Chris Petersen, who has built a reputation as an offensive innovator who carried the Boise State football program to its highest highs, was finally swayed to take on a new challenge when he agreed to become head coach of the Huskies in December of 2013.
In 2015, Petersen’s Huskies, featuring one of the nation’s youngest squads (74 freshmen and sophomores and only 14 seniors) and a schedule ranked by many as the nation’s toughest (10 out of 12 qualified for bowls), rallied for the Dawgs’ sixth consecutive bowl berth, which resulted in a victory over Southern Miss in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. A stout Husky defense (first in the Pac-12 in both scoring and total defense) led the way as a freshman-laden offense showed steady growth en route to a 7-6 season record.
Off the field, Petersen’s impact on the football program’s academic success was clear as well. In the most recently-completed academic quarter (fall, 2015), the football team posted a team GPA of 3.12, highest in school history for football, breaking the old record, set just last spring.