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Boise State's powerful roster of seniors seeks milestone win in mismatched contest

No major recruiting services found the 2007 and 2008 Boise State classes impressive enough to rank in the top 50 nationally.

Boise State coach Chris Petersen
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Chris Petersen (born October 13, 1964) is an American college football coach, currently the head coach of the Boise State Broncos. Petersen played quarterback at UC Davis from 1983-86.
 should probably demand a recount. The Broncos senior class, made up entirely of pieces from those two recruiting hauls, comes into Thursday's MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States.  against Arizona State looking for its school-record 50th victory in four years.

It's not a stretch to label the group as one of the most accomplished in recent college football history.

"We certainly recognize that," Petersen said. "Around Boise, you don't go too far without hearing about it. We know these guys have been really good players for us for a long time."

The 25 seniors on Boise State's bowl roster have established the program as a perennial power by losing just three games, by a combined five points, in four years. They've been cornerstones on teams that have continually captured the attention of America for their dominance in a non-BCS conference.

Quarterback Kellen Moore and left tackle Nate Potter starred as freshmen on the 2008 team that went undefeated in the regular season before losing 17-16 to TCU (Transmission Control Unit) A communications control unit controlled by the computer that does not execute internally stored programs. Contrast with front end processor, which executes its own instructions.  in the Poinsettia Bowl The Poinsettia Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A college football bowl game that was created in 2005. The game was created by the organizers of the Holiday Bowl and is played annually at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. . Eight members of the class of 2012, with a few others playing prominent reserve roles, started as sophomores on the team that went 14-0 and won the Fiesta Bowl The Fiesta Bowl, now sponsored by Tostitos tortilla chips (a Frito-Lay product), is a United States college football game played annually since 1971. Originally, the game was hosted in Tempe, Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium where it remained until 2006.  two years ago.

This year, 17 of Boise State's 22 offensive and defensive starters are seniors. Moore, who has more victories than any quarterback in college football history, admitted it would be emotional at Sam Boyd Stadium Sam Boyd Stadium is a football stadium located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The stadium is named after Sam Boyd. The stadium consists of an uncovered horseshoe-shaped single-decked bowl. Temporary seating is occasionally erected in the open north end zone as needed.  when they take the field together for the final time.

"But I think we got a little example of it on senior night," Moore said. "We went through that whole emotional experience, and now we've got this one. We're excited and looking forward to it."

Moore's story mirrors that of most of his teammates. Evaluators overlooked him because of his 5-foot-11 frame. Although he was the Gatorade Player of the Year his senior year of high school in Washington, Moore received just two Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offers.

Petersen signed several other less-heralded players — including Las Vegas High defensive lineman Billy Winn Billy Winn (1905 Kansas City, Kansas – 20 August 1938 Springfield, Illinois) was an American racecar driver. Award
Winn was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2003.
 — like Moore. Petersen thought the group was better than advertised but didn't know how outstanding they could become right away.

"You don't know until you get them in your program," Petersen said.

Moore fondly reflected on when he first arrived on the Boise State campus and met his comrades.

"We had a ton of talent and guys from all over the place," Moore said. "It was a matter of putting it all together."

They've done that and bought into all of Petersen's philosophies. It's part of the reason why Petersen isn't the least bit worried about the Broncos lacking motivation for the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.

As the No. 6 team in the nation, Boise State deserved a higher-profile bowl bid. A date with a .500 Arizona State squad that recently fired its coach is far from ideal, but Petersen expects nothing less than full focus from his experienced bunch.

Moore also scoffed at notions of the Broncos having nothing to play for against the Sun Devils
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. It's the last time most of their standouts will play together.

And a 50th victory is a milestone with meaning to the group.

"It's something Boise State can be proud of and the senior class can be proud of," Moore said.case.keefer@lasvegassun.com /

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