It seems nearly every week the Boise State Broncos achieve something of historic proportion. Add another one to the books. Tonight, Boise State became just the tenth team in 73 years to compile a 48-2 or better home record for 50 games. Just another day at the office for the blue-collar Broncos.
turned back a stubborn and talented Hawai'i
team 41-34 in Bronco Stadium tonight.
With the win, Boise State
becomes just the tenth team since 1940 and the 28th in the history
of college football to compile a 50-game home record of 48-2 or better. The Broncos began the streak in the 1999
season, reeling off 14 wins in a row on the Blue Turf before a loss to Washington
State in 2001. Following that defeat, Boise
State accumulated one of the top
home winning streaks in college football history with 31 in a row until a
season-ending defeat to Boston College
in last year's MPC Computers Bowl.
Included in Boise State's
48-2 record is a 3-2 mark against schools from Bowl Championship Series
conferences, including a 3-1 record in the last five years. Boise State is 2-1
against Pac-10 teams, 1-0 vs. Big-12 teams, 0-1 against Atlantic Coast
Conference opponents, 21-0 against Western Athletic Conference foes, 6-0 vs.
the Big West (Boise State's conference affiliation through 2000), 1-0 against
Conference USA, 4-0 vs. the Mountain
West, 2-0 vs. Sun Belt teams, 2-0 vs. teams from the Metro Atlantic Conference,
1-0 vs. Division I-A independents, and 7-0
vs. I-AA opponents.
the last school to accomplish the feat in 2003, when the Cornhuskers also won
their 48th home game in 50 tries dating back to 1996. Seven schools (Princeton,
Miami of Florida, Alabama, Carlisle,
and Yale) have strung home streaks of 50 wins or more.
Besides Boise State,
the other two powers you would expect to have been capable of such a streak
recently are USC and Texas. Texas
has now put together a 36-2 home record since 1996 and is closing in on the
feat, despite a loss in Austin two
weeks ago to Ohio State.
The Trojans have won a nation-leading 28 home games in a row since 2001; they
are also 29-2 in 31 games since then.
Here's the complete list of 28 teams that have accomplished the feat:
Princeton 75 in a row (1887-1900)
Miami 58 in a
Alabama 58 in
a row (1963-1982)
Carlisle 52 in a row (1901-1915)
52 in a row (1889-1896)
Michigan 50 in
a row (1901-1907)
Yale 50 in a row (1886-1895)
Army 49-0-1 (1922-1931)
Notre Dame 49-0-1 (1914-1927)
Harvard 49-0-1 (1898-1903)
(1990-1998 and 1991-1999)
Notre Dame 49-1 (1907-1921 )
Princeton 49-1 (1869-1888)
Yale 49-1 (1902-1908)
Yale 49-1 (1900-1905)
Harvard 49-1 (1886-1892)
Nebraska 48-2 (1996-2003)
Colgate 48-2 (1921-1933)
USC 28-0 and 29-2
Texas 36-2 (1996-2006)