Boise State Ranks 2nd in NCAA History

Out of all Boise State's achievements, this one is the most historic. The Broncos' 40.5 average point total over the last 10 years has catapulted them to #2 in the 140-year history of major college football.

Boise State's 40.5 average points per game over the last 10 years has broken the modern record, is the best scoring output in 116 years and ranks second in the 140-year history of college football.

In an analysis of every school that has played major college football since 1869, the Broncos rank #2 all-time* in scoring, averaging 40.5 points per game from 1999-2008.  That breaks the modern era record (since 1920) of 39.4 points per game, set by Nebraska from 1992-2001.

Yale is the only school that can boast a better scoring total.  That record may never be beaten.  Yale averaged 46.6 points per game from 1883-1892.  In the first year of that streak, they outscored opponents 540-2.  They destroyed Wesleyan 60-0 and 94-0, Columbia 93-0, Rutgers 92-0 and Michigan 64-0.  Also included in the ten-year barrage was a 113-0 win over Dartmouth, another 70-0 rout of Rutgers, a 70-0 win over Cornell, a 70-0 win over Williams and 25--yes, count 'em 25 wins in 10 years over favorite victim Wesleyan, including scores of 136-0, 106-0, 76-0, 75-0 and 72-0.

In 1886, Yale outscored opponents 687-4.  In 1888, they beat teams by a total score of 694-0.  How can Boise State (or anyone) compete with that?  They were quite simply head and shoulders above everyone else in college football.  

Harvard, which averaged 40.2 points from 1886-1895, is third.  Princeton (39.9 from 1884-1893) ranks fourth, followed by the aforementioned Nebraska team, Nebraska's 1982-1991 teams (38.6 ppg), the current Texas team (1999-2008 at 38.59 points), Florida State (38.4 points from 1987-1996) in eighth, Florida (37.6 ppg from 1993-2002) ninth and the current Oklahoma team (37.3 points a game from 1999-2008).

Four other teams from the Western Athletic Conference make the list of teams that have averaged 30 or more points per game over a ten-year period.  Hawai'i (35.2 points from 1999-2008) is 18th, Fresno State (34.3 points per game from 1985-1994) is 22nd, Nevada (32.5 ppg from 1993-2002) ranks 32nd, the current Fresno State team (31.16 from 1999-2008) is 43rd and Louisana Tech is 44th, averaging 30.8 points from 1996-2005.

In addition to those four, three other schools on Boise State's 2009 fall schedule are ranked in the all-time top 50.  Oregon is #29, averaging 32.8 points from 1999-2008.  Miami of Ohio averaged 31.6 points a game from 1996-2005 while Bowling Green averaged 30.46 points from 1999-2008 to rank 50th.  

To somehow pull off the impossible and catch Yale to break the all-time record, Boise State would need to score 2,205 points in the Kellen Moore era over the next three years.  That's an average of 55.1 points per game over the next three years!

Much thanks to James Howell's great web site (http://www.jhowell.net/) that lists scores of all major college football teams since 1869. 

*Note:  This list is each school's best output of an era.  Obviously, there are any number of combinations for each of the top schools that would result in the top 10 teams taking up the top 30 or 40 places in this list if we listed each combination.  Rather, this shows each school's offensive output during an era at their most productive and does not show much if any overlap.

1.  Yale (1883-1892) 46.6
2.  Boise State (1999-2008) 40.5
3.  Harvard (1886-1895) 40.2
4.  Princeton (1884-1893) 39.9
5.  Nebraska (1992-2001) 39.4
6.  Nebraska (1982-1991) 38.59
7.  Texas (1999-2008) 38.53
8.  Florida State (1987-1996) 38.4
9.  Florida (1993-2002) 37.6
10.  Oklahoma (1999-2008) 37.3
11.  Louisville (1998-2007) 36.9
12.  Michigan (1901-1910) 36.77
13.  Kansas State (1995-2004) 36.6
14.  Georgia Tech (1913-1922) 36.2
15.  Oklahoma (1971-1980) 36.0
16.  Texas Tech (1999-2008) 35.7
17.  Florida State (1983-1992) 35.5
18.  Hawai'i (1999-2008) 35.2
19.  Arizona State (1968-1977) 34.9
20.  BYU (1980-1989) 34.8
21.  %%USC (1999-2008) 34.6
22.  Fresno State (1985-1994) 34.3
23.  Oklahoma (1912-1921) 34.1
24.  Nebraska (1971-1980) 33.43
25.  Tennessee (1989-1998) 33.40
26.  Miami of Florida (1984-1993) 33.28
27.  Oklahoma (1948-1957) 33.1
28.  Notre Dame (1987-1996) 32.9
29.  Oregon (1999-2008) 32.80
30.  Virginia Tech (1998-2007) 32.75
31.  Penn State (1990-1999) 32.6
32.  Nevada (1993-2002) 32.5
33.  Miami of Florida (1998-2007) 32.2
34.  San Diego State (1987-1996) 32.0
35.  Oklahoma (1985-1994) 31.8
36.  Miami of Ohio (1996-2005) 31.6
37.  Minnesota (1900-1909) 31.5
38.  Ohio State (1998-2007) 31.40
39.  West Virginia (1973-1982) 31.37
40.  Army (1943-1952) 31.35
41.  %%Colorado (1988-1997) 31.26
42.  Alabama (1971-1980) 31.18
43.  Fresno State (1999-2008) 31.16
44.  Louisiana Tech (1996-2005) 30.8
45.  Marshall (1997-2006) 30.70
46.  UCLA (1996-2005) 30.66
47.  Washington (1990-1999) 30.61
48.  Houston (1988-1997) 30.57
49.  Arizona State (1996-2005) 30.56
50.  Bowling Green (1999-2008) 30.46
51.  Air Force (1982-1991) 30.45
52.  TCU (1999-2008) 30.40
53.  Texas A & M (1991-2000) 30.39
54.  Toledo (1996-2005) 30.33
55.  Oklahoma State (1999-2008) 30.28
56.  Michigan (1985-1994) 30.25
57.  Colorado State (1994-2003) 30.21
58.  Minnesota (1999-2008) 30.19
59.  Wyoming (1987-1996) 30.11
60.  Air Force (1993-2002) 30.0

 

 

2008-Boise State (WAC)

8/30 vs. Idaho State (non-IA) W 49 7
9/13 vs. Bowling Green State (6-6) W 20 7
9/20 @ Oregon (10-3) W 37 32
10/1 vs. *Louisiana Tech (8-5) W 38 3
10/11 @ Southern Mississippi (7-6) W 24 7
10/17 vs. *Hawaii (7-7) W 27 7
10/24 @ *San Jose State (6-6) W 33 16
11/1 @ New Mexico State (3-9) W 49 0
11/8 vs. Utah State (3-9) W 49 14
11/15 @ *Idaho (2-10) W 45 10
11/22 @ *Nevada (7-6) W 41 34
11/28 vs. *Fresno State (7-6) W 61 10
12/23 vs. Texas Christian (11-2) L 16 17 @ San Diego, CA Poinsettia Bowl
 

12-1-0

  489 164
 

2007-Boise State (WAC)

8/30 vs. Weber State (non-IA) W 56 7
9/8 @ Washington (4-9) L 10 24
9/15 vs. Wyoming (5-7) W 24 14
9/27 vs. Southern Mississippi (7-6) W 38 16
10/7 vs. *New Mexico State (4-9) W 58 0
10/14 vs. *Nevada (6-7) W 69 67
10/20 @ *Louisiana Tech (5-7) W 45 31
10/26 @ *Fresno State (9-4) W 34 21
11/3 vs. *San Jose State (5-7) W 42 7
11/10 @ *Utah State (2-10) W 52 0
11/17 vs. *Idaho (1-11) W 58 14
11/23 @ *Hawaii (12-1) L 27 39
12/23 vs. East Carolina (8-5) L 38 41 @ Honolulu, HI Hawaii Bowl
 

10-3-0

  551 281
 

2006-Boise State (WAC)

8/31 vs. Sacramento State (non-IA) W 45 0
9/7 vs. Oregon State (10-4) W 42 14
9/16 @ Wyoming (6-6) W 17 10
9/23 vs. *Hawaii (11-3) W 41 34
9/30 @ Utah (8-5) W 36 3
10/7 vs. *Louisiana Tech (3-10) W 55 14
10/15 @ *New Mexico State (4-8) W 40 28
10/21 @ *Idaho (4-8) W 42 26
11/1 vs. *Fresno State (4-8) W 45 21
11/11 @ *San Jose State (9-4) W 23 20
11/18 vs. *Utah State (1-11) W 49 10
11/25 @ *Nevada (8-5) W 38 7
1/1 vs. Oklahoma (11-3) W 43 42 @ Glendale, AZ Fiesta Bowl
 

13-0-0

  516 229
 

2005-Boise State (WAC)

9/3 @ Georgia (10-3) L 13 48
9/10 @ Oregon State (5-6) L 27 30
9/21 vs. Bowling Green State (6-5) W 48 20
10/1 @ *Hawaii (5-7) W 44 41
10/8 vs. Portland State (non-IA) W 21 14
10/15 vs. *San Jose State (3-8) W 38 21
10/22 @ *Utah State (3-8) W 45 21
10/29 vs. *Nevada (9-3) W 49 14
11/5 vs. *New Mexico State (0-12) W 56 6
11/10 @ *Fresno State (8-5) L 7 27
11/19 vs. *Idaho (2-9) W 70 35
11/26 @ *Louisiana Tech (7-4) W 30 13
12/28 vs. Boston College (9-3) L 21 27 @ Boise, ID MPC Computers Bowl
 

9-4-0

  469 317
 

2004-Boise State (WAC)

9/4 vs. Idaho (3-9) W 65 7
9/10 vs. Oregon State (7-5) W 53 34
9/18 @ *Texas-El Paso (8-4) W 47 31
9/24 vs. Brigham Young (5-6) W 28 27
10/2 vs. *Southern Methodist (3-8) W 38 20
10/16 @ *Tulsa (4-8) W 45 42
10/23 vs. *Fresno State (9-3) W 33 16
10/29 vs. *Hawaii (8-5) W 69 3
11/13 @ *San Jose State (2-9) W 56 49
11/20 vs. *Louisiana Tech (6-6) W 55 14
11/27 @ *Nevada (5-7) W 58 21
12/31 vs. Louisville (11-1) L 40 44 ,@Memphis,TN Liberty Bowl
 

11-1-0

  587 308
 

2003-Boise State (WAC)

9/6 vs. Idaho State (non-IA) W 62 0
9/13 @ Idaho (3-9) W 24 10
9/20 @ Oregon State (8-5) L 24 26
9/27 vs. Wyoming (4-8) W 33 17
10/4 @ *Louisiana Tech (5-7) W 43 37
10/11 vs. *Tulsa (8-5) W 27 20
10/18 @ *Southern Methodist (0-12) W 45 3
10/25 vs. *San Jose State (3-8) W 77 14
10/30 @ Brigham Young (4-8) W 50 12
11/15 vs. *Texas-El Paso (2-11) W 50 21
11/21 @ *Fresno State (9-5) W 31 17
11/29 vs. *Nevada (6-6) W 56 3
12/6 @ *Hawaii (9-5) W 45 28
12/23 vs. Texas Christian (11-2) W 34 31 @ Fort Worth, TX Fort Worth Bowl
 

13-1-0

  601 239
 

2002-Boise State (WAC)

8/31 vs. Idaho (2-10) W 38 21
9/7 @ Arkansas (9-5) L 14 41
9/14 @ Wyoming (2-10) W 35 13
9/28 vs. Utah State (4-7) W 63 38
10/5 vs. *Hawaii (10-4) W 58 31
10/12 @ *Tulsa (1-11) W 52 24
10/18 vs. *Fresno State (9-5) W 67 21
10/26 @ *San Jose State (6-7) W 45 8
11/2 @ *Texas-El Paso (2-10) W 58 3
11/9 vs. *Rice (4-7) W 49 7
11/16 vs. *Louisiana Tech (4-8) W 36 10
11/23 @ *Nevada (5-7) W 44 7
12/31 vs. Iowa State (7-7) W 34 16 @ Boise, ID Humanitarian Bowl
 

12-1-0

  593 240
 

2001-Boise State (WAC)

9/1 @ South Carolina (9-3) L 13 32
9/8 vs. Washington State (10-2) L 20 41
9/22 vs. *Texas-El Paso (2-9) W 42 17
9/29 vs. Idaho (1-10) W 45 13 @ Pullman, WA
10/6 @ *Rice (8-4) L 14 45
10/13 vs. *Tulsa (1-10) W 41 10
10/19 @ *Fresno State (11-3) W 35 30
10/27 vs. *Nevada (3-8) W 49 7
11/3 @ *Louisiana Tech (7-5) L 42 48
11/10 @ *Hawaii (9-3) W 28 21
11/17 vs. *San Jose State (3-9) W 56 6
11/24 vs. Central Michigan (3-8) W 26 10
 

8-4-0

  411 280
 

2000-Boise State (Big West)

9/2 @ New Mexico (5-7) W 31 14
9/9 vs. Northern Iowa (non-IA) W 42 17
9/16 vs. Arkansas (6-6) L 31 38 @ Little Rock, AR
9/23 @ Central Michigan (2-9) W 47 10
10/7 @ Washington State (4-7) L 35 42
10/14 vs. Eastern Washington (non-IA) W 41 23
10/21 vs. *North Texas (3-8) W 59 0
10/28 @ *New Mexico State (3-8) W 34 31
11/4 @ *Arkansas State (1-10) W 42 14
11/11 vs. *Utah State (5-6) W 66 38
11/18 vs. *Idaho (5-6) W 66 24
12/28 vs. Texas-El Paso (8-4) W 38 23 @ Boise, ID Humanitarian Bowl
 

10-2-0

  532 274
 

1999-Boise State (Big West)

9/4 @ UCLA (4-7) L 7 38
9/11 vs. Southern Utah (non-IA) W 35 27
9/18 @ Hawaii (9-4) L 19 34
9/25 vs. New Mexico (4-7) W 20 9
10/2 vs. Utah (9-3) W 26 20
10/9 vs. Eastern Washington (non-IA) W 41 7
10/16 @ *North Texas (2-9) L 10 17
10/23 vs. *Nevada (3-8) W 52 17
10/30 @ *Utah State (4-7) W 33 27
11/6 vs. *Arkansas State (4-7) W 63 10
11/13 vs. *New Mexico State (6-5) W 45 26
11/20 vs. *Idaho (7-4) W 45 14 @ Pullman, WA
12/30 vs. Louisville (7-5) W 34 31 @ Boise, ID Humanitarian Bowl
 

10-3-0

  430 277
 

 

 

1892-Yale (Independent)

10/5 vs. Wesleyan (1-8-1) W 6 0
10/8 vs. Crescent A.C. (non-IA) W 22 0 @ Brooklyn, NY
10/12 vs. Williams (4-7) W 32 0
10/15 vs. Manhattan A.C. (non-IA) W 22 0 @ New York, NY
10/19 vs. Amherst (9-5) W 29 0
10/22 vs. Orange A.C. (non-IA) W 58 0 @ neutral site
10/26 @ Springfield (4-3) W 50 0
10/29 vs. Tufts (8-2) W 44 0
11/5 vs. Wesleyan (1-8-1) W 72 0
11/8 vs. New York A.C. (non-IA) W 48 0 @ New York, NY
11/12 vs. Pennsylvania (15-1) W 28 0 @ New York, NY
11/19 vs. Harvard (10-1) W 6 0 @ Springfield, MA
11/24 vs. Princeton (13-2) W 12 0 @ New York, NY
 

13-0-0

  429 0
 

1891-Yale (Independent)

9/30 vs. Wesleyan (2-7) W 28 0
10/3 vs. Crescent A.C. (non-IA) W 26 0 @ Brooklyn, NY
10/7 @ Trinity (Connecticut) (6-4) W 36 0
10/10 vs. Williams (8-2-1) W 46 0 @ neutral site
10/14 vs. Springfield (5-8-1) W 28 0
10/24 vs. Orange A.C. (non-IA) W 36 0 @ neutral site
10/31 vs. Lehigh (7-6) W 38 0
11/3 vs. Crescent A.C. (non-IA) W 70 0 @ Brooklyn, NY
11/7 vs. Wesleyan (2-7) W 76 0
11/11 vs. Amherst (8-4-3) W 27 0
11/14 vs. Pennsylvania (11-2) W 48 0 @ New York, NY
11/21 vs. Harvard (13-1) W 10 0 @ Springfield, MA
11/26 vs. Princeton (12-1) W 19 0 @ New York, NY
 

13-0-0

  488 0
 

1890-Yale (Independent)

10/1 vs. Wesleyan (5-6) W 8 0
10/4 vs. Crescent A.C. (non-IA) W 18 6 @ Brooklyn, NY
10/8 @ Wesleyan (5-6) W 34 0
10/11 vs. Lehigh (6-4) W 26 0
10/15 vs. Trinity (Connecticut) (2-5-1) W 40 0
10/18 vs. Orange A.C. (non-IA) W 16 0 @ neutral site
10/22 vs. Williams (8-2) W 36 0
10/25 @ Amherst (6-5-1) W 12 0
11/1 vs. Wesleyan (5-6) W 76 0
11/4 vs. Crescent A.C. (non-IA) W 52 0 @ Brooklyn, NY
11/8 vs. Rutgers (5-5-1) W 70 0
11/15 vs. Pennsylvania (11-3) W 60 0
11/22 vs. Harvard (11-0) L 6 12 @ Springfield, MA
11/27 vs. Princeton (11-1-1) W 32 0 @ Brooklyn, NY
 

13-1-0

  486 18
 

1889-Yale (Independent)

9/28 vs. Wesleyan (5-7-1) W 38 0
10/2 vs. Williams (4-5-1) W 36 0
10/9 @ Wesleyan (5-7-1) W 63 5
10/15 vs. Cornell (7-2) W 56 6
10/19 vs. Amherst (3-5-2) W 42 0
10/24 @ Trinity (Connecticut) (5-3-1) W 64 0
10/26 @ Columbia (2-7-2) W 62 0
10/30 @ Pennsylvania (7-6) W 20 10
10/31 vs. Stevens (1-10) W 30 0 @ Bronx, NY
11/5 vs. Crescent A.C. (non-IA) W 5 0 @ Brooklyn, NY
11/9 @ Cornell (7-2) W 70 0
11/12 @ Amherst (3-5-2) W 32 0
11/13 @ Williams (4-5-1) W 70 0
11/16 vs. Wesleyan (5-7-1) W 52 0 @ New York, NY
11/20 @ Crescent A.C. (non-IA) W 18 0
11/23 vs. Harvard (9-2) W 6 0 @ Springfield, MA
11/28 vs. Princeton (10-0) L 0 10 @ New York, NY
 

16-1-0

  664 31
 

1888-Yale (Independent)

9/29 vs. Wesleyan (2-7) W 76 0
10/6 vs. Rutgers (1-6-1) W 65 0
10/13 @ Pennsylvania (9-7) W 34 0
10/16 @ Wesleyan (2-7) W 46 0
10/19 @ Amherst (2-8-1) W 39 0
10/20 @ Williams (4-4) W 30 0
10/24 vs. M.I.T. (2-5) W 68 0 @ neutral site
10/27 vs. Stevens (2-7-1) W 69 0
11/3 vs. Pennsylvania (9-7) W 54 0
11/6 vs. Crescent A.C. (non-IA) W 28 0 @ Brooklyn, NY
11/10 vs. Amherst (2-8-1) W 70 0
11/17 vs. Wesleyan (2-7) W 105 0
11/24 vs. Princeton (11-1) W 10 0 @ New York, NY
 

13-0-0

  694 0
 

1887-Yale (Independent)

10/5 vs. Wesleyan (4-5) W 38 0
10/15 @ Wesleyan (4-5) W 106 0
10/22 @ Williams (3-3) W 74 0
10/29 @ Pennsylvania (6-7) W 50 0
11/5 vs. Rutgers (2-6) W 74 0
11/8 vs. Crescent A.C. (non-IA) W 68 0 @ New York, NY
11/12 vs. Wesleyan (4-5) W 76 4
11/19 vs. Princeton (7-2) W 12 0 @ New York, NY
11/24 vs. Harvard (10-1) W 17 8 @ New York, NY
 

9-0-0

  515 12
 

1886-Yale (Independent)

10/6 vs. Wesleyan (2-6) W 75 0
10/9 @ Wesleyan (2-6) W 62 0
10/16 vs. M.I.T. (2-6-1) W 96 0
10/20 @ Stevens (0-7-1) W 54 0
10/23 @ Williams (5-1-1) W 76 0
10/30 vs. Wesleyan (2-6) W 136 0
11/2 vs. Crescent A.C. (non-IA) W 84 0 @ New York, NY
11/13 vs. Pennsylvania (9-7-1) W 75 0
11/20 @ Harvard (12-2) W 29 4
11/25 @ Princeton (7-0-1) T 0 0
 

9-0-1

  687 4
 

1885-Yale (Independent)

10/10 @ Stevens (3-6) W 55 0
10/14 vs. Wesleyan (3-4) W 18 0 @ neutral site
10/28 vs. Wesleyan (3-4) W 71 0
10/31 vs. M.I.T. (non-IA) W 51 0 @ Boston, MA
11/3 vs. Crescent A.C. (non-IA) W 52 0
11/14 @ Pennsylvania (8-5) W 53 5
11/21 vs. Princeton (9-0) L 5 6
11/26 vs. Wesleyan (3-4) W 61 0 @ New York, NY
 

7-1-0

  366 11
 

1884-Yale (Independent)

10/1 vs. Wesleyan (3-5) W 31 0
10/11 vs. Stevens (4-5) W 96 0
10/18 vs. Wesleyan (3-5) W 63 0 @ neutral site
10/22 @ Rutgers (3-4) W 76 10
10/25 @ Dartmouth (non-IA) W 113 0
11/5 vs. Wesleyan (3-5) W 46 0
11/19 vs. Yale Alumni (non-IA) W 18 0
11/22 vs. Harvard (7-4) W 52 0
11/27 vs. Princeton (9-0-1) T 0 0 @ New York, NY
 

8-0-1

  495 10
 

1883-Yale (Independent)

9/26 vs. Wesleyan (3-5) W 60 0
9/29 @ Wesleyan (3-5) W 94 0
10/6 vs. Stevens (6-4-1) W 59 0
11/6 vs. Rutgers (1-6) W 92 0 @ Brooklyn, NY
11/14 vs. Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (non-IA) W 49 0 @ Brooklyn, NY
11/17 vs. Columbia (1-3) W 93 0 @ New York, NY
11/21 vs. Michigan (1-4) W 64 0
11/24 vs. Princeton (7-1) W 6 0 @ New York, NY
11/29 vs. Harvard (8-2) W 23 2 @ New York, NY
 

9-0-0

  540 2
 

 


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