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BOISE, Idaho - On the heels of its first conference game of the 2015 season, a 55-0 home victory over Hawai'i, the Boise State football team will make its first conference road trip, traveling to Fort Collins, Colo., to square off against Colorado State, Oct. 10. The Broncos and Rams are slated to kick at 5 p.m., and the game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports Network.

BACK IN THE RANKINGS: After a three-week hiatus following the Broncos' loss to BYU (35-24; Sept. 12), Boise State has check back in to both national polls. The Broncos are ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press and No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Polls.

CONFERENCE RECORD: Boise State is a national-best 107-10 (.915) in conference games since the start of the 2000 season.

THE SERIES: Boise State has defeated Colorado State in each of the four games played between the schools all-time. The Broncos won last year's game in Boise, 37-24 (Sept. 6, 2014), and are 2-0 in Fort Collins, knocking off the Rams 53-13 in 2011 and 42-30 in 2013.

BOISE STATE STANDS ALONE: Through the games of Oct. 3, Boise State stands as the only team in the FBS to rank in the top 15 in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The Bronco offense is 13th in the country, scoring 40.4 points per game while the defense ranks eighth, allowing just 12.4 points per game.

ANOTHER SHUTOUT: Boise State recorded its second shutout of the 2015 season Saturday night, blanking Hawai'i 55-0 in the sixth-largest shutout in program history. The first shutout of the season came on Sept 18 when the Broncos defeated Idaho State, 52-0.

With two shutouts over the season's first five games, the Broncos are well within range of the program record of three in a single-season, set in 1968, 1970 and 2010.

The back-to-back shutouts at home also repeats a feat last achieved in 1986, when the Broncos fi rst shutout Humboldt State, 74-0 on Sept. 27 and followed up with a 31-0 victory over Montana on Oct. 11.

FIFTY-FIFTY(-FIFTY): Saturday night's 55-0 win was the third time this season, and the third game in a row in which the Broncos crossed the half-century mark against an opponent. Boise State previously got past 50 this season in wins over Idaho State (52-0) and Virginia (56-14).

The last time the Broncos scored at least 50 points three-straight times was a stretch of four in a row from Oct. 29-Nov. 27, 2004. However, one of those games, a 56-49 win at San Jose State, went to double overtime. The last time Boise State scored at least 50 points in regulation of three-straight games was Oct. 25-Nov. 15, 2003 (77 vs San Jose State, 50 at BYU, 51 vs. UTEP).

McNICHOLS BACK IN THE LEAD: Sophomore Jeremy McNichols scored two touchdowns during his 108-yard performance on the ground Saturday night, and in the process re-assumed the FBS lead in touchdowns scored (12). McNichols' two rushing scores also upped his touchdown total via the ground to 10.

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 12 touchdowns through five games, McNichols is ahead of the paces of Ajayi (seven TDs through five games) and Forsey (six TDs through four games) for total touchdowns, and with 10 rushing scores through five games is ahead of Ajayi's 2014 pace (Ajayi had five rushing TDs through the first five games).

DAS BOOT: Boise State continued to benefit from a solid kicking game Saturday night as kicker Tyler Rausa was automatic on his opportunities. Rausa was perfect on a pair of field-goal attempts, hitting from 23 and 37 yards, and went 7-for-7 on his PAT attempts. His leg also helped the Broncos keep Hawai'i pinned in its own territory, as Rausa had nine of his 10 kickoff s go for touchbacks.

On the year, Rausa ranks 13th in the country in field-goal percentage (90.0) as he's hit 9 of his 10 attempts. His only miss on the season came at Virginia, when his 54-yard attempt had plenty of leg but hit the upright. He is also tied for fourth among FBS kickers, and tops among those in the Mountain West, with 51 points in 2015.


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