Home Slate Opens Saturday Against Rams
Sept. 1, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team opens its 2014 home and Mountain West schedule this week, playing host to Colorado State at Albertsons Stadium. The Broncos (0-1) and Rams (1-0) are slated to kick off at 8:15 p.m., and the game will be nationally televised by ESPN2.
THE SERIES: Boise State and Colorado State have squared off three times prior to this season, with the Broncos winning each game. In the only other game played in Boise, the Broncos defeated the Rams 42-14, Nov. 17, 2012.
CONFERENCE RECORD: Since the 2000 season, Boise State is 99-9 (.917) in league games, the highest winning percentage in the country during that time. Oklahoma is second on the list with a record of 99-22 (.818).
CONFERENCE OPENERS: Boise State has won 14-consecutive conference openers since a loss in 1999, when the Broncos fell 17-10 to North Texas (Oct. 16). Th e Broncos are 31-13 all-time in conference openers.
For the second-straight season, Boise State will open its conference slate at home, and the Broncos are 15-3 all-time in such games, with the last loss coming in 1998 to North Texas (Oct. 10; 21-13) - a streak of seven straight such wins.
The game is also the earliest conference opener in school history.
MOUNTAIN DIVISION SUCCESS: Although the Broncos did not win the Mountain Division in 2013, the first year of the Mountain West's current format, a team from the Broncos' division has not defeated Boise State since Nov. 1, 1997 (Utah State).
The Broncos went 5-0 against the Mountain Division in 2013, the only conference losses coming to West Division foes Fresno State and San Diego State.
Boise State is undefeated against four of its five Mountain Division counterparts, going 18-0 against Air Force (2-0), Colorado State (3-0), New Mexico (5-0) and Wyoming (8-0). Utah State, the only division opponent to defeat the Broncos, has won just four times in the all-time series, and has lost 11-consecutive games to Boise State, which leads the all-time series 14-4.
MW LOSSES: Boise State has lost just four league games since joining the Mountain West in 2011 - by a combined seven points: TCU in 2011 (36-35); San Diego State in 2012 (21-19); Fresno State (41-40) and SDSU (34-31, OT) in 2013.
Prior to the 2013 season, Boise State hadn't lost two league games in a season since 2001, when the team went 6-2 in the team's first year in the Western Athletic Conference.
HOME OPENERS: Boise State is 36-10 in home openers since becoming a four-year institution prior to the 1968 season. The Broncos have won 12-straight such games, with the last loss coming against Washington State, Sept. 8, 2001 (42-20).
DOESN'T HAPPEN OFTEN: For just the third time in the last nine seasons, a Boise State squad will take the fi eld with a losing record. Th e Broncos have lost each of their last three season-opening games, but evened their record with a victory in week two each of the last two seasons. Prior to dropping the season opener to Michigan State in 2012, a Boise State team had not had a losing record since 2005, which is also the last time Boise State started a season 0-2.
HARSIN ERA BEGINS: The Broncos' match-up with Ole Miss marked the first game played under head coach Bryan Harsin. Harsin, a former Boise State quarterback from 1995-99, also served on the Broncos' staff from 2001-10, serving as offensive coordinator from 2006-10. Harsin's hire was announced Dec. 11, 2013, by Director of Athletics Mark Coyle.
At 37, Harsin is the fourth-youngest head coach in the country. Only PJ Fleck (33, Western Michigan), Matt Campbell (34, Toledo) and Kliff Kingsbury (35, Texas Tech) are younger. Harsin is also one of only 13 head coaches nationally that is currently coaching at his alma mater.
PROTECTING THE BLUE: Boise State went a perfect 6-0 at home in 2013, the team's first perfect home record since 2010. Boise State lost once at home in both 2011 and 2012, but prior to that had put together five straight perfect seasons at Bronco Stadium, and nine-straight perfect regular seasons at home. The only home loss during that time came in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl against Boston College (27-21). Boise State has the best home winning percentage in the country since the start of the 2000 season with a record of 86-4 (.956).
PREDICTED AT THE TOP: For the fourth consecutive year, Boise State topped the Mountain West Preseason Poll. The Broncos claimed 20 first-place votes to pace the Mountain Division with 183 points. Utah State checked in at No. 2, claiming 12 first-place votes (176). Fresno State (174) was predicted to win the West Division, followed by San Diego State (172). Both the Bulldogs and Aztecs claimed 15 first-place votes.
16-YEAR WINNING STREAK: Entering 2014, Boise State is riding a streak of 16-consecutive winning seasons. The Broncos went 5-6 in 1997, the last season without a winning season.
ESTABLISHING A LEGACY: The Broncos are the winningest football program in the country since 2000, with an overall record of 155-27 (.852). Oklahoma (154-34; .819), Ohio State (145-35; .806), LSU (144-40; .783) and Texas (141-40; .779) round out the top five.
DEBUTS: Four Broncos made the first starts of their careers in the season opener against Ole Miss - redshirt freshmen tight ends Alec Dhaenens and Jake Roh, sophomore defensive end Kamalei Correa and senior cornerback Cleshawn Page.
Dhaenens and Roh were also two of 12 Broncos to make their Boise State debuts, a list that also includes Mat Boesen, D.J. Dean, Dusty Fisher, Mason Hampton, Cameron Hartsfi eld, Joe Martarano, Eli McCullough, Chanceller James, Tanner Shipley and Antoine Turner.
BIG-PLAY DEFENSE: In addition to the Broncos' three interceptions - tied for the sixth most in the country during the first week of the season - the Boise State defense also registered 11.0 tackles-for-loss. The total ranked tied for third nationally in the opening week of the season.
RUSH DEFENSE: Boise State's defense allowed Ole Miss just 71 yards rushing on 34 attempts, an average of 2.1 yards per carry. The Broncos held just three opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing during the entire 2013 season. Th e 71.0 yards per game allowed ranks 25th nationally.
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