Title Defense Begins With Hawai'i
Sept. 28, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team opens its Mountain West slate Saturday (Oct. 3), squaring off against Hawai’i at Albertsons Stadium. The Broncos (3-1) and Warriors (2-2) will kick at 8:15 p.m., and the game will be nationally televised by ESPN2.
CONFERENCE OPENERS: Boise State has won 15-consecutive conference openers since a loss in 1999, when the Broncos fell 17-10 to North Texas (Oct. 16). The Broncos are 32-13 all-time in conference openers.
For the third-straight season, Boise State will open its conference slate at home, and the Broncos are 16-3 all-time in such games, with the last loss coming in 1998 to North Texas (Oct. 10; 21-13) – a streak of eight-straight such wins.
CONFERENCE RECORD: Boise State is a national-best 106-10 in conference games since the start of the 2000 season.
THE SERIES: Boise State leads the all-time series with Hawai’i, 10-3. The Broncos lost the first two meetings with the Warriors in 1996 and 1999 (both nonconference games), but since joining the Western Athletic Conference in 2001 the Broncos have won 10 of the 11 games played between the schools. The Broncos and Warriors have faced just once as members of the Mountain West, a 49-14 Boise State victory in Honolulu, Nov. 10, 2012. The Broncos have won four-straight, with the last loss coming on the road, Nov. 23, 2007 (39-27). Boise State is a perfect 5-0 against the Warriors in home games.
AGAINST THE RESOURCE FIVE: With Friday’s 56-14 win over Virginia in the books, Boise State is now 12-5 against schools that comprise the Resource Five since the start of the 2006 season. The Broncos have also won their last three games against such schools, beginning with the 38-30 win over No. 10 Arizona at the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl last Dec. 31.
Since notching its first such victory, a 34-16 win over Iowa State in the 2002 Humanitarian Bowl, Boise State is 13-9 all-time in games against Resource Five teams, and 13-21 overall.
UNBEATEN AGAINST THE RESOURCE FIVE IN 2015: Boise State improved to 2-0 this season against Resource Five opponents with Friday night’s 56-14 win at Virginia.
The Broncos had previously earned their first Resource Five scalp Sept. 4 with a 16-13 victory over Washington.
Friday’s win marked Boise State’s largest margin of victory over a Resource Five team (42 points), topping the Broncos’ 34-point victory (56-24) over Arizona State at the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas on Dec. 22, 2011. The 42-point margin of victory is also the fourth-highest by a Mountain West team over a Resource Five team.
BEATING THE RESOURCE FIVE: As noted above, Friday night’s win at Virginia was Boise State’s second win over a Resource Five team in 2015. That makes this season the first since 2011 that the Broncos have earned multiple wins over such teams.
That season, Boise State defeated No. 19 Georgia at the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff on Sept. 3 before finishing the season with the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas win over Arizona State.
Boise State also went 2-0 against Resource Five teams in 2010, beating No. 7 Virginia Tech in the season opener then taking down Oregon State, 37-24, two games later in Boise.
Another notable from Friday’s win was that it came at Virginia. Boise State’s last true road win over a Resource Five team came back on Sept. 20, 2008 when the Broncos beat Oregon, 37-32, in Eugene. Since then, Boise State’s seven Resource Five wins prior to Friday at Virginia came either in Boise or at a neutral site (two at home, five at neutral sites).
RUN D STAYS STRONG: Boise State entered Friday night’s game at Virginia ranked second in the FBS in rush defense, allowing just 45.7 yards per game. The defense stayed resilient against the Cavalier ground game, yielding only 40 yards on 33 attempts, a per-attempt average of just 1.21 yards.
Friday night’s performance lowered the Broncos’ per-game yards-allowed average to 44.3 and bumped them up to the top rush defense in the country.
RYPIEN MAKES HISTORY: Freshman quarterback Brett Rypien went 24-for-35 for 321 yards and three touchdowns in Friday night’s win, which doubled as the first start of his collegiate career. His 321 passing yards were the most by a Boise State quarterback in his first start since the Broncos joined the FBS in 1996, breaking Kellen Moore’s mark of 274 (2008).
With the Broncos’ victory against Virginia, Rypien also became the first Boise State quarterback to win on the road in his first start since Boise State joined the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1996. Additionally, he became the Broncos’ second signal caller to win his debut start against a school from a Power Five conference (Ryan Finley did it earlier this season against Washington).
McNICHOLS CONTINUES HIS SCORING PACE: Sophomore Jeremy McNichols upped his FBS-leading touchdown total by scoring a pair Friday at Virginia. He scored the first of his touchdowns in the first quarter, going in from two yards out, and got his second on a 10-yard pass in the second quarter. The two touchdowns increased McNichols’ 2015 haul to 10 overall and eight on the ground.
The Boise State single-season record for rushing touchdowns is 28, set by Jay Ajayi last year, and the overall single-season mark for touchdowns scored is 32, shared by Ajayi (2014) and Brock Forsey (2002). With 10 touchdowns through four games, McNichols is ahead of the paces of Ajayi (seven TDs through four games) and Forsey (four TDs through four games) for total touchdowns, and with eight rushing scores through three games is ahead of Ajayi’s 2014 pace (Ajayi had six rushing TDs through the first four games).
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