Fresno State vs. No. 24/22 Boise State
Saturday, Oct. 13
1:30 p.m. (MT)
Bronco Stadium (37,000)
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Boise State vs. Fresno State Game Notes
Boise State returns to Bronco Stadium for its Mountain West home opener Saturday, against Fresno State. Kick off is at 1:30 p.m. (MT) and will be nationally-televised by NBC Sports Network.
The Broncos, ranked No. 22 in the USA TODAY Coaches' Poll and No. 24 in the Associated Press Poll, are back in both top-25 polls for the first time since the opening week of the season. Boise State (4-1, 1-0 MW) has reeled off four-straight wins since dropping its season opener at Michigan State. The Broncos' win streak is tied for the 18th-longest string of victories in the country.
Defense has been the calling card for Boise State in the early going of the 2012 season. The Broncos have forced 17 turnovers through five games and boast a turnover margin of 2.0, tied for fifth-best in the country. Individually, redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Ukwuachu is tied for the national lead with three fumble recoveries. Boise State has eight interceptions on the season, including two each by Jeremy Ioane and Jamar Taylor.
The Broncos' 17 turnovers forced are tied for second-most in the nation. The NCAA leader in the category is Saturday's opponent, Fresno State.
Boise State will look to build on its success of the past month when it kicks off the 15th installment of a series that has produced many memorable games and performances. The Broncos are 10-4 all-time against Fresno State, including a 6-1 mark at home. The Bulldogs (4-2, 2-0 MW) enter the game atop the Mountain West standings.
The Broncos have won the last six meetings with Fresno State, including victories by at least 50 points in three of the last four games. The two schools were league rivals in the Western Athletic Conference from 2001-10, with Boise State holding a 9-1 advantage in conference games between them.