Sept. 29, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team will make its second straight road trip this week, traveling to face Nevada Saturday (Oct. 4) at Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nev.
The Broncos (3-2, 1-1) and Wolf Pack (3-1, 1-0) are slated to kick off at 8:30 p.m., and the game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports Network.
THE SERIES: Boise State is 27-13 all-time against Nevada, a rivalry that spans four conferences: the Big Sky, the Big West, the WAC and the Mountain West.
The Broncos have won three straight in the series, including a 27-21 victory in the last match-up at Mackay Stadium, Dec. 1, 2012.
The Broncos have won 13 of the last 14 games, and are 10-11 against the Wolf Pack all-time on the road.
OCTOBER SUCCESS: Prior to dropping last year's game against BYU (37-20; Oct. 25), Boise State had won 50-consecutive games during the month of October. Th e Broncos are 64-12 during the month of October since joining what is now the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1996.
BACK-TO-BACK: Boise State has not lost back-to-back games since 2007, when it fell at Hawaii to close the regular season and then lost to East Carolina in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. The Broncos have not lost back-to-back true road games since 2005 (Georgia and Oregon State), have not lost back-to-back conference games since 1997 (Utah State and Nevada) and have not lost back-to-back, consecutive conference road games since 1992 (Montana State and Eastern Washington).
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.
MILLER NEARING ANOTHER RECORD: Already the Broncos' career leader in receptions (244), Matt Miller is just 15 yards shy of claiming the receiving yardage record currently held by Titus Young (3,063; 2007-10). Miller enters Saturday's game against Nevada with 3,049 career receiving yards.
A NICE START: Redshirt sophomore Chanceller James made the first start of his career against Air Force (Sept. 27), and led the Broncos with 13 tackles. Included were 10 solo stops, the most since Jeron Johnson - now of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks - also had 10 solo tackles against Nevada, Nov. 26, 2010. James also recovered a fumble against the Falcons and had one tackle-for-loss.
DEFENDING THE PASS: Prior to Air Force, Boise State had allowed opponents to pass for 309.3 yards per game. The Broncos held the Falcons to 48 passing yards, the fewest allowed by Boise State since holding New Mexico to 44 yards, Sept. 29, 2012.
BIG-PLAY DEFENSE: The Broncos have gained 12 turnovers (eight interceptions and four fumbles), tied for the seventh most in the country. Sophomore Tanner Vallejo ranks tied for fourth nationally with two fumble recoveries.
Additionally, the Bronco defense is averaging 8.2 tackles-for-loss per game, a mark that ranks tied for seventh nationally. Included are 2.80 sacks per game, the 29th-best mark in the country.
Boise State has double-digit tackles-for-loss in two games this season, 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 tied for the fourth most in the FBS in 2014.