With the 37-32 victory over
Bronco fans for years have dealt with opposing fans mocking
the Broncos for their paucity of road wins against top opponents, or the Broncos
for their "easy" wins on the Blue, mostly because of the "unfair"
blending of blue uniforms on blue turf. But
that perception is not at all supported by the facts of the Broncos having
success at unfriendly stadiums. Just
as Boise State gets it done at home, they have an impressive recording doing it
on the road.
The Road Record
Boise State's All-Time Road Record (since 1968):
122-93-2 for a .567 winning percentage
Boise State's Division II/I-AA Road Record:
74-67-2 for a .524 winning percentage
Boise State's Division I-A Road Record:
48-26 for a .649 winning percentage
28-4 for a .875 winning percentage
What these overall records indicate is that Boise State's
best record of achievement as a road team has been its greatest as a Division
I-A team, and more specifically, has been its best since joining the WAC (an
overall 37-10 road record, for a sterling .787 winning percentage).
Under Coach Chris Petersen,
Other Bronco Road
Boise State Record for Most Consecutive Road Wins: 10 games (a record they would tie with four consecutive road wins this season)
1968-70 under Coach Tony Knap
9 Seasons, 2000-present, under Coaches Dirk Koetter, Dan Hawkins, and Chris Petersen
Boise State Seasons with an Undefeated Road Record:
1969 under Coach Tony Knap
1975 under Coach Tony Knap
1979 under Coach Jim Criner
2004 under Coach Dan Hawkins
2006 under Coach Chris Petersen
2008 under Coach Chris Petersen
First Road Game:
44-3 loss to Weber State College,
First Road Game Win:
49-0 over Whitworth College,
Five Greatest Road
Losses in Bronco History
Not measured by margin of loss, but by a combination of the
importance of the game in Boise State football history and by the quality of the
game itself, these are Jojobro's top five Bronco road losses.
Probably no road game in Bronco history had been so hyped
or widely anticipated as this date at Sanford Stadium, the largest crowd ever to
witness a Boise State football team play. Boise
State was in the preseason top 20 polls for I-A football for the first time in
its history, against a Georgia football team also in the top 20.
On national television, the Broncos were royally spanked, with six
turnovers in the first half and the phrase "full body cramps" etched in the
history of Bronco lore. That game
was the deep wound that would not heal until the Fiesta Bowl victory.
#2) Wisconsin, 28-24,
Just a season after the Bronco's worst ever year (and
first season at I-A level), a lowly Boise State squad faced an emerging Big 10
power at Camp Randall Stadium.
#3) Nevada, 59-52, 3 OT, National I-AA Semi-final Game,
Likely the greatest I-AA football playoff game in history
took place in
#4) Arkansas, 38-31,
After spotting the Razorbacks a 24-point lead,
#5) UNLV 37-35,
At Sam Boyd Stadium, Coach Tony Knap's Broncos faced a
UNLV team led by the great running back Mike Thomas and legendary Head Coach Ron
Meyers that would soon leap into Division I football.
The Rebels dominated the first half, eventually going up by 28 points.
In one of the most impressive performances by a Bronco ever on the road,
Quarterback Jim McMillan rallied the Broncos by passing for over 300 yards in
the second half. Yet, the Rebels ran
out the clock before Jimmy Mac could lead the Broncos to one final score.
Five Greatest Road
Victories in Bronco History
Measured by importance of the game in the development of
Bronco football and hostility of the venue.
#2) Oregon, 37-32,
At Autzen Stadium, the Broncos with a young, inexperienced
team, upset the #17 Oregon Ducks, on the arm of Kellen Moore, the receiving
skills of Jeremy Childs, the versatility of Vinny Perretta and a tenacious,
unforgiving defensive performance. This
game established that the Broncos were not the one-year wonder of 2006, but a
true contender for a Bowl Championship Series Bowl berth.
#3) TCU, 34-31,
Fort Worth Bowl,
In TCU's home bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium, the Broncos
were facing the top 20 Cinderella Horned Frogs of Conference
#4) Utah, 36-3,
The Utes, needing a victory over the Broncos to assert
Mountain West Conference superiority, were all set to humiliate
#5) BYU, 50-12,
On a snowy Cougar Stadium field before an ESPN audience, Boise State finally had its long-awaited match against Brigham Young University, the King of Intermountain Football. Uncorking Pete's Poison, the Bronco offense had its way against the vaunted MWC program. What set off the onslaught was Wes Nurse's pick-six, giving the Broncos a 21-2 lead, demoralizing the Cougars before their faithful fans.
This season, the Broncos have a legitimate shot of besting its school record for consecutive road wins, although it will be enduring its most rigorous traveling schedule ever: to Honolulu, Bowling Green, Tulsa, Ruston, and Fresno within a seven-game span, a schedule rivaled only by the 1984 Broncos which had five consecutive road games, going 4-1 in that stretch under Coach Lyle Setencich. An undefeated season on the road will prove to be another brick laid for the foundation of a great Bronco football tradition.
*My definition of a "road" game is a game at the opposing team's designated home stadium. Thus, the calculations do not include playoff or bowl games at neutral sites, and so, for example, the Fort Worth Bowl counts and the Fiesta Bowl does not count in the calculations. The games against Idaho at Washington State's Martin Stadium are included in the calculations.