Broncos Resume MW Play At Air Force
Sept. 22, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team will square off against Air Force Saturday (Sept. 27) in the team's first Mountain West road game of 2014.
The Broncos (3-1, 1-0) and Falcons (2-1, 0-1) are slated to kick off at 5 p.m. (MT) at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports Network.
THE SERIES: The Broncos have won each of the two previous meetings with Air Force, earning victories in 2011 (37-26) and 2013 (42-20). Th is year's meeting will be the first played at the Air Force Academy.
MW LOSSES: Boise State has lost just four league games since joining the Mountain West in 2011 - by a combined seven points: TCU in 2011 (36-35); San Diego State in 2012 (21-19); Fresno State (41-40) and SDSU (34-31, OT) in 2013.
MILLER NEARING ANOTHER RECORD: Already the Broncos' career leader in receptions, Matt Miller is just 60 yards shy of claiming the receiving yardage record currently held by Titus Young (3,063; 2007-10). Miller enters Saturday's game against Air Force with 3,004 career receiving yards.
WINNING IN CONFERENCE: Since the start of the 2000 season, Boise State is 100- 9 in league games - the highest winning percentage in the country (.917).
MOUNTAIN DIVISION SUCCESS: Although the Broncos did not win the Mountain Division in 2013, the first year of the Mountain West's current format, a team from the Broncos' division has not defeated Boise State since Nov. 1, 1997 (Utah State).
The Broncos - 1-0 against the division this season - went 5-0 against the Mountain Division in 2013, the only conference losses coming to West Division foes Fresno State and San Diego State.
Boise State is undefeated against four of its five Mountain Division counterparts, going 18-0 against Air Force (2-0), Colorado State (4-0), New Mexico (5-0) and Wyoming (8-0). Utah State, the only division opponent to defeat the Broncos, has won just four times in the all-time series, and has lost 11-consecutive games to Boise State, which leads the all-time series 14-4.
RUSH DEFENSE: The Bronco defense has held each of its first four opponents of the season to less than 100 yards rushing, the longest streak since holding five straight to less than 100 in 2009. The streak is the longest to open a season since also holding four-straight to less than 100 in 2006.
Boise State ranks second nationally in rush defense, allowing an average of 53.5 yards per game. Only Penn State (49.5) has a better mark.
RETURN OF #DBU: Boise State ranks tied for first nationally with eight interceptions through the first four games of the season (Ole Miss, Houston and Oklahoma). Three players - Donte Deayon, Jeremy Ioane and Darian Thompson - each have two interceptions. Deayon and Ioane rank tied for 16th nationally at 0.7 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.
BIG-PLAY DEFENSE: The Broncos have gained 10 turnovers (eight interceptions and two fumbles), tied for the 11th most in the country. Th e mark has contributed to a turnover margin of plus-1.00 per game, a mark that ranks tied for 20th nationally.
Additionally, the Bronco defense is averaging 9.3 tackles-for-loss per game, a mark that ranks sixth nationally. Included are 3.50 sacks per game, tied for the 14th-best mark in the country.
Boise State has double-digit tackles-for-loss in two of its first four games of 2014, and had eight sacks against Connecticut (Sept. 13), tied for the most since joining the WAC in 2001, and the most since also recording 8.0 against BYU in 2004.
The total is also tied for the third most in the FBS in 2014. Individually, Beau Martin ranks tied for 30th nationally with 1.5 TFLs per game.
EFFICIENT OFFENSE: The Broncos rank fourth nationally in completion percentage (.723), a mark that also leads the MW. Grant Hedrick ranks third nationally individually (.737), and opened the Louisiana game with 15-consecutive completed passes.
Boise State also ranks tied for 14th nationally with just one lost fumble, and 21st nationally with 98 first downs.
SPECIAL TEAMS DEFENSE: The Broncos rank 18th nationally in kick return defense (16.75 yards per return).
BUCKLING DOWN: In 55 total drives against the Bronco defense, opponents have scored 15 times (.273). However, of those 55 drives, 32 went for less than 20 yards (.582).
The Bronco defense has allowed an opponent score just nine times in 13 red zone trips, ranking 24th nationally in red zone defense (.692).
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