The 1976 Boise State Broncos football team represented Boise State University in the 1976 NCAA Division II football season. The Broncos competed in the Big Sky Conference and played their home games on campus at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Led by first-year head coach Jim Criner, the Broncos were 5–5–1 overall and 2–4 in conference.
|1976 Boise State Broncos football|
|Conference||Big Sky Conference|
|Record||5–5–1 (2–4 Big Sky)|
|Offensive coordinator||Rod Dowhower (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Bronco Stadium|
|1976 Big Sky Conference football standings|
|No. 1 Montana State $^||6||–||0||–||0||12||–||1||–||0|
Rankings from NCAA Division II AP Poll
Boise State entered the season as three-time defending Big Sky champions, but under a new head coach. After leading the Broncos for eight seasons, 61-year-old Tony Knap moved south to Nevada-Las Vegas in late January to replace Ron Meyer, who went to SMU in Dallas. Hired two weeks later in mid-February, Criner was previously the linebackers coach at UCLA under head coach Dick Vermeil; the Bruins were Pac-8 champions in 1975 and won the Rose Bowl, a 23–10 upset of undefeated and top-ranked Ohio State.
|September 11||7:30 pm||Idaho||L 9–16||20,549|
|September 18||Augustana (SD)*||W 42–14||18,057|
|September 25||Humboldt State*||W 33–0||17,837|
|October 2||at Montana State||L 20–24||7,800|
|October 9||at Cal Poly*||T 14–14||7,050|
|October 16||Montana||L 14–17||18,472|
|October 23||Nevada*||W 26–8||16,587|
|October 30||at Northern Arizona||L 7–42||9,060|
|November 6||at UNLV*||L 26–31||14,066|
|November 13||at Idaho State||W 36–0||9,227|
|November 20||Weber State||W 56–31||16,224|
- "Knap leaves Boise State for Las Vegas". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. January 30, 1976. p. 1B.
- "Boise's Knap off to Vegas". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 30, 1976. p. 17.
- "Boise St. hires UCLA grid assistant". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. February 14, 1976. p. 4B.
- "Boise selects Criner; ISU elevates aide". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. February 14, 1976. p. 16.
- "Dynamite Bruins stagger Ohio St". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 2, 1976. p. 16.
- "Idaho team underdog against Boise squad". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. September 10, 1976. p. 23.
- "Defense rated key for Idaho". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. September 11, 1976. p. 11.
- Payne, Bob (September 12, 1976). "Vandals win opener". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. D1.
- English, Sue (September 13, 1976). "Vandals tame Broncos". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. p. 17.
- "Boise St. faces Bobcats in biggie". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. October 2, 1976. p. 13.
- "Bobcats hold off Broncos". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. October 3, 1976. p. D3.
- Payne, Bob (October 18, 1976). "Vandals already looking at MSU". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 17.
- "Lumberjacks bomb Broncos". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. October 31, 1976. p. D11.
- "Broncos explode in third quarter". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 21, 1976. p. D2.
- "Record book (football)" (PDF). Boise State University Athletics. 2016. p. 71. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2016-11-28.