Boise State Fastest School To 300 Wins

In 2005, Boise State became the fastest school in the modern era to win 300 games as a four-year school. The Broncos did it in less than 38 years. The following is an updated article chronicling the 300 victories.

1968: (8-2)

#1--50-2 pasting of Westminister in what is now Bronco Stadium

#2--20-0 shutout over Eastern Washington at home. Punter Dennis Baird kept EWU at bay the entire game with his 11 punts, tied for the Bronco record. Boise State jumped on EWU for 3 touchdowns in the first quarter and held on for the win. Abe Brown scored on a 16-yard run and Eric Guthrie threw touchdowns to Baird (40 yards) and Larry Smith (5 yards). Smith led the Broncos with 106 yards rushing on 17 carries.  Quarterbacks Zimmerman and Eric Guthrie (6-9 for 186) combined to lead Coach Tony Knap's aerial attack.  The Bronco defense held Eastern Washington to just 123 yards of total offense and only 45 rushing, and Steve Forrey helped out with a 54-yard interception return to stop one threat.

#3--49-0 win over Whitworth on the road, as the Boise State defense allowed just 102 yards of total offense for the entire game and -16 yards passing, both all-time Bronco records. Abe Brown ran for 69 yards on 9 carries and scored touchdowns of 2 and 35 yards, while Dennis Baird hauled in a 42-yard pass from Eric Guthrie for another score. Gary Stivers also booted a 53-yard field goal for the Broncos. The Bronco secondary shined with 6 interceptions, led by Jim Murgoitio with 2.

#4--50-27 win at Eastern Oregon, as Abe Brown (15 carries for 115 yards) and Larry Smith (10-64) ate up big chunks of yards on the ground and time on the clock.  Eastern Oregon totaled -6 yards rushing against the Bronco defense.  

#5—7,500 fans witnessed a 27-20 shocker over Idaho State at home. Ed "The Flea" Bell was one of the top receivers in the nation, but it was Steve Forrey that made headlines. Forrey picked off no less than 4 Bengal passes, an all-time Boise State record. Bell still nearly prevailed in the end.  He hauled in a 63-yard bomb from Bengal quarterback Larry Kerychuk with 1:11 left to pull ISU within seven.  The ensuing onside kick resulted in a Bronco recovery, however, and Boise State ran out the clock.  Abe Brown enjoyed his second straight 100-yard day, bulldozing his way for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.  Running mate Larry Smith also picked up 111 yards on 17 carries and another score.  Gary Stivers added 2 field goals to aid the Bronco cause.

#6--41-0 win at home against Western State, the Broncos' 3rd shutout of the year, with Brown picking up 100 yards and two touchdowns.  It was Boise State's fifth straight win as 3,500 fans looked in.  The alert Bronco secondary held Western to just 57 yards passing and picked off four passes, two of them by Steve Forrey.

#7--61-7 win over Central Washington on the road, the Broncos' sixth straight win.  Central came into the game sporting a 6-2 record.  The Boise State defense, however, held them to 30 yards rushing on 31 attempts.  Wright and Eric Guthrie each scored two touchdowns to lead the Bronco offense.

#8--16-7 win over College of Idaho on the road, with the tough Bronco "D" holding the Coyotes to four yards rushing and 175 of total offense.  Faddie Tillman aided the Bronco cause with two field goal blocks, while linebacker Steve Svitak had nine tackles and lineman Rocky Lima had eight--Boise State finished the season with 34 interceptions to lead the nation. The Broncos averaged 38.9 points while holding opponents to just 12.5.

 

1969: (9-1)

#9--37-7 win at Central Washington, as Boise State broke open a 9-7 game in the second half.  Sophomore Pat Ebright, a former Boise High School star, led the Bronco charge with a pair of touchdown passes, one a 30-yarder to Dennis Pooley and the other a 10-yard throw to Butch Baird.

#10--66-7 win at home against Whitworth, Boise State's 10th win as a four-year school and fifth straight win at home.

#11--17-7 victory over Cal Poly-SLO on the road for Boise State's 10th consecutive win

#12--45-7 decision at Eastern Washington, as Boise State jumped out of the gate with three touchdowns and never looked back.  Abe Brown scored first on a nice 16-yard run, then quarterback Eric Guthrie tossed a 40-yard scoring strike to Dennis Baird and a 5-yard pass to Larry Smith.  Guthrie later hooked up with Baird for a 42-yard pass play and Brown scored touchdowns of 35 and 2 yards.  The Bronco defense shone as well, holding Eastern Washington to just 141 yards of total offense and only 53 rushing. 

#13--62-0 whitewashing of Southern Oregon on the road. Bronco quarterback Ron Autele was 10-13 for 117 yards, and three touchdowns and ran for another score. Two of the scoring strikes were to Allen Dykman, tight end Dave Toney caught 5 passes for 69 yards and the other TD, and former Capital High School star Dale Leatham grabbed 3 passes for 44 yards. Boise State intercepted six passes, including a 54-yard return by Steve Forrey.  Coach Tony Knap's team rang up 545 yards of total offense to just 141 for Southern Oregon.   Abe Brown led the Bronco ground game with 69 yards on nine carries while Haley picked up 67 yards on 16 carries.  Gary Stivers booted a 53-yard field goal as well, a record that would stand 13 years until Mark Jensen topped it in 1982 with a 54-yarder.  The Bronco defense was amazing once again in holding their opponent to two yards rushing.  Linebacker Steve Vogel led the Bronco defense with 10 tackles.

#14--51-7 win at home against Hiram Scott, as Ken Johnson gained 111 interception return yards, an all-time Bronco record. 6,506 fans looked on as Boise State recorded 7 interceptions. Johnson stole three himself and scored on returns of 56 and 52 yards.  The Bronco offense scored on its first three possessions.  Hiram cross the 50 just once in the second half and managed just 23 yards rushing against the stout Bronco defense.  Larry Smith hit paydirt twice for the Bronco offense.

#15--23-20 come-from-behind win at Western State, led by the foot of placekicker Gary Stivers. Stivers hit 3 field goals in the game, including a 33-yard effort that split the uprights for the winning score. Moments before, punter Dennis Baird's 44-yard rumble after a fake punt tied the score at 20, allowing Stivers to perform his heroics.  The Bronco placekicked also booted field goals of 45 and 39 yards.  The Broncos totaled 451 yards of total offense.

#16--35-27 win over Idaho State at home for Boise State's fifth straight win.  Henry Jenkins returned an Idaho State punt for 91 yards and a touchdown. Jenkins field the ball on his own 9, cut to the left right through the heart of the ISU kickoff return team. Somehow, he emerged untouched, cut to the sidelines and sped to the pylon. Kenzie Davis had another 65-yard punt return that went the distance. Ed "The Flea" Bell had gained national attention as Idaho State's superb receiver and 11,600 fans came out to see what the buzz was about. Bell was contained by the Bronco secondary that picked off 5 Dan Halt passes to thwart Bengal drives. Ken Johnson and Steve Forrey grabbed two interceptions each and helped limit Halt to 11-of-44 passing.  The Flea did grab 6 catches to lead the Bengals. Bell finished the season with 96 receptions, 1,522 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns, all small college records. Quarterback Eric Guthrie's 45-yard scramble for six and Larry Smith's 75 yards on 16 carries led the ground attack. Abe Brown also gained 62 yards on 21 carries.  Guthrie fired three touchdowns for the Broncos.  Dennis Baird was the top receiver for the Broncos with 6 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. Coach Tony Knap's team amassed 402 yards of total offense, exploding for four first half touchdowns and then holding on.  Idaho State Coach Ed Cavenaugh had this to say, "We got beat by a helluva ball team. And that was the best defense we have seen all season long, including Montana."

#17--45-0 win at home against College of Idaho led by Abe Brown, who had an outstanding day carrying the ball with 134 yards on 23 attempts and 3 touchdowns. Alan Ellert had four sacks of Coyote quarterback Lon Troxel. 

 

1970: (8-3, 2-2 Big Sky)

#18--49-14 win over Chico State at home in the first game in Bronco Stadium

#19--35-0 win at home against Eastern Montana

#20--34-20 win vs. Central Washington at home thanks to the effort of Ebright, who started the game instead of regular starter Eric Guthrie. Ebright hit wide receiver Al Marshall in the end zone for a 31-yard pass play that was the Bronco's go-ahead score. John Walker finished with 15 tackles for Boise State, and Scott Bowles blocked a Central Washington field goal.

#21--17-10 win on the road in Bozeman in Boise State's first Big Sky Conference game and the Broncos' 10th consecutive win as well as their 10th straight road victory (against 1 loss). Faddie Tillman's fumble recover at the Bobcat 14 set up a 15-yard run by Guthrie for Boise State's first-ever Big Sky touchdown. It was a defensive struggle throughout, as the Bronco defense held Montana State to 57 yards passing and 210 yards of total offense. Boise State put together a solid 72-yard drive for the game-winner, capped by Ross Wright's 1-yard plunge.

#22--57-0 shutout over Southern Oregon at home

#23--12-0 blanking of Eastern Washington at home, another 3-shutouts season for Boise State. At the time, Eastern Washington was known as the Savages. Reserve quarterback Pat Ebright's 2 touchdown passes and a superb defense allowed the Broncos to escape with the wine

#24--24-3 win in the Minidome in Pocatello over Idaho State. Prior to the game, the Boise State Beta Sigma Chi fraternity rolled an empty beer keg 250 miles from Boise to the Minidome, setting a national record.

#25--41-7 win at College of Idaho, as Ebright was 15-24 for 161 yards and 3 touchdowns. Halfback Gary Evans hit Rob Wates for another 5-yard score. Ross Wright had 76 yards on 13 carries and Cary Hoshaw had 4 rushes for 66 yards as the Broncos held a 21-6 edge in first downs.

 

1971: (10-2, 4-2 Big Sky)

#26--42-14 win over Division I Idaho

#27--18-14 decision at home vs. Cal Poly-SLO

#28--First win over Nevada, 17-10 in Reno, a game which featured 11 punts by Boise State's Eric Guthrie, tying the Bronco record.

#29--47-24 win at home against Montana--The Grizzlies had enjoyed back-to-back undefeated regular seasons in 1969 and 1970 to go along with Big Sky titles and berths in the Camellia Bowl each year.

#30--34-28 win on the road against Eastern Washington

#31--35-26 win over Central Washington in Bronco Stadium

#32--52-24 win at home against Montana State, as receiver Don Hutt hauled in 4 touchdown passes to set the single-game Bronco record that has been tied twice.

#33--22-17 win at home against Northern Arizona to clinch Boise State's first-ever Big Sky Conference title. Placekicker Eric Guthrie (who was also the punter and starting quarterback) kicked 5 field goals to set an all-time record in the game.

#34--28-21 win at home over College of Idaho, allowing Boise State to climb to 7th in the NCAA Division II polls.

#35--32-28 win over Chico State in the Camellia Bowl, at the time the equivalent of the Division II national championship at the time. Boise State scored 25 points in the 4th quarter to get the win. The game was broadcast nationally on ABC-TV with Keith Jackson doing the play by play. In 1971, a player could not play professional in one sport and college in the other, and Boise State was forced to forfeit the bowl trophy, but not the win in the standings (Bronco quarterback Eric Guthrie also played pro baseball).

 

1972: (7-4, 3-3 Big Sky)

#36--36-16 win at home against UNLV and the Broncos' first win over the Rebels.  The two teams racked up 945 yards in total offense between them in front of 13,418 in Bronco Stadium.  Boise State started out of the gate with 23 points within 7:28 of the first quarter to take control of the game.  Safety Joe Larkin keyed the surge when he recovered a Steve Matousek fumble and ran it back 71 yards for a touchdown.  Larkin, also the Broncos' placekicker, was too pooped after his long run to get the ball through the upright!  Quarterback Ron Autele hit Rod Stearns with 52 seconds remaining in the half.  Stearns had two catches for 97 yards and a touchdown, while Don Hutt was on the receiving end of four passes for 49 yards and another score.

#37--21-15 win at Humboldt State, as Boise State won it in style.  With 7:53 to play, defensive end Mark Goodman forced a fumble and John Walker recovered to breathe life into the Broncos.  Ron Autele engineered a drive down the field, hitting Marshall from 17 yards out for the go-ahead touchdown with 2:36 left.  The Humboldt defense double-covered All-American receiver Don Hutt the entire game, leaving speedy Al Marshall to take advantage with eight catches for 121 yards and a touchdown.  The Bronco defense intercepted five passes on the evening, three of them halting Lumberjack passes.

#38--49-16 win in Bronco Stadium against Weber State.  Although the Broncos had beaten Weber State consistently in junior college, the Wildcats had been a thorn in Boise State's side since the move to a four-year school in1968, defeating Coach Tony Knap's team three out of the four years.  In 1972, 14,776 turned out in Bronco Stadium to help turn the tide.  Quarterback Ron Autele had one of his finest games as a Bronco, tossing touchdown passes of 26, 37, 39 and 38 yards and running for two TD's himself.  Don Hutt caught two of those scoring strikes from Autele.  The opportunistic Bronco defense recovered five Weber fumbles and picked off three passes as Boise State moved into a tie for the Big Sky Conference lead with Montana State and Montana.

#39--56-19 decision over Nevada at home for Boise State's 10th straight win in Bronco Stadium as Boise State bounced back from a 26-21 road defeat at the hands of Cal Poly-SLO. In the game, Bronco runners carried the ball a record 83 times for 516 yards.  Harry Riener led the explosion with 130 yards.  Quarterback Ron Autele threw two touchdown passes and scored another on the ground. 

#40--33-7 win at Portland State despite 210 yards in penalties assessed against the Broncos.  Coach Tony Knap's group exploded for 19 fourth-quarter points to break open a close game.  The back-breaker for Portland State came when Boise State was pinned in at their own 10-yard line.  Ron Autele went pack to pass, just steps outside his own end zone.  He found wide receiver Al Marshall on the 18, who turned on the jets and simply outran the entire Viking secondary for a 90-yard touchdown.  The long-distance TD set a school record that would last 30 years and still stands as #3 all-time.  Marshall averaged 40.8 yards per catch (5-204) in the game, which remains a record for the highest yards per catch total with a minimum of 5 receptions.  Autele also lofted aerials of 30 to Don Hutt and 38 to Rod Stearns during the onslaught and an earlier scoring strike to Hutt.  Autele finished 7-16 for 243 for the Broncos.  Hutt had three receptions for 80 yards while Stearns ended with two catches for 80 yards.  The Bronco defense played one of the better games in school history, holding Portland State to just 68 yards rushing and three complete passes for a total of eight yards through the air.   

#41—A crowd of 14,017 jammed Bronco Stadium to witness the budding rivalry with Idaho State.  Although the Broncos had prevailed three of four years, all of the games had been thrilling.  With Idaho State on the Bronco 26, Linebacker Don Rae knocked down a Tom Lee pass on fourth down with less than a minute left to preserve a 31-28 squeaker over the Bengals.  Wide receiver Don Hutt broke the school record for receptions with 11 for 126 yards.  Hutt and Al Marshall held the existing record with nine catches each.  The win, which ended Idaho State's Big Sky Conference title hopes, was ironic in that the Bengals' 26-21 win over the Broncos the previous year had knocked Boise State out of the championship.  The Bronco defense was responsible for three of the four Boise State touchdowns.  Greg Frederick picked off two passes to lead the charge.  With the Broncos trailing 21-17 in the third quarter, Blessing Bird blocked a punt and defensive end Mark Goodman scooped it up and ran 11 yards into the end zone to put Boise State ahead

#42--39-12 win at Northern Arizona to finish the season at 7-4.  The Bronco defense stepped up big by stopping the Lumberjacks twice within the four-yard line in a scoreless fourth quarter.  Boise State broke open a tight 14-12 halftime lead, aided by a 72-yard scoring strike from Ron Autele to John Smith.  Billy Stephens (8 carries for 69 yards) and Chester Grey (7-69) paced the Bronco running attack.

 

1973: (10-3, 6-0 Big Sky)

#43--47-24 win in Moscow over Idaho--Idaho players, fresh from a 62-14 romp over UTEP the week before, strutted through the Bronco locker room before the game doing chants and assorted nonsense before a surprised group of Broncos.

#44--27-17 win at home vs. Montana State for Boise State's 25th win at home (vs. 4 defeats)

#45--64-7 victory against Portland State, featuring 642 yards of total offense by the Broncos.  The Portland State game represented the 10th time that a Bronco team had scored 50 or more points.

#46--34-7 win at Weber State

#47--21-6 win against Northern Arizona

#48--55-7 win over Montana in Bronco Stadium, when the Bronco ground game was in perfect form, picking up 531 yards for an all-time record.

#49--21-17 barnburner in Pocatello against Idaho State to clinch Boise State's first Big Sky Conference title and the Broncos' first undefeated Big Sky season.  Quarterback Ron Autele led the Broncos 89 yards in the final minute, arching a 10-yard scoring pass to Don Hutt to defeat the Bengals.  Autele and Hutt hooked up earlier for a touchdown, Hutt's 10th of the year, and Autele also ran one in for Coach Tony Knap's team.  Idaho State dominated for three quarters as the Bengals kept Boise State's offense off balance.  Dave Nicely's 43-yard run set up Autele's touchdown with 5:52 left to cut the margin to 17-14.  Nicely picked up 71 yards as the Broncos were without both John Smith and Ron Emry the second half.  Autele finished 10-of-16 passing for 129 yards.  Ron Davis led the Bronco defense with 15 tackles while Mark Goodman had 11.

#50--42-10 victory over the #4 team in Division II, Cal Poly-SLO for Boise State's 50th win

#51--wild 32-31 win over U-C Davis on the road in one of the most exciting games in Bronco history. A touchdown pass from Jim McMillan to Dave Nicely with six seconds left, followed by Rolly Woolsey's extra point, captured the win in dramatic fashion. Boise State finished the season #7 in the Associated Press Division II poll.

#52--53-10 win at home against South Dakota for Boise State's first NCAA Division II playoff win (quarterfinal game) Quarterback Jim McMillan set postseason records for passing percentage by hitting 21 of 30 and touchdown passes with 4. John Smith also set a mark with his 86-yard kickoff return. Receiver Don Hutt snared 3 McMillan missiles for touchdowns.

 

1974: (10-2, 6-0 Big Sky)

#53--41-21 win on the road against Cal Poly-SLO. Running back John Smith averaged 12.5 yards per carry (12-150), setting a Bronco record with a minimum of 10 attempts.

#54--41-7 win over Chico State

#55--40-37 win in Bozeman vs. Montana State

#56--36-16 win over Nevada

#57--61-3 victory against Idaho State, one of the largest margins in Bronco history.  Quarterback Jim McMillan and the Bronco offense were unstoppable.  McMillan hit 12 of 17 passes for 187 yards while backup Lee Huey connected on 9 of 12 with two touchdowns.  John Crabtree led the Bronco receivers with eight catches for 152 yards and one touchdown.  Boise State generated 500 yards of total offense to just 184 to their visitors from the east.  Reserves were plentiful in the second half, with Bob Cleveland catching two touchdown passes.  A crowd of 14,310 watched the contest between the state rivals. 

#58--45-13 win on the road against Northern Arizona, as two Bronco interceptions paved the way.   The first was by Clint Sigman in the end zone that thwarted a Lumberjack drive.  The Broncos then went on a 78-yard drive to go ahead 10-6 with 2:31 left in the half.  On NAU's next possession, Rolly Woolsey intercepted a pass and returned it to the Lumberjack 18.  Three plays later, running back Ron Emry scored from three yards out with 37 seconds remaining.  Quarterback Jim McMillan hit 16 of 27 passes for 202 yards, while Lee Huey was 8-12 for 88 yards.  John Crabtree once again led Boise State with six catches for 64 yards.  Linebacker Ron Davis had 13 tackles to pace the Bronco defense.

#59--42-14 win in Bronco Stadium vs. Weber State, Boise State's 10th consecutive Big Sky Conference win

#60--41-20 win over UC Davis

#61--56-42 thriller against Montana for Boise State's first win in Missoula and the Broncos' 25th road win (vs. 11 defeats) Quarterback Jim McMillan set the all-time record of 6 touchdown passes and running back John Smith caught 4 of those to tie the receiving touchdowns record in that game.

#62--53-29 win over Idaho to give Boise State a 3rd Big Sky Conference championship. McMillan capped his Boise State home career by completing 30 of 42 passes.  The win over the Vandals was the 15th time that Boise State had scored 50 or more points.

 

1975: (9-2-1, 5-0-1 Big Sky)

#63--42-20 home opening win over Cal State-Hayward

#64--35-29 win at home against Cal Poly-SLO, when Quarterback Greg Stern found Mike Holton for a 46-yard scoring play with 44 seconds left.

#65--28-13 win on the road against Weber State

#66--35-34 victory against Montana State, as Holton's heroics again propelled the Broncos to a close win. With 31 seconds remaining, Holton once again got loose in the secondary, and this time Quarterback Lee Huey hit him with a 32-yard strike for the go-ahead touchdown.

#67--34-21 win at home against UNLV

#68--48-0 win over Northern Arizona, as the Bronco defense forced 6 Lumberjack fumbles to set an all-time record and allowed just 1 pass completion.

#69--39-28 win against Montana, at the time a record 18th straight home win

#70--49-6 win in Reno vs. Nevada, Boise State's 25th Big Sky Conference win (vs. 7 losses and a tie)

#71--20-17 win over Idaho State on the road to clinch Boise State's 4th Big Sky Conference title, 3rd in a row and 18th in a row without a loss. Boise State ended the remarkable 3-year Big Sky run of 18 games without a loss (with a tie as the only blemish).

 

1976: (5-5-1, 2-4 Big Sky)

#72--42-14 home win over Augustana

#73--33-0 shutout over Humboldt State, Boise State's 10th shutout victory

#74--26-8 decision over Nevada

#75--36-0 win on the road against Idaho State

#76--56-31 victory vs. Weber State

 

1977: (9-2, 6-0 Big Sky)

#77--19-9 win on the road over Weber State

#78--45-14 win against UNLV

#79--26-0 shutout over defending Division II National Champion Montana State

#80--43-17 win in Missoula against Montana

#81--27-13 win against Northern Arizona in Bronco Stadium

#82--23-16 win on the road in Boise State's first win over Utah State

#83--31-7 home win over Idaho State, the 50th win in Bronco Stadium against 8 losses

#84--42-21 win over Cal Poly-SLO

#85--44-14 win at Idaho to clinch a 5th Big Sky Conference championship and 4th undefeated run through the Big Sky. Boise State finishes its Division II years with a record of 85-26-2)

 

1978: (7-4, 3-3 Big Sky)

#86--42-12 win over Division I-A Cal State-Fullerton, Boise State's 1st win as a Division I-AA program

#87--19-13 win over Division I-A Long Beach State

#88--31-21 win in Bronco Stadium over Northern Michigan. Cedric Minter set the all-time single game rushing record of 261 yards in the game.

#89--30-15 win over Division I-A San Jose State. Minter carried the ball 38 times in the game, a Bronco record.

#90--14-13 squeaker at home over Weber State

#91--16-14 win over Idaho State on the road

#92--48-10 win over Idaho

 

1979: (10-1, 7-0 Big Sky)

#93--22-3 win over Division I-A Cal State-Fullerton on the road

#94--31-21 win over Akron

#95--14-0 win over Montana State, Boise State's 10th I-AA win (vs. 5 losses)

#96--37-35 thriller on the road vs. Montana

#97--41-17 win on the road against Idaho

#98--44-0 win over Idaho State (Rick Woods set the all-time record for punt returns with 9 in that game, and Bronco runners set another all-time mark with a 9.4 yards per carry average (46-433).)

#99--23-7 win in Ogden over Weber State

#100--44-7 win over Northern Arizona for Boise State's 100th win (against 31 losses and 2 ties)

#101--28-27 win in Reno vs. Nevada to complete another undefeated Big Sky season (the Broncos were ineligible for the conference crown or any post-season action due to an illegal scouting violation in 1978)

#102--56-14 win over Cal Poly, helped by Boise State's record 7 interceptions.

 

1980: (10-3, 6-1 Big Sky)

#103--28-7 shocker over Division I-A Utah in Salt Lake City s 3,000 Bronco fans traveled to see the first matchup of the two teams, Boise State's 11th straight win. Running Back Terry Zahner rushed for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns to pace the Bronco offense while Linebacker Dan Williams stopped the Utes cold with 15 tackles.

#104--20-18 win in Flagstaff over tough Northern Arizona, behind Running Back Cedric Minter's 171 yards rushing.

#105--44-10 win against Montana

#106--44-21 win over Idaho (#9 in Division I-AA) in Bronco Stadium before a then-record crowd of 21,812.

#107--24-0 shutout over Weber State

#108--26-11 win over Division I-A Cal State Fullerton

#109--14-3 decision over Nevada to clinch the Broncos' 6th Big Sky Conference crown

#110--22-13 win at Idaho State for Boise State's 50th Big Sky Conference win (against 15 losses and 1 tie) and 25th win as a I-AA school (vs. 8 losses)

#111--amazing 14-9 win over Grambling in Bronco Stadium in Boise State's first-ever Division I-AA playoff game (I-AA semi-final game). Grambling was led by legendary coach Eddie Robinson and had supplied the NFL with top talent for years. They featured Trumaine Johnson and the "Trees of Terror" on defense.

#112--31-29 thrilling win over Eastern Kentucky in Sacramento, California for the I-AA National Championship! Aliotti completed 24 of 41 passes in the game.

 

1981: (10-3, 6-1 Big Sky)

#113--32-20 win over Northwestern State

#114--33-9 win at home against Rhode Island

#115--34-20 win in Bronco Stadium vs. Northern Arizona

#116--27-13 win at Montana

#117--20-10 win vs. Montana State

#118--33-19 decision over Weber State on the road

#119--13-3 win at Nevada

#120--17-6 win against Cal Poly

#121--45-43 win in Moscow over Idaho, fueled by John Broadous' 100-yard kickoff return, a Bronco record.

#122--19-7 win over Jackson State in the NCAA Division I-AA national quarterfinals for Boise State's first road playoff win and 5th post season victory (against 3 losses). Running back Rodney Webster set postseason records with 25 carries and 156 yards in the game.  The Bronco defense recovered four Tiger fumbles and intercepted two passes, including a spectacular pickoff by safety Rick Woods, who returned it for 73-yards.  Dan LeBeau had 12 tackles to lead the defense, while Ray Santucci and Curt Hecker had 11 each and defensive tackle Randy Trautman had 10. 

 

1982: (8-3, 4-3 Big Sky)

#123--20-9 win over Division I-A Cal State-Fullerton

#124--A monumental 20-13 win over Nevada, Boise State's 75th win in Bronco Stadium against just 13 defeats

#125--22-15 win on the road against Division I-A Pacific

#126--21-14 home win over Montana

#127--41-21 win over Weber State

#128--26-24 win on the road at Cal Poly

#129--30-10 win over Utah State in which linebacker John Rade recorded an amazing 8 tackles for loss, far and away the all-time Boise State record.

#130--27-24 decision at Idaho State, Boise State's 50th road win vs. 25 defeats and two ties

 

1983: (6-5, 4-3 Big Sky)

#131--33-14 win over Eastern Washington

#132--27-3 decision over Cal Poly

#133--42-0 blanking of Montana State

#134--38-27 win at Weber State

#135--32-20 win over Idaho State in Bronco Stadium for Boise State's 50th win as a I-AA school (vs. 18 losses)

#136--28-3 win over Northern Arizona

 

1984: (6-5, 4-3 Big Sky)

#137--37-12 win over Nevada

#138--45-17 win at home against Eastern Washington

#139--26-23 win in Pocatello vs. Idaho State

#140--14-12 win at Northern Arizona

#141--35-7 win at Montana

#142--14-10 win at Cal Poly

 

1985: (7-4, 5-2 Big Sky)

#143--13-9 win over UC-Davis, as kicker Roberto Moran nailed a 56-yard field goal, the longest in Bronco history.

#144--58-21 drubbing of Montana State

#145--24-10 home win against Northern Arizona

#146--24-21 win at Weber State

#147--29-15 win vs. Idaho State when placekicker Roberto Moran booted 5 field goals to tie the all-time Bronco record.

#148--28-3 win at Montana

#149--42-14 decision over Cal Poly

 

1986: (5-6, 3-4 Big Sky)

#150--74-0 win over Humboldt State, so dominated by the Bronco defense that the Humboldt running game averaged a negative 1.1 yards per carry, an all-time Bronco record.

#151--31-14 win in Bozeman vs. Montana State

#152--31-0 win over Montana, Boise State's 75th Big Sky Conference victory (against 28 losses and a tie)

#153--23-13 win against Weber State

#154--31-17 win over Northwestern State, as Boise State recovered a record 6 fumbles.

 

1987: (6-5, 4-4 Big Sky)

#155--34-13 win over Delaware State

#156--30-0 win over Cal State-Northridge

#157--35-13 win over Montana State

#158--38-13 win over Eastern Washington

#159--36-31 in at Nevada

#160--48-18 win against Northern Arizona

 

1988: (8-4, 5-3 Big Sky)

#161--29-10 win at Division I-A Long Beach State  

#162--14-10 win vs. Sam Houston State, as Duane Halliday fired a six-yard pass and wide receiver Terry Heffner caught it in the back of the end zone with only his toes touching the ground.  Boise State drove 81 yards in three minutes to pull out the victory.  The Bronco defense was amazing, stopping Sam Houston State on fourth down three separate times.  In two other drives, the Bronco "D" forced field goal attempts that failed.  The victory was Boise State's 100th win in Bronco Stadium (vs. 24 losses)    

#163--24-21 win at Northern Arizona, where linebacker Scott Russell dominated, making an incredible 28 tackles, the all-time Bronco record.

#164--31-27 win against Weber State

#165--31-28 home win against Montana

#166--40-28 win over Nevada

#167--31-10 win at Idaho State

#168--12-7 win against Eastern Illinois

 

1989: (6-5, 5-3 Big Sky)

#169--23-12 decision over Stephen F. Austin State

#170--41-24 road victory over Weber State

#171--20-7 win over Idaho State

#172--21-14 win against Northern Arizona, getting the tie at 14 when Chris Thomas runs it back 94 yards for a touchdown.  Then, the Broncos win the game when quarterback Mike Virden scrambles to his right and finds Terry Heffner in the end zone for a 37-yard touchdown.  Boise State held the top Big Sky Conference rushing team to just 54 yards on the ground.

#173--37-10 win vs. Montana State

#174--27-20 win over Eastern Washington.  Boise State fought back from a 13-0 halftime deficit.  Quarterback Mike Virden dropped back to pass at his 32 and found tight end Larry Stayner for a short play at the 40.  Stayner got a block and headed toward the right sideline.  He broke a tackle and continued down the field.  An Eagle had him collared at the EWU 40, but Stayner slipped out of that, then broke another tackle and had his eyes on the end zone.  Stayner was finally brought down as he fell into the end zone for a 68-yard touchdown to tie the game.

 

1990: (10-4, 6-2 Big Sky)

#175--14-10 win over Stephen F. Austin State

#176--24-14 win over Idaho State

#177--34-21 win in Bronco Stadium against Boston University

#178--41-3 win over Montana

#179--28-20 win over Northern Arizona in Flagstaff

#180--44-16 win at Idaho State

#181--31-27 win at Montana State

#182--30-14 win over Nevada

#183--20-3 win over Northern Iowa in the NCAA Division I-AA first round, which saw punter Mike Black tied the Bronco record with 11 punts and cornerback Frank Robinson halt 3 Northern Iowa drives with interceptions. The Bronco defense held Northern Iowa to a negative 5 yards rushing and only 156 yards of total offense.

#184--20-13 win over Middle Tennessee State in the I-AA Quarterfinals, when the stingy Boise State defense again excelled, limiting MTSU to 26 yards passing.

 

1991: (7-4, 4-4 Big Sky)

#185--35-14 victory over Liberty for Boise State's 100th win as a I-AA school (against 52 losses)

#186--48-14 win over Division I-A Long Beach State

#187--31-17 win over Eastern Washington

#188--38-7 win at home over Stephen F. Austin State

#189--57-14 win over Northern Arizona

#190--38-16 win over Idaho State

#191--31-14 win against Montana State, Boise State's 100th Big Sky Conference victory vs. 47 defeats and 1 tie)

 

1992: (5-6, 3-4 Big Sky)

#192--17-7 win over Division I-A Pacific

#193--24-20 win over Stephen F. Austin State on the road

#194--27-21 win over Montana, the 125th win for Boise State in Bronco Stadium (against only 30 defeats)

#195--20-14 win at Northern Arizona

#196--24-21 win against Weber State

 

1993: (3-8, 1-6 Big Sky)

#197--31-10 win over Rhode Island

#198—Willie Bowens ran for 211 yards as Boise state earned a 27-13 win over Northeastern.

#199--34-27 win against Idaho State

 

1994: (13-2, 6-1 Big Sky)

#200-- K.C. Adams ran for 172 yards and three touchdowns to lead Boise State to a 36-26 win over Northeastern, Boise State's 200th win as a four-year school (vs. only 96 losses and 2 ties).  19,509 in Bronco Stadium saw Tony Hilde hit 20 of 31 passes for 276 yards.  The game marked the first time that Boise State started two 300-pounders on the offensive line, tackle Keith Jeffrey (6-5, 329) and guard Marty Bennas (6-1, 305)

#201—Boise State broke open a tie game with 21 unanswered points in a 40-19 win over Cal State-Northridge.  The Broncos gained momentum on a miraculous 3rd down and 49 play on their own 16.  Tony Hilde hit Jarett Hausske for a 84-yard touchdown pass to shock Northridge.  K.C. Adams also had a highlight 79-yard punt return, in which he took the ball at his own 21, bounced off several would-be tacklers, hit the jets and sprinted down the east sideline.  Adams finished the game just six yards shy of the Bronco all-purpose rushing record for a game.  Adams carried 24 times for 129 yards and caught three passes for another 27 yards.  Adams became the first back since Chris Thomas in 1989 to get back-to-back 100 yard games.  Tony Hilde was 18 of 32 passing for 252 yards.

#202—This one was for the Board.  The State Board of Education was to meet the next week to determine if Boise State would be allowed to go to the Big West Conference and Division I-A.  Boise State's opponent was none other than former Big Sky Conference rival Nevada, who had moved on to the Big West themselves.  Rashid Gayle led a sterling effort by the Bronco defense with 12 tackles and two interceptions as Boise State held off Nevada for a 37-27 win in Bronco Stadium.  Coach Pokey Allen's Broncos put on quite a show for their distinguished guests.  Coach Pokey Allen's book of tricks opened early on Nevada.  On the third play of the game, Tony Hilde handed off to Adams, who handed off to Ryan Ikebe on the reverse.  Ikebe then pitched it to Hilde, who hit a streaking Jarett Hausske with a perfect pass.  Then, with Nevada lined up at the Bronco 17, Rashid Gayle stepped in front of a Mike Maxwell pass intended for Alex Van Dyke and took it 87 yards to the Nevada 1.  The play of the game occurred with 18 seconds remaining in the half.  Boise State had opened a 24-0 first quarter lead, only to see the Wolf Pack storm back for 17 points of their own.  With Boise State lining up at the Nevada 37, Tony Hilde fired a quick pass to Michael Richmond, who pitched it to K.C. Adams on the Hook & Ladder.  Adams sprinted the remaining 29 yards for the score right before halftime.  Adams finished with 23 rushes for 98 yards and Hilde added nine carries for 57 yards.  Greg Erickson kicked three field goals for the Broncos.  Nevada won the game between the hash marks with 538 yards of total offense to Boise State's 348 and 28 first downs to 14 for the Broncos. 

#203--35-7 win over Liberty

#204--28-16 win over Northern Arizona in Flagstaff (Running Back K.C. Adams set an all-time Bronco record for his 80-yard touchdown in the game, the longest running play from scrimmage at the time.)

#205--24-17 win over Weber State

#206--38-10 win in Bozeman over Montana State

#207--38-14 win over Montana

#208--16-13 win against Eastern Washington

#209--27-24 win over Idaho to clinch Boise State's 7th Big Sky Conference championship

#210--24-20 win over North Texas in the First Round of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs

#211--17-14 come-from-behind win over #2 Appalachian State in the I-AA Quarterfinals, as wide receiver Ryan Ikebe grabbed 4 catches for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns in the victory.  Boise State's opportunistic defense recovered three fumbles and interception four passes.  Stefan Reid recorded 12 tackles for the Broncos while Travis Thompson had 10.  Quarterback Tony Hilde and Ikebe hooked up for two huge scores, the first a 61-yard pass play in the second quarter and the second a 64-yarder with 1:27 remaining in the third.  K.C. Adams led the Bronco ground game with 87 yards on 20 carries.      

#212--thrilling 28-24 comeback win over Marshall in the I-AA Semifinals before 20,068 in Bronco Stadium, Boise State's 10th straight home win, 8th I-AA playoff win (vs. 3 defeats) and 10th postseason victory (against 6 losses). Tony Hilde's pass to Lee Schrack completed the comeback that saw Boise State rally from a 24-7 deficit.  Schrack had earlier scored on a 34-yard pass play from backup quarterback Mark Paljetak, who entered the game due to an inury to Hilde and promptly guided the Broncos 61 yards in five plays with 2:25 left in the first half.  Willie Bowens consistently gave Boise State excellent field position with his postseason record of 146 kickoff return yards.

 

1995: (7-4, 4-3 Big Sky)

#213--38-14 win over Division I-A Utah State in Logan

#214--38-14 win over Sam Houston State, Boise State's 11th straight win at home

#215--40-14 win at Weber State

#216--27-17 win against Idaho State

#217--49-14 win vs. Portland State

#218--63-44 win over Eastern Washington

#219--35-7 win over Montana State in Boise State's final Big Sky Conference game (114-61-1) and final Division I-AA game (134-76)

 

1996: (2-10, 1-4 Big West)

#220--33-22 win over Portland State for Boise State's 1st win as a Division I-A school

#221--33-32 win at New Mexico State for Boise State's 1st win in the Big West Conference.  New Mexico State had driven 80 yards in twelve plays to score what it hoped was the winning touchdown with 43 seconds left on the clock. On the New Mexico State kickoff, Ryan Ikebe was deep for the return. Just before
reaching his blocking wedge he handed the ball to Andre Horace who was reversing his direction. Horace took the handoff and headed up the left sideline. At midfield he cut to the middle and made it to the New Mexico State 22 yard line before being brought down. On the second play of the possession and with no time outs remaining, Tony Hilde connected with Ikebe on a 22 yard pass for the winning points with 14 seconds left.  The victory halted the longest losing streak in the history of Boise State at eight games.

 

1997: (5-6, 3-2 Big West)

#222--23-63 loss to Cal State-Northridge that was later forfeited to count as a win

#223--24-7 win over Weber State.  Gavin Reed gained 76 yards on the ground and fullback Davey Malaythong added 58, while Shaunard Harts caught three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown as the Broncos defeated former Big Sky Conference mate Weber.

#224--52-10 win over New Mexico State for Boise State's first Big West win at home.  Quarterback Nate Sparks hit 10 of 14 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns while NickoTatum ran for 100 yards (on 15 carries) and two more scores as the Broncos put away the Aggies in Bronco Stadium.  Big plays propelled the Broncos to victory:  Tatum's 50-yard run, Sparks' 66-yard pass play to speedster Corey Nelson and Ross Farris's 73-yard interception return highlighted the Boise State win.  Farris's pick six was the fifth longest in Bronco history. 

#225--17-14 win at North Texas for Boise State's 75th road win (vs. 69 losses and two ties).  The Broncos controlled the clock for nearly 40 minutes, grounding out 278 yards on the ground.  Nicko Tatum led the Bronco attack with 110 yards on 19 carries, while Gavin Reed had 94 yards on 24 carries and quarterback Nate Sparks picked up 63 yards on 23 carries. 

#226--30-23 win in overtime over Idaho, a thrilling victory in Moscow.  After a freak 99-yard fumble return by Idaho's Gibbs gave the Vandals a 23-6 lead, the Broncos stormed back with 23 unanswered points, capped by a five-yard toss from Bart Hendricks to Eron Hurley in overtime.  It was the third TD strike from Hendricks, who threw for 378 yards on 26 of 38 passing.  Rod Smith excelled in the come from behind win with 13 catches for 165 yards.  Hendricks spread the ball to eight different receivers with Mike Davisson (3-88) and Tony Mamaril (3-52) coming up big.  Gavin Reed kept the Moscow defense honest with 87 yards on the ground to lead Boise State.  The Bronco defense held Idaho to just 58 yards rushing and 252 yards of total offense.

 

1998: (6-5, 2-3 Big West)

#227--26-13 win over Cal State-Northridge.  Eron Hurley gained 93 yards on the ground and Bart Hendricks hooked up with Corey Nelson for a 79-yard touchdown play to lead the Broncos to victory before an opening day crowd of 25, 127.

#228--42-24 win vs. Portland State for Boise State's 150th win in Bronco Stadium (against 45 losses) before a crowd of 22,412.  The Broncos spotted Portland State a 10-0 first quarter lead, then erupted for 555 yards of total offense, including 380 on the ground (6th all-time).  Shaunard Harts squirted through the defense for 165 yards on 19 carries, Eron Hurley gained 123 yards on 22 carries and Bart Hendricks gained another 72 yards on six carries. 

#229—Quarterback Nate Sparks tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Rodney Smith with 45 seconds left as Boise State defeated Utah 31-28 in Salt Lake City.  Sparks completed 6-of-8 passes for 93 yards after replacing starter Bart Hendricks.  Hendricks was 17-of-35 for 240 yards and three touchdowns.  The win was the second in four meetings with Utah.  Hendricks led the Broncos on an important drive just prior to halftime, taking the Broncos to the Utah 4, where Todd Belcastro kicked a 21-yard field goal with 15 seconds left to give Boise State a 17-14 lead going into the locker room.  Smith ended with seven catches for 96 yards, while Antwain Wilson grabbed five passes for 139 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown from Hendricks.    

#230--24-13 win vs. Weber State before 20,766 fans, as quarterback Nate Sparks threw three touchdown passes, two to wide receiver Rodney Smith.  Eron Hurley was a workhorse for the Broncos, toting the ball 37 times for 183 yards. 

#231--30-16 win against Utah State, as Boise State rallied from a 16-7 fourth-quarter deficit before 19,561 in Bronco Stadium.  Shawn Sandoval and Jeff Davis each returned interceptions for touchdowns to rally Boise.  Utah State held the Bronco offense to just 203 total yards, but return yardage (128) and the two interceptions proved to be the difference.  A one-yard run by Bart Hendricks pulled Boise State within 16-14 4:51 into the final period and Todd Belcastro kicked a 52-yard field goal with just over 11 1/2 minutes remaining to give the Broncos the lead.  Shaunard Harts led Boise State on the ground with 17 carries for 66 yards.    

#232—Boise State outlasted New Mexico State 55-51 win in Las Cruces in one of the wildest Bronco games ever played, as Rodney Smith gathered in 4 touchdowns to tie the Bronco record for receiving TD's.  Smith (9 catches for 200 yards) and Antwain Wilson (8-104) shattered the Aggie defense throughout the game, while Corey Nelson (3 for 91) provided a deep threat for Boise State.  The teams combined for 1,203 yards of total offense Boise State getting 621 (7th all-time) and the Aggies 582.  The total offense generated by both teams is the second highest total ever in a Bronco game, while the 453 passing yards by Boise State ranks 5th.  Eron Hurley led Boise State's ground game with 137 yards on 23 carries.  Quarterback Nate Sparks came in and did indeed spark the Broncos to the win with four touchdown passes, finishing 8-of-19 for 225 yards.  Starter Bart Hendricks completed 16-of-30 for 228 yards.  Denvis Manns ran for 180 yards for the Aggies while Ryan Shaw had nine catches for 204 yards.     

 

1999: (10-3, 5-1 Big West)

#233--35-27 win over Southern Utah, as Bart Hendricks threw for two touchdown passes and ran for another.  The Broncos raced to a 35-14 lead before 25,060 fans and then held off a late charge to win.  Hendricks finished 13-of-23 passing for 205 yards with Dave Stachelski (6-108, one touchdown) being his favorite target. 

#234--20-9 win over New Mexico, as the Bronco defense held the Lobos scoreless in the second half, enabling the Broncos to recover from a 9-3 deficit.  Quarterback Bart Hendricks engineered the comeback, hitting 21-of-31 passes  for 269 yards.  Wide receiver Jeb Putzier hauled in five passes for 111 yards, while Lou Fanucchi grabbed four for 60 and Dave Stachelski had four receptions for 32 yards.  20,806 Bronco fans enjoyed the win over the Mountain West Conference school.

#235--26-20 home win against Utah, the Broncos' third win over the Utes vs. two losses.  An 80-yard pass play from Bart Hendricks to Dave Stachelski opened up a 14-0 lead over Utah before 21,817 in Bronco Stadium, then four Nick Calaycay field goals kept the Utes at bay.  Davey Malaythong rushed for 94 yards on 27 carries while the Bronco defense forced four Utah turnovers.

#236--41-7 pounding of Eastern Washington before 21,981 fans in Bronco Stadium.  Quarterback Bart Hendricks was 10-of-12 for 154 yards and three touchdowns before putting on his warmup jacket.  Aristole Thompson gained 94 yards on 16 carries and freshman Brock Forsey showed what he could do with 91 yards on 18 carries. 

#237--52-17 win over Nevada, as Bart Hendricks passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more scores for the Broncos.  Hendricks was 13-of-25 passing for 241 yards and was the leading Bronco ball carrier with 62 yards.  21,730 fans looked on as the Boise State defense stiffened in the red zone against the potent Wolf Pack attack, blocked a punt for a touchdown and recovered two fumbles.

#238--33-27 win at Utah State that featured a 77-yard run by Gavin Reed with 7:54 left in the game and four Nick Calaycay field goals.  Reed finished the contest with 119 yards rushing on just 14 carries.  Utah State had rallied to take the lead 27-23 before Reed's heroics. 

#239--63-10 win vs. Arkansas State

#240--45-26 win over New Mexico State, Boise State's 10th Big West Conference win (vs. 10 losses)

#241--45-14 win at Idaho to capture Boise State's 1st Big West Conference Championship and 8th overall conference championship

#242--34-31 win over Louisville in the Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl before a nationwide audience on ESPN2 for Boise State's 1st Division I-A bowl win and the Broncos' first win over a Conference-USA team (in their 1st matchup against a team from that conference). Freshman running back Brock Forsey picked a great time to emerge onto the scene with a postseason record 269 yards of all-purpose offense. Shaunard Harts set another mark with his 80-yard interception return for a touchdown of Louisville quarterback Chris Redman.

 

2000: (10-2, 5-0 Big West)

#243--31-14 win at New Mexico, Boise State's 5th win over a Mountain West school (vs. 2 losses)

#244--42-17 win over Northern Iowa, a game in which Brock Forsey accounted for 292 yards of all-purpose offense, breaking the all-time record.  It was Boise State's 25th win as a Division I-A school (against 24 defeats)

#245--47-10 win at Central Michigan

#246--41-23 win against Eastern Washington, Boise State's 10th straight win in Bronco Stadium and 25th win as a Division I-A school (vs. 26 losses). Quintin Mikell's 126 yards on punt returns set a Bronco record.

#247--59-0 win in Bronco Stadium over North Texas, Boise State's 20th shutout win as a four-year school

#248--34-31 win at New Mexico State

#249--42-14 win at Arkansas State

#250--66-38 win vs. Utah State, the 250th victory for Boise State as a four-year school.

#251--66-24 win over Idaho to win Boise State's 2nd straight Big West Conference title, 9th overall conference championship and 6th overall undefeated conference season--Boise State ends its short run in the Big West Conference with a record of 16-10.

#252--38-23 win over UTEP in the Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl, nationally televised on ESPN2, for Boise State's 2nd straight I-A bowl win and 14th straight win in Bronco Stadium. Quarterback Bart Hendricks' thrilling 77-yard run up the middle led the Broncos' 2nd-half surge.

 

2001: (8-4, 6-2 WAC)

#253--42-17 win over UTEP for Boise State's 1st Western Athletic Conference win

#254--45-13 win at Idaho

#255--41-10 win vs. Tulsa

#256--35-30 win on the road against #8 Fresno State (live on ESPN), Boise State's 1st win over a Top 25 team and 1st Western Athletic Conference road win

#257--49-7 win vs. Nevada

#258--28-21 win at Hawai'i for Boise State's first win against the Rainbow Warriors and first win in Honolulu

#259--56-6 win over San Jose State

#260--26-10 win against Central Michigan, Boise State's 5th straight win on the blue at Bronco Stadium.

 

2002: (12-1, 8-0 WAC)

#261--38-21 win vs. Idaho, 30,878 fans were on hand to see the intrastate game.

#262--35-13 win at Wyoming for Boise State's 5th straight win over a Mountain West school

#263--63-38 win against Utah State

#264--58-31 win over Hawai'i, broadcast nationwide on ESPN

#265--52-24 win at Tulsa, Boise State's 15th consecutive win at home.

#266--67-21 win over Fresno State in a nationally televised ESPN game that set the all-time Bronco Stadium attendance record (30,924.  ) Quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie set the all-time passing percentage record of 86.4% (19-22) in that game. This was a monumental game on so many fronts—it was also the Broncos' 175th home win against 48 defeats.  Boise State moves to 5-0 on the ESPN networks.

#267--45-8 win at San Jose State, Boise State's 10th Western Athletic Conference win

#268--58-3 win at UTEP, as Brock Forsey ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and scored another on a pass from Ryan Dinwiddie as Boise State ran out to a 34-3 halftime lead. 

#269--49-7 win against Rice, the 10th straight win in Bronco Stadium and Boise State's 50th as a Division I-A school (vs. 31 losses).

#270--36-10 win over Louisiana Tech for Boise State's first win over the Bulldogs (vs. 3 defeats). Lou Fanucchi's 97-yard catch and run set an all-time record for the longest scoring pass in Boise State history.

#271--44-7 win at Nevada for their 50th win as a Division I-A school (vs. 33 losses), 10th consecutive Western Athletic Conference win, 10th straight win, 5th straight road win to clinch Boise State's 1st WAC championship, 10th overall conference championship since becoming a four-year school and 7th undefeated conference season.  The game in Reno was Boise State's 175th on the road as a four-year school, with the Broncos going 93-82 away from home.

#272--34-16 win over Iowa State in the Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl, nationally televised on ESPN2 for the Broncos' 1st win over a Big 12 Conference team, 3rd Humanitarian Bowl victory (against no bowl defeats) 5th overall bowl win (against 1 defeat) and 5th straight win on ESPN with no losses. Brock Forsey's 3 touchdown runs propelled the Broncos to victory. Boise State finished the season ranked in both major polls for the first time in history--the Broncos finished 12th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and 15th in the Associated Press Poll.

 

2003: (13-1, 8-0 WAC)

#273--62-0 win over Idaho State

#274--24-10 win at Idaho for the Broncos' 13th consecutive win

#275--33-17 win against Wyoming

#276--43-37 win in Ruston against Louisiana Tech (Quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie set all-time records for total offense (542 yards), passing yards (532 yards), completions (40) and attempts (60) in the game and wide receiver Tim Gilligan broke the record for receptions in a game with 16.) The Boise State offense accounted for 732 yards, shattering the existing record.

#277--27-20 win vs. Tulsa, Boise State's 15th straight win in Bronco Stadium.

#278--45-3 win against SMU. The game featured the longest reception in Bronco history, a 98-yard pass from Ryan Dinwiddie to Lawrence Bady from Boise State's own 1-yard line to the SMU 1.

#279--77-14 win over San Jose State, as the 77 points are the most ever scored by Boise State and kicker Tyler Jones nailed 10 PAT's for another Bronco record.

#280--50-12 win in Provo vs. BYU in a nationally televised ESPN game, Boise State's win against a Mountain West school

#281--51-21 win over UTEP for Boise State's 15th straight Western Athletic Conference win

#282--31-17 win at Fresno State in a nationally televised ESPN game

#283--56-3 win over Nevada

#284--45-28 win at Hawai'i in a nationally televised ESPN game for the Broncos' 10th consecutive win.

#285--34-31 win at TCU in the Plains Capital Fort Worth Bowl, nationally televised on ESPN, for Boise State's 4th Division I-A bowl win. For the 2nd consecutive year, Boise State finished in the top 15 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and was also ranked in the top 20 in the Associated Press Poll for the 2nd straight year.

 

2004: (11-1, 8-0 WAC)

#286--65-7 win over Idaho in Bronco Stadium.   The Broncos scored on their first five possessions to open up a 31-0 lead and coasted the rest of the way as Coach Dan Hawkins played his entire roster.

#287--53-34 win over Oregon State in a game nationally televised by ESPN, the Broncos' 1st win over a PAC-10 school. Korey Hall's 3 interceptions, including the first one for a touchdown, paced the Broncos. The landmark win was the 20th straight at home for the Broncos and the 10th win without a loss on ESPN.

#288--Come-from-behind 47-31 win on the road over UTEP.  It was Boise State's 100th win on the road (against 82 losses and two ties).

#289--28-27 nail biter over BYU as the Broncos survive when a last-minute field goal try goes awry. A national television audience watching on ESPN saw the Broncos collect their 15th straight win.

#290--38-20 victory over SMU on Homecoming as #21 Boise State gets their 20th straight Western Athletic Conference win and 25th overall (against only two defeats).  Chris Carr returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown and Jared Zabransky threw two touchdown passes to lead the Bronco win.  Zabransky finished 20-31 for 190 yards, with 13 Broncos catching at least one pass.  Antwaun Carter led the ground game with 98 yards on 17 carries.  SMU was held to 32 yards in the opening half by the Bronco defense. 

#291--45-42 win at Tulsa, as #18 Boise State's Tyler Jones nailed a 46-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to give the Broncos the close win.  The win extended their nation's leading winning streak to 17 games.  The Broncos won their 21st straight Western Athletic Conference game and their 30th out of 31 games overall.  Boise State trailed 42-35 when running back Antwaun Carter scored from two yards out with 1:24 left, capping a 13-play, 90-yard drive.  The Bronco defense then held and quarterback Jared Zabransky marched them down the field to set up Jones' game-winner.   T. J. Acree caught nine passes for 181 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bronco rally.  Lee Marks compiled 85 yards rushing on 17 carries for Boise State.

#292--33-16 win over Fresno State in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPN.  The 16th-ranked Broncos held Fresno to 17 rushing yards and just 191 yards of total offense, while Tyler Jones booted four field goals.  Quarterback Jared Zabransky was 15-of-23 for 227 yards passing.  Lee Marks passed the century mark with 112 yards rushing on 21 carries.    

#293--69-3 win over Hawai'i as the Bronco defense dominates in a game nationally televised by ESPN2.  Meanwhile, the Bronco offense scored eight touchdowns on the ground (four by quarterback Jared Zabransky) to set a school record.  Zabransky's 85-yard run for a touchdown set another Boise State mark.  As a team, the Broncos rushed for 425 yards on 50 carries.  No less than five players for Boise State gained at least 50 yards on the ground—Zabransky (10-123), Quinton Jones and Calvin McCarty (5-67 each), Jon Helmandollar (12-59) and Lee Marks (8-51).  Hawai'i quarterback Timmy Chang set an all-time NCAA record, but not the one he was going for.  Chang came into the game needing 241 yards to eclipse Ty Detmer's career passing yardage record, Chang was 14 yards short but instead set the NCAA record for career interceptions with 74 as the Broncos picked off four Chang passes.      

#294—Cornerback Gabe Franklin drove San Jose State quarterback Adam Tafralis out of bounds at the 4 on a fourth-down option play as Boise State escaped with a wild 56-49 win on the road in two overtimes.  The early morning game was televised nationally on ESPN beginning at 9 San Jose time.  The Spartans led 35-28 midway through the third quarter after scoring a touchdown on a fake field goal, and then a blocked punt led to another San Jose touchdown.  But the Broncos scored two touchdowns in 90 seconds, taking the lead on Jon Helmandollar's 3-yard run late in the quarter.  San Jose State came back to tie with 4:42 left and they rallied for another lengthy drive.  But a 30-yard field goal attempt with 1:07 left was blocked by Gerald Alexander and the contest went into overtime.  After a Spartan score in the first overtime, Lee Marks scored from 12 yards out to tie the game once again.  Helmandollar then hit paydirt for the third time of the game to force San Jose to score a touchdown to tie.  It was Boise State's 20th straight win and their 75th as a Division I-A school (vs. 32 losses)--the Broncos owned the longest winning streak in the nation.

#295--55-14 win over Louisiana Tech in Bronco Stadium as Jon Helmandollar rushed for 91 yards and scored a school record 5 touchdowns. Lee Marks chipped in with 89 yards on the ground for the Broncos.  Jared Zabransky was 20-30 for 317 yards and another score, hitting nine different receivers.  T. J. Acree (6-102) and Lawrence Bady (5-108) both topped the century mark in receiving yards.  The win was Boise State's 25th straight in the Western Athletic Conference and 25th consecutive home win.

#296--58-21 win on the road against Nevada in a game nationally televised by ESPN.   Quarterback Jared Zabransky was 17-25 for 244 yards and three touchdowns to lead the 10th-ranked Broncos.  T.J. Acree was Zabransky favorite target with six catches for 105 yards and one of the three scores.  Lee Marks carried the ball 15 times for 93 yards while Quinton Jones gained 75 yards on the ground in just six carries and Jon Helmandollar scored two short touchdowns.  Cam Hall stepped in front of a Jeff Rowe pass for a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown, and ran another one back 64 yards to set up another score to pace the Bronco defense while Tyler Jones booted three field goals.  It was Boise State's 22nd straight win, easily a school record, and 15th in a row on ESPN. Boise State finished the season in the Top 15 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll for the third straight year and made a strong run for the top 5 in the Bowl Championship Series Standings before slipping to 9th in the final BCS release.

 

2005: (4-2, 2-0 in WAC)

#297--48-20 win over Bowling Green, broadcast nationally on ESPN2.  Lee Marks' 92-yard kickoff return in the second quarter ignited the Bronco team that had started the year 0-2 and were tied with Bowling Green 6-6 at the time.  Boise State took out their frustration with 559 yards of total offense, with their starters scoring on eight of their ten possessions.  Quarterback Jared Zabransky was 16-23 for 202 yards and a touchdown.  Ian Johnson ran for 85 yards on 16 carries while Gerard Rabb led the receiving corps with four catches for 83 yards for the Broncos.  Boise State moved their record to 16-3 on ESPN networks.

#298--44-41 thriller in Honolulu as the Bronco special teams featured a 92-yard punt return by Quinton Jones (school record), and two Orlando Scandrick runbacks, one on a blocked field goal by Daryn Colledge and the other on a blocked extra point, also by Colledge.  After Hawai'i had pulled within one point at 42-41, Colledge blocked the game-tying extra point and Scandrick ran it all the way for two points, providing the final margin of victory.  Scandrick's 69-yard return of the blocked field goal had given Boise State a 35-28 lead.  Two Jared Zabransky to Legedu Naanee passes covered six yards each, but they were monumental.  The first tied the game at 28 in the ESPN televised contest, while the second put the Broncos ahead 42-35.  Behind 20-7 at the half, Boise State scored 37 points in the second half to extend their Western Athletic Conference winning streak to 27 games.  Boise State did not gain the lead until the third quarter on a 92-yard punt return by Quinton Jones that set a Boise State record. Jones caught a booming punt on the right side and broke across the field.  Jones got key blocks near the sideline, cut back and sped into the end zone.  Ian Johnson led the Bronco rushing attack with 66 yards on 13 carries.  Hawai'i's Colt Brennan threw for 426 yards and four touchdowns despite battling the flu all week long, including during the game.   

#299--Lee Marks scored on a 7-yard touchdown run with 8:03 remaining as Boise State came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat Portland State 21-14 and keep intact the nation's longest home win streak.  Boise State tied Vanderbilt for the 18th longest streak in Division I-A history.  Drisan James led all receivers with seven catches for 100 yards.  Quarterback Jared Zabransky was 21-29 for 256 yards to lead the Broncos to the hard-fought win.    

#300--38-21 win over San Jose State as Jared Zabransky passed for one touchdown and ran for two others in Boise State's 300th win as a four-year school against 137 defeats and 2 ties. Zabransky was 20-27 for 249 yards in leading the Broncos to the historic win.  Boise State became the fastest school in history to win 300 games as a four-year school.  The junior also engineered a nine-play, 84-yard drive with 6:46 left to put Boise State up for good after the Spartans scored 14 unanswered points to open the fourth quarter.  It was the 28th straight Western Athletic Conference win for Boise State and the 28th straight win in Bronco Stadium, tying Michigan and Notre Dame for the 16th longest of all time in Division I-A..  The win also was Boise State's 198th victory in Bronco Stadium.

2005—300 Wins for Boise State as a four-year school

Home:  194-48

Road:  104-82-2

Neutral:  2-3

Big Sky Conference Games:  114-61-1

Big Sky Overall Record:  219-102-2

Big West Conference Games:  16-10

Big West Overall:  33-26

WAC Conference Games:  33-2

WAC Overall Games:  48-9

Division I-A:  81-35

Division I-AA:  134-76

Division II:  85-26-2

Bowl Games:  6-3

Playoff Games:  9-6

ESPN Games:  17-3

 


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