Brick by Brick--Five Years Later

Boise State has been busy the last five years, attempting to climb the steep ladder to the top of the college football world. They've landed top-caliber recruits, assembled a solid coaching staff and made plans to upgrade their football stadium. Mostly though, they've been building bricks.

In 2003, the Boise State football team adopted the phrase "Brick by Brick—Building a Legacy" as its theme or slogan for that season.  Themes in sports come and go but this one was different.  It not only represented the team that year but in a larger way the football program as a whole.

 

 The idea was that if you set out to reach the next level in football success but weren't adequately prepared, you could get shot down.  Rather, this phrase advances the notion that, much like Rome, a legendary football program was not built in one day.  In other words, you don't get there just because you want to be—it takes years and years of hard work.  You have to fully build your foundation, one brick at a time, so that it is so solid it cannot be knocked down.  As you continue to add bricks over the years, your reputation grows and soon you have an invincible brick wall.  Then and only then do you have the program you desire.

 

It has been five years since that slogan.  How have the Broncos done?  Have they in fact added bricks to their foundation?  Here's a look at what has happened regarding Boise State football since they adopted that particular slogan:

 

 

 

Win a second consecutive WAC title (2003)

Win in a 60,000-seat stadium (50-12 over BYU in 2003)

Have a former player rush for 100 yards in an NFL game (Brock Forsey carried the ball 27 times for 134 yards in October of 2003 for the Chicago Bears)

Receive an at-large bid to a postseason bowl game (2003 Forth Worth Bowl)

Win a bowl game as an at-large team (34-31 over TCU in 2003 Fort Worth Bowl)

Beat a Top 25 team in a bowl game (34-31 over TCU in 2003 Fort Worth Bowl)

Finish in the top 15 in two consecutive seasons (2002 & 2003)

Win the national scoring title two consecutive seasons (2002 & 2003)

Win the national scoring title for a third time (2000, 2002 & 2003)

Finish in the top 10 in the nation in interceptions (21 (6th) in 2003)

Have a former Bronco coach be the Head Coach in the Super Bowl (former Bronco assistant John Fox in the 2004 Super Bowl for the Carolina Panthers)

Win three consecutive WAC titles (2002-2004)

Win 20 consecutive games (22 games from 2003-2004)

Enjoy the nation's longest winning streak (From September 4, 2004-December 31, 2004—12-22 games)

Win 25 consecutive home games (2001-2004)

Win 25 consecutive WAC games (2001-2004)

Receive an invitation to a historic bowl game (2004 Liberty Bowl)

Beat a Pac-10 team (beat Oregon State 53-34 in 2004)

Have a kicker finish #1 in the nation (Tyler Jones 24-27 in 2004—2.0 per game)

Have the top scorer in the nation (Tyler Jones—141 points in 2004)

Set an all-time record in a long-standing bowl game (92-yard interception return by Andy Avalos and 48-yard field goal by Tyler Jones in 2004 Liberty Bowl)
Lead the nation in rushing touchdowns (49 in 2004)

Finish in the top ten in the nation in rushing defense (103.9 yards per game (10th) in 2004)

Finish in the top ten in the nation in punt returns (16.56 yards per return (3rd) in 2004)

Be ranked in the Top 10 (2004)

Be ranked in the BCS Top 10 (2004)

Finish in the Top 15 in three consecutive seasons (2002-2004)

Finish the regular season undefeated (2004)

Have a player be a finalist for a major award (Placekicker Tyler Jones for the Lou Groza Award in 2004)

Have a player be named All-American (Tackle Daryn Colledge on the College Football News 2004 team)

Have a second player lead the nation in scoring (Placekicker Tyler Jones 141 points (11.75 points per game) in 2004)

Finish in the top 10 in the nation in total offense for a fifth time (2004)

Finish in the top 10 in the nation in interceptions for a second time (23 (2nd) in 2004)

Finish in the top 5 in the nation in interceptions (23 (2nd) in 2004)

Finish in the top 10 in the nation in total offense for three consecutive years (2002-2004)

Have a player named to the Outland Award Watch List (Daryn Colledge in 2005)

Have a player named to the preseason All-America list (Daryn Colledge in 2005)

Have a player set an all-time college football record (Daryn Colledge tied the NCAA record for consecutive starts with 52 in the 2005 MPC Bowl)

Have a player finish in the top 10 in the nation in punt returns (Quinton Jones 20.86 yards per return (2nd) in 2005)

Have a player lead the nation in punt returns for touchdowns (Quinton Jones (3) in 2005)

Finish in the top 10 in the nation in scoring five times (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005)

 

Have a player named to the Freshman All-America team (Tackle Ryan Clady by ESPN.com in 2005)

Become the fastest team to win 300 games as a four-year school in the modern era by winning their 300th in 38 years (5th fastest of all-time).

Have a fifth former player in the Super Bowl (Defensive lineman Kimo von Oelhoffen for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2006 Super Bowl)

Have two former Broncos oppose each other in an NFL Conference Championship game (Tight end Jeb Putzier for the Denver Broncos and defensive tackle Kimo von Oelhoffen for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2006 AFC Championship)

Win a third Super Bowl ring for a former Bronco (defensive tackle Kimo von Oelhoffen for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2006 Super Bowl)

Achieve two regular seasons undefeated (2004 & 2006)

Finish the season undefeated (2006)

Be ranked in the Top 10 in two different seasons (2004 & 2006)

Be ranked in the BCS Top 10 in two different seasons (2004 & 2006)

Finish the season ranked in the Top 10 (2006)

Finish the season in the Top 5 (2006)

Receive an invitation to play in a BCS Game (2007 Fiesta Bowl)

Win a BCS Bowl game (43-42 in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl over Oklahoma)

Defeat a "legendary team" (Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl)

Win in a 70,000-seat stadium (43-42 over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl)

Receive a first place vote in one of the national polls (AP in final poll from 2006 season)

Have a coach be a finalist for Coach of the Year (Chris Petersen in 2006)

Have a coach win Coach of the Year Award (Chris Petersen in 2006)

Have a player finish in the top ten in the nation in rushing (Ian Johnson—1,714 yards (142.83 per game), 2nd in 2006)

Have a punter finish in the top ten in the nation (Kyle Stringer 44.62 yards per kick (9th) in 2006)

Have a third player lead the nation in scoring (Running back Ian Johnson 152 points (12.67 per game) in 2006)

Finish in the top ten in the nation in rushing offense 2,784 yards, 214.15 yards per game in 2006)

Finish in the top ten in the nation in rushing defense for a second time (89.1 yards per game (8th) in 2006)

Finish in the top ten in the nation in turnover margin (31-20 in 2006)

Finish in the top ten in the nation in interceptions for a third time (20 (7th) in 2006)

Have a second player named to All-America team (Running back Ian Johnson (CBS Sportsline.com and Sports Illustrated) in 2006)

Have a third player drafted in the second round of the NFL (Tackle Daryn Colledge by the Green Bay Packers in 2006)

Have a player make the All-Rookie team of the national Football League (Tackle Daryn Colledge of the Green Bay Packers in 2006)

Have a second player named to the preseason All-America team (Tackle Ryan Clady in 2007 (Athlon and Sports Illustrated))

Become one of 41 teams in the history of college football to win seven or more games for nine consecutive seasons.

Become one of 29 teams in the history of college football to win eight or more games for nine consecutive seasons.

Become one of 19 teams in the history of college football to win nine or more games for six consecutive seasons.

Have a third player named to the All-America team (Tackle Ryan Clady by AFCA, Playboy, The Sporting News and Scout.com in 2007)

Have a player drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft (Tackle Ryan Clady by the Denver Broncos in 2008)

Defeat a Pac-10 team on the road (Oregon in 2008)

Defeat a "BCS" team on the road (Oregon in 2008)

Defeat a fifth "BCS" team (Oregon in 2008)

Become ranked 29th in college football history by winning seven or more games in 10 consecutive years.

Become one of six teams in college football history to win seven consecutive games in seven consecutive seasons.

Achieve the 18th-longest streak in NCAA history by winning eight or more games for ten seasons in a row.

Achieve the 14th best home record in college football history (49-1).

Become one of 20 teams in NCAA history to win 10 or more games in six years of a decade.

Reach the top 10 of all-time by winning 10 or more games in eight of 10 years.

 

These are the next bricks:

Make a second BCS game

Be ranked in the top 10 for a third time

Finish in the Top 10 for a second time

Defeat a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference

Defeat a team from the Big East Conference

Defeat a team from the Big 10 Conference

Defeat a team from the Southeastern Conference

Receive more than one first place vote

Play in the Division I-A National Championship game

Win a National Championship in Division I-A

Win a third national championship for the school

 


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