Broncos, Huskies Battle In San Diego
Dec. 17, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team will square off against Northern Illinois of the Mid-American Conference in the 2015 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, Dec. 23 (Wednesday).
The Broncos (8-4, 5-3 MW) and Huskies (8-5, 6-2 MAC) are slated to kick at 2:30 p.m. MT at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, home of the National Football League’s San Diego Chargers. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.
THE SERIES: The Poinsettia Bowl will mark the first meeting all-time between the Broncos and Huskies.
BOWL STREAK: Boise State will appear in a bowl game for the 14th-consecutive season, tied for the sixth-longest streak in the country. Since the Broncos joined FBS in 1996, they have failed to make the postseason just four times (1996-98, 2001). In 2001, the last season in which the Broncos did not go bowling, Boise State was bowl-eligible with an 8-4 record but was not selected for a game.
Since 2001, Boise State’s run of 14-straight bowl games ranks just one back of the 15 consecutive appearances of Florida State, Georgia, LSU and Virginia Tech. Along with the Broncos, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Oregon and Wisconsin have each reached a bowl game 14 times as well.
SECOND POINSETTIA BOWL TRIP: Boise State will make its second appearance all-time at the Poinsettia Bowl when it takes on Northern Illinois Dec. 23. Th e Broncos first played in the contest for the 2008 edition, falling to TCU, 17-16.
The Broncos went into that game 12-0 and ranked ninth in the Associated Press Poll, while TCU came in at 11-1 and ranked 11th. Boise State jumped out to a 13-0 lead midway through the second quarter, but the Horned Frogs would score the next 17 points, capped by a 17-yard touchdown run by Joseph Turner with 8:51 to play, to take a 17-13 lead.
Boise State cut the gap to one with 4:47 left on Kyle Brotzman’s third field goal of the game, this one from 33 yards out, but the Broncos would only get the ball back for one more play with six seconds remaining, and their desperation laterals fell short.
BOWL SUCCESS: Since joining FBS in 1996 and reaching its first FBS bowl game in 1999, Boise State has enjoyed success in the postseason, boasting a 10-5 record heading into Dec. 23’s Poinsettia Bowl matchup with Northern Illinois.
The matchup against the Huskies will be the first in a bowl against a MAC team. Over Boise State’s previous 15 bowl appearances, its records against specific conferences are: 2-0 against the Big 12, 1-0 against the WAC, 3-1 against the Pac-12, 2-1 against the Mountain West, 2-2 against Conference USA and 0-1 against the ACC.
THOMPSON AN ALL-AMERICAN AGAIN: Redshirt senior safety Darian Thompson has picked up three All-America honors this season (as of Dec. 14). Thompson, named to CBSSports.com’s All-America Second Team in 2014, was named All-America honorable mention by Sports Illustrated on Dec. 10, to the Associated Press All-America Third Team Dec. 13 and to the FWAA’s All-America Second Team Dec. 14.
Thompson leads the Broncos with five interceptions in 2015, a figure that ranks tied for 17th in the FBS, four behind national leader Shawun Lurry of Northern Illinois. It is also tied for third in the Mountain West. On Oct. 31 at UNLV, Thompson picked off his fifth pass of the season and 19th of his career, passing Eric Weddle as the Mountain West’s all-time leader.
He is also second on the team with 63 tackles (team-high 35 solo) and tied for third with 7.5 tackles-for-loss.
BRONCOS HAVE 13 EARN ALL-MW RECOGNITION: The Mountain West announced its all-conference awards and teams Dec. 1, and 13 Broncos were recognized.
Quarterback Brett Rypien was named Mountain West Freshman of the Year in addition to being one of six Broncos named to the first team. Rypien became just the second Boise State football student-athlete to earn a conference freshman of the year honor, joining 2008 WAC Freshman of the Year Kellen Moore.
Redshirt senior safety Darian Thompson and redshirt senior Marcus Henry were each named to the first team for the second year in a row, while redshirt senior offensive tackle Rees Odhiambo, junior wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck and redshirt junior kicker Tyler Rausa each earned a first-team spot for the first times in their respective careers. For Odhiambo, the nod followed a second-team selection in 2014.
Senior cornerback Donte Deayon was named to the All-Mountain West Second Team for the third-straight season, and he was joined there by junior STUD end Kamalei Correa, redshirt sophomore tight end Jake Roh and sophomore running back Jeremy McNichols. For both Correa and Roh, the honor was their second in a row.
Tanner Vallejo earned his second-straight All-Mountain West nod by being named honorable mention, while first-time honorable mention recognition also went to redshirt senior defensive end Tyler Horn and redshirt Yakoo.
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