Coach Chris Petersen will embark on a historic feat against the BYU Cougars on Friday, Oct. 25. He will have coached 100 games as Boise State’s head football coach.
“The years have gone by so quickly,” Petersen said. “One thing I learned is the job does not get any easier. But I just love being with the guys.”
His most well known win came in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners. What may be more impressive is what Petersen was able to do in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.
He proved he could win big games, not just in bowl games, but in the regular season as well. With an experienced Broncos team, Petersen took down a ranked Oregon Ducks squad in 2008 and 2009 by scores of 37-32 and 19-8.
The second game against the Ducks kickstarted a season that would lead to the Broncos second Fiesta Bowl. Where they beat the TCU Horned Frogs 17-10.
“There is no substitute for experience,” Petersen said. “It allows you to operate faster. Not everything is painstaking. You just have to go through trials and tribulations to get experience.”
In the 2010-11 season Petersen was tested once again, playing two ranked opponents in a three game stretch. Petersen’s team knocked off the No.10 Virginia Tech Hokies 33-30, then turning around three weeks later to beat the No. 24 Oregon State Beavers 37-24.
The game against the Beavers put Boise State in the national spotlight, bringing ESPN’s College Gameday to campus for the first time in school history.
With the success of the Broncos during Petersen’s tenure, support for Boise State has vastly grown.
“The support staff has certainly grown. Which has been awesome,” Petersen said. “You need it to handle everything that goes on on the outside. You can’t function without it.”
The Bronco supporting staff was in full bloom when they took on the No. 19 Georgia Bulldogs out of the dominant SEC in the Georgia Dome.
Boise State proved they can travel well and thousands of fans were in attendance. Petersen shocked the world once more notching a 35-21 victory, lifting the Broncos to No. 4 in the nation.
But what makes Petersen stand out more than anything else is his winning percentage, which could reach 90 percent through his first 100 games. Petersen currently holds a record of 89-10. If that were to end today he would hold the second highest winning percentage in NCAA football history.
Petersen also holds a 6-2 record against the Pac-12 conference, with both losses coming against the Washington Huskies. He holds a 2-0 record against both Oregon and Oregon State.
“I’ve had a lot of good players. Made it work out well,” Petersen said.