Up Next For Boise State: New Mexico
Oct. 3, 2016

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4-0, 1-0 MW
Utah State at Boise State
Friday, Oct. 7 | 7 p.m. MT
University Stadium | Albuquerque, N.M.
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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to square off against New Mexico in the team's first Mountain West road game of 2016, Friday (Oct. 7).

The Broncos (4-0, 1-0 MW) and Lobos (2-2, 1-0 MW) are scheduled to kick at 7 p.m. at University Stadium, and the game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports Network. The match-up is also the first of five non-Saturday games for the Broncos during the regular season.

THE SERIES: Boise State is 6-1 all-time against New Mexico, the Broncos' first loss coming last season at Albertsons Stadium (31- 24; Nov. 14, 2015). Boise State is 3-0 in Albuquerque.

MOVIN' ON UP: The Broncos made their national poll debut last week, and moved up to No. 19 this week in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the Amway Coaches Poll. Boise State has been nationally ranked in each of the last 15 seasons, tied with USC for the eighth-longest active streak nationally.

ONE OF THE LAST UNBEATENS: Boise State is one of only 16 schools in the country that has yet to lose a game in 2016, a list that also includes Air Force, Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Houston, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Washington, West Virginia and Western Michigan.

EXORCISING DEMONS: Boise State lost four games last season, and all four teams are back on the schedule for 2016. The Road to Redemption began last week against Utah State, and the Broncos avenged last season's loss to the Aggies with a 21-10 victory.

Boise State has another such opportunity this week against New Mexico. The Lobos may have won last season's meeting, 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.

TGIF: The Broncos have played 50 non-Saturday games during the regular season all-time, though this is the first such match-up against the Lobos. Boise State is 41-9 (.820) in regular-season non-Saturday games, including a mark of 26-7 (.788) on Fridays. Boise State will play fi ve non-Saturday games this season, including four on Friday and one on Thursday.

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 fi rst four 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 sixth game of the season to go up 7-0. This year's Bronco team has now gone 240:00 of game time without trailing.

After this past weekend's action, Boise State and Miami are the only remaining FBS teams that have not trailed at any point this season.

SACK GAME STRONG: Boise State's defense entered Saturday's game against Utah State tied for the national lead with 4.33 sacks per game, and with four sacks in the 21-10 win remains in the FBS lead with 4.25 sacks per game. Overall, the Bronco defense has made 17 sacks this season, led by the defensive line trio of nose tackle David Moa (5.5 sacks), defensive end Sam McCaskill (4.5 sacks) and STUD end Jabril Frazier (3.0 sacks).

Moa ranks second, McCaskill tied for third and Frazier eighth in the Mountain West in sacks. The trio also ranks fourth, 14th and 54th nationally, respectively. The unit has also made 35.0 tackles for loss, led by 7.0 from McCaskill and 5.5 from Moa.

DOESN'T MATTER WHO THROWS IT, McNICHOLS WILL CATCH IT: While Jeremy McNichols has made his bones at Boise State as a running back, he remains a dangerous option as a receiver. Saturday night against Utah State he led the Broncos with six catches for 73 yards and a touchdown, with the scoring catch going for a career-long 61 yards. Of note on that catch was that it came from wide receiver Cedrick Wilson, marking the third different passer from whom McNichols has caught a touchdown pass this season (Thomas Sperbeck at Louisiana, along with Rypien this season).

McNICHOLS KEEPS CHURNING: Jeremy McNichols continued to prove himself the workhorse of this Boise State offense and a bona fide Doak Walker Award candidate Saturday night against Utah State, rushing 30 times for 132 yards and catching six passes for 73 yards and a score.

McNichols only got stronger as Saturday night's game went on, rushing for 100 yards in the second half, and, on Boise State final drive in the fourth quarter, carrying 10 times for 44 yards as the Broncos burned 6:04 off the clock and left Utah State just 1:37 to try and make up an 11-point deficit.

On the year, McNichols is tied for second in FBS with 10 touchdowns (seven rushing, three receiving), third in FBS with 193.00 all-purpose yards per game, while ranking fourth in the Mountain West with 504 rushing yards.


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