Nov. 10, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team returns to Albertsons Stadium for a Mountain West match-up with San Diego State, Saturday (Nov. 15).
The Broncos (7-2, 4-1) and Aztecs (5-4, 3-2) are slated to kick off at 8:15 p.m., and the game will be nationally televised by ESPNU.
THE SERIES: Boise State has lost each of the last two meetings to San Diego State, the first league opponent to notch back-to-back victories over the Broncos since North Texas in 1998 and 1999. The Broncos fell 21-19 in Boise in 2012, and 34-31 in overtime last year.
The Broncos trail in the all-time series 1-2, the only win coming in the first meeting between the schools. Boise State defeated San Diego State on the road, Nov. 19, 2011 (52-35).
PROTECTING THE BLUE: Since opening Albertsons Stadium (formerly Bronco Stadium) in 1970, Boise State is 241-51 at home, a winning percentage of .828. The mark ranks fourth nationally, trailing only Baylor (4-0 at McLane Stadium; 1.000), Marshall (140-25 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium; .848) and Georgia Southern (180-33 at Paulson Stadium; .845).
Following its victory over BYU (Oct. 24), Boise State has won 11-consecutive home games - the fifth-longest streak in the country. Baylor has won 14-straight, Alabama has won 13-straight and Marshall and Florida State have each won 12-straight.
The Broncos went a perfect 6-0 at home in 2013, the first perfect home record since 2010. Boise State lost once at home in both 2011 and 2012, but prior to that had put together five-straight perfect seasons at home, and nine-straight perfect regular seasons at home. The only home loss during that time came in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl against Boston College (27-21).
Boise State has the best home winning percentage in the country since the start of the 2000 season with a record of 89-4 (.957).
17-YEAR WINNING STREAK: At 7-2 this season, Boise State has cemented a winning record for the 17th-consecutive year. The Broncos went 5-6 in 1997, the last season without a winning record and one of only five seasons with a losing record in school history.
ESTABLISHING A LEGACY: The Broncos are the winningest football program in the country since 2000, with an overall record of 162-28 (.853). Oklahoma (159-37; .811), Ohio State (152-36; .809), LSU (150-43; .777) and Texas (145-44; .763) round out the top five.
WINNING IN CONFERENCE: The Broncos' loss at Air Force (Sept. 27) was just the 10th league loss since 2000. Boise State is 103-10 in league games during that time - the highest winning percentage in the country (.912).
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.
RED ZONE SCORING: Since falling to Air Force (Sept. 27), a game in which the Broncos scored just twice in four red zone opportunities, Boise State is 25-for-25 inside the 20-yard line. Of those 25 scores, 18 have been touchdowns. On the season, Boise State is 42-of-49 inside the red zone (.857), ranking tied for 47th nationally.
PILING UP YARDS: The Broncos rank eighth nationally in total offense, putting up an average of 521.1 yards per game. Of the yardage, 312.7 yards per game are coming through the air, the 14th-best mark in the country.
The Broncos gained 676 yards against Colorado State (Sept. 6), 658 yards against New Mexico (Nov. 8) and 637 yards against BYU (Oct. 24) - the fifth-, seventh- and 11th-best marks all-time, respectively.
HITTING ITS STRIDE: The Boise State offense eclipsed 500 total yards just once during the season's first five games, but has put up 500-plus in three of its last four.
Included are performances of more than 600 yards in each of the last two games - 637 against BYU and 658 against New Mexico.
The Broncos are scoring 50.8 points and averaging 589.2 yards the last four games, compared to 27.2 points and 466.6 yards through the first five - an increase of nearly 24 points per game and 123 yards per game.
SCORING MACHINES: The Broncos rank 16th nationally and lead the Mountain West at 37.7 points per game, and are led by the two highest-scoring players in the league: running back Jay Ajayi ranks sixth nationally and leads the MW at 11.3 points per game, and kicker Dan Goodale is the league's second-highest scorer at 9.0 points per game (21st nationally).