LaGarrette Blount Is In Good Company

On September 3, Boise State's defense will get a second try at stopping the tough, hard-running LaGarrette Blount of Oregon. People from outside the Bronco program would be surprised how many great running backs Boise State has faced over the years.

Most of the nation will remember how Boise State 's defense held All-Day Adrian Peterson far below his average in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.  Many college fans might think he's the only running back of note that Boise State has ever faced.  And they would be wrong.  

Here are just some of the great backs that have taken on the Broncos in the past.  Many have lost.  



Terrell Davis--Long Beach State

(Played Boise State at Bronco Stadium in 1991—Lost 48-14)  

Davis came to Long Beach in 1990 to play for legendary coach George Allen.  But he redshirted that year and Allen died later that year.  Davis played in 1991 and gained about 262 yards rushing.  Then Long Beach cut their football program and Davis went to Georgia , where he played backup to Heisman candidate Garrison Hearst his sophomore year before starting his junior season.    

Davis posted a solid season of 167 carries for 824 yards in 1993. Any hopes of an improved senior year were destroyed when Davis suffered a hamstring injury early in the year against Tennessee . He finished the season strong with two 100-plus yard rushing games to close out the year and finished with 445 yards on only 67 carries.     

Davis was drafted in the 6th round of the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos in 1995.  He enjoyed a great rookie campaign, rushing for 1,117 yards and seven touchdowns.  As excellent as his initial NFL campaign was, Terrell kicked it into high gear the next three seasons, leading the American Football Conference in rushing each year.  In 1996, he had 1,538 yards and 13 TD's, 1,750 yards and an NFL-leading 15 touchdowns the following year (garnering NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors) and NFL-leading numbers of 2,008 yards, a 5.1 yards-per-carry average and 21 scores in 1998.  Davis was one of only four players in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.  His performance earned him the NFL Most Valuable Player and his second NFL Offensive Player of the Year  

Davis is arguably the best postseason running back in NFL history.  In eight career playoff games he accumulated 1,140 yards rushing on 204 carries with 12 touchdowns.   Davis helped lead Denver to consecutive Super Bowl titles in 1997 and 1998.  He dominated both playoff years with 581 yards rushing in 1997 and 468 yards rushing in 1998.   Davis became the first player ever to rush for three touchdowns in a Super Bowl in 1997, when he was named Super Bowl MVP.   Davis scored 48 points in the 1997 playoffs to set an all-time record that was on the books until broken in 2006.  He still holds an all-time playoff record with seven straight 100 yard rushing games.  

Davis played 20 games from 1999 to 2001, accumulating a total of 1,194 rushing yards.  He decided to retire prior to the 2002 year, having spent his entire career with the Broncos.   Davis racked up 1,655 rushing attempts, 7,607 rushing yards, 1,280 receiving yards, and 65 total touchdowns in his superb career.  He was recognized as a complete running back, able to run, catch, and block.   Davis was named to three Pro Bowls, was named AP Offensive Player of the Year twice, voted NFL MVP once, and was a two-time Super Bowl Champion.


Career Highlights, Awards, and Accolades:

·                             Lowest drafted player to rush for over 1,000 yards in his rookie season.

·                             Three-time Pro Bowler: 1996-1998.

·                             UPI AFC Offensive MVP: 1996.

·                             PFWA MVP: 1998.

·                             Espy Award winner: 1999.

·                             Two-time AP Offensive Player of the Year: 1996 and 1998.

·                             NFL MVP: 1998.

·                             Two-time Super Bowl champion: 1997 and 1998.

·                             Super Bowl MVP: 1997.

·                             Named to the 1990s NFL All-Decade Team.

·                             One of only four players in NFL history to rush for 2,000 or more yards in one season: 2,008 yards in 1998.

·                             Led the AFC in rushing three times: 1996-98.

·                             Led the NFL in rushing once: 1998.

·                             All-time NFL leader with seven consecutive 100 yard rushing playoff games.

·                             Became the first player to rush for three touchdowns in a Super Bowl: 1997.

·                             Set 47 Denver Bronco team records over his career.



Adrian Peterson--Oklahoma

(Played vs. Boise State in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl in Glendale , Arizona —Lost 43-42)

Peterson broke many NCAA freshman rushing records at Oklahoma, exploding onto the scene with 1,925 yards and leading the nation with 339 carries.  He achieved the almost-unheard of feat of being a Heisman Trophy finalist, finishing second to USC quarterback Matt Leinart.  It was the highest finish ever for a freshman.  Peterson also was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back.  Peterson made the First-Team All-America team, helping the Sooners go undefeated.  Adrian and Oklahoma played in the 2005 BCS National Championship Game at the Orange Bowl.

Peterson suffered an ankle sprain in the Big 12 opener vs. Kansas State and missed four games of his sophomore season.  Still, he rushed for 1,208 yards (2nd in the Big 12) and 14 scores.  He was honored by selection to the All-Big 12 Conference team in 2005. 

In 2006, Peterson broke his collarbone diving into the end zone to celebrate a 53-yard touchdown run against Iowa State in October.  At the time, Peterson needed just 150 yards to pass Billy Sims as Oklahoma's all-time career rusher.  But the injury kept him out for the remainder of the regular season.  He returned against Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl, rushing for 77 yards and a touchdown.  Peterson ended the season with 1,112 yards.

Rather than finish his college career, Peterson elected to enter the NFL Draft.  He finished his Oklahoma career with  4,045 yards in three seasons, just 73 shy of Sims.  He was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1st Round as the seventh player chosen.


College Highlights:

  • Hall Trophy (2003)
  • First-team AP All-Freshman (2004)
  • First-team consensus All-American (2004)
  • Doak Walker Award finalist (2004)
  • Heisman Trophy finalist (2004)
  • Jim Brown Trophy winner (2004)


Peterson enjoyed a stellar rookie season with 1,341 yards rushing on 238 carries (5.6 average) and 12 touchdowns.  He added 19 catches for 268 yards and another TD and was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.  Peterson exploded with 1,760 yards last year on 363 carries (4.8 average) and 10 touchdowns.  He also had 21 receptions for 125 yards.  Adrian was selected to his first Pro Bowl and had the second-highest rushing performance in Pro Bowl history (129 yards and two TD's).  Peterson was named MVP following the game.  He is only the fifth player in NFL history to go over 3,000 yards rushing in his first two seasons.



Steven Jackson Oregon State

(Played at home vs. Boise State in 2003—Won 26-24, Jackson rushed for 122 yards and a TD)  

Jackson was a star running back for Oregon State in 2003 when the Broncos faced him in Corvallis . Jackson hung up his cleats as #3 in the all-time career rushing list at OSU with 3,625 yards on 743 carries with 39 touchdowns.  He is #1 for his 2002 season of 1,690 yards and #3 in 2003 with 1,545 yards and 19 TD's.   

Jackson was a 1st round draft choice (24th overall) of the St. Louis Rams in the 2004 NFL Draft.  Since his rookie debut of 673 yards and 4 TD's in 2004, Jackson has topped the 1,000-yard mark every year, gaining 1,046 in 2005, 1,528 in 2006, 1,002 in 2007 and 1,042 last season.  He has gained over 5,291 yards in the NFL (4.3 average) with 37 scores and has also caught 230 passes for 1,965 yards and 7 TD's, including an incredible 90 receptions for 806 yards in '06.



Terry Metcalf--Long Beach State

(Played vs. Boise State at home in 1970—Won 27-14)  

In 1971, Metcalf set an NCAA record with 28 rushing touchdowns. Despite an injury-plagued senior year, he finished with a two-year total of 2,432 rushing yards and became a third-round pick of the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals.  

Metcalf did not start his rookie season but still had 628 yards rushing (148 attempts) and two touchdowns and 37 catches for 316 yards.  He became a starter in 1974, gaining 718 yards (152 carries) and six touchdowns with a long of 75 yards.  He also exploded for 50 receptions (ninth in the league) for 377 yards and one TD.    After that, he was a role-player for the Cardinals but gained 816 yards, a 4.9 yards-per-carry average (third in the league) and had nine touchdowns on the ground (eighth in the NFL) with 43 receptions and two scores in 1975 and 739 yards and four touchdowns rushing, a 5.0 ypc average that was second in the NFL and 34 catches in 1977.  He was traded to Washington in 1981 and retired following that season. 

Terry was invaluable as a returner, with his best year of punt returns being 1974 (26-340, 13.1 average (ninth in the league) and 1 TD.  His 12.4 punt return average in 1975 was third in the NFL.  Metcalf averaged over 27 yards on kickoff returns in each of his first three seasons (4-124 his rookie year, 20-623 (31.2) and a touchdown in 1974 and 35-960 and a TD in '75).  His 31.2 kickoff return average in 1974 led the NFL.  He made the Pro Bowl three times (1974, 1975 and 1977).  Metcalf gained 3,498 yards for his career on 766 carries (4.6 average—56th in NFL history) for 24 TD's and also caught 245 passes for 2,457 yards and nine touchdowns.  He returned 84 punts for 936 yards (11.1 avg.—23rd in NFL history) and one TD and brought back 121 career kickoffs for 3,087 yards (25.5 avg.—41st all-time) and two scores. 

In 1975, Metcalf set a then-NFL record with 2,462 combined yards.  Only one player, Lionel James of San Diego, has eclipsed this mark during the 16-game era.  Metcalf was the first player in league history to average at least 30 yards per kick return and 10 yards per punt return in the same season.  Joshua Cribbs of Cleveland became the second in 2007.



Merrill Hoge--Idaho State

(Played Boise State in 1984—Lost 26-23; Hoge gained 104 yards)

(Played Boise State at Bronco Stadium in 1985—Lost 29-15)

(Played Boise State in 1986—Won 25-6; Hoge gained 101 yards)

Hoge set 44 Idaho State and Big Sky Conference records (22 of them still intact), and still holds two NCAA records. He is a member of the ISU Hall of Fame and his ISU Bengals jersey has been retired.

Hoge had 8 games over 100 yards in his college career.  He gained 900 yards in 1984, 1,041 in 1985 and 631 in 1986 and averaged 129.9 all-purpose yards as a sophomore, 192.1 as a junior and 152 as a senior.  Hoge totaled 2,572 career rushing yards and 5,453 career all-purpose yards (Bengal record).  He is the third-leading scorer in school history with 98 points in 1985; he is also ninth with 84 in 1984.

Hoge was selected in the 10th round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He led the team in rushing and receiving in four of his seven years.  He is one of only two Steelers in franchise history to rush for more than 100 yards in back-to-back playoff games (the other was Franco Harris).  He was named to the All-Madden team in 1989.

After seven seasons with the Steelers, Hoge signed with Chicago in 1994.  He played in only five games and retired after a series of concussions.  Hoge had 3,139 career rushing yards, 2,133 receiving yards and 34 touchdowns.



Chris Johnson East Carolina

(Played vs. Boise State in the 2007 Hawai'i Bowl in Honolulu , Hawai'i —Won 41-38, Johnson rushed for 223 yards and a TD)  

Johnson is #3 on East Carolina 's career rushing chart with 2,982 yards from 2004-07.  Johnson is also third on the single-season list with 2,361 yards on a sterling 6.0 yards-per-carry average in '07.  He is #2 on the ECU single-game rushing list with an incredible 351-yard game against Memphis prior to the Hawai'i Bowl.  Unfortunately for Bronco fans, he also exploded against Boise State for 223 yards in Honolulu .  

Johnson amassed 1,228 yards in his rookie season for Tennessee with a 4.9 average and nine touchdowns.  He also proved to be extremely versatile with 43 receptions out of the backfield for another 260 yards and 1 TD.  He was named to the NFL Pro Bowl.



Mike Thomas--UNLV

(Played Boise State at home in 1974—won 37-35)


Speedy Mike Thomas (1973-74) transferred to UNLV from Oklahoma after his sophomore year.  He destroyed Boise State with 266 yards and an 85-yard touchdown in the 1974 game in Las Vegas , ranking as UNLV's #2 game of all-time and just ahead of Ickey Woods' 265-yard effort against Pacific in 1987.  Thomas also has the #1 game (314 yards vs. Santa Clara in 1973), #4 (245 vs. Prairie View in '74) and #6 (236 yards against Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1973).  Thomas owns the school record for best rushing season (1,741 yards in '73) and best rushing career (3,149 yards).  He is a surprisingly low #3 with 7 yards per carry in 1974 but he is #1 for his career with an astounding 6.6 yards per carry.   

Thomas was only at UNLV for two years but made a huge impact with nine 100-yard games in 1973 and eight more his senior year.  That total of 17 dominates every four-year running back by at least six.  He also continues to hold school records for touchdowns in a season (20 in 1973—he is also second with 17 the next year) and career rushing touchdowns (37—he leads that category by 12 over four-year backs.)  As if that wasn't enough, Thomas holds scoring records for points in a season (116 in '74) and career points (244).  

Thomas was drafted in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.  He started his rookie year, gaining 919 yards (10th in the NFL) on 235 carries for four touchdowns and had 40 receptions for 483 yards and three scores.  Mike was the Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.  Thomas was always a dual threat out of the backfield as he never had less than 28 receptions in a year.  Thomas was a starter his first four seasons with Washington before being traded to San Diego .  The Chargers did not start Thomas and his production tailed off until he retired following the 1980 season.  His best year was his second season when he had 254 carries for 1,101 yards (8th in the league) and five TD's and 28 catches for 290 yards and four scores.  Thomas was voted to the Pro Bowl following that great performance.  Thomas finished his career with 4,196 yards (1,087 carries) for 15 touchdowns and 192 catches for 2,011 yards and 11 TD's. 



Mike Anderson— Utah

(Played Boise State in 1998—Lost 31-28)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1999—Lost 26-20)


Anderson set a Ute record for his 254-yard rushing game vs. Fresno State in 1999.  He led Utah with 1,173 yards in 1998 (4.8 avg.) and 12 touchdowns and had 977 yards (5.0 per carry) and 10 touchdowns in 1999.  Anderson had 2,065 career rushing yards with 22 TD's.   

Anderson was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.  

He gained 1,487 yards (fourth in the NFL and averaged 5.0 per carry) for Denver with 15 touchdowns in 2000.  Anderson also had 23 receptions for 169 yards his rookie year.  He also enjoyed a great year in 2005 with 1,014 yards and 12 touchdowns and hauled in 18 receptions for 212 yards and a touchdown.  Anderson was traded to Baltimore in 2006; he gained 245 yards in two years with the Colts.  In his career, Anderson had 4,067 yards rushing (4.4 average) and 37 touchdowns and 92 catches for 727 yards and five touchdowns.  He was the 2000 NFL Rookie of the Year.



John Stephens--Northwestern State

(Played Boise State at Bronco Stadium in 1985—Won 17-16)


Stephens' best season at NW State was in 1985 when he rushed 202 times for 1,001 yards (4.9 average) with five touchdowns.  He gained over 2,500 yards in his college career with 14 touchdowns.  Stephens was a first round draft choice (17th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots and started his first three seasons gaining 1,168, 833 and 803 yards respectively.  In his rookie season, he was fifth in the NFL in rushing (when he was selected as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and made the Pro Bowl) and he was 10th in rushing touchdowns in 1989 with seven.  His playing time tailed off the next two years; he was traded first to Kansas City and then Green Bay in 1993 and then retired after six NFL seasons.   

Stephens gained 3,440 yards in his pro career on 945 carries (3.6 average) with 18 touchdowns.  He also had 105 receptions for 812 yards and another score. 



 Frank Hawkins-- Nevada

(Played Boise State at home in 1977—Won 28-10)

(Played Boise State at home in 1979—Lost 28-27)

(Played at Boise State in 1980—Lost 14-3)


Hawkins had 947 carries for 5,333 yards and 39 touchdowns in his career from 1977-1980.  He is #2 with 1,719 yards (on 307 carries) in 1980 and third with 1,683 yards on 279 carries the previous season.  

He gained 1,659 yards in his seven-year pro career with his best year being 526 yards in 1983.  Hawkins was fifth in the NFL in '83 with a super 4.8 average.  He also gathered in 97 passes for 691 yards and three TD's in his Oakland career.



Damion Fletcher Southern Mississippi

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2007—Lost 38-16)

(Played Boise State in 2008—Lost 24-7)


Fletcher set the school record with 1,586 rushing yards in 2007 and set another mark with nine 100-yard games.  He is second at Southern Mississippi with 295 carries that year and third with 276 attempts in 2006.  He is fifth in yards per carry in 2007, averaging 5.4 yards, and he is third all-time with 14 touchdowns that season.  Fletcher broke school records with 790 career attempts and 4,287 yards and he is second only to Sammy Winder's 39 touchdowns with 36 and second with 16 career 100-yard rushing games.  Fletcher has one more season to go! 



Jesse Chatman of Eastern Washington

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1999—lost 41-20)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2000—Lost 41-23)


Chatman has the #1 and #2 single-game performances in Eastern Washington history, gaining 298 against Sacramento State and 277 vs. Northridge in 2001.  He holds school records with 285 rushing attempts, 2096 yards, an average of 190.5 per game, 28 touchdowns and 2,520 all-purpose yards that season.  Chatman also set career marks for yards (4,173) and touchdowns (53) despite only playing three seasons.  

Chatman played his first three seasons with the Chargers, gaining 392 yards in 2004 with three touchdowns.  He had his best NFL season with the Miami Dolphins in 2007 when he gained 515 yards.  For his career, Chatman has gained 951 yards and scored four touchdowns and had 39 receptions for 281 yards.  



Louie Giammona— Utah State

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1975—Won 42-19)


Giammona gave the Broncos a lesson the first time the schools met back during the Tony Knap era.  Utah State was the first Division 1 school Boise State faced.  He ranks fourth in Aggie history with 3,499 career yards and 756 career attempts and he is sixth with 21 career rushing touchdowns.  

Giammona played six seasons with the New York Jets, rushing 201 times for 683 yards and seven touchdowns.  He also had 46 career receptions for 444 yards and two scores, had 58 kickoff returns for a 20.1 average and 18 punt returns for a 9.3 average    Giammona's best season was in 1980 when he rushed 97 times for 361 yards and four scores.



Michael Bush Louisville

(Played Boise State in the 2004 Liberty Bowl—Won 44-40)


Bush had 503 rushing yards (6.2 avg.) and six touchdowns in 2003, another 734 (5.6 avg.) and seven touchdowns as a junior and 1,143 yards and 23 TD's in 2005.  He had 2,386 career rushing yards (5.7 average which is fourth all-time at Louisville ) and 36 touchdowns (second all-time).  Bush is the school record holder with 23 rushing touchdowns in 2005; he is seventh in rushing yards in a season at Louisville with 1,143 (5.6 per carry) in 2005.  

Bush was a fourth-round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.  He gained 421 yards on 95 attempts for Oakland with three touchdowns, and had 19 receptions for 162 yards.



Ryan Moats Louisiana Tech

(Played at home vs. Boise State in 2003—Lost to the Broncos 43-37, Moats rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown)

(Played at Bronco Stadium in 2004—Lost to the Broncos 55-14, Moats rushed for 60 yards and caught a TD pass)


Moats was a bowling ball style of runner who holds career records (all of which he set in 2004) for rushing yards in a season (1,774), touchdowns in a season (18), yards-per carry (6.2) and attempts in a season (288).  Moats is second all-time in Ruston with 3,112 career yards in three seasons and in addition to his record-setting 1,774 in 2004 is also #3 at Tech with 1,300 yards in 2003.   Ryan ranks third with 28 career rushing touchdowns and is seventh in Louisiana Tech history with 499 carries.  

Moats played two seasons with the Eagles (gaining 347 yards on just 77 carries (4.5 average) and three touchdowns.  In 2008, he played for Houston and gained 94 yards on 26 carries with a touchdown. 



Cedric Cobbs-Arkansas

(Played Boise State in 2000--Won 38-31, Cobbs rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown)

(Played Boise State in 2002—Won 41-14, Cobbs rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown)


Cobbs is third in Arkansas history with 3,018 career rushing yards and 4th with 26 career rushing touchdowns.   Cobb is 3rd with 1,320 yards in 2003.   

Cobbs played two years in the NFL, for New England in 2004 (50 yards rushing) and for Denver in 2006.



Thomas Brown Georgia

(Played Boise State in 2005—Won 48-13)


Brown is fourth in freshman rushing with 875 yards in 2004.  He carried the ball 137 times for 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2005, 62 times for 256 yards and one touchdown in ‘06 and had 148 carries for 779 (5.3 avg.) and 10 TD's as a senior.  Brown ranks 5th at Georgia with 2,646 rushing yards.   

Brown was drafted in the 6th round of the NFL Draft by Atlanta . 



Leon Burns, Long Beach State

(Played Boise State at home in 1970—Won 27-14)


 Burns earned All-America status in both 1970 and 1971 for Long Beach, once rushed for 300 yards in a game and set school records for career carries (655), rushing yards (2,809), points (304) and touchdowns (50).  Burns was a first round draft choice of the San Diego Chargers in 1971.  Unfortunately he was hampered by injuries throughout his pro career with San Diego and St. Louis and gained 292 yards in two seasons.



Dwayne Wright Fresno State

(Played Boise State in 2003—Lost 31-17, Wright rushed for 45 yards)

(Played Boise State at Bronco Stadium in 2006—Lost 45-21, Wright rushed for 86 yards)


Wright had 1,683 yards lf all-purpose yards in 2006, 10th in Fresno history.  He led the Bulldogs in rushing with 1,462 yards, third highest at Fresno .  In Wright's three-year career, he gained 2,683 yards on 501 carries (5.4 average) for 16 touchdowns.  He ranks third on the Fresno career rushing list.   

Wright played one season with the Buffalo Bills; he had 29 carries for 94 yards in 2007.



Jeremiah Johnson Oregon

(Played Boise State in 2008—Lost 37-32, Johnson had 94 yards rushing and a touchdown)


Johnson gained 147 yards  with two touchdowns in 2005 as a freshman (6.1 per carry), then 644 in 2006 (6.3) with 10 touchdowns,  344 yards last season as a junior (6.4 with five touchdowns) and 1,201 yards (7.2 per carry) with 13 touchdowns in 2008.  Johnson had 2,336 career rushing yards at Oregon , averaging an incredible 6.7 yards per carry over his career with 30 rushing touchdowns.  He also had 36 receptions for 303 yards and a touchdown, 13 punt returns for 9.8 yards per return and 30 kickoff returns for 28.7 yards per return.  

Johnson signed with the Houston Texans of the NFL this year.



Chris Parker— Marshall

(Played Boise State at Bronco Stadium in the 1994 Division I-AA Semifinal—Lost 28-24)


Parker had 1,750 yards (5.2 average) and 23 touchdowns in 1993, 1,728 yards (5.4 avg.) and 23 TD's as a junior and 1,833 yards (5.3 avg.) and 18 scores as a senior.  

He holds school records for rushes in a season (349 in 1995) and career (1,110) and yards rushing in a season (1,833 in '95) and career (5,924).  He also holds the career mark for rushing touchdowns with 68.



Charvez Foger— Nevada

(Played Boise State in 1985—Won 37-10)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1986—Won 21-16)

(Played Boise State in 1987—Lost 36-31)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1988—Lost 40-28)


Foger (1985-1988) is second in career yards with 4,484 (on 866 carries) and second with 52 rushing and 60 career touchdowns from 1985-1988.  He is #1 with 362 career points.  He had 1,287 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns in 1988 and 1,241 and 14 TD's in both 1985 and ‘86.



LaGarrette Blount— Oregon

(Played Boise State in 2008—Lost 37-32, Blount had 99 yards rushing and a TD)


Blount had 137 carries for 1,002 yards and 17 touchdowns last season.



Chris Lemon— Nevada

(Played Boise State in 1996—Won 66-28, Lemon rushed for 100 yards)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1997—Won 56-42, Lemon rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns)

(Played Boise State in 1998—Won 52-24, Lemon rushed for 114 yards and three TD's)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1999—Lost 52-17, Lemon rushed for 64 yards)


Chris Lemon (1996-1999) had 904 carries for 4,246 yards and 53 TD's in his career.  He also had three receiving touchdowns.  In 1999, Lemon had 1,170 yards and 13 scores.  In 1997, he scored 19 touchdowns, #1 all-time at Nevada and added another 13 in 1998.



Chance Kretschmer Nevada

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2001—Lost 49-7, Kretschmer rushed for 81 yards)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2003—Lost 56-3, Kretschmer rushed for 55 yards)

(Played Boise State in 2004—Lost 58-21, Kretschmer rushed for 38 yards)


Kretschmer (2001-2004) led the nation in rushing as a freshman at UNR with 302 carries for 1,732 yards (5.74 average) and 15 touchdowns.  He was injured in 2002 but came back with 1,162 rushing yards (on 245 carries) and 12 touchdowns as a junior and 176 carries for 813 yards and three touchdowns in 2004.  Kretschmer had 873 career carries for 3,782 yards and 35 TD's in his Wolf Pack career.  He is #1 on the Nevada single-season list with 1,732 yards in 2002 and his 302 carries set an NCAA freshman record.  Kretschmer is also #11 in the Nevada record book with 1,162 yards in 2001 and is tied with Luke Lippincott and Frank Hawkins for second with 15 rushing touchdowns in '01.  He is fifth in career scoring with 210 points.  He is fourth with 3,782 career rushing yards and fourth in touchdowns with 35.



Chip Hooks—Appalachian State

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in the 1994 NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinals—Lost 17-14)


Hooks had 190 carries for 1,062 yards (5.6 yards per carry)and three rushing touchdowns in 1991, 836 rushing yards in 1992, (5.1 per carry) and two scores,  919 rushing yards (4.9 avg.) and four TD's in 1993 and 885 yards (4.4) and seven touchdowns as a senior.  He had 3,702 career rushing yards at Appalachian State.



Michael Pittman— Fresno State

(Played Boise State in 1996—Won 41-7, Pittman rushed for 212 yards and a touchdown)


Pittman 1,172 rushing yards in 1996, which is seventh all-time at Fresno , he had 13 rushing touchdowns in 1996, 10th all-time.  Pittman amassed 3,573 all-purpose yards in his career, also 10th all-time.  From 1993-1997, Pittman had 647 carries for 3,017 yards (4.7 avg.) which is second all-time, with 29 touchdowns.



Wendell Mathis

(Played Boise State at Bronco Stadium in 2004—Lost 33-16, Mathis rushed for 29 yards and one TD)

(Played Boise State in 2005—Won 27-7, Mathis rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown)


 Mathis is tied for fourth all-time at Fresno State with 1,313 rushing yards in 2005.  He ranks eighth on the career list with 2,308 yards on 394 carries (5.9 average) and 27 touchdowns.  

Mathis signed with the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL but has not played.



Kregg Lumpkin-- Georgia

(Played Boise State in 2005—Won 48-13)


Lumpkin had 523 yards and six touchdowns as a freshman in 2004 and 335 yards and three rushing touchdowns in 2005.  He led the Bulldogs in rushing in 2006 with 798 yards and six touchdowns.  Despite a season-ending injury early in his senior year, Lumpkin finished his career with 1,700 career rushing yards and 15 TD's.    

Lumpkin was not drafted but currently plays for Green Bay where has seen limited action.



Luke Lippincott— Nevada

(Played Boise State in 2006—Lost 38-7, Lippincott rushed for 12 yards)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2007—Lost 69-67 in four overtimes, Lippincott rushed for 187 yards and four touchdowns)


Lippincott (2005-present) is fourth on the Nevada single-season rushing chart with 1,420 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2007 on 267 carries.  Lippincott's 15 rushing touchdowns puts him in second place all-time.   He is seventh all-time at Nevada with 27 career touchdowns. 



Charles Dunn, Portland State (Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1998—Lost 42-24—Dunn had 17 carries for 71 yards)

Dunn (1997-2000) set 16 Portland State records and finished his career as one of only six Division I-A or I-AA players in college football history to top 6,000 career yards (Dunn had 6,007). He carried the ball 1,098 times for a 5.5 average with 54 touchdowns. Dunn had 30 100-yards games and eight 200-yard games. Dunn had 1,561 yards in 1998. In 2000, Dunn had 302 carries for 1,792 yards (5.9 average) and 21 touchdowns. In 2000, Dunn rushed for an all-time record 324 yards against Hofstra and 154 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-20 win at Hawai'i.



Joe Rubin, Portland State

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2005—Lost 21-14—Rubin had 24 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown)

Rubin had 2,996 career rushing yards and 24 touchdowns for Portland State. Rubin rushed 345 times for 1,702 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2005. He rushed for 356 yards and five touchdowns against Northern Colorado. He set school records with 10 100-yard games and nine in a row in '05. He ran for over 100 yards against both Oregon state and Boise State.

Rubin signed with the Washington Redskins and is now in the new United Football League.



Bryson Sumlin

(Played Boise State at Bronco Stadium in 2002—Lost 67-21, Sumlin rushed for 8 yards)

(Played Boise State in 2003—Lost 31-17, Sumlin rushed one time for 0 yards)

(Played Boise State at Bronco Stadium in 2004—Lost 33-16, Sumlin rushed for 10 yards)

(Played Boise State in 2005—Won 27-7, Sumlin rushed for 61 yards)


Sumlin churned out 1,104 rushing yards and scored 13 rushing touchdowns in 2004'; both are 10th all-time for the Bulldogs.  He had 2,398 career rushing yards (sixth in the Fresno record book) on 496 carries (4.8 avg.) and 29 touchdowns.



 Rodney Davis— Fresno State

(Played Boise State at Bronco Stadium in 2002—Lost 67-21, Davis rushed for 30 yards)


Davis had 1,748 all-purpose yards in 2002, seventh at Fresno State .  He set the school record with 1,586 rushing yards in '02. 



Derek Watson South Carolina

(Played Boise State in 2001—Won 32-13, Watson rushed for 71 yards and a TD and had 40 yards receiving and a TD)


Watson gained 394 rushing yards in 1999 and 1,066 in 2000 (5th for a season at South Carolina ).  

He played briefly with Tampa Bay . 



Nate Ilaoa— Hawai'i

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2002—Lost 58-31)

(Played Boise State in 2003—Lost 45-28)

(Played Boise State in 2005—Lost 44-41)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2006—Lost 41-34)

Ilaoa started eight games as a receiver in 2002 , ranking fifth on Hawai'i with 46 receptions for 532 yards and three touchdowns.  He also had six carries for 56 yards (9.3 average).  He gained 56 yards with a score on six carries (9.3 avg) and ranked fifth on the squad with 46 receptions for 532 yards (11.6 avg) and three touchdowns, finishing with 588 all-purpose yards.  Ilaoa suffered an injury in the 2004 season opener that forced him to miss the entire season with a medical hardship.

Ilaoa returned in 2005 as a halfback and started seven games, leading the Rainbow Warriors with 85 attempts for 643 yards (7.6 avg.) and six touchdowns.  He also had 36 receptions for 274 yards.  In 2006, Ilaoa was granted a sixth year of eligibility and earned All-WAC honors in gaining 139.5 all-purpose yards per game (12th in the nation).  He led Hawai'i with 990 yards and 13 touchdowns on 131 carries (7.6).  He was also third on the team and fifth in the WAC with 67 receptions (a Hawai'i record for running backs) for 837 yards and five scores.  All told, Ilaoa had 1,827 all-purpose yards in '06 which is third all-time.

Nate started 27 games, including eighteen at halfback.  He rushed 222 times for 1,689 yards (7.6 avg) and 20 touchdowns (tied for fifth all-time). Ilaoa also had 151 catches for 1,694 yards and nine scores. He scored 174 points while gaining 3,383 all-purpose yards (#4 in the Hawai'i record book), an average of 91.43 yards per game in his college career.

Ilaoa was a seventh round selection of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2007 NFL Draft but has no statistics yet. 



Louis Jackson, Cal Poly

(Played Boise State in 1976—Tied 14-14)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1977—Lost 42-21) (Played Boise State in 1978—Won 7-3)

(Played Boise State in 1980—Won 23-20—Jackson had 55 carries for 246 yards)

Jackson had 3,330 career rushing yards and 32 touchdowns from 1976-1980. In 1978, he had 1,131 yards and 12 TD's and in 1980, Jackson rushed for 1,424 yards and 12 scores.

Jackson was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 1981 NFL Draft. He played with the Giants and Los Angeles Rams. He had 27 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown for the Giants.



Eric Shelton— Louisville

(Played Boise State in the 2004 Liberty Bowl—Won 44-40)


Shelton carried 146 times for 938 yards (6.4 average) in 2004.  Shelton scored 20 touchdowns in 2004, second all-time at Louisville .  He had 266 carries for 790 yards in 2003 with 10 touchdowns.  Shelton is sixth at Louisville with seven games over 100 yards rushing in his career.   

Shelton was a second round selection of the Carolina Panthers in the 2005 NFL Draft but was waived from the team after two years and only eight carries. 



Sherriden May, Idaho

(Played Boise State in 1991--Won 28-24)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1991--Won 62-16)

(Played Boise State in 1993--Won 49-16)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1994--Lost 27-24)

May had 689 career carries for 3,748 and 50 touchdowns from 1991-1994). He had 1,111 yards and 21 touchdowns his sophomore season, 2212 carries for 1,267 yards and 20 touchdowns in 1993 and 231 carries for 1,370 yards and nine scores in 1994.



Vai Taua— Nevada

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 2007—Lost 69-67 in four overtimes)

(Played Boise State in 2008—Lost 41-34)


Taua stepped in for the injured Luke Lippincott with a spectacular season in 2008.  He finished with 1,521 yards, eighth in the country on just 236 carries (6.44 average) and 15 touchdowns.  He has 1,633 and 16 touchdowns in two seasons. 



Danny Ware-- Georgia

(Played Boise State in 2005—Won 48-13)


Ware was #2 on the team with 692 rushing yards and four touchdowns in 2004.  He had 492 rushing yards and one TD in 2005 and 326 and three touchdowns in 2006.  Ware finished with 1,510 career rushing yards and eight touchdowns at Georgia .  

Ware was not drafted but signed with the New York Giants and has seen limited duty.


Jamie Townsend--Eastern Washington

(Played Boise State in 1986--Won 21-19)

(Played Boise State in Bronco Stadium in 1987--Lost 38-13)

(Played Boise State in 1988--Won 34-28)

Townsend had 619 career carries for 2,879 yards and 27 touchdowns. He had 234 carries his freshman year(1985) for 1,114 yards. In 1988, he had 225 carries for 993 yards.

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