Boise State produced four posters, each one featuring a player — running back D.J. Harper, cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Jerrell Gavins and receiver Mitch Burroughs. The Broncos are 1-1 entering Thursday night's home game against Brigham Young.
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore deserved a grander stage to close out his career, but in the era of the Bowl Championship Series, the best the one-loss Broncos could do was a trip to the Las Vegas Bowl for the second year in a row.
Boise State made the most of it by crushing Arizona State, 56-24, in the final game for Sun Devil coach Dennis Erickson.
The Wiz of Odds is conducting a comprehensive study of bowl game expense reports. All of the data collected — expense reports for 56 teams and bowl surveys for 40 teams — are being posted on the site. Here is the latest installment. For an overview of the project, click here.
The Las Vegas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN. The first game was played in 1992.
2010 participants: Boise State and Utah.
Boise State expenses: The Broncos had an unusual expense. The team spent $743 on baby sitter services. Boise reportedly absorbed 3,059 tickets at a cost of $168,245. Total claimed expenses were $585,603. Download Boise State Expenses
Survey: Athletic director Gene Bleymaier gave the location of seats for Bronco fans a "neutral" rating. He also wrote that the "hotel was great in every area except meal price. The meal prices were outragous [sic]. It would have been helpful to have had a little more information with regards to what individuals were being 'comped' at a function so that we didn't include them in the ticket count of our allotment for an event." Download Boise State Survey
Under awards, he wrote: "The awards are from a 'Gift Suite' where people chose what gifts they want. This is great except this year it is taking to [sic] long to get some gifts. We have not yet received all the gifts (2/22/11)."
Utah expenses: The Utes reported absorbing 3,320 tickets for a cost of $182,600. Total claimed expenses: $772,709. The school did not report receiving an expense allowance from the Mountain West Conference to the NCAA, but later gave The Wiz of Odds a "ballpark figure" of $486,000. Download Utah Expenses
Kellen Moore and Boise State ended Utah's nine-game bowl winning streak with a convincing 26-3 victory in Wednesday night's Las Vegas Bowl. Image of Sport, the sports photography service for daily newspapers and editorial publications, was in the house. You can view Image of Sports' complete gallery by clicking here.
An unforgettable Thanksgiving weekend of college football featured several classic moments, but one game stands out: Nevada's 34-31 overtime victory against Boise State on Friday night at Mackay Stadium. It was called the biggest sporting event in Reno since world heavyweight champion Jack Johnson defeated Jim Jeffries in 1910.
Our friends at Image of Sport, the sports photography wire service for daily newspapers and editorial publications, were on the scene and captured several classic plays from the game. You can view Image of Sports catalog of shots by clicking here.