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UNLV vs. No. 24/22 Boise State
Saturday, Oct. 20 
1:30 p.m. (MT)
Boise, Idaho
Bronco Stadium (37,000)

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Boise State vs. UNLV Game Notes

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Boise State carries a five-game win streak into its Homecoming matchup with UNLV. The Broncos and Rebels will meet Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1:30 p.m. (MT) in a game nationally-televised by NBC Sports Network.

Boise State (5-1, 2-0 MW) will break out specially-designed, all-black uniforms for the occasion. It will be the first time in school history the Broncos will be dressed in black and marks the sixth different uniform combination of the season. Fans are encouraged to participate in the "Black Out" as well by wearing black Boise State gear in the stands.

The Rebels (1-6, 1-1 MW) enter the game on a three-game losing streak, including a 42-37 loss against in-state rival Nevada last weekend. The Rebels let a 21-point first-half lead slip away and suffered their fourth single-digit loss of the season. UNLV's lone win on the season was s 38-35 victory against Mountain West foe Air Force.

The Broncos defeated UNLV 48-21 last season to take a 4-3 lead in the all-time series. The win was the 46th of former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore's legendary career, surpassing Colt McCoy for the all-time NCAA record for career wins by a quarterback.

Boise State head coach Chris Petersen has compiled a school-record 78 wins in his six-plus seasons at the helm of Bronco football. Petersen's 72nd win came in the 2011 regular-season finale and pushed him past a man who provides a link between the football programs at Boise State and UNLV.

Tony Knap was the head coach at both universities, leading the Broncos from 1968-75, followed immediately by his tenure at UNLV from 1976-81. Knap left each job with the school records for career victories. His 71-19-1 mark during the first eight seasons of four-year football at Boise State is still the third-highest winning percentage in school history.

Knap piled up 47 wins his six years at UNLV (47-20-2), where he still holds the record for victories. No other Rebel head coach has amassed more than 28-career wins. His tenure was highlighted by a trip to the NCAA Division II Playoffs during his first season and a road win against No. 8 BYU in his final year.

Before meeting as conference foes last season, the entire series between Boise State and UNLV came during a six-year stretch in the 1970s. The teams met each year from 1972-77, with Knap as the head coach at one of the schools for each game. The home team prevailed in all six meetings, including a 45-14 Bronco victory over Knap's Rebels in 1977, the last time UNLV visited Bronco Stadium.

Knap passed away in September 2011, at the age of 96.