Broncos Head To Provo To Face BYU
Oct. 2, 2017

BYU Gameday 2017

Boise State
2-2, 1-0 MW
Boise State at BYU
Friday, Oct. 6 | 8:15 p.m. MT
LaVell Edwards Stadium | Provo, Utah
Broadcast: ESPN
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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team, 2-2 for the first time since 2013, will travel to Provo, Utah, to square off against BYU (1-4), Friday (Oct. 6), in the Broncos’ final regular-season nonconference match-up. Kick is set for 8:15 p.m. (MT) at LaVell Edwards Stadium, and the game will be nationally televised by ESPN.

SERIES HISTORY: Despite being just 380 miles apart, Friday’s meeting is just the eighth all-time between Boise State and BYU. The Broncos are 5-2 against the Cougars, the only losses coming on the road in both 2013 (37-20) and 2015 (35- 24). The Broncos’ last win at LaVell Edwards Stadium came in the first meeting between the schools, a 50- 12 Boise State win, Oct. 30, 2003. The home team has held serve in the first five games of a 12-year series that began in 2012.

WITH EXTRA TIME: Under Bryan Harsin, Boise State is 13-6 with more than seven days between games, including season openers and bowl games. Within the regular season, Boise State is 8-4 in such games. The Broncos are also 2-1 in bowl games under Harsin and 3-1 in season openers.

NON-SATURDAY GAMES: Boise State is 54-17 all-time in non-Saturday games, including a mark of 46-11 during the regular season. On Fridays, Boise State is 29-11 all-time (29-9 during the regular season).

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP STILL IN PLAY: At the top of Boise State’s team room reads the Broncos’ annual goal – to win a Mountain West Championship with class, integrity and academic excellence. Despite being 2-2 through the fi rst four games of the season, the team’s ultimate goal is still in play – a conference championship. Since making the move to what is now the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1996, the Broncos boast a national-best 12 conference championships.

EARLY-SEASON SCHEDULE: The Broncos’ first four opponents of 2017 have combined to go 13-2 against schools other than Boise State. Troy has reeled off four-straight wins following its season-opening defeat in Boise, including a victory at then-25th-ranked LSU this past weekend. Washington State, which knocked off the Broncos in triple overtime, is 5-0, ranked 11th, and just knocked off then-fifth-ranked USC in Pullman this past Friday. New Mexico has posted back-to-back victories following its loss to the Broncos, and Virginia (3-1), is coming off a bye.

IS THIS 2014 AGAIN?: Boise State fell to 2-2 with Sept. 22’s 42-23 loss to Virginia, marking the fi rst time since 2014 that the Broncos will have two losses within the first five games of a campaign. That year, the Broncos fell to 3-2 with a 28-14 loss at Air Force on Sept. 27, but rebounded to win the final nine games of the season, culminating in a 38-30 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl victory over No. 10 Arizona.

TWO LOSSES THIS EARLY IS RARE: This season marks just the sixth time since 2000 that Boise State has two losses to its ledger within the first five games (2000, 2001, 2005, 2013, 2014 previously). The Broncos, however, showed a penchant for bouncing back the rest of the way in each of those campaigns, finishing 10-2 in 2000, 8-4 in 2001, 9-4 in 2005, 8-5 in 2013, and 12-2 in 2014. Two of those seasons (2000, 2014) ended in bowl victories, with three (2000, 2005, 2014) ending up with the Broncos winning a conference title (Big West in 2000, WAC in 2005, Mountain West in 2014).

WILSON THE PLAYMAKER: Senior wide receiver Cedrick Wilson has lived up to expectations and his big-play ability this season, racking up 29 catches for 485 yards and three touchdowns through Boise State’s first four games. Sept. 22 against Virginia, Wilson set personal bests with 13 catches (tied for eighth-most in Boise State single-game history) for 209 yards (tied for seventh-most in single-game history) and a touchdown. It was the first 200-yard game of his Boise State career.

Attracting plenty of double teams this year, Wilson has still managed to put up great numbers, including his nine-catch, 147-yard, two-touchdown eff ort at Washington State (Sept. 9). He has now posted seven 100-yard receiving games, showing why he was an obvious choice for the 2017 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List. More importantly, Wilson drawing consistent double teams from opposing defenses has opened up opportunities for more Bronco receivers, as fellow receiver A.J. Richardson set career highs with fi ve catches for 80 yards against Virginia. Also, the attention opposing defenses have had to pay to Wilson has led to more involvement from the Bronco tight ends, as redshirt senior Jake Roh already has a career-best three touchdown grabs this season.

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