Broncos Head East, Face Virginia
Sept. 21, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team will travel nearly 2,000 miles for its third meeting with a school from the Atlantic Coast Conference, squaring off against Virginia, Friday (Sept. 25). Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MT) at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va., and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
A LONG TRIP: At 1,999 miles (via TravelMath), Boise State’s road trip to Charlottesville, Va., is the 10th-longest road trip in the country in 2015 (not including Hawaii).
AGAINST THE ACC: Boise State has squared off against an ACC squad just twice in school history, falling to Boston College in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl (27-21), and knocking off Virginia Tech (33-30) in 2010.
COACH TO CURE MD: The Boise State and UVA coaching staff s will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches this week to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Fans are encouraged to donate online at www.CoachtoCureMD.org or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.
AGAINST THE RESOURCE FIVE: The Broncos are 11-5 against schools from conferences that comprise the Resource Five since the start of the 2006 season, including victories in each of the last two meetings: Arizona in the 2014 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl (38-30), and in this season’s opener against Washington (16-13). Also included was a streak of six-consecutive victories from 2008-11, which was snapped in the 2012 season opener against Michigan State.
Since notching its first such victory, a 34-16 win over Iowa State in the 2002 Humanitarian Bowl, the Broncos have gone 13-9. Boise State is 13-21 all-time in such games.
FIRST SHUTOUT IN FOUR YEARS: Boise State’s 52-0 victory over Idaho State Friday night marked the Broncos’ first shutout since the 2011 campaign. That season, the Broncos blanked New Mexico, 45-0, in Boise on Dec. 3, 2011.
Friday’s shutout was the first of the Bryan Harsin era, and the previous shutout in 2011 was the final one in a stretch in which Boise State’s defense goose-egged an opponent at least once in six-straight seasons (2006-11).
Over that period, the Broncos notched nine shutouts, including a school record-tying three in 2010.
QUARTERBACK PARTY: Boise State used fourquarterbacks in Friday night’s win over Idaho State, with the quartet combining to go 22-for-28 for 254 yards and a touchdown. Only redshirt freshman Alex Ogle, who played the final two drives, did not attempt a pass.
Starter Ryan Finley went 5-for-6 for 59 yards before leaving the game with an injury. He was relieved by Tommy Stuart, who showed his dual-threat talents by going 9-for-13 for 69 yards and a touchdown while also running 11 times for 46 yards.
Freshman Brett Rypien took over on the second drive of the third quarter, going 8-for-9 for 126 yards and leading the Broncos to three touchdowns and a field goal, while Ogle took over in the fourth and led the Broncos to the one-yard line before the run on a fourth-and-goal.
OH WHAT A RUSH: Boise State’s rushing attack overwhelmed Idaho State Friday night to the tune of 344 yards and six touchdowns spread out over 10 different ball carriers.
The six rushing touchdowns, three of which came from sophomore Jeremy McNichols, two from redshirt senior Kelsey Young and one from redshirt junior Devan Demas, were the most by the Broncos since rushing for six against Utah State on Nov. 20, 2009. For Young, the two scores were his first as a Bronco since transferring to Boise State after four seasons at Stanford.
Three Bronco backs ran for over 60 yards apiece, led by 69 yards from McNichols (on 15 carries) and Cory Young (on nine carries), with Demas racking up 65 yards on just three carries. Quarterback Tommy Stuart ran 11 times for 46 yards, Kelsey Young, older brother of Cory, had 38 yards over eight carries, while junior Jack Fields carried five times for 20 ground-gainers.
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