

Loss to I-A Cal State-Fullerton 27-25

Loss to I-A Fresno State 37-21

Win over Nevada 37-12

Win over Eastern Washington 45-17

Loss to Weber State 23-21

Loss to Idaho 37-0

 

1985

Win vs. UC-Davis 13-9

Win over Montana State 58-21

Loss to I-A Long Beach State 17-16

Win against Northern Arizona 24-10

Win over Idaho State 29-15

Win vs. Cal Poly 42-14

 

1986

Win over Humboldt State 74-0

Win over Montana 31-0

Win against Weber State 23-13

Loss to Nevada 21-16

Win against Northwestern State 31-7

Loss to Idaho 21-14

 

1987

Win vs. Delaware State 34-13

Win over Cal State-Northridge 30-0

Win over Montana State 35-13

Win over Eastern Washington 38-13

Loss to Idaho State 35-32

Loss to I-A Utah 31-27

Win over Northern Arizona 48-18

 

1988

Win vs. Sam Houston State 14-10

Win against Weber State 31-27

Win against Montana 31-28

Win vs. Nevada 40-28

Win vs. Eastern Illinois 12-7

Loss to Idaho 26-20

Loss to Northwestern State 22-12 in the I-AA National Playoffs

 

1989

Win over Stephen F. Austin State 23-12

Loss to I-A Long Beach State 17-14

Loss to I-A Oregon State 37-30

Win against Idaho State 20-7

Win over Montana State 37-10

Win vs. Eastern Washington 27-20

 

1990

Win vs. Stephen F. Austin State 23-12

Win against Weber State 24-14

Win vs. Boston University 34-21

Win over Montana 41-3

Win against Nevada 30-14

Loss to Idaho 21-14

Win vs. Northern Iowa in the I-AA National Playoffs

Win over Middle Tennessee State 20-13 in the I-AA National Quarterfinals

 

1991

Win over Liberty 35-14

Win over I-A Long Beach State 48-14

Win against Eastern Washington 31-17

Win over Stephen F. Austin State 38-7

Win over Northern Arizona 57-14

Win over Idaho State 38-16

Win against Montana State 31-14

 

1992

Loss to Tennessee-Chattanooga 35-20

Win over I-A Pacific 17-7

Win against Montana 27-21

Win against Weber State 24-21

Loss to Portland State 51-26

Loss to Idaho 62-16

 

1993

Win vs. Rhode Island 31-10

Win vs. Northeastern 27-13

Loss to Stephen F. Austin State 30-7

Loss to Northern Arizona 23-9

Win against Idaho State 34-27

Loss to Montana State 42-21

Loss to Eastern Washington 28-17

 

1994

Win vs. Northeastern 36-26

Win over Cal State-Northridge 40-19

Win against Division I-A Nevada 37-27

Win over Liberty 35-7

Win against Weber State 24-17

Win over Montana 38-14

Win against Idaho 27-24

Win over North Texas 24-20 in the I-AA National Playoffs

Win vs. Appalachian State 17-14 in the I-AA National Quarterfinals

Win against Marshall 28-24 in the I-AA National Semifinals

 

1995

Win vs. Sam Houston State 38-14

Loss to Northwestern State 22-17

Loss to Northern Arizona 32-13

Win over Idaho State 27-17

Win over Portland State 49-14

Win over Eastern Washington 63-44

Win over Montana State 35-7

 

1996

Loss to I-A Central Michigan 42-221

Win against Portland State 33-22

Loss to Eastern Washington 27-21

Loss to Northwestern State 20-16

Loss to I-A Utah State 39-14

Loss to I-A North Texas 30-27

Loss to I-A Idaho 64-19

 

1997

Win against Cal State-Northridge (Northridge won the game 63-23 but had to forfeit due to NCAA infractions)

Win over Weber State 24-7

Win over I-A New Mexico State 52-10

Loss to I-A Louisiana Tech 31-27

Loss to I-A Nevada 56-42

 

1998

Win against Cal State-Northridge 26-13

Loss to I-A Washington State 33-21

Win over Portland State 42-24

Loss to I-A North Texas 21-13

Win against Weber State 24-13

Win over I-A Utah State 30-16

Loss to I-A Idaho 36-35 in overtime

 

1999

Win vs. Southern Utah 35-27

Win over I-A New Mexico 20-9

Win over I-A Utah 26-20

Win over Eastern Washington 41-7

Win over I-A Nevada 52-17

Win over I-A Arkansas State 63-10

Win over I-A New Mexico State 45-26

Win over I-A Louisville 34-31 in the Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl

 

2000

Win over Northern Iowa 42-17

Win over Eastern Washington 41-23

Win over I-A North Texas 59-0

Win over I-A Utah State 66-38

Win over I-A Idaho 66-24

Win over I-A UTEP 38-23 in the Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl

 

2001

Loss to I-A Washington State 41-20

Win over I-A UTEP 42-17

Win over I-A Tulsa 41-10

Win over I-A Nevada 49-7

Win over I-A San Jose State 56-6

Win vs. I-A Central Michigan 26-10

 

2002

Win over I-A Idaho 38-21

Win over I-A Utah State 63-38

Win over I-A Hawai'i 58-31

Win over I-A Fresno State 67-21

Win against I-A Rice 49-7

Win over I-A Louisiana Tech 36-10

Win over I-A Iowa State 34-16

 

2003

Win over Idaho State 62-0

Win vs. I-A Wyoming 33-17

Win against I-A Tulsa 27-20

Win over I-A San Jose State 77-14

Win over I-A UTEP 50-21

Win over I-A Nevada 56-3

 

2004

Win over I-A Idaho 65-7

Win over I-A Oregon State 53-34

Win against I-A BYU 28-27

Win against I-A SMU 38-20

Win over I-A Fresno State 33-16

Win over I-A Hawai'i 69-3

Win over I-A Louisiana Tech 55-14

 

2005

Win over I-A Bowling Green 48-20

Win vs. Portland State 21-14

Win over I-A San Jose State 38-21

Win over I-A Nevada 49-14

Win over I-A New Mexico State 56-6

Win over I-A Idaho 70-35

Loss to I-A Boston College 27-21 in MPC Computers Bowl


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