Broncos, Cougars Battle On The Blue
Oct. 19, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team will play its second-straight Friday game this week, squaring off against BYU at Albertsons Stadium, Oct. 24.
The Broncos (5-2) and Cougars (4-3) are slated to kick at 7 p.m., and the game will be nationally televised by ESPN.
THE SERIES: Despite being just 380 miles apart, Friday's match-up is just the fourth all-time between Boise State and BYU. The Broncos are 3-1 against the Cougars, the only loss coming last season in Provo, Utah (37-20; Oct. 25, 2013). Boise State has won each of the two previous meetings played in Boise: Sept. 24, 2004 (28-27) and Sept. 20, 2012 (7-6).
NON-SATURDAY GAMES: Including last week's 37-27 victory over Fresno State (Oct. 17), Boise State has never lost at home on Friday night, going a perfect 11-0 all-time.
The Broncos are 42-12 when playing a game on any day other than Saturday all-time, including a 36-7 mark during the regular season and a 21-5 record on Friday regular season games.
NONCONFERENCE HOME GAMES: With its victory over Louisiana (Sept. 20), Boise State has now won 18-straight non-conference 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 28-straight victories.
PROTECTING THE BLUE: Since opening Albertsons Stadium (formerly Bronco Stadium) in 1970, Boise State is 240-51 at home, a winning percentage of .825. Th e mark ranks fourth nationally, trailing only Baylor (3-0 at McLane Stadium; 1.000), Marshall (139-25 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium; .848) and Georgia Southern (179- 33 at Paulson Stadium; .844).
Following its victory over Fresno State (Oct. 17), Boise State has now won 10-consecutive home games. Th e Broncos went a perfect 6-0 at home in 2013, the first perfect home record since 2010. Boise State lost once at home in both 2011 and 2012, but prior to that had put together five-straight perfect seasons at home, and nine-straight perfect regular seasons at home. The only home loss during that time came in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl against Boston College (27-21).
Boise State has the best home winning percentage in the country since the start of the 2000 season with a record of 88-4 (.957).
OCTOBER SUCCESS: Prior to dropping last year's game against BYU (37-20; Oct. 25), Boise State had won 50-consecutive games during the month of October. Th e Broncos, 2-0 during October in 2014, are 65-12 since joining what is now the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1996.
Boise State has not lost an October home game since 1998 (North Texas, Oct. 10; 21- 13), a span of 34-straight such wins.
BUCKLING DOWN: In 100 total drives against the Bronco defense this season, opponents have scored 31 times (.310). However, of those 100 drives, 61 went for less than 20 yards (.610).
Additionally, Boise State has forced 41 three-and-outs in seven games, an average of 5.86 per game and 41 percent of drives against the team on the season.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS: Boise State has scored 69 points off turnovers this season, the seventh-most in the country. Additionally, the Broncos' average of 9.9 points off turnovers per game ranks fifth nationally. Included have been three defensive touchdowns - a fumble recovery (Tanner Vallejo) and an interception (Donte Deayon) against Connecticut, and an interception against Nevada (Tyler Gray).
RUSH DEFENSE: The Bronco defense held each of its first four opponents of the season to less than 100 yards rushing, the longest streak since holding five straight to less than 100 in 2009. Th e streak is the longest to open a season since also holding four-straight to less than 100 in 2006.
Boise State ranks 24th nationally in rush defense, allowing an average of 120.4 yards per game.
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