Broncos, Huskies Battle Saturday
Sept. 8, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team will travel to East Hartford, Conn., to square off against Connecticut Saturday (Sept. 13) at Rentschler Field. Th e Broncos (1-1) and Huskies (1-1) are slated to kick off at 10 a.m. MT, and the game will be nationally televised by ABC/ESPN2.
THE SERIES: This week's game will be the first played between Boise State and Connecticut.
VS. THE AMERICAN: Boise State is 8-1 all-time against teams currently in the American Athletic Conference, the only loss coming to East Carolina in the 2007 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (41-38; Dec. 23).
Boise State is also 6-0 against Tulsa and 2-0 against SMU.
RETURN OF #DBU: Only one team in the country boasts more interceptions than the Broncos' five through the first two games of the season (Central Michigan; 6). Two players - Jeremy Ioane and Darian Thompson - each have two interceptions, tied for fourth nationally at 1.0 per game.
The Broncos are in their first year under the guidance of defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, who had previously served on the Boise State staff from 2003-11 before becoming co-defensive coordinator at Texas A&M from 2012-13. During Yates' final six seasons with the Broncos, he coached six defensive backs that were selected in the NFL Draft - earning Boise State the moniker DBU.
RACKING UP YARDS: On the heels of a 676-yard performance against Colorado State (Sept. 6) - the fifth-most in school history - the Boise State offense ranks 18th nationally in total offense, averaging 537.5 yards per game. Th e mark also leads the MW.
A balanced attack, the Broncos rank 30th in passing offense (308.0) and 33rd in rushing offense (229.5).
Boise State also ranks 13th nationally in time of possession (33:48), and is one of only 37 teams remaining that has yet to lose a fumble. Th e Broncos' 61 first downs in two games are the fourth-most in the country.
BIG-PLAY DEFENSE: The Broncos have gained six turnovers (five interceptions and a fumble), the ninth-most in the country.
Additionally, the Bronco defense is averaging 9.0 tackles-for-loss per game, a mark that ranks eighth nationally and leads the Mountain West.
Sophomore linebacker Tanner Vallejo ranks 16th nationally and leads the MW averaging 2.0 TFLs per game.
RUSH DEFENSE: The Bronco defense has held each of its first two opponents of the season to less than 100 yards rushing, the first time a Boise State team has opened the season with such a feat since 2009. Colorado State picked up just 28 yards, and Ole Miss picked up just 71.
Boise State ranks fifth nationally in rush defense, allowing an average of 49.5 yards per game.
RECEPTION LEADERS: Three of the nation's top 26 reception marks belong to Boise State: Shane Williams-Rhodes is averaging 9.0 catches per game, which ranks seventh nationally; Jay Ajayi ranks 12th with 8.0 per game; and Matt Miller ranks 26th with 5.0 per game.
BUCKLING DOWN: The Bronco defense has allowed an opponent score just four times in seven red zone trips, ranking 15th nationally in red zone defense (.571).
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