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Colorado State at No. RV/22 Boise State
Saturday, Nov. 17
1:30 p.m. (MT)
Boise, Idaho
Bronco Stadium (37,000)

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Boise State vs. Colorado State Game Notes

THE GAME: The Boise State football team - ranked No. 22 in the USA TODAY Coaches’ Poll - will host its final home game of the 2012 season Saturday (Nov. 17), squaring off against Colorado State.

Kickoff between the Broncos (8-2, 5-1 MW) and Rams (3-7, 2-4 MW) is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (MT), and the game will be nationally-televised by NBC Sports Network.

SENIOR DAY: The Broncos will honor 23 seniors Saturday. This year’s senior class has already won 46 games, the 11th-straight Boise State senior class to win at least 40 games during their careers.

TURNOVER MARGIN: Boise State’s turnover margin of 1.60 ranks fourth-nationally. The Broncos have forced 29 turnovers - including 14 interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries - tied for fourth-most in the country, trailing a trio of schools by just one for the national lead. Boise State has lost just 13, tied for the 23rd-fewest nationally.

SCORING ON DEFENSE: Boise State has scored five defensive touchdowns this season, tied for the third-most nationally. Only SMU (nine) and Fresno State (eight) have scored more off interceptions and fumble recoveries in 2012 than Boise State. Toledo, Stanford, Rutgers and Utah have each also scored five defensive touchdowns.

RED ZONE SCORING: Through the last six games, Boise State is 25-for-27 in the red zone opportunities (.926). Through the first four games of 2012, Boise State was 11-for-19 (.579).

PICK-SIX: Two of Boise State’s 14 interceptions have been returned for touchdowns, a mark that ranks tied for 11th-nationally.

Jeremy Ioane scored on a 43-yard interception return against Michigan State, and Mike Atkinson scored on a 36-yard interception return against BYU.

SCORING ON A FUMBLE: Boise State has scored on a fumble recovery in three of its last four games. The three scores are tied for the third-most in the country.

Jerrell Gavins returned a fumble 16 yards for a touchdown against UNLV, and Corey Bell followed with a fumble return for a touchdown against Wyoming (19 yards). Demarcus Lawrence returned a fumble 25 yards for a score against Hawaii.

DEFENDING THE PASS: The Broncos allowed just 44 yards passing to New Mexico, the fewest allowed since Utah State passed for just 41 yards, Dec. 4, 2010. Three of the Broncos’ opponents have failed to eclipse 100 yards passing: the Lobos, BYU (61) and UNLV (71).

In back-to-back games, BYU and the Lobos combined for a mere 105 yards through the air.

Boise State ranks fifth-nationally in pass defense, allowing 168.60 yards per game. The Broncos also rank sixth-nationally in pass efficiency defense (100.08).

NATIONAL DEFENSIVE RANKINGS: The Broncos rank amongst the nation’s elite in both total defense (10th; 299.70) and scoring defense (eighth; 14.40), leading the MW in each statistical category.

INTERCEPTIONS: Boise State’s 14 interceptions in 2012 ranks tied for 11th-nationally.

Darian Thompson leads the Broncos with three interceptions, averaging 0.30 per game to rank tied for 39th-nationally. Jerrell Gavins, Jeremy Ioane and Jamar Taylor each have two.

FUMBLE RECOVERIES: Boise State’s 15 fumble recoveries are tied for the second-most in the country. The Broncos have scored on three of the recoveries, tied for the third-most in the country.

Redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Ukwuachu has three fumble recoveries in 2012, tied for the fourth-most in the country. His average of 0.33 per game ranks tied for sixth-nationally.

Bronco teammates Josh Borgman, Demarcus Lawrence and Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe each have two fumble recoveries, tied for 24th-nationally.

FUMBLES FORCED: Boise State’s Demarcus Lawrence and Jamar Taylor each rank amongst the national leaders in forced fumbles. Each has forced three fumbles, tied for the 18th-most nationally. Lawrence’s average of 0.33 forced per game ranks tied for 19th in the country, and Taylor’s average of 0.30 forced per game ranks tied for 30th.

QB TOUCHDOWNS AGAINST: Through 10 games this season, Boise State has still allowed just one passing touchdown to a quarterback. Fresno State’s Derek Carr is the only quarterback to throw a touchdown pass against Boise State this season, accomplishing the feat with 2-minutes, 15-seconds remaining in the game.

The only other touchdown through the air against the Broncos came in the Miami (Ohio) game, and it was thrown by running back Spencer Treadwell.

RED ZONE PREVENTION: Through 10 games, Boise State opponents have made just 25 trips inside the red zone (2.5 per game). Only nine teams nationally have allowed fewer thus far this season.

The Broncos rank tied for seventh-nationally in red zone scoring defense with Alabama, allowing a score just 64 percent of the time opponents cross the 20.

Opponents averaged 1.9 trips inside the 20-yard line in 2011, and 2.2 red zone opportunities per game in 2010.