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Boise State superfan passes away prior to UCF game

Photo by Taylor Humby

On Sept. 2, Boise State superfan Bernice Thomson died of natural causes at the age of 92 before the Broncos took on the University of Central Florida Knights in Orlando for their first game of the season.

Thomson was a key member of the Boise State fan community. She was a Bronco fan since the 1960s, and four of her children graduated from Boise State. Thomson watched every game she could on The Blue and tailgated regularly before every home game. 

Thomson made an impact on the Boise State community and leaves everyone saddened with the news of her passing, but nobody is more saddened by this news than former Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin.

“We are saddened to hear of the passing of Bernice,” Harsin said. “Our prayers and thoughts are with her family. She will be greatly missed” 

Harsin had a special connection with Thomson and would visit her before every game. He also would refer to Thomson as his “good-luck charm” for every game Boise State played.

“I am grateful to have gotten to know her and bring her some Boise State happiness during those times,” Harsin said. “She is an amazing woman and a true Bronco fan.”

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