Tuesday, November 08, 2005

November 2, 1996

That was a significant date in Bulldogs history. It was the day Jim Sweeney got his 200th career victory, but maybe even more significant it was the last time Fresno State beat Boise State. It has been the only win by the Bulldogs, of their three in the series, that occurred when both schools were in Division I-A.

1996 was Boise State's first year in Division I-A, and first year as member of the Big West Conference. Fresno State arguably had it's worst team of the 1980's and 1990's, but still was able to hang a 41-7 blow out on the hapless Broncos.

Boise State was just happy to be there. The Broncos had a 1-7 record when they entered Bulldog Stadium. The only win to was, 33-22, over I-AA Portland State. They suffered six straight losses prior to the game at Fresno State, including setbacks to I-AA schools Eastern Washington and Northwestern State (La.).

Who would have thought that just five seasons later Boise State would beat the no. 8 Bulldogs at Bulldog Stadium, again, ending the dream season. 1996 was Jim Sweeney's last year, and the win versus Boise State was his last win of his career, as well. Pat Hill has never beaten the Broncos in his four tries. Will 2005 be his year?

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