Broncos, Bengals Battle In Boise
Sept. 14, 2015

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Boise State vs. Idaho State
Friday, Sept. 18 | 7 p.m. MT
Albertsons Stadium | Boise, Idaho
TV: CBS Sports Network
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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State returns to Albertsons Stadium for its final nonconference home game Friday (Sept. 18) against Idaho State. The Broncos and Bengals are slated to kick at 7 p.m., and the game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports Network.

HOME WINNING STREAK: Saturday's 35-24 loss at BYU snapped the Broncos' 10-game winning streak, which had been the nation's second-longest active streak behind Ohio State (13, entering Saturday).

Yet Boise State's home winning streak of 15-consecutive games remains intact entering Friday's contest against Idaho State. The streak is the fourth-longest in the country behind Alabama and Baylor (17 each), and Florida State (16).

THE SERIES: Boise State has squared off against Idaho State 30 times since the first meeting in 1968, tied for the third-most played against a single opponent in school history (Nevada, 41; Idaho, 40; Weber State, 30). The Broncos won the first meeting 27-20 in Boise (Nov. 2, 1968), and are 24-6 all-time against the Bengals. The schools have met just twice since Boise State made the move from the Big Sky Conference to what is now known as the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1996: a 62-0 victory in 2003 (Sept. 6) and a 49-7 win in 2008 (Aug. 30). The Broncos are 15-2 all-time at home, with the last loss coming Oct. 24, 1987 (35-32). Friday's game will be just the fi ft h nonconference match-up in the series, and Boise State has won each of the previous four such games.

NONCONFERENCE HOME GAMES: Boise State has won 20-straight nonconference home games. The last home loss to a non-league school came in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl, a 27-21 setback to Boston College, Dec. 28, 2005. Boise State hasn't lost such a game during the regular season since 2001 (Washington State, 41-20), a streak of 29-straight victories.

RARE LOSS AFTER LEADING AT HALFTIME: Prior to Saturday, when Boise State led BYU 10-7 at halftime before falling 35-24, the last time the Broncos lost a game in which they'd led at the break was Nov. 3, 2012. That day, Boise State lost 21-19 to San Diego State at home after leading the Aztecs 13-7 at halftime.

KICK RETURN DEFENSE: The Broncos' kick return unit allowed just one return for 15 yards against BYU Saturday. Aft er the first two weeks of the season, Boise State has allowed just 12.3 yards over three returns, the sixth-best average in the country, and tops in the Mountain West.

GETTING THE RECEIVERS INVOLVED: Boise State's wide receiver corps reminded everyone of its potency Saturday after combining for just 51 yards on six catches against Washington.

At BYU, the trio of Shane Williams-Rhodes, Chaz Anderson and Thomas Sperbeck hauled in a combined 16 catches for a total of 186 yards, led by Williams-Rhodes' 11 receptions for 107 yards. The 11 catches for Williams-Rhodes marked the fifth 10-plus catch game of his career and just the second game of his career with at least 100 receiving yards. Th e first of those efforts came Oct. 12, 2013 when he caught 13 passes for 150 yards against Utah State.

Also in Saturday's game Anderson matched his career best with three catches, with those totaling 66 yards.

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