The 1978 Boise State Broncos football team represented Boise State University in the 1978 NCAA Division I-AA 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 third-year head coach Jim Criner, the Broncos were 7–4 overall and 3–3 in conference.
|1978 Boise State Broncos football|
|Conference||Big Sky Conference|
|Record||7–4 (3–3 Big Sky)|
|Offensive coordinator||Gene Dahlquist (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Bronco Stadium|
|1978 Big Sky Conference football standings|
|No. 7 Northern Arizona $||6||–||0||–||0||8||–||2||–||0|
|No. T–9 Montana State||4||–||2||–||0||8||–||2||–||0|
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA AP Poll
This was the first season for the newly created Division I-AA, which the Big Sky joined. It was previously a Division II conference for football, except for Division I member Idaho, which moved down to I-AA this season.
Following this season, Boise State was put on probation for a scouting violation in November prior to the NAU game; the Broncos were ineligible for the league title or I-AA playoffs in 1979.
|September 9||Fullerton State*||W 42–12||19,032|
|September 16||Long Beach State*||W 19–13||19,435|
|September 23||Northern Michigan*||No. 3||W 31–21||20,555|
|September 30||at No. 6 Montana State||No. 3||L 29–31||12,850|||
|October 7||Montana||No. 8||L 7–15||19,580|
|October 14||San Jose State*||W 30–15||18,112|||
|October 21||Weber State||W 14–13||17,858|||
|October 28||at Idaho State||W 16–14||6,983|||
|November 4||1:30 pm||Idaho||W 48–10||20,235|||
|November 11||at No. 7 Northern Arizona||No. 9||L 30–31||14,783|||
|November 18||at No. 8 (D-II) Cal Poly*||L 3–7||7,430|
|1978 Boise State Broncos football team roster|
Two Broncos were selected in the 1979 NFL Draft, which lasted twelve rounds (330 selections).
|Larry Polowski||Linebacker||7th||169||Seattle Seahawks|
|Willie Beamon||Linebacker||8th||205||New York Jets|
- "Big schools win battle". St. Petersburg Independent. (Florida). Associated Press. January 13, 1978. p. 5C.
- "Criner admits he hired football spy". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. November 16, 1978. p. 1C.
- "Boise St. coach admits to scouting violation". Daily News. Bowling Green, Kentucky. Associated Press. November 16, 1978. p. 4-B.
- "Presidents will discuss spying by Boise's Criner". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. November 17, 1978. p. 5B.
- "Big Sky's down hard on Boise". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. December 17, 1978. p. B1.
- "Probation slapped on Boise State football". Ellensburg Daily Record. Washington. UPI. December 18, 1978. p. 7.
- Killen, John (October 13, 1979). "Idaho: possibility looms for a winning season". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 1C.
- "Montana State shocks Boise". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 1, 1978. p. 3B.
- "Boise State runs past San Jose State". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 15, 1978. p. 4B.
- "Broncos escape Weber's clutches". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. October 22, 1978. p. 4B.
- "Last-second field goal saves BSU". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 29, 1978. p. 4B.
- Barrows, Bob (November 4, 1978). "Vandals hope emotion can buck Broncos". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 3B.
- Barrows, Bob (November 5, 1978). "A punter's nightmare". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B.
- "NAU tops Boise for title". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 12, 1978. p. 3B.
- "Record book (football)" (PDF). Boise State University Athletics. 2016. p. 71. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
- Bronco Football Stats – 1978