Boise State, Arizona Clash At VIZIO Fiesta Bowl
Dec. 30, 2014
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Boise State football team will square off against Arizona of the Pac-12 in the 2014 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, Dec. 31. The 20th-ranked Broncos and the 10th-ranked Wildcats are slated to kick at 2 p.m. (MT) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Boise State, making its third appearance in the Fiesta Bowl in the last nine seasons, went 11-2 this season, capturing the 2014 Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship. The Broncos received the invitation to the Fiesta Bowl by being the highest-ranked team from the Group of Five.
Arizona went 10-3 in 2014, and fell to Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game. This will be the first meeting all-time between Boise State and Arizona.
THE HARSIN ERA: The Broncos are in their first year under head coach Bryan Harsin, a former Bronco quarterback and assistant coach. Harsin led the Broncos to a record of 11-2 this season, which included the school's first outright Mountain West Championship since joining the league in 2011.
Harsin, who was announced as head coach Dec. 11, 2013, is the fourth-youngest head coach in the country. Only PJ Fleck (33, Western Michigan), Matt Campbell (34, Toledo) and Kliff Kingsbury (35, Texas Tech) are younger. Harsin is also one of only 13 head coaches nationally that is currently coaching at his alma mater, and the first such head coach in Boise State history.
For his efforts during his debut season, Harsin was named a fi nalist for the Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year Award, the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award and the Dodd Trophy, given annually by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation.
MW CHAMPIONS: Boise State won the 2014 Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship, the team's second league title since joining the league in 2011 and the first outright championship since winning the Western Athletic Conference crown in 2009.
The conference championship was Boise State's 10th in the last 12 seasons, and the 18th league title in school history.
AMONG THE GREATEST: Boise State enters the 2014 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl with the third-best all-time winning percentage amongst the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Broncos' all-time record at the four-year level is 407-155-2 (.723). Notre Dame is first (879-310-42; .731) on the all-time list, and Michigan is second (915-327-36; .730).
BOWL GAMES: Boise State is heading to its 13th-consecutive bowl game, tied for the seventh-longest active streak in the nation.
The Broncos' appearance in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl will be its 15th bowl appearance in the last 16 seasons.
17-YEAR WINNING STREAK: At 11-2 this season, Boise State boasts a winning record for the 17th-consecutive year. The Broncos went 5-6 in 1997, the last season without a winning record and one of only five seasons with a losing record in school history.
ESTABLISHING A LEGACY: The Broncos are the winningest football program in the country since 2000, with an overall record of 166-28 (.856). Ohio State (156-36; .813), Oklahoma (161-38; .809), LSU (150-44; .773) and Oregon (146-45; .764) round out the top five.
ANOTHER 10-WIN SEASON: After winning just eight games last season, the Broncos have once against reached the 10-win mark, the eighth time in nine seasons and the 13th time in 16 seasons.
A win over Arizona would be the Broncos' 12th this season. Boise State won 12-or-more games in five of the eight seasons prior to 2014.
BOWL-ELIGIBLE OPPONENTS: The Broncos' road to 11-2 this season was no easy path. When Boise State squares off against Arizona in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, it will be the Broncos' 11th game played against a bowl-eligible opponent - tied for the most in the country. Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia Tech and North Carolina each also will have played 11 bowl-eligible teams in 2014.
WINNING STREAKS: The Broncos are in the midst of an eight-game winning streak, tied for the third-longest in the country (Alabama and Oregon). Only Florida State (29) and Ohio State (11) boast longer streaks nationally.
The Broncos will carry a couple winning streaks into the 2015 season, regardless of the outcome at the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl. The team's home winning streak of 14-consecutive games is tied for the third-longest streak in the country (Florida State). Alabama and Baylor have each won 16-consecutive home games. Additionally, the team has won three-straight road games, tied with Alabama for the ninth-longest streak nationally.
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