Friday Flashback: Denton rushed for 125 yards, 2 TDs in 2006

October 9, 2020

Brett Denton

Anchorage’s Brett Denton had the game of his life on Nov. 18, 2006 when the Boise State University football team called on him to step up and step in for injured All-American running back Ian Johnson.

Denton carried the ball 17 times, rushed for a career-high 125 yards and scored the game’s first two touchdowns in a 49-10 win over Utah State that moved Boise State to 11-0 on the season.

The 5-foot-9, 191-pound Alaskan started the game and scored on runs of 3 and 27 yards, giving him four touchdowns on the season.

Boise State went on to finish 13-0, capped by a stunning 43-42 OT upset win over No. 7 Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.

Denton, of Dimond High fame, finished second on Boise State with 348 rushing yards. He also made seven receptions for 76 yards.

He played 27 games over his four-year career, producing 492 total yards and five TDs. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry.

Denton was part of a Boise State program that won 46 games and four straight WAC titles from 2003 to 2006.

Friday Flashback is an ongoing series created by Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog editor Van Williams that looks back on great Alaska athletes from the past. To read about other Alaskans featured in this series, click here.