Boise, ID -- With more than 5,000 orange and blue clad faithful in attendance at Taco Bell Arena, the Boise State football team and fans let out a cheer heard throughout Idaho, as the team received the official BCS invite to take on 10th ranked Oklahoma in the 36th annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The game will be played on January 1, 2007 in Glendale, Arizona.
The announcement came one week after the Broncos wrapped up a perfect 12-0 regular season with a convincing 38-7 victory over Nevada. The victory also secured Boise State’s fifth straight WAC title and put them on the path to becoming just the second team from a non-BCS conference to be invited to one of the lucrative BCS games.
Boise State will meet the Oklahoma Sooners, who won the Big 12 title on Saturday night with a 21-7 victory over Nebraska. It will be Boise State’s fifth straight bowl appearance and seventh in the last eight years. But, the 2007 Tostitos Bowl is by far the biggest national stage the Broncos have been on, as they enter the game as the 8th ranked BCS team in the country. Oklahoma enters the game with an 11-2 record, making their third trip all-time to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, along with trips in 1976 (41-7 winners over Wyoming) and 1983 (32-21 losers to Arizona State).
A berth into the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl continues an incredible eight year ride in which the Broncos have compiled the most wins and highest winning percentage in college football during that span, sporting an 85-16 (.842) record and seven conference titles since 1999. Included have been appearances in the 1999, 2000 and 2002 Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowls, the 2003 Forth Worth Bowl, the 2004 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl and the most recent invitation to the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.