2007 Fiesta Bowl: Idaho will honor Broncos with parade, salute Jan. 20

Idaho StatesmanJanuary 10, 2007 

Bronco fans, get ready for another party, 19 days after the Boise State University Broncos sparked fan frenzy by winning the Fiesta Bowl.

BSU, Boise and state leaders plan a Jan. 20 parade and "Statehouse Salute" to honor the football team for its New Year's Day win and perfect season.

The Broncos bested seven-time national champion Oklahoma Sooners 43-42 in overtime to finish the year with a 13-0 record.

Details are being worked out, but other events celebrating the team are scheduled for the BSU campus later in the day in connection with the Hawaii-BSU men's basketball game at Taco Bell Arena.

The parade will begin at 3 p.m. on the BSU campus, then travel north on Capitol Boulevard to the Statehouse.

It will wrap up with the public salute, including remarks from university and civic leaders.

It will be the second — and much more formal — Statehouse celebration for the Broncos. After the Jan. 1 victory, hundreds of ecstatic fans filled the Capitol steps to celebrate.

A day later, thousands turned out to welcome Coach Chris Petersen and several players home outside Bronco stadium.

During that celebration, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter presented Petersen the key to the city while blue- and orange-clad fans held signs reading "BSU Makes Oklahoma Blue" and "Way to go Broncos."

The public will get a chance to meet their new college football heroes from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 20 during an autograph session at BSU's Caven-Williams Sports Complex.

Broncos players and coaches will be on hand, and the Fiesta Bowl trophy will be on display.

A ceremony honoring Petersen and his players is scheduled for half-time during the basketball game, along with another post-game autograph session.

Further details on the Jan. 20 events will be released later, officials said.

The celebration is coordinated by BSU, Gov. Butch Otter's office and Bieter's office.

To offer story ideas or comments, contact reporter Kathleen Kreller at kkreller@idahostatesman.com or 377-6418.

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