Head coach: Dan Hawkins (4th year at BSU)
(Career: 75-17-1| At BSU: 34-6 | Pac-10 record: 0-2)
Current ranking: NR in either poll
Current record: 1-0, 0-0
Last year's record: 13-1, 8-0 (WAC Champions)
Bowl game: Defeated TCU 34-31 in the Fort Worth Bowl
Streak: 12 games overall - the longest in the country, 19 straight at home...their last loss was to Oregon State last year in Corvallis.
Last time BSU and OSU met...
Sept. 20, 2003, Oregon State 26, Boise State 24
Boise State saw its all-time longest winning streak snapped at 13 games as Oregon State handed the Broncos a 26-24 loss. It looked like Boise State would finally come away with a win against a Pac-10 team late in the first half when the Broncos rallied from a 13-point eficit to take a 17-16 lead into the half.
The Beavers regained control in the third quarter, scoring the only points of the period on a Kirk Yliniemi field goal. Oregon State added an 11-yard touchdown on a run by Steven Jackson to take a 26-17 lead. The Broncos rallied, scoring on a nine play, 79-yard drive to get within two points. The Broncos had a chance to take the lead midway through the fourth quarter, but Tyler Jones missed a 35-yard field goal. Boise State never got the ball back as Oregon State drove the field and ran out the clock.
Series history (OSU leads 3-0):
(1986: OSU, 34-3 in Corvallis | 1989: OSU, 37-3 in Boise | 2003: OSU, 26-24 in Corvallis)
Oregon State has won all three contests in the series. The Beavers edged Boise State last year at Reser Stadium 26-24 and in the process ended the Broncos’ 13-game winning streak. The two
teams combined for 943 yards in total offense a year ago with quarterbacks Derek Anderson (408) and Ryan Dinwiddie (334) accounting for 742 passing yards. The Beavers led 13-0 before
witnessing BSU take a 17-16 halftime lead. OSU beat BSU, then a Division I-AA Big Sky Conference member 34-3 in Corvallis in 1986 and 37-30 in Boise in 1989. The two programs are scheduled to meet Sept. 10 of next year in Corvallis and Sept. 9, 2006 in Boise.
Players to watch:
TE Derek Schouman (6-2, 217)
We saw how effective Joe Newton was against a good defense, now we get to see a talented tight end try to pick apart the OSU defense...Schouman will be thrown to early and often and could be one of the keys of the game.
QB Jared Zabransky (6-1, 197)
Can run, but not a proven passer...he must make the Beavers respect the pass if the Broncos want to move the ball...the OSU secondary should be salivating over this scenario.
DE Julius Roberts (6-5, 245)
Talented, player with good moves and speed...Doug Nienhuis will once again have his hands full, but he successfuly kept Marcus Spears out of Derek Anderson's face, so he should be able to handle Roberts.
ROV Chris Carr (5-9, 184)
A playmaker on defense and on special teams...has a nose for the ball and is dangerous return man...must contain him on special teams.
- BSU is expected to be at full strength come Friday.
Miscellaneous Bronco Notes:
- Boise State is 54-11 in the last five years, the third best mark in I-A college football.
- The Broncos rank 11th all-time in winning percentage among NCAA Division I-A schools with a 67.8 success rate.
- BSU received 23 first place votes in the preseason WAC football media poll and is the favorite to win the conference.
- Boise State is just one of two programs in the country with double-digit winning streaks, the other program is USC with a 10-game streak.
- The Broncos have not last at home since the second home game of the 2001 season.
- BSU has won their last 25 of 26 games including their last 33 of 34 at home.
- Boise State has won 15 of its last 16 non-conference contests.
- The Broncos are 9-0 on ESPN and ESPN2 since moving up to Division 1 in 1996.
- BSU has never defeated a Pac-10 team. Boise State has lost games against Oregon State (0-3), Washington State (0-4), UCLA (0-1) and Arizona State (0-1).
- Boise State is 4-0 in bowl games.
- Hawkins’ record in the WAC the past three years is 22-2 (.917). He has led the Broncos to WAC Championships with 8-0 conference records in both 2002 and 2003.
- Boise State has won consecutive bowl games under Hawkins’ direction the past two years. In 2002 the Broncos won the Humanitarian Bowl, and in 2003 Boise State defeated TCU in the inaugural PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl.
- Hawkins has guided Boise State to back-to-back top 20 finishes in both major
polls the past two seasons. In 2002, Boise State finished the year ranked
12th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, and 15th by the AP. Last year Boise
State finished the season ranked 15th in the coaches poll and 16th in the