We’ve heard the old saying, “defense wins championships”, but since the turn of the century at Boise State, offense has been equally, if not more important in making the Broncos arguably the most successful program in the country.
From 2000,through 2010, the Broncos posted a staggering record of 124-18, including a 69-2 record on The Blue. Good enough for an .873 winning percentage, nearly 50 percentage points ahead of the second place school, the Oklahoma Sooners.
The Dan Hawkins era began in 2001, under the quarterback play of Ryan Dinwiddie, the starter from 2001-2003. Hawkins orchestrated a brilliant, high scoring offense with new offensive coordinator, Chris Petersen. The Boise State offense poured on the “style points” every opportunity they had, as they averaged 45.3 points per game from 2002-2004.
A win vs. Fresno State in 2001 put the Broncos on the map, as they shocked Bulldogs, taking down the number four team in the nation, led by eventual number one overall draft pick, David Carr. The Broncos were here to stay from that moment on, as they compiled a record of 45-7 from 2002-2005.
In 2006, offensive coordinator Chris Petersen took the reigns as head coach when Hawkins left for Colorado University.
Petersen kicked things off with a perfect 13-0 season and a Fiesta Bowl victory for the school’s first BCS win in a season where the Broncos scored over 40 points in nine of 13 games.
Following a “disappointing” 10-3 season in 2007 under quarterback Taylor Tharp, in walked an awkward lefty with an arm of gold.
Kellen Moore threw his way into the hearts of Bronco fans as he traveled to Oregon and hung 37 points on the Ducks en route to his first road win. Over the next four years, Moore rewrote the Boise State record books from 2008-2011 , leaving as the winningest quarterback in NCAA history.
Now the attention turns to the mustached man, Joe Southwick.
Southwick showed flashes of brilliance in his first season under center for the Broncos, especially over the final four games of the year, tossing for 888 yards and nine touchdowns on the way to the Broncos third consecutive MAACO Las Vegas Bowl victory.
Now as a new offense takes the field in 2013, a cast of new and returning players will look to light up the scoreboard once again for the Bronco faithful.