Boise State Hosts Wyoming Saturday
Oct. 19, 2015

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Saturday, Oct. 24 | 8:15 p.m. MT
Albertsons Stadium | Boise, Idaho
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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team returns home to Albertsons Stadium Saturday (Oct. 24), to square off against Wyoming. Kick is scheduled for 8:15 p.m.

The Broncos (5-2, 2-1 MW) are coming off a 52-26 loss at Utah State last week, the team's first conference loss since Sept. 27, 2014 (Air Force; 28-14). The Cowboys (1-6, 1-2 MW) notched their first victory of the season last week over Nevada (28-21).

THE SERIES: Boise State has won each of the previous nine meetings with Wyoming, including four-straight as conference rivals in the Mountain West. This week's game will be the fifth at Albertsons Stadium, and the Broncos have won the previous four average of more than 22 points.

TOP 20 ON OFFENSE AND DEFENSE: Through the games of Oct. 17, Boise State remains in both the FBS' top 20 in both scoring offense and scoring defense, and in the top 20 in total off ense and total defense.

The Broncos' 38.6 points per game (16th in FBS) and 17.7 points allowed per game (20th) make it one of just two teams in the country to rank in the top 20 in both categories. North Carolina, 10th in scoring offense (40.5 ppg) and 18th in scoring defense (17.3 points allowed per game), is the other.

BEEN AWHILE SINCE THAT HAPPENED: Boise State turned the ball over eight times (three interceptions, five lost fumbles) in Oct. 16's 52-26 loss at Utah State, the most in a single-game in the program's FBS Era (since 1996). For the Broncos, the eight turnovers are its most in a game since committing 12 (10 interceptions, two fumbles lost) in a 48-13 loss at Montana on Oct. 28, 1989.

THE TOUCHDOWN MACHINE: Despite not playing Oct. 16 at Utah State, sophomore running back Jeremy McNichols is tied for second in the FBS in touchdowns scored (14), two behind Baylor's Corey Coleman (16). McNichols' figure of 14 touchdowns is tied with LSU's Leonard Fournette and Houston's Greg Ward, Jr.McNichols' 12 rushing touchdowns are tied for fourth in the FBS with Alabama's Derrick Henry, behind the 14 of Fournette and Ward, Jr., and the 13 from Northern Illinois' Joel Bouagnon.

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

RAUSA STAYS STEADY: Kicker Tyler Rausa kept up his solid 2015 campaign Oct. 16 at Utah State, hitting both field-goal attempts and going 2-for-2 on PATs. Rausa also had three of his five go for touchbacks, and for the season has 30 touchbacks which ranks tied for sixth in the FBS.

This year, Rausa ranks tied for second among FBS kickers, and tops among those in the Mountain West, with 70 points in 2015. He is tied with Miami (FL)'s Michael Badgley, and the pair trails only Jonathan Barnes of Louisiana Tech, who has 75 points this season.

In his first year as Boise State's No. 1 kicker, Rausa ranks 24th in the country in field-goal percentage (86.7) as he's hit 13 of his 15 attempts. His only misses this year have come on attempts of 54 yards (Sept. 25 at Virginia) and 55 yards (Oct. 10 at Colorado State).

Rausa's 13 field goals this season are also steadily approaching Boise State's single-season top five. Th e cut-off for the top five is 18 field goals (Kyle Brotzman in 2009, Roberto Moran in 1986), and the single-season record is 24 by Tyler Jones in 2004.

SPERBECK RACKS UP THE YARDAGE: Saturday's game against Wyoming will feature the Mountain West's two top wide receivers in terms of receiving yards: leader Thomas Sperbeck (682) and the Cowboys' Tanner Gentry (678).

Sperbeck, who also tied for sixth in the conference with 33 receptions, continued his surge over the past five games by racking up 156 yards over six catches in Oct. 16's loss at Utah State. Over this five-game stretch (beginning Sept. 18 against Idaho State), Sperbeck has caught 28 passes for 641 yards and five touchdowns. For the year, he has averaged 20.67 yards per catch, which currently ranks sixth on Boise State's single-season list.


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