Boise State OC Petersen promoted to head coach

BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State promoted offensive coordinator Chris Petersen to head coach Friday, hours after Dan Hawkins left to take over at Colorado.

The Broncos have been one of the top-scoring teams in the country in the five years Peterson has directed the offense. He also served as quarterbacks coach.

Boise State led the nation in scoring in 2002 and 2003 and averaged more than 41 points this season.

"Hawk always said that one of the reasons we got the things done here we have is the chemistry is just unbelievable," Petersen said, "and that will be my goal, to get that same mojo and chemistry going on with the staff here."

When he officially takes over Jan. 1, Petersen will receive a five-year contract worth $2.5 million, pending approval from the Idaho Board of Education.

Hawkins was in the first of a five-year contract extension worth $2.6 million when he left.

"We are very fortunate very to have the best person for this job be someone who has been on our staff for the past five years," Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier said.