Broncos Return To Action Saturday In Albuquerque
Nov. 3, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - Following its second and final bye of the regular season, the Boise State football team will hit the road for the first time in more than a month, traveling to Albuquerque, N.M., to take on New Mexico.
The Broncos and Lobos are slated to kick off at 5 p.m., Saturday (Nov. 8), at University Stadium. The game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports Network.
THE SERIES: The Broncos hold a 5-0 advantage in the all-time series against the Lobos, including victories in each of the three meetings since Boise State joined the Mountain West.
Boise State held on for a 32-29 victory in the last trip to Albuquerque, Sept. 29, 2012, and knocked off New Mexico 31-14 in the Broncos' only other road game against the Lobos, Sept. 2, 2000.
1,000-YARD WATCH: Redshirt junior running back Jay Ajayi is just 15 yards shy of eclipsing 1,000 yards rushing for the second-straight season (985). Ajayi would be the seventh individual in school history to accomplish the feat multiple times during a Bronco career, joining Cedric Minter (1978-80), Rodney Webster (1981 and 1983), Jon Francis (1984-85), Brock Forsey (2001-02), Ian Johnson (2006-07) and Doug Martin (2010-11). Ajayi would give Boise State a 1,000-yard rusher in six-consecutive seasons.
Ajayi is also just 42 yards away from becoming the seventh individual in school history to amass 3,000 career rushing yards (2,958).
BIG-TIME PERFORMANCES: Boise State has produced the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week in each of its last two games - Donte Deayon earned the nod following Boise State's victory over Fresno State, and Kamalei Correa garnered the honor following the BYU victory.
BOWL GAMES: Boise State became bowl eligible with its 55-30 victory over BYU (Oct. 24), and is currently tied for the seventh-longest active streak with 12-consecutive bowl appearances. The Broncos have played in a bowl game in 14 of the last 15 seasons, winning nine.
PILING UP YARDS: The Broncos are one of only 16 teams nationally averaging more than 500 yards of total offense per game, ranking 16th nationally (504.0). Of the yardage, 305.9 yards per game are coming through the air, the 15th-best mark in the country.
The Broncos gained 676 yards against Colorado State (Sept. 6) - the fifth-most in school history - and also put up 637 against BYU (Oct. 24), the 11th-most in school history.
EFFICIENT OFFENSE: The Broncos rank second nationally in completion percentage (.700), trailing only UCLA (.712). Grant Hedrick leads the nation individually (.725), and opened the Louisiana game with 15-consecutive completed passes (Sept. 20).
The Broncos also rank 19th nationally in pass efficiency (149.95), while Hedrick ranks 21st nationally individually (151.1).
Boise State also ranks 20th nationally in time of possession (32:32), tied for 24th nationally in third-down conversion percentage (57-of-125; .456), 32nd nationally in scoring (34.9) and tied for 32nd nationally with 199 first downs.
The Broncos' scoring average leads the MW.
WINNING IN CONFERENCE: The Broncos' loss at Air Force (Sept. 27) was just the 10th league loss since 2000. Boise State is 102-10 in league games during that time - the highest winning percentage in the country (.911).
MW LOSSES: Prior to a 28-14 loss to Air Force (Sept. 27), Boise State had lost just four league games since joining the Mountain West in 2011 - by a combined seven points: TCU in 2011 (36-35); San Diego State in 2012 (21-19); Fresno State (41-40) and SDSU (34-31, OT) in 2013.
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