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No. 24/RV Boise State at New Mexico
Saturday, Sept. 29 
4 p.m. (MT)
Albuquerque, N.M.
University Stadium (39,224)

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Boise State vs. New Mexico Game Notes

Boise State football opens its conference slate Saturday at New Mexico. It is the Mountain West opener for the No. 24 Broncos (2-1) and the Lobos (2-2). Kick off is scheduled for 4 p.m. (MT) and will be televised locally by KTVB.

The Broncos have won 12-straight conference openers, and the six victories under head coach Chris Petersen have come in impressive fashion. Boise State has won by an average score of 50-14 in the first league game of the year with Petersen at the helm. Last year in the Broncos' first conference game as a member of the Mountain West they downed Colorado State 63-13 on the road.

Boise State's 2011 conference schedule ended with a 45-0 win against New Mexico in the third all-time meeting between the schools on the football field. Saturday will mark the second time the Broncos play at University Stadium after claiming a 31-14 victory in 2000.

Through three games the Broncos lead the Mountain West and rank 10th-nationally in scoring defense, allowing 11.67 points per game. Not only are they holding opponents down, but that side of the ball has put a different spin on the term 'scoring defense' in the season's early going. Boise State is tied for second nationally with a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns. Jeremy Ioane scored on a 43-yard interception return against Michigan State, and Mike Atkinson scored on a 36-yard interception return against BYU. In all, the Broncos have grabbed six interceptions and recovered three fumbles for a positive turnover margin of 1.67 per game, tying for 13th-nationally.