2003 Boise State 38, 2008 Boise State 24
Ryan Dinwiddie was 24-30 passing for 418 yards and five scores as the 2003 Boise State team turned back the 2008 Broncos 38-24. Dan Hawkins' Broncos surged to a 17-0 advantage in the early going and that proved to be the difference. Dinwiddie fired TD strikes to Jerry Smith and Tim Gilligan of 33 and 32 yards, respectively, the latter coming with 11:36 remaining in the first half.
"Dinwiddie was just too much for us," 2008 Boise State Coach Chris Petersen said. "I guess I must have taught him too well."
Kellen Moore mounted a comeback with aerials to Jeremy Avery and Jeremy Childs for six to close the margin to 17-14 as the teams went into the locker room. But Dinwiddie found Lawrence Bady, T.J. Acree and tight end Trent Lundin for touchdown passes in the second half to put the game out of reach.
David Mikell was the leading ground-gainer for the 2003 team with 19 carries for 64 yards. Ian Johnson also picked up 64 yards for 18 carries for the 2008 Broncos, who won the time of possession game but could not close. Gilligan was the star receiver with 5 receptions for 121 yards and the touchdown while Bady totaled 80 yards on 4 catches and the TD. Childs led the 2008 Boise State team with 7 catches for 71 yards.
The 2003 Broncos evened their mark at 1-1 with the win while the '08 squad is also 1-1 after a season-opening 30-21 win over the 2007 Boise State team.
2009 Boise State 32, 2004 Boise State 27
Jeremy Avery burst around the right side for an eight-yard touchdown run with 12 seconds remaining as the 2009 Boise State team captured a thrilling 32-27 win over the 2004 Broncos.
"I was determined to score," Avery said in a raucous Bronco locker room after the game. "The defense expected a (Kellen) Moore pass, so when I took it, I just followed Matt's (Slater) crushing block around the side and found the end zone."
The 2009 Broncos seemingly had the game well in hand with a 26-13 lead at the end of the third quarter. But led by the relentless running of Lee Marks (19 carries for 206 yards and a touchdown), the 2004 team scored two touchdowns in the fourth, the last coming with 5:32 remaining on a 23-yard run from Jeff Carpenter. The teams traded punts until Kellen Moore led the 2009 Boise State team on the winning drive with quick strikes, calmly taking what the 2004 Bronco defense gave him.
Moore connected on 30-47 passes for 380 yards and two scores, as twin threats Austin Pettis (6 receptions for 109 yards) and Titus Young (6 for 80) continually got open in the 2004 Bronco secondary. Avery finished the game with 80 yards and two TD's against the vaunted 2009 defense on 25 carries. Kyle Brotzman also was one of the heroes with four field goals when drives stalled.
"Brotz was money for us," 2009 Bronco Coach Chris Petersen said. "It was so important for us to come away with points when the 2004 Boise State defense stiffened in the red zone."
The 2009 Broncos moved to 2-0 on the season while the 2004 team is now 1-1.
2002 Boise State 55, 2001 Boise State 35
The Leave No Doubt Broncos crushed the 2001 Boise State team, sending the Broncos home winless in two games this season.
The 2002 Broncos piled up 188 yards on the ground in dictating the tempo and establishing control. Bulldozing running back Brock Forsey picked up 145 yards and a TD on 31 carries. His counterpart on the 2001 team, Brock Forsey, managed 116 yards and three touchdowns on the ground and also grabbed four passes for 75 yards and another score, but it wasn't enough. "I've learned so much over the last season," the 2002 Forsey said. "To have the kind of season we did last year and not make a bowl game--that hurt. The entire team has taken it upon themselves to make us better. You can see it--in the locker room, on the practice field, we're a different team than last year."
The amazingly accurate Ryan Dinwiddie was 22-28 for 315 yards and four touchdowns (to Billy Wingfield, Lou Fanucchi, Cole Clasen and Jay Swillie) for the victorious 2002 Boise State team. The 2002 Bronco defense pinned their ears back and recorded five sacks on the helpless 2001 Dinwiddie. "That line was awesome," the 2001 Dinwiddie said. "I couldn't get in my rhythm. Those guys were harassing me all game long, especially Brad Allen (who had two sacks)."
The game was tied five times as both potent offenses found the end zone. But the 2002 Broncos brought it home with two touchdowns and two Nick Calaycay field goals down the stretch to win going away.
Both teams are now 1-1 on the season.
2002 Ohio State 26, 2010 Boise State 20
The 2002 National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes held on for an exciting 26-20 win over the talented 2010 Boise State team.
The game was close throughout, as Ohio State held 10-7 and 20-7 advantages at the end of the first and second quarters, respectively. The two teams matched field goals in the third quarter, with Kyle Brotzman booting a 37-yarder and Ohio State's Mike Nugent nailing one from 41 yards. Boise State closed the margin to 23-13 to begin the fourth quarter on a 44-yarder from Brotzman. But the Buckeyes kept the pressure on, driving down the field to convert on a 37-yard Nugent field goal with 5:37 left.
Chris Petersen's team marched down the field in 43 seconds with Jeremy Avery running it in from three yards out to make it 26-20 but never were able to get the ball again. Ohio State punished the Broncos with 285 yards rushing; Boise State simply could not stop the National Champions when it mattered the most. Maurice Clarett did the most damage, getting 190 yards on just 20 carries. Four field goals from Nugent were the nail in the coffin. The speedy Titus Young was able to break free for six receptions for 137 yards for Boise State, including a 22-yard catch from Kellen Moore in the first quarter for Boise State's first touchdown.
Both teams are now 1-1 on the season.
2001 Miami FL 31, 2003 LSU 10
Ethenic Sands caught two touchdown passes and the tandem of Clinton Portis (28 carries for167 yards and a touchdown) and Willis McGahee (9-89) took advantage of a huge disparity on the line of scrimmage as the 2001 National Champion Miami FL team throttled the 2003 National Champions from LSU 31-10.
The Hurricanes amassed 570 yards to just 369 for the Tigers, moving the ball at will. After a Phillip Buchanon interception with 11:45 remaining in the game, Portis shot through the middle on the way to a 59-yard touchdown that put the game out of reach at 31-7. Reliable quarterback Ken Dorsey was 23-for-37 for 309 yards and two scores for the winners, who advanced to 2-0 on the season. LSU is 0-2.
2005 Texas 48, 2008 Florida 38
In a matchup of two teams expected to battle for postseason berths, Texas piled up 606 yards of offense in knocking off the 2008 National Champion Florida team.
The two teams battled for 53 minutes before this one was over. Tied at the half 17-17, Ramonce Taylor and Selvin Young each found paydirt on long runs in the third quarter to give the Longhorns the upper hand 34-24. Michael Griffin's interception of a Tim Tebow pass on the third play of the fourth quarter was the difference in the game. Texas capitalized on the miscue with a 34-yard pass from Vince Young to Taylor that put the Longhorns up 41-24.
Selvin Young (14-122 and the touchdown), Jamaal Charles (18-109 and 2 TD's) and Taylor (10-97 and the score) simply could not be stopped by the Gator defense.
Florida was able to get a score on a 46-yard run from Jeffery Demps but it was too little, too late. Percy Harvin led the Gators with 7 carries for 136 yards, including a 77-yarder.
Texas is now 2-0 on the season while the '06 Gators slip to 1-1.
2009 Alabama 41, 2007 LSU 13
Mark Ingram scored three touchdowns, including runs of 44 and 72 yards, as the proud 2009 Alabama National Champions came back from a 27-0 shellacking at the hands of USC to blow out the 2007 LSU team 41-13.
Ingram went inside and outside to post 212 yards on the ground and outdual LSU's Jacob Hester, who had 167 yards on 22 carries. Julio Jones also broke loose for two touchdown catches from 'Bama quarterback Greg McElroy, who finished 16-25 for 210 yards. Matt Flynn was just 14-34 with two interceptions as LSU fell to 0-2 on the season.
2006 Boise State 26, 2010 Auburn 10
Boise State scored 23 unanswered points to put a shock into the 2010 Auburn Tigers, who were fresh from celebrating their recent National Championship.
Auburn ran out to a 13-3 lead as the Tigers were able to contain star running back Ian Johnson early. But Boise State Coach Chris Petersen stuck to his game plan and Johnson got untracked for scoring runs of 23 and 38 yards in the third quarter to give the Broncos their first lead at 20-13. The Boise State defense took over from there, shutting out a team for the final 43 and a half minutes that Oregon was unable to stop just four months previous.
Johnson finished with 183 yards on 28 carries, often breaking tackles for key first downs. "I just had confidence in my line, " IJ said. "Those guys should be saluted--they do a terrific job up front and I just took it from there," he added. Anthony Montgomery converted on all four field goal tries to give the 2006 Broncos their second win in as many games. Michael Dyer finished with 125 yards for Auburn, which lost for the second time in the SFL season.
2005 USC 44, 2007 Boise State 20
Matt Leinart completed 24-for-38 passes for 395 yards and four touchdown strikes as the 2005 National Champion USC team blitzed the 2007 Broncos 44-20.
Steve Smith caught five Leinart passes for 104 yards and a score while Chris McFoy had four receptions for 79 yards and another touchdown. USC's LenDale White and Boise State's Ian Johnson each had 23 carries for 98 yards and a TD. But the brilliant general Leinart controlled the game, mixing the running of White and Reggie Bush with his dissection of the Boise State defense. Taylor Tharp was 21-29 for the Broncos, but took few chances deep.
The Trojans, one of the preseason favorites to capture the SFL crown, are now 2-0 while the 2007 Broncos slip to a disappointing 0-2.
2006 Florida 44, 2005 Boise State 9
Boise State should have known what type of game they were in for when Percy Harvin ran 80 yards untouched into the Bronco end zone on the second play from scrimmage.
Harvin accumulated 191 yards of offense as the 2006 Florida team crushed Boise State 44-9. What damage Harvin didn't do, Gator quarterback Chris Leak did the rest, going 15-25 for 300 yards against the overmatched 2007 Boise State defense. Meanwhile, Ryan Smith hauled in three interceptions against Bronco quarterback Jared Zabransky, who had five picks on the afternoon. "I guess he didn't see me," Smith offered.
Coach Urban Meyer's Florida team is now 1-1 on the season, while the 2005 Broncos find themselves 0-2 early.