Boise State Opens MW Play Saturday
Sept. 26, 2016

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Utah State at Boise State
Saturday, Oct. 1 | 8:15 p.m. MT
Albertsons Stadium | Boise, Idaho
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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team - 3-0 for the first time since 2011 - begins the Mountain West portion of its schedule, playing host to Utah State (2-2, 0-1 MW) Saturday (Oct. 1) at Albertsons Stadium. Kickoff between the Broncos and Aggies is scheduled for 8:15 p.m., and the game will be nationally televised by ESPN2.

BACK IN THE RANKINGS: The Broncos made their national poll debut this week, checking in at No. 24 in the Associated Press Top 25. Boise State has been nationally ranked in each of the last 15 seasons, tied with USC for the eighth-longest active streak nationally. The Broncos have not yet cracked the Coaches Poll this season, but are two back of the top 25 in the receiving votes category.

THE SERIES: Boise State is 15-5 all-time against Utah State, and last year's loss to the Aggies -- 52-26 in Logan, Utah -- snapped a 12-game winning streak. Still intact is a seven-game home winning streak, the last loss in Boise coming Oct. 19, 1996 (39-14), when the schools were members of the Big West.

The Aggies' win last season was their first over Boise State since Nov. 1, 1997 (24-20). During the Broncos' winning streak, Boise State won 11 of the 12 games by double figures, 10 of which by at least 24 points.

RED ZONE: The Boise State offense started the season a perfect 11-for-11 in the red zone, scoring eight touchdowns. On the final drive against Oregon State, the Broncos marched to the Beavers' 13-yard line, but took a knee and ran out the clock. Boise State is now 11-for-12 (.917) on the season in the red zone, ranking tied for 31st nationally.

CONFERENCE OPENERS: Boise State has won 16-consecutive conference openers since a loss in 1999, when the Broncos fell 17-10 to North Texas (Oct. 16). The Broncos are 33-13 all-time in conference openers.

Boise State is opening its conference slate at home for the fourth-straight season, and the Broncos are 17-3 all-time in such games. The last loss in a conference opener played in Boise came against North Texas, Oct. 10, 1998 (21-13) -- a streak of nine-straight victories.

REDEMPTION: The Aggies knocked off the Broncos in 2015, but stringing together back-to-back wins is rare for Boise State's opponents. Since the Broncos joined the Western Athletic Conference in 2001, only two opponents have notched back-to-back victories over Boise State -- San Diego State (2012-13) and Air Force (2014-15). Only 10 conference opponents in school history have accomplished the feat against Boise State.

FEELS LIKE 2011: Boise State's 3-0 start to 2016 is the program's first such start since 2011, when the Broncos finished 12-1. The 2011 campaign was the fourth time in a row (2008-11), and including the 2006 season was the fifth time in six years in which the Broncos opened 3-0, and here's how Boise State finished each of those seasons:

2006 -- 13-0 (Fiesta Bowl champions)
2008 -- 12-1 (lost at Poinsettia Bowl)
2009 -- 14-0 (Fiesta Bowl champions)
2010 -- 12-1 (MAACO Bowl Las Vegas champions)
2011 -- 12-1 (MAACO Bowl Las Vegas champions)

STILL HAVEN'T TRAILED: For just the second time in Boise State's FBS history (1996-present), the Broncos have not trailed at any point through the season's first three games. The only other Bronco team to achieve this feat was the 2009 team, which set the program record by going 306:35 of game time to start the season without trailing. This run was snapped when Tulsa scored 6:35 into the seventh game of the season to go up 7-0. This year's Bronco team has now gone 180:00 of game time without trailing.

Boise State is also one of just five FBS teams this season that has not trailed at any point this season. The other seven teams in this group are Louisville, Miami (FL), Memphis and San Diego State.

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