By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State football coach Chris Petersen can tie the school record for career coaching wins if the Broncos beat Wyoming on Saturday.
Tony Knap’s record has stood for 36 years. He went 71-19-1 (78.6 percent) from 1968 to 1975 — the first eight years of four-year football at Boise State. Knap died in September at the age of 96.
Petersen is 70-6 (92.1 percent) in six seasons as a head coach.
Senior quarterback Kellen Moore said Petersen hasn’t changed much through his tenure.
“For the most part, it’s the same old Pete,” he said. “You kind of know what to expect and he expects the same out of you. … He’s a little older and groggier on Mondays. He’s not too bad, though.”
Tight end Kyle Efaw appreciates how much Petersen cares about his players.
“I feel like he actually does care about us as people and not just how we’re doing on the field,” he said. “He really wants to see us succeed off the field and chase our dreams outside of football and figure stuff out as men. He talks about that quite a bit.”
Petersen talked this week about how this time of year teams either get better or worse, they don’t stay the same. He said Wyoming clearly is getting better. As for his team, “We’re to be continued, to find out. There are certain areas that I think we’ve played really well and done a good job. There are certain areas we’ve got to tighten up.”
Wyoming linebacker Brian Hendricks, on the Broncos:
“A lot of people are saying they’re not the same team as last year — and we completely disagree with that. We believe they’re just as explosive. They have playmakers, Doug Martin, Kellen Moore. They have an aggressive defense that swarms to the ball. They lost a tough game to a very good TCU team. Other than that, they really haven’t had that many challenges. This is a team that’s going to be hungry to win.”
Moore, on the Cowboys:
“They’re kind of peaking at the right time. They play hard. They’re very sound.”
Boise State’s young cornerbacks are well aware of the talent that has come before them. Since 2005, the Broncos’ primary starters have been Gerald Alexander, Orlando Scandrick, Kyle Wilson, Brandyn Thompson, Jamar Taylor and Jerrell Gavins. The first four were NFL draft picks and the last two likely will play in the NFL.
“We want to follow in their footsteps and try to be great like those guys,” redshirt freshman Bryan Douglas said.
Under Petersen, Boise State has beaten a Big 12 champion (Oklahoma, 2006), a Pac-10 champion (Oregon, 2009), an ACC champion (Virginia Tech, 2010) and an SEC East champion (Georgia, 2011).
Ironically, it could hurt Boise State if Georgia wins the SEC championship. If LSU beats Arkansas today and Georgia beats LSU next week, the SEC could get three teams in the BCS — LSU and Alabama as Nos. 1 and 2 and Georgia as the champion. That would make it extremely difficult for the Broncos to get an at-large spot.