Boise State strives for five straight bowl wins

ccripe@idahostatesman.comDecember 24, 2013 

Grant Hedrick is 2-2 as the Broncos’ starting quarterback.

KYLE GREEN — kgreen@idahostatesman.com

  • Boise State's bowl streak

    • 2009 Fiesta: No. 6 Boise State 17, No. 4 TCU 10

    • 2010 MAACO: No. 10 Boise State 26, No. 20 Utah 3

    • 2011 MAACO: No. 8 Boise State 56, Arizona State 24

    • 2012 MAACO: No. 20 Boise State 28, Washington 26

— Only one team in college football owns a five-year, five-bowl winning streak:

No. 1 Florida State.

Boise State can join the Seminoles by beating Oregon State on Tuesday in the Hawaii Bowl.

“It means everything for us,” senior left tackle Charles Leno Jr. said. “We want to make it 5-0.”

Florida State, Auburn and Ole Miss are tied for the nation’s longest bowl win streaks at five. But only Florida State has won those five games in consecutive seasons.

Boise State, which has appeared in a bowl game in 12 straight seasons and is 9-4 in its bowl history, has won four in a row for the second time — but the first time in consecutive years. The other streak included 1999-2000 and 2002-03.

This streak began with the Fiesta Bowl at the end of the 2009 season, when the Broncos beat No. 4 TCU. They added three straight wins against Pac-12 members in Las Vegas — Utah, Arizona State and Washington.

The Broncos have two major on-field goals each year. They failed to win the Mountain West, so a bowl championship is what’s left.

“It’s a huge game for us,” sophomore tailback Jay Ajayi said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to be able to showcase on a big stage, ESPN, and against a great team in Oregon State, what Boise State is all about.”

A win also makes for a happier transition into the next season — but the popular notion that a bowl win “springboards” the team into the new year seems shaky.

The Broncos’ two most successful seasons — undefeated, Fiesta Bowl-winning campaigns in 2006 and 2009 — came on the heels of bowl losses.

“We have a lot of dudes returning,” sophomore cornerback Donte Deayon said. “We have to finish strong.”

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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