By Brian Murphy
BSU — Chris Potter 17 pass from Joe Southwick (Michael Frisina kick), 6:12. Key plays: Senior tailback D.J. Harper rushed four times for 49 yards, including a 31-yard burst up the middle on third-and-2. He broke a tackle near the line of scrimmage. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:16. Boise State 7, Nevada 0
BSU — Harper 2 run (Frisina kick), 13:54. Key plays: Southwick scrambled and lunged forward into a defender to gain 6 yards on third-and-6. Backup quarterback Grant Hedrick entered for three plays — a 6-yard gain for Harper on the option, a 20-yard reception by Hedrick on a pass from Potter and an 11-yard run by wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes. Drive: 11 plays, 66 yards, 3:44. Boise State 14, Nevada 0
BSU — Frisina 20 field goal, 3:37. Key plays: Southwick scrambled for 15 yards on third-and-10 from the Broncos’ own 14-yard line. He also hit Matt Miller for 26 yards and ran Statue Left, a 7-yard run for freshman tailback Jay Ajayi. But the Broncos stalled with second-and-goal at the 3. Drive: 14 plays, 83 yards, 7:13. Boise State 17, Nevada 0
UN — Stefphon Jefferson 1 run (Allen Hardison kick), 11:08. Key plays: Tight end Kolby Arendse made a 32-yard catch, quarterback Cody Fajardo ran 20 yards and Jefferson gained 15 yards on consecutive plays. Drive: 9 plays, 86 yards, 3:47. Boise State 17, Nevada 7
BSU — Miller 52 pass from Southwick (Frisina kick), 10:52. Key play: Williams-Rhodes returned the kickoff 41 yards. Drive: 1 play, 52 yards, :16. Boise State 24, Nevada 7
UN — Jefferson 8 run (Hardison kick), 8:26. Key plays: Jefferson ran for 28 yards on the play before the TD. Drive: 6 plays, 71 yards, 2:50. Boise State 24, Nevada 14
BSU — Frisina 30 field goal, 3:25. Key plays: Miller made a 20-yard catch on third-and-2 to give the Broncos a chance to score a TD, but a false start on third down at the 5-yard line led to the field goal. Drive: 12 plays, 49 yards, 4:55. Boise State 27, Nevada 14
UN — Fajardo 6 run (Hardison kick), 2:27. Key play: Fajardo connected with Zack Sudfeld on a 47-yard pass. Drive: 5 plays, 74 yards, :52. Boise State 27, Nevada 21.
• Boise State nickel Dextrell Simmons (hamstring) did not make the trip to Reno.
• Boise State is wearing blue pants, white jerseys and blue helmets.
• Former Boise State offensive coordinator Brent Pease, now the offensive coordinator at Florida, was on the field for pregame warmups.
• Nevada did not warm up on the field before the game. The Wolf Pack did those drills at a nearby practice field.
Pac-12 Commissioner: Boise State a potential future expansion candidate
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said his league looked at Boise State during its last expansion phase and would consider the Broncos again if the Pac-12 decides to expand.
Scott made his comments before Friday's Pac-12 Championship Game. The quotes were first reported by The San Diego Union-Tribune.
“When we expanded in the past we looked at them (Boise State and San Diego State) because they are prominent schools in the West, with very strong athletics programs, in markets we are not in," Scott told reporters. "There’s a lot of criteria that we looked at last time, that I’m sure we’d look at again.
“If we were to look at expanding again, I’m sure both those schools would be on the list. But, we don’t have any plans.”
The Pac-12 has always been a dream destination for Boise State. Boise State President Bob Kustra has addressed the league on several occasions in the last few years, as the Broncos have moved from the Western Athletic Conference to the Mountain West and, in July, to the Big East in football.
Much of Kustra's comments have been on improving the school's academics so as to make it more competitive with the schools in the Pac-12.
"Even if it’s not immediate, I’ve said from the beginning that Boise State as it moves more and more toward a research university will be able to justify entrance into a future Pac-16. We just need to work on the research and work on the graduate programming," Kustra said in October 2011 when the Broncos were in discussions with the Big East about joining the league.
"The real fans out there who have followed Boise State over the years and have followed the Pac-10 over the years, I don’t think there’s any question that the ideal solution for a lot of those folks is well, you really ought to be in the Pac-10, now the pac-12. And who knows where it goes from there. And that day will probably come. And the reason it is going to come is we are moving fast on this development of a research university and new graduate programming," Kustra said at that time.
"The fact is if you look up and down the coast at Pac-12 now they are universities that have substantial research agendas, have large graduate programs and Boise state is still growing it. But somewhere in the next five to 10 years, we are going to be classified by Carnegie as research university and when that day comes it’s going to be a lot easier. If and when the day comes for us to align ourselves with a conference into the future that really does look a lot like Boise — that’s geographical, that makes sense in every other way. But again those days aren’t here yet."
When the Broncos announced they were joining the Mountain West in 2010, Kustra again addressed the Pac-12.
“There is something about reputation and the academic level that you operate at and the size of your research budget — and we’re not there yet,” he said. “I won’t be around, but the way this place has been moving the last 10 years, there’s no reason why somewhere along down the road a fan couldn’t stand up and say that and the president would say, ‘You’re right.’
“But today, I can’t honestly say that."