Sept. 15, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team returns to the friendly confines of Albertsons Stadium, squaring off against Louisiana-Lafayette of the Sun Belt Conference Saturday, Sept. 20.
The Broncos (2-1) and Ragin' Cajuns (1-2) are slated to kick off at 8:30 p.m., and the game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports Network.
THE SERIES: This week's game will be the first played between the Broncos and Ragin' Cajuns.
NONCONFERENCE HOME GAMES: Boise State has won 17-straight non-conference home games. The last loss to a non-league school came in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl, a 27-21 setback to Boston College, Dec. 28, 2005.
PROTECTING THE BLUE: Following a victory over Colorado State (Sept. 6), Boise State has won eight-consecutive home games. 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. Th e 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 86-4 (.956).
RUSH DEFENSE: The Bronco defense has held each of its first three opponents of the season to less than 100 yards rushing, the longest such streak to open a season since Boise State held four-straight to less than 100 to open the 2006 season.
Boise State ranks second nationally in rush defense, allowing an average of 49.0 yards per game. Only Alabama (47.0) has a better mark.
RETURN OF #DBU: Only one team in the country boasts more interceptions than the Broncos' seven through the first three games of the season (Ole Miss; 8). Two players - Jeremy Ioane and Darian Thompson - each have two interceptions, tied for 21st nationally and leading the Mountain West at 0.7 per game.
The Broncos are in their first year under the guidance of defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, who had previously served on the Boise State staff from 2003-11 before becoming co-defensive coordinator at Texas A&M from 2012-13. During Yates' final six seasons with the Broncos, he coached six defensive backs that were selected in the NFL Draft - earning Boise State the moniker "DBU."
BIG-PLAY DEFENSE: The Broncos have gained nine turnovers (seven interceptions and two fumbles), tied for the fifth-most in the country. The mark has contributed to a turnover margin of plus-1.00 per game, a mark that ranks 23rd nationally.
Additionally, the Bronco defense is averaging 10.3 tackles-for-loss per game, a mark that ranks third nationally and leads the Mountain West. Included are 4.00 sacks per game, tied for the eighth-best mark in the country.
Boise State has double-digit tackles-for-loss in two of its first three games of 2014, and had eight sacks against Connecticut (Sept. 13), tied for the most since joining the WAC in 2001, and the most since also recording 8.0 against BYU in 2004.
The total is also the second most in the FBS in 2014.
SPECIAL TEAMS DEFENSE: The Broncos rank 23rd nationally in both kick return defense (16.71 yards per return) and punt return defense (2.00 yards per return). Boise State is one of only six schools to rank in the 25 nationally in each statistical category, a list that also includes: Iowa State, Stanford, Texas A&M, UCLA and Utah State.