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Year Duration Initial ranking End ranking Along the way

1947 One poll No. 18 — Lost to Idaho, 7-6

1994 11 polls No. 25 No. 10 Beat SDSU, 38-22

Beat Hawaii, 14-3

Beat CSU, 45-31

Beat UTEP, 52-7

Lost to New Mexico, 23-21

Lost to Air Force, 40-33

Beat BYU, 34-31

Beat Arizona, 16-3

1996 Four polls No. 24 No. 20 Beat UTEP, 34-27

Beat TCU, 21-7

Beat Tulsa, 45-19

Lost to Rice, 51-10

2003 One poll No. 24 — Lost to New Mexico, 47-35

2003 Two polls No. 25 No. 21 Beat Southern Miss, 17-0