By Ole Miss Media Relations
OXFORD – Ole Miss Athletics Director Pete Boone announced Thursday the scheduling of the school’s first football meeting with Boise State University, set for Sept. 3, 2011 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford.
The game will serve as the Rebels’ 2011 season opener. Boise State is the nation’s winningest team since 1999 and boasts two undefeated seasons in the past four years.
“We have been strengthening our non-conference schedule, and we certainly want to thank ESPN for helping make this possible,” Boone said. “Boise State has a great tradition in football, and Coach Chris Petersen has built the Broncos into a national power. I expect a great deal of anticipation from our fans.
“With the addition of Boise State and with a contract out, we are close to completing our non-conference scheduling through 2012.”
The game will hold special meaning for Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt, who served as the Broncos’ head coach during the 1997 season. It was Nutt’s first Division I-A head coaching assignment.
“Diane and I had a wonderful experience there, and we’re glad they’re coming to Oxford,” Nutt said. “Boise State is one of the top programs now, and we have an awesome respect for them. It really takes our schedule to another level.”
The Broncos finished No. 4 in the nation in 2009 and posted a 14-0 record, its seventh Western Athletic Conference Championship and its second Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Championship in four years. Boise State also went undefeated in 2006, ending the season with another win at the Fiesta Bowl.
“This will be a great game to start the 2011 season,” Boise State Director of Athletics Gene Bleymaier stated. “Playing a team coached by Houston Nutt will add to the fun and excitement.”
“We’re excited for the match-up against Ole Miss,” said Petersen, who is the only two-time winner of the Paul “Bear” Bryant National Coach of the Year award. “It will be great for Bronco Nation and the Boise State program to open the 2011 season against an opponent of that caliber.”