Broncos Head To San Jose For Finale
Nov. 23, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team closes out its 2015 regular season at San José State, Friday (Nov. 27). The Broncos (7-4, 4-3 MW) and Spartans (5-6, 4-3 MW) are slated to kick at 1:30 p.m. (MT) at Spartan Stadium, and the game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports Network.
THE SERIES: The Broncos and Spartans have squared off 11 times – all Bronco victories. The last meeting was in 2010, the Broncos’ final season in the Western Athletic Conference. Though the teams have not yet played as league rivals in the Mountain West, the teams faced each other 10 times in the WAC (2001-10). Th e Broncos are 5-0 at Spartan Stadium, the last such meeting a 48-0 victory, Oct. 16, 2010.
REGULAR-SEASON FINALES: Boise State has not lost its regular-season finale since 2007, a streak of seven-straight such victories. The 17th-ranked Broncos fell 39-27 to 13th-ranked Hawaii in Honolulu that season.
Boise State has had just one road regular-season finale since the 2007 loss, a 27-21 win at Nevada, Dec. 1, 2012.
STREAK OF WINNING SEASONS: Boise State has cemented a winning season for the 18th-consecutive season, the nation’s second-longest active streak. Virginia Tech, currently 5-6, has the longest streak in the country (21 seasons). The Broncos’ streak is the 23rd-longest all-time.
NON-SATURDAY GAMES: The meeting with San José State is the Broncos’ sixth Friday night game of the season, and third on the road.
Boise State is 47-14 all-time in non-Saturday games, including a mark of 25-7 on Friday during the regular season, aft er Nov. 20’s loss to Air Force. The Broncos have lost consecutive non-Saturday games (Oct. 16 at Utah State, Nov. 20 against Air Force) after having won six in a row.
Boise State’s six non-Saturday games during the 2015 regular season (all Fridays) is tied for the most in school history (2007 and 2009).
SPERBECK SETS RECEIVING BENCHMARK: Wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck’s seven-yard reception in the first quarter Friday night set Boise State’s single-season record for receiving yards, giving him 1,217 for the season and passing Titus Young’s 2010 benchmark of 1,215. His seven-catch, 79-yard performance now has Sperbeck at 1,289 receiving yards this season.
Sperbeck’s seven catches also brought his season total to 76, leaving him just 12 away from Matt Miller’s single-season record of 88 (2013).
FORCING THE TURNOVERS: Boise State’s defense forced four turnovers in the Nov. 20 loss to Air Force, marking the third time in 11 games this season that the Broncos posted four takeaways. The team’s season high is five takeaways, accomplished Sept. 25 at Virginia. The Broncos also forced four turnovers against Hawai’i on Oct. 3.
Raymond Ford and Ben Weaver each recorded their second interceptions of the season, while Chanceller James made his first-career pick. Tanner Vallejo forced an Air Force fumble on the Falcons’ first play from scrimmage, with Weaver recovering for the Broncos.
All three interceptions came in the second half for Boise State, allowing the offense to turn those into 14 points. For the game, Boise State turned the four Air Force turnovers into 17 points.
WEAVER ON THE SPOT: One week after grabbing the first interception of his career, linebacker Ben Weaver continued his opportunistic ways Friday against Air Force with another interception and a fumble recovery.
On Air Force’s firrst play from scrimmage, Weaver recovered a Karson Roberts fumble at the Falcon 22, leading to a Tyler Rausa field goal and 10-0 Bronco lead. In the fourth quarter, with the Broncos trailing 34-20, he intercepted a first-down pass from Roberts at the Bronco 48, setting up a 52-yard scoring drive that pulled Boise State to within a touchdown.
This season, Weaver has been one of the Broncos’ top defenders, ranking second on the team with 62 tackles (29 solo) to go with two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and 4.0 tackles-for-loss
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