Broncos Host BYU In Thursday Clash
Oct. 17, 2016

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BYU at Boise State
Thursday, Oct. 20 | 8:15 p.m. MT
Albertsons Stadium | Boise, Idaho
Broadcast: ESPN
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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team (6-0, 3-0 MW), now ranked 14th in both the Associated Press and Coaches Polls, will play host to BYU (4-3) in a Thursday-night tilt at Albertsons Stadium.

The Broncos and Cougars are scheduled to kick at 8:15 p.m. Oct. 20, and the game will be nationally televised by ESPN.

THE SERIES: Despite being just 380 miles apart, Thursday’s match-up is just the seventh all-time between Boise State and BYU. The Broncos are 4-2 against the Cougars, the only losses coming on the road in both 2013 (37-20) and 2015 (35-24). Boise State is a perfect 3-0 at Albertsons Stadium, notching wins in 2004, 2012 and 2014. This season’s match-up is the fifth in a 12-year series that began in 2012 and will end in 2023.

ONE OF THE LAST UNBEATENS: Boise State is one of only 11 schools in the country that has yet to lose a game in 2016, a list that also includes Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, 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 Oct. 1 against Utah State, and continued New Mexico, Oct. 7. The Broncos avenged both losses, knocking off the Aggies (21-10), and downing the Lobos (49-21).

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.

NON-SATURDAY GAMES: Thursday’s match-up is the second of five non-Saturday games in 2016, and the first Thursday game since opening the season against Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Aug. 28, 2014. The Broncos’ last home Thursday contest was also against BYU, a 7-6 Bronco victory, Sept. 20, 2012.

Boise State is 41-9 all-time in regular-season non-Saturday games, and 6-2 on Thursdays. Including bowl games, Boise State is 50-14 in non-Saturday games, and 7-2 in bowl games. The Broncos have not lost when playing on a Thursday at home (5-0).

RED ZONE OFFENSE: The Boise State offense is 19-for-20 in the red zone, ranking 11th nationally (.950). The team’s only “failed attempt” came against Oregon State, when the Broncos’ final drive reached the Beavers’ 13-yard line, and then Boise State took a knee. Of the 19 scores, 16 have been touchdowns – 10 via rush and six via pass.

NONCONFERENCE HOME GAMES: Boise State has won 22-straight nonconference home games. The last home loss to a non-league school came in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl, a 27-21 setback to Boston College, Dec. 28, 2005. Boise State hasn’t lost such a game during the regular season since 2001 (Washington State, 41-20), a streak of 31-straight victories.

HISTORY AGAINST BYU: Boise State is 4-2 all-time against BYU since the teams’ first meeting in 2003, and half of those games have been decided late. Boise State has registered a pair of runaway wins in the series (50-12 in 2003, 55-30 in 2014) while BYU cruised to a 37-20 win in 2013, but the three other meetings have featured some late drama. In 2004, BYU came back from a 16-0 deficit to take a 27-22 fourth-quarter lead before Boise State’s Jared Zabransky threw a 44-yard touchdown to T.J. Acree with 3:42 remaining to give the Broncos a 28-27 win. Eight years later, Mike Atkinson scored the only Bronco points on a 36-yard pick-six and the Boise State defense snuff ed out a two-point conversion attempt after BYU’s only touchdowns to capture a 7-6 win. Last year, it was BYU’s turn to break hearts as Tanner Mangum heaved a 35-yard Hail Mary to Mitch Jeurgens with 45 seconds left to take the lead, and Kai Nacua sealed the win with a pick-six with 30 seconds left in the Cougars’ 35-24 win.

This Thursday night is also the third time Boise State will be undefeated heading into its meeting with BYU. The Broncos were 3-0 in 2004 and 1-0 in 2015, and split those contests.

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