Saturday, March 3, 2012

Boise State Ties Florida State for the Modern Record for Wins in 14 Years

When it's all said and done, Boise State may hold every modern college football record known to man.  With 152 wins from 1998-2011, the Broncos have tied a record many people said would stand forever.

When Bobby Bowden's Florida State Seminoles consistently were among the best teams in the nation from 1987-2000, and put together a 152-19-1 mark, it seemed like a safe record.  That is until Boise State came along.

The Broncos were 152-27 from 1998-2011, and the first year of that period was the third year that Boise State played major college football.  It was the year that Dirk Koetter came to Boise and ignited a flame that burns red-hot to this day.  Koetter came in and had the Broncos playing better than they had since they played in the 1994 I-AA National Championship game.  Koetter's team was 6-5 his first season, then a 10-3 season that culminated in Boise State's first major college bowl game and victory.

Boise State hasn't looked back since.  Dan Hawkins took over in 2001 and led the team to four more bowl games.  Then you have the coaching genius of Chris Petersen, who has led the Broncos to a 73-6 record since taking over in 2006, including two Fiesta Bowl wins and three other seasons in which his team should have been rewarded with a BCS bowl appearance.

Given what has been building over 14 years, and knowing what Petersen and his staff are capable of, it shouldn't surprise anyone if they break more records this fall.

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