Broncos Aim To Buck The Cowboys Saturday
Oct. 16, 2017

Wyoming Gameday 2017

4-2, 2-0 MW
Boise State vs. Wyoming
Saturday, Oct. 21 | 8:15 p.m. MT
Albertsons Stadium | Boise, Idaho
Broadcast: ESPN2
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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team returns to Albertsons Stadium for the first time in nearly a month, playing host to Wyoming, Saturday (Oct. 21). The Broncos (4-2, 2-0 MW) and Cowboys (4-2, 2-0 MW) are slated to kick at 8:15 p.m., and the game will be nationally televised by ESPN2.

THE SERIES: Boise State is 10-1 all-time against Wyoming, the only loss coming last season – a 30-28 setback in Laramie, Wyo. The Broncos are 5-1 against the Cowboys as a member of the Mountain West, and 5-0 all-time in home games.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Broncos won back-to-back road games in consecutive weeks for the first time since 2012, but even more promising is Boise State’s history upon returning home. Boise State has played back-to-back road games in consecutive weeks 18 times since the start of the 2000 season, and has won its ensuing home game each time. Three of those victories came against Wyoming – in 2003 (33-17), in 2013 (48-7) and in 2015 (34-14).

RUSH DEFENSE NUMBERS: Boise State has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season. Additionally, teams are averaging nearly 50 yards per game below their season average when playing the Broncos (minus-46.3), and only Virginia, which rushed for 167 yards while currently averaging 128.2 yards per game, eclipsed its average against the Boise State defense. The Broncos’ best rush defense performance came this past week against San Diego State, in which it held the Aztecs 120 yards below its average.

CONFERENCE RECORD: Since 2000, Boise State is a national-best 119-15 (.888) in conference play. Since joining the FBS in 1996, the Broncos have played in three leagues: the Big West (1996-2000), WAC (2001-10) and Mountain West (2011-Present). Over the campaigns in those three conferences, the Broncos have posted an all-time record of 129-24 (.843). Boise State went 5-3 in Mountain West play in 2015, just the second time since 1998 - when Boise State went 2-3 in the Big West - that the Broncos lost three conference contests in a season. It was also just the fourth time since 2001 - Boise State’s fi rst year in the WAC - that the Broncos lost multiple conference games (also went 6-2 in WAC play in 2001).

BEST IN THE…WEST?: Boise State’s 31-14 victory over No. 19/18 San Diego State marked its 11th-straight victory over the Mountain West’s West Division. The last time the Broncos lost to a team from the West was a 34-31 overtime defeat at San Diego State on Nov. 23, 2013.

STOPPING PENNY ON A DIME: Boise State’s defense faced its sternest test of the season Saturday night as they prepared for San Diego State’s Heisman candidate Rashaad Penny. The Broncos were more than equal to the task, holding the explosive Aztec running back to just 53 yards on 21 carries, and for the night limiting the Aztecs, which entered the contest averaging 222.8 rushing yards per game, to just 83 yards on 39 carries (2.1 ypc).

Penny did manage to get off two carries of double-digit yards, going for 21 yards on his second carry of the game, and 11 on a fourth-quarter touchdown run, but outside of those attempts, he was limited to just 21 yards on 19 carries.

THEY WILL STAND THEIR GROUND, AND THEY WON’T BACK DOWN: Boise State’s defense rose to 13th in the country in rushing defense after holding San Diego State’s potent ground game to just 83 yards on 39 attempts Saturday night. Also of note is that, in holding Heisman candidate Rashaad Penny to just 53 yards on 21 carries, the Broncos still have not allowed an opposing player to rush for 100 yards in a game this season.

DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS: The Bronco defense scored its second touchdown of the season Saturday night, as freshman safety Kekaula Kaniho scooped up Christian Chapman’s fumble and sped 34 yards to the end zone in the first quarter. For Kaniho, it was his first collegiate touchdown, and for the defense it was the second touchdown via fumble return of the season, following Curtis Weaver’s 55-yard return at Washington State on Sept. 9.

SCORING ON DEFENSE AND SPECIAL TEAMS: The Broncos got touchdowns Saturday night in all three facets of the game: offense, defense and special teams.

Avery Williams returned a punt 53 yards for the game’s opening score, while safety Kekaula Kaniho returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown on the ensuing possession. The last time Boise State scored via punt return and defense in the same game was Nov. 22, 2014 (at Wyoming). In that game, Darian Thompson returned an interception 36 yards for a score, and Donte Deayon scored on a 75-yard interception. Both Deayon and Thompson are currently with the New York Giants.

ELECTRIC AVE-RY: Redshirt freshman cornerback Avery Williams started for the second-straight week, and he enjoyed probably the best all-around game of his young Bronco career Saturday night in San Diego. On defense, Williams made six solo tackles and knocked away a pass, while on special teams he struck once again, returning a first-quarter punt 53 yards for the game’s opening touchdown, his second such score of the season. Williams is now the first Bronco with multiple punt-return touchdowns in a season since Kyle Wilson had three in 2008.

Williams leads the Mountain West and ranks ninth in the country averaging 15.9 yards per punt return. In his collegiate debut against Troy on Sept. 2, he took a punt 81 yards to the house just 1:36 into the contest on the very first touch of his Bronco career. It was the fifth-longest punt return in school history, and the first punt-return score since Donte Deayon’s 75-yard return at Wyoming on Nov. 22, 2014, while Williams’ 124 punt-return yards in the game marked the sixth-highest total in the Boise State record book. Williams was named Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 4 for his performance against Troy.

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