Why Petersen finally left Boise State

December, 6, 2013
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Chris Petersen did what few thought anyone would ever do at Boise State. Not only did he take the Broncos to two BCS bowls and win nearly nine of every 10 games he coached, he stayed for eight seasons. Petersen ended that era Thursday night, signing a term sheet to become coach of the Washington Huskies.

Under Petersen, Boise State became a household name in college football. Yet he resisted the urge to climb to the next rung. Instead, he took his program to unprecedented heights. Even with this season's 8-4 record, the first year that Petersen failed to win 10 games with the Broncos, his record is 92-12 (.885). That ranks first among FBS head coaches with at least five years on the sidelines.

If Petersen never won another game, he will be glorified in the history of the game for leading Boise State to victories in the Fiesta Bowl in the 2006 and 2009 seasons.

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Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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