Boise State pulls out of Arizona Bowl

The Boise State football team will not play in a bowl game for the second year in a row.

The Broncos qualified for a bowl for the 24th straight season, and they were set to face Central Michigan in the Arizona Bowl on Friday. They were forced to pull out of the game Monday after a spike in COVID-19 cases at Boise State. Boise State said in a statement Monday afternoon that it had shut down all team activities as a result of COVID-19 protocols — ending the Broncos’ season.

In consultation with its medical staff, in addition to campus and public health officials, Boise State football has shut down all team activities as a result of COVID-19 protocols, therefore will be unable to compete in the 2021 Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl, Bronco Athletics announced Monday.

“We feel for the young men in our program who were very much looking forward to closing out their season, and for some, their football careers,” director of athletics Jeramiah Dickey said. “I would personally like to thank Kym Adair and her team at the Arizona Bowl for putting together a first-class student-athlete and fan experience that we are extremely disappointed to miss.”