Petersen a Finalist for Joseph V. Paterno Award

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen was named one of four finalists for the Joseph V. Paterno Award presented by The Maxwell Football Club, Tuesday (Dec. 7), in recognition of the Broncos performance on and off the field this season.

Petersen joins Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech), Troy Calhoun (Air Force) and Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern) as a finalist for the award, which is named in honor of legendary Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. Each finalist has been evaluated for the award since the summer, based on their team's performance on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

On the field, Petersen has led Boise State to an 11-1 overall record (7-1 Western Athletic Conference), its third straight WAC Championship and ninth straight bowl game appearance. The Broncos reached their highest ever national ranking this fall after starting the season 10-0. Boise State rose as high as No. 2 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' polls, and No. 3 in the BCS. The Broncos only loss of the season came at the hands of No. 15 Nevada, 34-31, in an overtime thriller in Reno, Nev.

A formal announcement of the first-ever winner of the Paterno Award will be made on Dec. 18 (Saturday). The winner will be presented at the Maxwell Football Club's Award Dinner, March 4 (Friday).

No. 10 Boise State is currently in preparation for its matchup against No. 19 Utah in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas XIX, Dec. 21 (Wednesday), in Las Vegas, Nev. The game will air on ESPN and is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MST).

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