Mountain West Spotlight: Boise State

June 25, 2012
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Boise State Quick Facts
Location: Boise, Idaho
Founded: 1932
Enrollment: 19,664
President: Robert W. Kustra
Athletic Director: Mark Coyle
Colors: Orange and Blue
Nickname: Broncos

Boise State Broncos
Boise State Campus
Bronco Stadium
Taco Bell Arena
RB D.J. HarperDJ-Harper

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Sports Offered:
Men's: Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Tennis, Track & Field, Wrestling
Women's: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Home Venues:
• Football: Bronco Stadium (33,500)
• Men's & Women's Basketball: Taco Bell Arena (12,380)
• Volleyball: Bronco Gymnasium (3,000)
• Softball: Mountain Cove Softball Field (500)

MW Championships (not including tournament championships for those sports that crown both a regular season and tournament championship):
• Men's Tennis: 1 (2012)

Distinguished Alumni:
• Ralph Peterson: Class of 1965, President of CH2M HILL; former advisor to President Bill Clinton
• Steve Appleton: Class of 1983, Chairman and CEO of Micron Technology
• Jack Kane: Class of 1970, Managing Director of Duff & Phelps Corp. in New York; former Major General in the U.S. Army
• Butch Otter: Class of 1964, Current Governor of Idaho; former U.S. Congressman and four-term Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
• Edward Lodge: Class of 1955, Federal Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
• Michael Hoffman: Class of 1974, Rhodes Scholar; Hollywood director of 13 movies, including several Oscar-winning titles
• Earl Boen: Class of 1961, Hollywood actor with roles in over 50 films and 400 televisions appearances, including Naked Gun, the Terminator series, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, LA Law, and The Wonder Years
• Gary L. Bennett: Class of 1960, Former manager at NASA; worked on the Voyager 1, Voyager 2, and New Horizons missions

Top Athletes:
• Ryan Clady, NFL player, two-time All-Pro tackle
• Larry Jackson, former MLB player, five-time All-Star
• Gus Johnson, former NBA player, five-time All-Star
• Dee Pickett, former professional rodeo rider; Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association national and world champion
• Renward Wells, two-time Olympic sprinter
• Dave Wilcox, former NFL player, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Shining Moments:
• 2007: The football team won the Fiesta Bowl by upsetting Oklahoma 43-42 in an overtime thriller. Boise State scored on a trick play with seven seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to send it into overtime and won with another trick play on a two-point conversion.
• 2010: Football won the Fiesta Bowl by defeating TCU 17-10. • 1974: Bill Shaw won the Men's Skiing National Championship in the slalom.
• 2004 & 2005: Gabe Wallin won back-to-back NCAA Track & Field Championships in the javelin.
• 2012: Kurt Felix won the decathlon at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.

Interesting Tidbits:
• The 2007 Fiesta Bowl won the 2007 Best Game ESPY Award and the game's final play won the 2007 Best Play ESPY Award.
• Blue turf was first installed in Bronco Stadium in 1986 and is the only non-green playing surface in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
• The Boise State football team owns the nation's highest winning percentage since 1997. The Broncos have gone 157-33 (.826) in the last 15 years.
• In 2011, citing a "competitive advantage," the Mountain West Conference banned Boise State from wearing their all-blue uniforms for home conference games as a condition of joining the conference.

Fresno State-Boise State Classic:
Nov. 2, 1996 - Fresno State defeated Boise State 41-7 that day to give Bulldog coach Jim Sweeney his 200th career college coaching victory. Fresno State's offense rank up 544 yards of total offense in the win and intercepted three Bronco passes. Bulldog running back Michael Pittman ran for a career-high 212 yards and one touchdown.

Fresno State's Series History with Boise State
Sports Series Record Last Meeting
Football 10-4, Boise State leads Oct. 7, 2011 - Boise St. 57, FS 7 in Fresno, Calif.
Men's Basketball 16-15, Boise State leads Jan. 2, 2012 - FS 72, BSU 59 in Fresno, Calif.
Women's Basketball 17-9, Fresno State leads leads Feb. 17, 2011 - FS 75, BSU 57 in Boise, Idaho
Volleyball 17-7, Fresno State leads Oct. 25, 2010 - FS 3, BSU 2 in Boise, Idaho
Softball 9-4, Fresno State leads May 13, 2011 - FS 3, BSU 2 in Fresno, Calif. (2011 WAC Tournament)
Women's Tennis 9-4, Fresno State leads Apri 30, 2011 - FS 4, BSU 3 in Boise, Idaho (2011 WAC Championships)
Men's Tennis 16-8, Fresno State leads March 31, 2012 - BSU 4, Fresno State 3 in Boise, Idaho
Women's Soccer 6-4-2, Fresno State leads Oct. 29, 2010 - FS 2, BSU 2 (2OT) - tied in Boise, Idaho