Boise State Heads To Provo
Sept. 7, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - Fresh off a season-opening victory against Washington, the Boise State football team (1-0) will hit the road for the first time in 2015, traveling to Provo, Utah, to square off against BYU (1-0), Saturday (Sept. 12). The Cougars also won their season opener, knocking off Nebraska on the road.
Kickoff between the Broncos and Cougars is scheduled for 8:15 p.m., and the game will be nationally televised by ESPN2.
THE SERIES: Despite being just 380 miles apart, Saturday's match-up is just the sixth all-time between Boise State and BYU. The Broncos are 4-1 against the Cougars, the only loss coming in 2013 in Provo, Utah (37-20; Oct. 25, 2013). Boise State is 1-1 on the road against BYU, earning a victory Oct. 30, 2003 (50-12). This season's match-up is the fourth in a 12-year series that began in 2012 and will end in 2023.
14 YEARS IN THE RANKINGS: Boise State moved up three spots to No. 20 in the Associated Press Poll and two spots to No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Polls, respectively, this week.
The Broncos have been ranked for at least one week in both the AP and Coaches Polls in each of the last 14 seasons.
SUCCESS WHEN RANKED: Boise State has an all-time record of 91-11 (.892) when ranked in the top 25 of the AP and/or Coaches Polls.
WINNING STREAKS: The Broncos have won each of their last 10 games, the nation's second-longest active streak. Only Ohio State (13) boasts a longer winning streak (as of Sept. 6).
Boise State's home winning streak of 15-consecutive games is tied for the third-longest streak in the country (Florida State). Alabama and Baylor have each won 16-consecutive home games.
Additionally, the team has won three-straight road games, tied for the 14th-longest streak nationally.
WINNING WITH 16: Boise State scored just 16 points in its season-opening victory over Washington (16-13; Sept. 4), the fewest in a win since notching a 7-6 victory over BYU, Sept. 20, 2012. Since the win over the Cougars, the Broncos had lost four-straight when scoring fewer than 20 points.
ROAD OPENERS: The Broncos were victorious in their true road opener last season, knocking off Connecticut, 38-21 (Sept. 13). Th e Broncos opened the season at a neutral site, falling to Ole Miss (35-13; Aug. 28). The win over the Huskies snapped a two-game slide in road openers, falling to Washington in 2013 and Michigan State in 2012. Prior to the losses, the Broncos had won four-straight road openers from 2008-11.
BUCKLING DOWN: In the 2015 season opener, Washington did not score a touchdown on offense in 12 drives. The last time the Bronco defense held its opponent without an offensive touchdown was Oct. 20, 2012 (UNLV). Additionally, Washington gained fewer than 20 yards on eight of its 12 drives (.667), and went three-and-out on three drives (.250).
The Bronco defense allowed just six points to the Huskies on two field goals - on drives of four and 17 yards - and the longest drive against the Broncos was 36 yards. Washington ran just five plays inside the Boise State 20-yard line, and went more than 50 minutes without reaching the red zone. Washington was 1-for-2 in the red zone, giving Boise State the 16th-best mark nationally in red zone defense (.500).
In 198 total drives against the Bronco defense last season, opponents scored 58 times (.293). However, of those 198 drives, 114 went for less than 20 yards (.576). Additionally, Boise State forced 75 three-and-outs in 14 games, an average of 5.36 per game and 37.9 percent of drives against the team on the season. The Broncos ranked ninth nationally in both three-and-outs per game and percentage of drives resulting in three-and-outs.
TOTAL DEFENSE: The Broncos held the Huskies to 179 yards (Sept. 4), the second-fewest allowed to an FBS opponent in the opening week of the college football season. Notre Dame held Texas to 163 yards.
RUSH DEFENSE: The Bronco defense held Washington to 29 yards on 22 carries in the season opener (1.3 yards per rush), the fewest allowed by Boise State since Colorado State rushed for 28 yards, Sept. 6, 2014. The total was the ninth-fewest in the country during the opening week of the season, and the third-fewest allowed to an FBS opponent.
The total was also the fewest allowed by the Broncos to a team from a Resource Five conference since Arizona State rushed for negative-11 yards in the 2011 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
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