Broncos Host BYU in Thursday Night Showdown

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BYU at No. 24/RV Boise State
Thursday, Sept. 20 
7 p.m. (MT)
Boise, Idaho
Bronco Stadium (37,000)

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Boise State vs. BYU Game Notes

The Boise State football team (1-1), ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press Poll, will play its second game in six days when it hosts BYU Thursday (Sept. 10) at Bronco Stadium. The Broncos and Cougars (2-1) are slated to kick off at 7 p.m., and the game will be nationally-televised by ESPN.

After being forced to wait an extra week to return to the field after dropping its season opener at Michigan State, Boise State will face a quite different challenge preparing for BYU. The longest rest between regular-season games since 2004 will be followed by the shortest rest since 2005. The Broncos played Miami (Ohio) on 15 days rest and will next face BYU on just five. Boise State went 1-1 the last time it played two games in six days, defeating New Mexico State at home Nov. 5 (56-6), before falling at Fresno State Nov. 10 (27-7).

BYU will also be playing on five days of rest after suffering its first defeat of the season at the hands of in-state rival Utah Saturday night, 24-21.

Despite the relative geographic proximity between the Boise State and BYU campuses (380 miles), the Broncos and Cougars have only squared off twice on the gridiron. Boise State emerged victorious in both previous meetings. The Broncos won 50-12 in Provo, Utah (Oct. 30, 2002), and 28-27 at home (Sept. 24, 2004).

The Broncos and their fans will grow much more familiar with BYU over the next decade plus. Thursday's game is the first of a 12-year series between Boise State and BYU. The teams are scheduled to play every year until 2023.

Boise State jumped back into the AP Poll after a two-week hiatus, checking in at No. 24 in the poll released Sept. 16. The Broncos had been ranked in the AP Top 25 for 62-consecutive weeks before falling out after the season-opening loss to then-No. 13 Michigan State. Boise State is receiving votes in the USA TODAY Coaches' Poll. BYU dropped from the AP Poll after its loss against Utah, and is still receiving votes in the coaches' poll.