2006 Boise State Broncos football team


2006 Boise State Broncos football team

NCAATeamFootballSeason
Year=2006
Team=Boise State Broncos


ImageSize=100
Conference=Western Athletic Conference
ShortConference=WAC
APRank=5
CoachRank=6
BCSRank=8
Record=13-0
ConfRecord=8-0
HeadCoach=Chris Petersen
OffCoach=Bryan Harsin
DefCoach=Justin Wilcox
OScheme=Multiple
DScheme=4-3
StadiumArena=Bronco Stadium
Champion=WAC Champions
BowlTourney=Fiesta Bowl
BowlTourneyResult=Won 43-42 (OT)
The 2006 Boise State Broncos football team represented Boise State University in the 2006 college football season. The Broncos won the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championship with an undefeated 12-0 regular-season record (8-0 in the WAC), their second unbeaten regular season in the past three years. This was also Boise State's fifth consecutive season with at least a share of the WAC title, and the fourth in that period in which they went unbeaten in conference play. They became only the second team from outside the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) to play in a BCS bowl game when they faced Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, defeating the Sooners in a dramatic thriller.

The Broncos completed an unbeaten season with a 43-42 overtime win over the Sooners. The Broncos led most of the game, but fell behind late in the fourth quarter when quarterback Jared Zabransky threw an interception that was returned for an Oklahoma touchdown. They tied the game on a 50-yard hook and ladder play that ended in a touchdown with 7 seconds left. In the overtime, Sooners star running back Adrian Peterson scored a touchdown on the first play of Oklahoma's possession. Zabransky led the Broncos on a touchdown drive, capped off by a trick play in which backup receiver Vinny Peretta connected with tight end Derek Schouman on a fourth-down pass. They then gambled for the win on a two-point conversion, and tried another trick play. The Broncos ran a play very similar to the Statue of Liberty play, with Zabransky looking toward three receivers before handing the ball off behind his back to star running back Ian Johnson, who ran into the end zone untouched for the win.

Due to Florida's 41-14 thrashing of previously unbeaten Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game, the Broncos ended the season as the only undefeated team in NCAA Division I football, as no team in Division I-AA (officially known as the "Football Championship Subdivision") finished undefeated, however as it turned out they did not share any part of the Division I National Championship. (Three teams in lower divisions finished unbeaten: Grand Valley State in Division II, Mount Union in Division III, and Sioux Falls in NAIA.)

The Broncos play their home games at Bronco Stadium, most famous for its blue artificial turf surface, often referred to as the "Smurf-turf."

Previous season

Boise State finished the 2005 regular season with a 9-3 record. The Broncos' 7-1 conference record was good enough for a share of the title with Nevada. They would end their season with a 27-21 loss to Boston College in the MPC Computers Bowl on their home field in Boise, Idaho to finish the season at 9-4. After the season, head coach Dan Hawkins left to take over the head coaching vacancy at Colorado, with offensive coordinator Chris Petersen taking his place.

Pre-season

The 2006 Broncos were an overwhelming favorite in the league's Preseason Media Poll to win the WAC title. They returned more starters than any other team in Division I FBS football—nine on offense and nine on defense, as well as their placekicker and punter. Among the returning starters was quarterback Jared Zabransky, whose 20 wins in the previous two seasons was the most by any returning quarterback in Division I FBS. [cite web|url=http://www.nmnathletics.com/attachments1/1622.pdf?SPSID=56240&SPID=4061&DB_OEM_ID=9900 |title=2006 Bronco Football Media Guide | publisher=Boise State Broncos Football | accessmonthday=December 5 |accessyear=2006]

Pre-season awards

Korey Hall
*Dick Butkus Award watch list

Ian Johnson
*Walter Camp Award watch list
*Doak Walker Award watch list

Jared Zabransky
*Maxwell Award watch list
*Davey O'Brien Award watch list

During the season

The Broncos started the season unranked in both the Coaches Poll or the AP Poll, and would not enter the polls until they had won their first three games. They steadily rose in the rankings mainly on the strength of an offense that finished the regular season second in scoring. [cite web|url= http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/natlRank.jsp?year=2006&div=4&rpt=IA_teamscoroff&site=org | title=Division I-A National Team Report: Scoring Offense | publisher=NCAA | date=2006-12-02] The keys to their offense were running back Ian Johnson, who was the nation's leading scorer [cite web|url=http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/natlRank.jsp?year=2006&div=4&rpt=IA_playerscoring&site=org | title=Division I-A National Player Report: Scoring | publisher=NCAA | date=2006-12-02] and second in rushing yards per game, [cite web|url=http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/natlRank.jsp?year=2006&div=4&rpt=IA_playerrush&site=org | title=Division I-A National Player Report: Rushing | publisher=NCAA | date=2006-12-02] and Zabransky, eighth in passing efficiency. [cite web|url=http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/natlRank.jsp?year=2006&div=4&rpt=IA_playerpasseff&site=org | title=Division I-A National Player Report: Passing Efficiency | publisher=NCAA | date=2006-12-02] Due to their threats on both the ground and in the air, they were one of only two teams in the country to rush and pass for over 200 yards per game (the other being Oklahoma State). [cite web|url=http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/natlRank.jsp?year=2006&div=4&rpt=IA_teamrush&site=org | title=Division I-A National Team Report: Rushing Offense | publisher=NCAA | date=2006-12-02] [cite web|url=http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/natlRank.jsp?year=2006&div=4&rpt=IA_teampass&site=org | title=Division I-A National Team Report: Passing Offense | publisher=NCAA | date=2006-12-02] In a more obscure statistic, they led the country in percentage of fourth-down conversions, converting 15 of 19 attempts. [cite web|url=http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/natlRank.jsp?year=2006&div=4&rpt=IA_team4down&site=org | title=Division I-A National Team Report: Offense Fourth-Down Efficiency | publisher=NCAA | date=2006-12-02]

The Broncos played five bowl-bound teams during the season—Oregon State, their only opponent in one of the six BCS conferences; Utah; and conference rivals Hawaiokinai, San José State, and Nevada. Four out of five of these teams won their bowl game. The only loser, Nevada, lost by one point. Notably, they put a 42-14 defeat on an Oregon State team that would later in the season end the 38-game regular-season winning streak of Southern California. [cite web|url=http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?confId=&gameId=263010204 | title=Three and out: Beavers stun USC; BCS race wide open | publisher=ESPN | date=2006-10-28]

Postseason awards

Chris Petersen
*Paul "Bear" Bryant Award winner
*AFCA Region 4 Coach of the Year
*Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year finalist

Korey Hall
*WAC Defensive Player of the Year
*Lott Trophy quarterfinalist

Ian Johnson
*Doak Walker Award semifinalist
*Walter Camp Award final watchlist

Jared Zabransky
*Maxwell Award semifinalist
*Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist
*Fiesta Bowl Most Valuable Player
*Cover athlete of NCAA Football 08 video game

2007 Espy Awards
*Best Game - 2007 Fiesta Bowl
*Best Play - Fiesta Bowl Statue of Liberty

chedule

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CFB Schedule Entry
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CFB Schedule Entry
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score = 41-34
overtime =
CFB Schedule Entry
date = 09/30/2006
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site_cityst = Salt Lake, City, UT
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tv = Versus
score = 36-3
overtime =
CFB Schedule Entry
date = 10/07/2006
time = 6:00 p.m.
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rank = 21
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CFB Schedule Entry
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score = 40-28
overtime =
CFB Schedule Entry
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score = 42-26
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CFB Schedule Entry
date = 11/01/2006
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score = 45-21
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CFB Schedule Entry
date = 11/11/2006
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rank = 13
opponent = San José State
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tv = KTVB
score = 23-20
overtime =
CFB Schedule Entry
date = 11/18/2006
time = 1:00 p.m.
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rank = 13
opponent = Utah State
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overtime =
CFB Schedule Entry
date = 11/25/2006
time = 2:00 p.m.
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opponent = Nevada
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site_stadium = Mackay Stadium
site_cityst = Reno, NV
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score = 38-7
overtime =
CFB Schedule Entry
date = 01/01/2007
time = 6:00 p.m.
w/l = w
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away =
neutral = yes
rank = 9
opponent = Oklahoma
opprank = 8
site_stadium = University of Phoenix Stadium
site_cityst = Glendale, AZ
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tv = FOX
score = 43-42
overtime = OT

Roster

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