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Fiesta Season

  • Football vs. Fresno State, Mountain West Championship game

    Boise State celebrates winning the Mountain West Championship game on Saturday December 6th against Fresno State.

  • Fans Cheer at the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

    Boise State fans are excited to support the Broncos at the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

  • Fans at the 2007 Fiesta Bowl

    Boise State fans getting into the "fiesta" of the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

  • A moment from the 2010 Fiesta Bowl

    Quarterback Kellen Moore about to throw a pass at the 2010 Fiesta Bowl against TCU.

  • Players carry Boise State's undefeated season flag before the 2010 Fiesta Bowl

    Boise State completed an undefeated season in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl.

  • Jay Ajayi brings the hammer at the opening of the Football game vs. Wyoming in the 2014 season.

    Jay Ajayi brings the hammer during the 2014 regular football season.

  • football, Fiesta Bowl vs. TCU

    Tight end Kyle Efaw runs the ball during the 2010 Fiesta Bowl against TCU.

  • Waiting for the snap, Fiesta Bowl

    Quarterback Jared Zabransky calls a play during the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, where he was named Offensive Player of the Game.

  • A view of the stadium for the 2007 Fiesta Bow

    A view of the University of Phoenix stadium for the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

  • Boise State Football vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, John Kelly photo

    Fans cheer on the team during the Broncos 2014 Season.

Boise State returns for its third Fiesta Bowl appearance as a university that hasn’t just graduated to the elite ranks in athletics — it has leveraged the national spotlight and embraced the challenge to transform its academics and campus life to truly become a metropolitan research university of distinction.

While alumnus and Head Coach Bryan Harsin has shown “The Boise State Way” can win football games while focusing on academic rigor and success within a family-like community of support, university leaders and faculty have taken that same attitude to build the doctoral research institution the changing economy of our metropolitan home has demanded.

Boise State has more than doubled its graduate offerings in a decade, expanded PhD programs and research strengths and attracted high-quality students from around Idaho and far beyond with programs like our Honors College and our vast and growing hands-on learning opportunities.

That first Fiesta Bowl appearance in January 2007 could have been a blip on a regional university’s radar, but Boise State saw the opportunity to reinvent the way it prepares students for success after the diploma and how it can play a vital role in its community, state and region.

In a decade of growth and expansion, the university invested $70 million in sports-related facilities — but far more, around $200 million, on academic, residential and other student-centered projects.

Today, the momentum shows no signs of slowing. Boise State now graduates more students than any other university in Idaho, including more than 40 percent of the bachelor’s degrees conferred by Idaho’s public colleges. Despite national trends of declining enrollment, Boise State’s student body grew in 2014.

Changes throughout the university have been made to boost student success both in college and beyond — helping students achieve their academic goals on time and on budget and equipping them with the skills and experiences their future employers covet. And with the launch of the College of Innovation and Design, created to reinvent learning, teaching and research for the modern economy, Boise State’s trajectory is set to remain on this unique track.

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Boise State joins Ohio State and Oklahoma as the only universities to appear in the Fiesta Bowl at least three times since the start of the BCS era.


Boise State is 3-0 in Glendale, beating Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime in January 2007 and TCU 17-10 in January 2010. Only Penn State, Oklahoma State and Oregon have played more than one Fiesta Bowl and remain unbeaten there.

Same Major Bowl, Transformed University

Boise State has seized the opportunities that came with its rise to national prominence in football — in academic improvement as well as in athletics.

Innovation has always been the tradition at Boise State, but since that 2007 upset over Oklahoma, our trajectory has been unrivaled, and that has translated into better opportunities and success for students, more of the kinds of research and inquiry that can improve lives and change the world, and an explosion of creativity and advancement on all corners of campus.

Since the 2006-2007 academic year, Boise State has:

  • Boosted yearly bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees by 52%
  • Improved total enrollment by 18%
  • Advanced research grants and contracts by 39%
  • Grown foundation assets by 59%
  • Expanded living graduates by 37%
  • Increased university donors by 131%

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