Friday, December 30, 2011

Women's Basketball Hosts Utah Valley State

A good way to ring out a very successful year for Boise State in a lot of ways--catch the women's basketball team in action in Taco Bell against Utah Valley State.  Tipoff is at 2:30 so plenty of time to catch the game and then be where you want to be for the rest of the night.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tickets for Sugar Bowl

You'd have to think someone with the Sugar Bowl committee will be fired.  I posted an article a few weeks back that said tickets to the Sugar Bowl were going for under $30.  But that's what people were asking for the tickets.  What that doesn't tell is is what they actually sell for.

A recent check on E-Bay finds that three tickets on the 40-yard line for the game, with free shipping no less, were going for 6.50.  That's not six-hundred and fifty, but six dollars and fifty cents.  Bad thing is, somebody bought those tickets so the Sugar Bowl got their money.  There are tons of tickets for sale on E-Bay, but no one's buying!

Betcha' the TV cameras won't show the crowd with all its empty seats.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Kellen Moore Breaks NCAA Career Record for Lowest Interception Percentage

Add a fourth NCAA record to Kellen Moore's resume.  

Moore held on to top Graham Harrell of Texas Tech for the lowest career interception percentage with a minimum of 1,050 attempts, according to the NCAA record book.  Moore finished his career with 1.6878%, just 28 career interceptions in 1,659 attempts.  That edges out Harrell, who threw just 34 interceptions in 2,010 attempts (1.6915%).

The record for fewer than 1,050 career attempts belongs to Billy Volek of Fresno State, who threw 12 from 1997-1999 out of 934 career attempts, or (1.3%).

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Kellen Moore Breaks School Record for Career Passing Efficiency

It was close, but Kellen Moore has broken the school record for career passing efficiency, a mark many thought would stand for years, if not decades.

Moore finished his Boise State career with an efficiency rating of 168.87, beating the school mark of 168.79 held by Ryan Dinwiddie.

Moore Breaks School Record for Lowest Interception Percentage

Boise State's Kellen Moore finished his four-year career as a starter with just 28 career interceptions in 1,659 attempts, a percentage of just 1.69%.

That shatters the existing school record of 2.1% held by Ryan Dinwiddie, who played at Boise State from 2000-2003.

Kellen Moore Breaks School Record for Career Passing Percentage

With tonight's 26-34 passing performance against Arizona State in a 56-24 Boise State win, Kellen Moore has broken yet another school record.  This time, it's career passing efficiency, knocking off Taylor Tharp, who completed 67.9% of his passes.

Moore finishes his stellar career by completing 1,157 passes out of 1,659 attempts, a percentage of 69.74%.  He fell just shy of breaking the NCAA record of 70.4% held by Colt Brennan of Hawai'i.

Bronco Basketball Team Trails Iowa

51-48 midway through the second half.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Busy Thursday for Bronco Nation

The Boise State women will try to get back on the good side in a game vs. Utah State Thursday afternoon at 3:30 in Taco Bell Arena.  The Bronco football team challenges Arizona State at the Las Vegas Bowl with kickoff set for 6 p.m.  At 6:30, the Boise State basketball team faces a tough test on the road against the University of Iowa.  The young Boise State wrestling team is in Tempe, Arizona at the Sun Devil Duals in all-day action before coming back the next night to Boise to host one of the top teams in the nation--Oklahoma State.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Nate Potter of Boise State Named Consensus All-American

Boise State senior tackle Nate Potter became the second Bronco to earn Consensus All-America status, as the standout was named All-American by The Sporting News.

To earn consensus All-America honors, a student-athlete must be named to at least three of the NCAA’s five recognized teams: the American Football Coaches Association, the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Potter earned first-team honors from The Sporting News and the FWAA, while garnering second-team accolades from the AP and Walter Camp.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Moore Continues to be Ignored On All-America Lists

Boise State's Kellen Moore, likely one of the best college quarterbacks in history, continues to be shunned by the elite establishment.  Moore's name cannot be found below in what the Associated Press calls its All-America team.  Bronco tackle Nate Potter was chosen as a second-team selection while sturdy safety George Iloka was named on the third team.


Quarterback -- Robert Griffin III, junior, 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Baylor.
Running backs -- Montee Ball, junior, 5-11, 210, Wisconsin; Trent Richardson, junior, 5-11, 224, Alabama.
Tackles -- Barrett Jones, senior, 6-5, 311, Alabama; Matt Kalil, junior, 6-7, 295, Southern California.
Guards -- David DeCastro, senior, 6-5, 310, Stanford; Kevin Zeitler, senior, 6-4, 318, Wisconsin.
Center -- David Molk, senior, 6-2, 286, Michigan.
Wide receivers -- Justin Blackmon, junior, 6-1, 215, Oklahoma State; Robert Woods, sophomore, 6-1, 180, Southern California.
Tight end -- Dwayne Allen, junior, 6-4, 255, Clemson.
All-purpose player -- Sammy Watkins, freshman, 6-1, 180, Clemson.
Kicker -- Randy Bullock, senior, 5-9, 212, Texas A&M.
Ends -- Melvin Ingram, senior, 6-2, 276, South Carolina; Whitney Mercilus, junior, 6-4, 265, Illinois.
Tackles -- Devon Still, senior, 6-5, 310, Penn State; Jerel Worthy, junior, 6-3, 310, Michigan State.
Linebackers -- Luke Kuechly, junior, 6-3, 237, Boston College; Jarvis Jones, sophomore, 6-3, 241, Georgia; Dont'a Hightower, junior, 6-4, 260, Alabama.
Cornerbacks -- Morris Claiborne, junior, 6-0, 185, LSU; Tyrann Mathieu, sophomore, 5-9, 175, LSU.
Safeties -- Mark Barron, senior, 6-2, 218, Alabama; Bacarri Rambo, junior, 6-0, 218, Georgia.
Punter -- Brad Wing, freshman, 6-3, 184, LSU.
Quarterback -- Andrew Luck, junior, Stanford.
Running backs -- LaMichael James, junior, Oregon; David Wilson, junior, Virginia Tech.
Tackles -- Jonathan Martin, senior, Stanford; Nate Potter, senior, Boise State.
Guards --Will Blackwell, senior, LSU; Austin Pazstor, senior, Virginia.
Center -- Peter Konz, junior, Wisconsin.
Wide receivers -- Ryan Broyles, senior, Oklahoma; Kendall Wright, senior, Baylor.
Tight end -- Tyler Eifert, junior, Notre Dame.
All-purpose player -- Joe Adams, senior, Arkansas.
Kicker -- Caleb Sturgis, junior, Florida.
Ends -- Frank Alexander, senior, Oklahoma; Vinny Curry, senior, Marshall.
Tackles -- Joe Vellano, junior, Maryland; Derek Wolfe, senior, Cincinnati.
Linebackers -- Courtney Upshaw, senior, Alabama; Lavonte David, senior, Nebraska; Manti Teo, junior, Notre Dame.
Cornerbacks -- David Amerson, sophomore, North Carolina State; Dre Kirkpatrick, junior, Alabama.
Safeties -- Markelle Martin, senior, Oklahoma State; Antonio Allen, senior, South Carolina.
Punter -- Ryan Allen, junior, Louisiana Tech.
Quarterback -- Matt Barkley, junior, Southern California.
Running backs -- Ronnie Hillman, sophomore, San Diego State; Bobby Rainey, senior, Western Kentucky.
Tackles -- Levy Adcock, senior, Oklahoma State; Cordy Glenn, senior, Georgia.
Guards -- Ryan Miller, senior, Colorado; Gabe Ikard, sophomore, Oklahoma.
Center -- Grant Garner, senior, Oklahoma State.
Wide receivers -- Jordan White, senior, Western Michigan; Patrick Edwards, senior, Houston.
Tight end -- Coby Fleener, senior, Stanford.
All-purpose player -- Tavon Austin, junior, West Virginia.
Kicker -- Quinn Sharp, junior, Oklahoma State.
Ends -- Sam Montgomery, sophomore, LSU; Andre Branch, senior, Clemson.
Tackles -- John Simon, junior, Ohio State; Fletcher Cox, junior, Mississippi State.
Linebackers -- Tank Carder, senior, TCU; Sammy Brown, senior, Houston; Emmanuel Acho, senior, Texas.
Cornerbacks -- Nigel Malone, junior, Kansas State; Brodrick Brown, junior, Oklahoma State.
Safeties -- Josh Bush, senior, Wake Forest; George Iloka, senior, Boise State.
Punter-- Shawn Powell, senior, Florida State.

Boise State Sports Schedule for This Week

Boise State's men's basketball team travels to Denver for a 4:30 p.m. game Saturday.  The women fly to Eastern Washington for a 3 p.m. game Saturday while the Bronco wrestling squad competes at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday.

Vaisima Wins Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week

All-America Honors Continue to Roll In for Boise State

Boise State offensive tackle Nate Potter has been named First Team All-America by a third source, Yahoo Sports and quarterback Kellen Moore and receiver Matt Miller also garnered more honors.
Potter, who was also named an All-American by and the Football Writers Association of America, was also chosen to the second team by  Potter was also a second-team selection by the Walter Camp Foundation and last week was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team.

Moore, who was named as the nation's top quarterback for the second year in a row, was snubbed by, which only named him to its "Honorable Mention" list.  Moore set an all-time NCAA record for wins for a starting quarterback with 49.  He has completed a school record 300 passes out of 405 attempts for 3,507 yards and 41 touchdowns, another school record.  Moore is second in the history of college football with 140 career touchdown passes and is fifth in NCAA history with 14,374 career passing yards.  Yeah, he's "Honorable Mention" all right.
Miller set Boise State freshman records with 58 receptions for 647 yards and eight touchdowns.

All three join the Broncos in Las Vegas, Nevada next Thursday, December 22 to take on Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl.  Kickoff is 6:05 p.m. Mountain Time.

Saenz Inks Letter to Play Softball for Boise State

Rose Saenz, a Golden Glove winner who led her team to the National ASA Softball Tournament, has agreed to play for Boise State, according to Bronco head coach Erin Thorpe.

Saenz plays shortstop and third base for Kennedy High School in San Gabriel, California, where she is a team captain.  Saenz is a two-time all-conference player.  She also played for USA Athletics, batting over .400 each of the last three years.

Welcome aboard Rose!

Boise State Tennis Coach Greg Patton Leads United States to World Title

Boise State tennis coach Greg Patton led the United States to a world championship at the Master U BNP Paribas in Rouen, France, the second title for the U.S. in the last three years.

France stormed to a 3-1 win after singles but the Americans won all three doubles matches to claim the international crown.  Patton has coached the United States team in each of the last three years, with two world championships and a runner-up finish last year.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Micron Donation Helps Boise State Start Another Doctorate Program

The academic side of Boise State that has been growing by leaps and bounds got a further boost with a $13 million donation from the Micron Foundation that will enable the university to add a doctorate program in Material Sciences and Technology.  The gift is the largest in Boise State's history.

“We continue to be impressed with the trajectory of Boise State’s Materials Science and Engineering Department. Micron’s contribution to this program is a great investment in the future of our Company, community and the State of Idaho,” said Micron CEO Steve Appleton in a press release.

“A doctorate program focused on materials science and engineering will strengthen Boise State’s ability to develop breakthrough technologies and help create the associated broad-based economic and societal benefits.”

Students will be able to pursue the new degree beginning in January of 2013.

Thank you Micron!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Boise State's Titus Young with Another TD Reception for Detroit Lions

Former Bronco great Titus Young caught four passes for 87 yards today, including a 57-yarder for a touchdown that helped Detroit beat Minnesota 34-28.  Young now has 35 catches for 527 yards and three scores in his rookie season.  The Lions are 8-5 on the year.

Boise State Receiver Matt Miller Named to Second Team Freshman All-America by Rivals

Boise State wide receiver Matt Miller has been named to the Freshman All-America Second Team by  He should be on the first team.  With so much talent around him, he didn't accumulate the statistics of others in the country but when you produce a list such as this, you have to be able to recognize ability.

QBTeddy BridgewaterLouisville; 6-3/195; Miami Northwestern
Bridgewater's first start was a loss to Marshall. But he improved as the season went along, and Louisville went 5-2 and captured a share of the Big East title with him at quarterback. Bridgewater completed 67.1 percent of his passes for 1,341 yards and eight touchdowns in seven Big East games. rating as recruit: 
RBGio Bernard*, North Carolina; 5-10/205; Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
North Carolina once went 12 consecutive seasons (1973-84) with a 1,000-yard rusher. But after a long drought, Bernard brought the four-digit rusher back to Chapel Hill, becoming the first to hit that milestone for the Tar Heels since 1997. Bernard has rushed for 1,222 yards and is second in the ACC with 13 rushing touchdowns. rating as recruit: 
RBIsaiah CrowellGeorgia; 5-11/215; Columbus (Ga.) Carver
Off-field issues cost him two games late this season and injuries were an issue, too, as Crowell had only 36 carries in his last five games. His talent, though, is apparent. Crowell rushed for 837 yards and had 100-yard efforts against South CarolinaOle MissMississippi State and Auburn. rating as recruit: 
WRMarqise Lee, USC; 6-0/190; Gardena (Calif.) Serra
With Lee and former high school teammate Robert Woods, USC had perhaps the most productive receiver duo in the nation at the end of the season – and both will be back in 2012. Lee caught 73 passes for 1,142 yards with 11 touchdowns, and he also returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown against Washington. In USC's final two games, Lee caught 21 passes for 411 yards and three touchdowns. He caught at least seven passes in each of the final five games. rating as recruit: 
WRDe'Anthony Thomas, Oregon; 5-9/173; Los Angeles Crenshaw
Thomas' season started poorly, as he lost two fumbles against LSU. But he more than made up for it, and was a big-play threat every time he touched the ball. He has caught 42 passes for 571 yards and nine touchdowns, and rushed for 440 yards and five scores. rating as recruit: 
WRSammy Watkins, Clemson; 6-1/200; South Fort Myers (Fla.) High
Injuries were about the only thing that could slow Watkins. He has caught 77 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns, and capped the regular season with 80 reception yards and a touchdown in the ACC championship game as Clemson won its first league title since 1991. rating as recruit: 
TJosh CochranTexas; 6-6/285; Hallsville (Texas) High
Cochran became the starter at left tackle midway through the season for the Longhorns, beating out fifth-year senior Trae Allen. Cochran, who admits to a fondness for Taylor Swift's music, also played basketball and threw the shot put in high school. rating as recruit: 
TCameron Fleming*, Stanford; 6-6/307; Houston Cypress Creek
Fleming beat out fifth-year senior Tyler Mabry for the starting job at right tackle. He is a physical run blocker but also has done a nice job holding the edge for the Cardinal offense. rating as recruit: 
GGreg Mancz*, Toledo; 6-5/280; Cincinnati Anderson
Mancz entered fall drills atop the depth chart at center, but slid over to play guard and has started every game this season for the high-powered Rockets. Toledo leads the MAC and is eighth nationally in total offense, and 14th nationally in rush offense. rating as recruit: 
GDavid Yankey*, Stanford; 6-5/300; Roswell (Ga.) Centennial
Yankey arrived at Stanford as a tackle, but moved inside this summer and started every game at left guard. While he has benefited from playing next to All-America T Jonathan Martin, Yankey's physical nature has helped Stanford's rushing attack. rating as recruit: 
CB.J. Finney*, Kansas State; 6-4/297; Andale (Kan.) High
Finney, a pre-med major, became the starter in the second game of the season for the Wildcats, who have one of the most effective rushing offenses in the Big 12. He is a former walk-on from a town of fewer than 1,000 people near Wichita. rating as recruit: 
EJadeveon Clowney, South Carolina; 6-6/254; Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe
The No. 1 overall prospect in the 2011 recruiting class, Clowney lived up to the hype. He has made 32 tackles and ranks ninth in the SEC with six sacks. He is the only freshman to rank in the top 20 in that category. Clowney also has forced five fumbles. He had two sacks each in victories over Georgia and Vanderbilt. rating as recruit: 
TTim Jernigan, Florida State; 6-3/297; Lake City (Fla.) Columbia
Although he isn't a starter, Jernigan emerged as a vital part of a deep line rotation that has helped Florida State rank second nationally in run defense and fifth in tackles for loss. Jernigan has 28 tackles – six for loss – and 2.5 sacks. He had two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery in a shutout of North Carolina State. rating as recruit: 
EScott Crichton*, Oregon State; 6-3/258; Tacoma (Wash.) Henry Foss
Crichton started at end all season and set a school single-season record with five forced fumbles. He also had 14.5 tackles for loss, a figure that ranked second in the Pac-12. Crichton finished with 74 overall tackles – an unusually high number for a lineman – and a team-leading six sacks. rating as recruit: 
LBDion Bailey*, USC; 6-0/200; Lakewood (Calif.) High
Bailey arrived at USC as a touted safety, but moved to linebacker this spring and emerged as a playmaker. While his lack of bulk can be a hindrance, he has excellent speed for the position and can hit, as well. He tied for the team lead with 81 tackles. rating as recruit:  (as a safety)
LBA.J. JohnsonTennessee; 6-3/245; Gainesville (Ga.) High
Johnson started 10 games for the Vols, who were in dire need of linebackers this season. He leads all SEC freshmen with 80 tackles and provided a physical presence at the position for Tennessee. He made 11 tackles against LSU, 12 against South Carolina and 13 against Alabama. rating as recruit: 
LBDenzel Perryman, Miami; 6-0/217; Coral Gables (Fla.) High
Perryman's relative lack of size scared off some recruiters, but UM coaches looked at Perryman and saw some Jonathan Vilma in him. (Both attended Coral Gables High.) He was second on the team with 69 tackles, a figure that led all ACC freshmen. He had 14 tackles against Boston College. rating as recruit: 
LBYawin Smallwood*, UConn; 6-2/229; Worcester (Mass.) Doherty
UConn has produced a number of productive linebackers in recent seasons, and Smallwood is the latest off the Huskies' linebacker assembly line. UConn is fourth nationally in rush defense, and Smallwood's production – 94 tackles – is a big reason. He made at least seven tackles in 10 games, and his least-productive outing was a five-tackle performance in a win over USF. rating as recruit: 
CBQuandre Diggs, Texas; 5-10/200; Angleton (Texas) High
Diggs is a key part of a promising young Texas secondary. He has 45 tackles, a team-high three interceptions and 11 pass breakups. Diggs picked off passes against BYU, Kansas and Texas A&M. He also has returned punts and kickoffs. rating as recruit: 
CBMerrill Noel*, Wake Forest; 5-10/180; Pahokee (Fla.) High
Noel has 19 pass breakups this season and is tied for the FBS lead in passes defended with 1.67 per game. He had an interception and three pass breakups in Wake Forest's 35-30 upset of Florida State, thee school to which he originally committed. He broke up 13 passes in a four-game stretch against Boston College, FSU, Virginia Tech and Duke. rating as recruit: 
STevin McDonald*, UCLA; 6-0/195; Fresno (Calif.) Edison
His older brother, T.J., plays for USC, and his father, Tim, starred for the Trojans as well, but this McDonald has made a name for himself across town. McDonald moved into the starting lineup in the first few weeks of the season and never left. He picked off three passes in a 31-14 victory over California. McDonald also has 52 tackles and seven pass breakups. rating as recruit: 
SIbraheim Campbell*, Northwestern; 5-11/205; Philadelphia Chestnut Hill Academy
Campbell leads the Wildcats with 89 tackles. He had 13 tackles – one for loss – in Northwestern's 28-25 upset of Nebraska. Campbell also had two interceptions in a loss to Michigan. He made at least seven tackles in each of Northwestern's final five regular-season games. rating as recruit: 
KMichael Hunnicutt*, Oklahoma; 5-9/169; Richardson (Texas) Pearce
Hunnicutt stepped in for an injured Jimmy Stevens and arguably outperformed his predecessor. Hunnicutt was 20-of-23 on field-goal attempts, including 4-of-4 on attempts of longer than 40 yards. He became the first Oklahoma kicker to kick four field goals in a game twice in a season (Kansas, Iowa State). rating as recruit: 
PBrad Wing*, LSU; 6-3/184; Baton Rouge (La.) Parkview Baptist
With Wing's leg and a ferocious defense, the Tigers almost always won the field-position battle. Wing averaged 44.1 yards per punt. Nearly half (23 of 50) of his punts landed inside the 20, and 18 went for at least 50 yards. rating as recruit: 
KRDe'Anthony Thomas, Oregon; 5-9/173; Los Angeles Crenshaw
In addition to his offensive production, Thomas led the Pac-12 in kickoff-return average at 27.7 yards per return. He returned kickoffs for touchdowns against Washington State and USC. rating as recruit: 
PRAmeer Abdullah, Nebraska; 5-9/180; Homewood (Ala.) High
Abdullah was 10th nationally in kickoff returns, and he also had a modicum of success as a punt returner, averaging almost 8.0 yards per return. rating as recruit: 
QBBrett Smith, Wyoming; 6-3/195; Salem (Ore.) West Salem rating as recruit: 
RBMalcolm Brown, Texas; 6-0/213; Cibolo (Texas) High rating as recruit: 
RBLyle McCombs*, Connecticut; 5-8/172; Staten Island (N.Y.) St. Joseph by the Sea rating as recruit: 
WRMatt Miller, Boise State; 6-3/213, redshirt freshman; Helena (Mont.) Capital rating as recruit: 
WRJaxon Shipley, Texas; 6-1/190; Brownwood (Texas) High rating as recruit: 
TEAustin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington; 6-6/258; Gig Harbor (Wash.) High rating as recruit: 
TQuinterrius Eatmon*, USF; 6-6/304; Prichard (Ala.) Vigor rating as recruit: 
TKaleb Johnson, Rutgers; 6-4/298; Jacksonville Ed White rating as recruit: 
GA.J. Cann*, South Carolina; 6-3/299; Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt rating as recruit: 
GCedric Ogbuehi*, Texas A&M; 6-5/292; Allen (Texas) High rating as recruit: 
CDominic Espinosa*, Texas; 6-4/298; Cedar Park (Texas) High rating as recruit: 
EMarcus Rush*, Michigan State; 6-2/250; Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller rating as recruit: 
TAndre Monroe*, Maryland; 6-0/275; Washington (D.C.) St. John's College High rating as recruit: 
TDavid Johnson*, TCU; 6-2/270; Argyle (Texas) High rating as recruit: 
EAnthony Chickillo, Miami; 6-4/248; Tampa Alonso rating as recruit: 
LBJeremy Grove*, ECU; 6-1/230; Frederick (Md.) Gov. Thomas Johnson rating as recruit: 
LBJake Ryan*, Michigan; 6-3/230; Cleveland St. Ignatius rating as recruit: 
LBHayes Pullard*, USC; 6-0/225; Los Angeles Crenshaw rating as recruit: 
CBDemetrious Nicholson, Virginia; 5-11/165; Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside rating as recruit: 
CBBradley Roby*, Ohio State; 5-11/185; Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge rating as recruit: 
SEric Rowe, Utah; 6-1/185; Spring (Texas) Klein rating as recruit: 
SBrian Randolph, Tennessee; 6-0/190; Marietta (Ga.) Kell rating as recruit: 
KAndre Hedari, USC; 5-10/210; Bakersfield (Calif.) Stockdale rating as recruit: 
PDarragh O'Neill*, Colorado; 6-2/180; Boulder (Colo.) Fairview rating as recruit: Unranked; didn't play high school football
KRTyler Lockett, Kansas State; 5-11/170; Tulsa (Okla.) B.T. Washington rating as recruit: 
PRScott Harding, Hawaii; 5-11/195, true freshman; Brisbane (Australia) Anglican Church Grammar School rating as recruit: Unranked; didn't play high school football