2008 Boise State Broncos football team


2008 Boise State Broncos football team

NCAATeamFootballSeason
Year=2008
Team=Boise State Broncos


ImageSize=
Conference=Western Athletic Conference
ShortConference=WAC
APRank=15
CoachRank=16
BCSRank=
Record=4-0
ConfRecord=1-0
HeadCoach=Chris Petersen
OffCoach=Bryan Harsin
DefCoach=Justin Wilcox

OScheme=Multiple
DScheme=4-3
Stadium=Bronco Stadium
BowlTourney=
BowlTourneyResult=

The 2008 Boise State Broncos football team will represent Boise State University in the 2008 college football season. The Broncos will play their home games at Bronco Stadium, most famous for its blue artificial turf surface, often referred to as the "smurf-turf". The blue turf will be new for the 2008 season, as the old Astroplay surface was replaced by Field Turf.

Previous season

The Broncos entered the 2007 season ranked #23 in the coaches poll and were on a 13 game winning streak after going undefeated in 2006. After an opening home win against Weber State to extend their winning streak to 14, the Broncos traveled to Seattle to play Washington. The Broncos failed to win against a Pac-10 team, losing to the Huskies 24-10, ending their nation's best winning streak, and dropping out of the top 25. The Broncos would win 9 straight games from September 15 to November 17, including 7 WAC games and wins over rivals Fresno State, Idaho, and Nevada in a 4 OT game that set a new NCAA FBS record for points scored with 136 (69-67). The Broncos re-entered the top 25 on November 3 and made it as high as #15 before dropping to #17 for the season ending game at #13 and undefeated Hawaii. The game with Hawaii was for the outright WAC championship, won by Hawaii 39-27. The Broncos would return to Honolulu to play East Carolina in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on December 23, won by East Carolina 41-38. The Broncos would finish the season 10-3, but failed to win either a conference championship or a bowl game for the first time since 2001.

Pre-season

Pre-season awards

On July 25, the Broncos were selected as the favorite to win the WAC by the media by a total of 383 points to 379 for Fresno State and first place votes of 25 to 20. The WAC coaches (not allowed to vote for their own team) voted Fresno #1 with a total of 63 to 57 points. Fresno had a total of 7 first place votes among WAC coaches to Boise States 2.

The USA Today Coaches preseason top 25 poll was released on August 1st, with Boise State receiving 25 votes to rank 34th.

The Associated Press preseason top 25 poll was released on August 16th, with Boise State receiving 17 votes to rank 36th.

During the season

Schedule

CFB Schedule Entry
date = August 30
time = 6:00 PM
w/l = w
nonconf = yes
homecoming =
away =
neutral =
rank =
opponent = Idaho State
opprank =
site_stadium = Bronco Stadium
site_cityst = Boise, ID
gamename =
tv = KTVB
score = 49-7
overtime =
attend = 32,318

CFB Schedule Entry
date = September 13
time = 6:00 PM
w/l = w
nonconf = yes
rank =
opponent = Bowling Green
opprank =
site_stadium = Bronco Stadium
site_cityst = Boise, ID
gamename =
tv = KTVB
score = 20-7
overtime =
attend = 32,335
CFB Schedule Entry
date = September 20
time = 1:30 PM
w/l = w
nonconf = yes
homecoming =
away = yes
neutral =
rank =
opponent = Oregon
opprank = 12
site_stadium = Autzen Stadium
site_cityst = Eugene, OR
gamename =
tv = KTVB
score = 37-32
overtime =
attend = 58,713
CFB Schedule Entry
date = October 1
time = 6:00 PM
w/l = w
nonconf = no
rank = 18
opponent = Louisiana Tech
site_stadium = Bronco Stadium
site_cityst = Boise, ID
tv = ESPN
score = 38-3
attend = 32,071
CFB Schedule Entry
date = October 11
time = 6:00 PM
w/l =
nonconf = yes
homecoming =
away = yes
neutral =
rank = 16
opponent = Southern Miss
opprank =
site_stadium = M. M. Roberts Stadium
site_cityst = Hattiesburg, MS
gamename =
tv = CBSCS
score = 0-0
overtime =
attend =
CFB Schedule Entry
date = October 17
time = 6:00 PM
w/l =
nonconf =
homecoming =
away =
neutral =
rank =
opponent = Hawaiokinai
opprank =
site_stadium = Bronco Stadium
site_cityst = Boise, ID
gamename =
tv = ESPN
score = 0-0
overtime =
attend =
CFB Schedule Entry
date = October 24
time = 7:00 PM
w/l =
nonconf =
homecoming =
away = yes
neutral =
rank =
opponent = San José State
opprank =
site_stadium = Spartan Stadium
site_cityst = San Jose, CA
gamename =
tv = ESPN2
score = 0-0
overtime =
attend =
CFB Schedule Entry
date = November 1
time = 5:00 PM
w/l =
nonconf =
homecoming =
away = yes
neutral =
rank =
opponent = New Mexico State
opprank =
site_stadium = Aggie Memorial Stadium
site_cityst = Las Cruces, NM
gamename =
tv = KTVB
score = 0-0
overtime =
attend =
CFB Schedule Entry
date = November 8
time = 12:00 PM
w/l =
nonconf =
homecoming =
away =
neutral =
rank =
opponent = Utah State
opprank =
site_stadium = Bronco Stadium
site_cityst = Boise, ID
gamename =
tv = KTVB
score = 0-0
overtime =
attend =
CFB Schedule Entry
date = November 15
time = 3:00 PM
w/l =
nonconf =
homecoming =
away = yes
neutral =
rank =
opponent = Idaho
opprank =
site_stadium = Kibbie Dome
site_cityst = Moscow, ID
gamename =
tv = KTVB
score = 0-0
overtime =
attend =
CFB Schedule Entry
date = November 22
time = 2:00 PM
w/l =
nonconf =
homecoming =
away = yes
neutral =
rank =
opponent = Nevada
opprank =
site_stadium = Mackay Stadium
site_cityst = Reno, NV
gamename =
tv = KTVB
score = 0-0
overtime =
attend =
CFB Schedule Entry
date = November 28
time = 4:00 PM
w/l =
nonconf =
homecoming =
away =
neutral =
rank =
opponent = Fresno State
opprank =
site_stadium = Bronco Stadium
site_cityst = Boise, ID
gamename = Battle for the Milk Can
tv = ESPN2
score = 0-0
overtime =
attend =

Game Results

Idaho State

"23-6 all time, last meeting 2003 (62-0 in Boise)"Linescore Amfootball
Road=Bengals
R1=0
R2=7
R3=0
R4=0
Home=Broncos
H1=7
H2=21
H3=14
H4=7
The Broncos opened the 2008 season with a 49-7 win over their former in-state rival Idaho State in front of a new Bronco Stadium record crowd of 32,318. Freshman quarterback Kellen Moore completed 14 of 19 passes for 274 and 2 Touchdowns (80, 56) in his first collegiate start. Ian Johnson rushed 14 times for 87 yards and one score while Titus Young made 7 receptions for 142 yards and one touchdown and also one rushing touchdown. Richie Brockel rushed for two TD's and Tyler Shoemaker caught two TD passes. The two TD's by Young, Brockel and Shoemaker marks the first time three Bronco's had each scored two TD's in one game. The The Broncos out gained the Bengals 582 to 207 in total yards. The Broncos also blocked a Bengal punt in the 2nd quarter. With the win the Broncos moved their regular season home winning streak to 44. At one point in the fourth quarter, all 11 players on Defense for the Bronco's were freshman.

Bowling Green

"1-0 all time, last meeting 2005 (48-20 in Boise)"Linescore Amfootball
Road=Falcons
R1=0
R2=0
R3=0
R4=7
Home=Broncos
H1=6
H2=14
H3=0
H4=0
Another Bronco Stadium record crowd of 32,335 watched as Boise State raised their regular season home winning streak to 45 games by beating Bowling Green 20-7. The Broncos came out fast scoring 3 touchdowns in the first half. A much improved second half Bowling Green defense mixed with various mental mistakes by the Bronco offense left the Broncos scoreless in the second half. Ian Johnson rushed 13 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns while quarterback Kellen Moore went 18 of 23 for 180, started the game 11 of 11, and rushed for his first career touchdown. Kyle Brotzman set a Boise State record by making his 75th straight extra point, breaking the record held by Tyler Jones of 74 made in 2003 and 2004. Safety Jeron Johnson had 13 tackles (8 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, one pass break up and two second half fumble recoveries to win WAC defensive player of the week.

Oregon

"First ever meeting"Linescore Amfootball
Road=Broncos
R1=0
R2=24
R3=13
R4=0
Home=#12 Ducks
H1=6
H2=0
H3=7
H4=19
Since joining D1A (now FBS) in 1996, Boise State had lost all 13 of their road games against teams from BCS conferences. That streak ended with a 37-32 win over Oregon of the Pac-10 in front of 58,713 hostle fans in Autzen Stadium. The Broncos held leads of 24-6 at halftime and 37-13 in the 4th before Oregon closed out the game with 19 unanswered points. The Broncos were held to only 38 yards rushing, but were helped by the arm of Freshman quarterback Kellen Moore. Moore went 25-37 for 386 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. One touchdown pass went for 73 yards to Senior Vinny Perretta, his first TD of the season, before he left the game with a concussion. Junior Jeremy Childs added 4 receptions for 100 yards with a long of 41. Junior Kyle Wilson made 2 interceptions and now has 3 on the season while Sophomore Brandyn Thompson made his first carrer interception. Sophomore kicker Kyle Brotzman went 3-4 on field goals from 24, 36, and a career long 51 yards. Sophomore safety Jeron Johnson was ejected late in the 4th. The win propelled the Broncos into the top 25 in both major polls for the first time this season, being ranked 19th by the AP and 20th by the coaches in the USA Today poll. For his efforts, Kellen Moore was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Bowl Subdivision National Offensive Player of the Week and the WAC Offensive Player of the Week. The Broncos were also named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week.-

Louisiana Tech

"6-4 all time, 6-1 as WAC members. Last year 45-31 in Ruston"Linescore Amfootball
Road=Bulldogs
R1=0
R2=3
R3=0
R4=0
Home=#18 Broncos
H1=7
H2=14
H3=10
H4=7

Boise State won thier WAC opener for the 8th straight year and extended thier regular season home winning streak to 46 by defeating the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech 38-3. Kellen Moore threw an interception on the opening drive, then was almost perfect finishing the game 20-28 for 325 and 2 TD's (13, 44) to Julian Hawkins and Chris O'niel, the latter on a reverse throw back to Moore from Vinny Perretta. Moore's numbers were good enough to earn the WAC Offensive Player of the Week award for the second time this season. D.J. Harper added 2 TD's on 9 carries for 35 yards. Ian Johnson again had a subpar rushing game, 9 for 42, but had his first career 100 yard receiving game with 106 on 3 catches. The Bronco defense has now given up 7 points or less in 3 of the 4 games this season. Kyle Brotzman hit a 49 yard field goal and averaged 57.7 yards on 3 punts including one downed at the 1 yard line and another of 72 yards. The Broncos moved up in the top 25 polls to #15 in the AP and #16 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

outhern Miss

"1-0 all time, last meeting 2007 (38-16 in Boise)"Linescore Amfootball
Road=#16 Broncos
R1=
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Home=Golden Eagles
H1=
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Hawai'i

"6-3 all time, 6-1 as WAC members. Last year 27-39 in Honolulu"Linescore Amfootball
Road=Warriors
R1=
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R3=
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Home=Broncos
H1=
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an José State

"8-0 all time, 7-0 as WAC members. Last year 42-7 in Boise"Linescore Amfootball
Road=Broncos
R1=
R2=
R3=
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Home=Spartans
H1=
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New Mexico State

"8-0 all time, 3-0 as WAC members. Last year 58-0 in Boise."Linescore Amfootball
Road=Broncos
R1=
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R3=
R4=
Home=Aggies
H1=
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Utah State

"10-4 all time, 3-0 as WAC members. Last year 52-0 in Logan"Linescore Amfootball
Road=Aggies
R1=
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R3=
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Home=Broncos
H1=
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Idaho

"19-17-1 all time, 3-0 as WAC members. Last year 58-14 in Boise"Linescore Amfootball
Road=Broncos
R1=
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Home=Vandals
H1=
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The winner of this game wins the Governor's Trophy, created in 2001 and won by Boise State every year since (7-0).

Nevada

"22-12 all time, 7-0 as WAC members. Last year 69-67 in 4 OT's in Boise." Linescore Amfootball
Road=Broncos
R1=
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R3=
R4=
Home=Wolf Pack
H1=
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Fresno State

"6-4 all time, 6-1 as WAC members. Last year 34-21 in Fresno"Linescore Amfootball
Road=Bulldogs
R1=
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Home=Broncos
H1=
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The winner of this game wins the Milk Can, a trophy created in 2005 with Fresno winning in 2005 and the Broncos winning the last 2 years (2-1 all time).

Rankings

cores by quarter

Receiving

Notes and references

* [http://www.broncosports.com/SportSelect.dbml?SPID=4061&DB_OEM_ID=9900 Boise State Athletic Department football page]


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