Nov. 6, 2017
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team carries its undefeated Mountain West record and a five-game winning streak into a key Mountain Division road tilt at Colorado State, Saturday (Nov. 11).
The Broncos (7-2, 5-0) and Rams (6-4, 4-2) will kick at 8:30 p.m. at CSU Stadium, and the game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports Network.
THE SERIES: Boise State is a perfect 6-0 against Colorado State into this year's match-up, with each game coming since the Broncos joined the Mountain West in 2011. Boise State is 3-0 in Fort Collins, with an average road margin of victory of 31 points.
WINNING STREAK: The Broncos' five-game winning streak is tied for the seventh-longest active streak in the country, a mark shared with four other schools. Miami's 13-game winning streak is the nation's longest, followed by Georgia (10), Wisconsin (10), Alabama (nine), UCF (eight) and Notre Dame (seven).
(NO) TURNOVER STREAK: Since an interception on the Broncos' opening drive against BYU, Boise State has not turned the ball over. Entering Saturday's game against Colorado State, the Broncos' streak without a turnover is at 297 minutes, 56 seconds.
RUSH DEFENSE NUMBERS: Teams are averaging nearly 40 yards per game below their season average (against all other opponents) when playing the Broncos (minus-39.2). Only Virginia (plus-67.4) and Wyoming (plus-20.1) eclipsed their season average against the Bronco defense. The Broncos' best rush defense performance came against San Diego State, in which they held the Aztecs to 156.0 yards below their average.
HAMPTON EARNS NFF HONOR, POST-GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP: Redshirt senior center Mason Hampton was honored by the National Football Foundation on Nov. 1, being named to the organization's 2017 Scholar-Athlete Class and a fi nalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy (top scholar-athlete in college football). By being named to the Scholar-Athlete Class, Hampton, an accountancy major with a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average, earned an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship as well as a trip to New York to attend the NFF Awards dinner on Dec. 5, at which the William V. Campbell Trophy winner will be announced.
FIRST 5-0 START TO MOUNTAIN WEST PLAY: Saturday night's win over Nevada improved Boise State to 5-0 in Mountain West play for the first time since the Broncos joined the conference in 2011. It also marks the first time that the Broncos have started a conference season 5-0 since its 2010 WAC campaign.
GET THOSE PICKS: Boise State's defense picked off a season-high three passes from Nevada quarterback Ty Gangi Saturday night, with Kekoa Nawahine, Curtis Weaver and Tyler Horton each grabbing an interception. For Nawahine, his first-quarter interception was his team-best third of the season, and set up a Bronco touchdown which put Boise State up, 10-7, in the first quarter.
Weaver's interception was the first of his career, and his second takeaway of the season, adding to his 55-yard fumble return for a touchdown at Washington State (Sept. 9). Horton's pick was the third of his career and his second of the season.
Overall, Boise State's defense has picked off 11 passes in 2017, a figure that ranks 21st in the FBS.
ROH WORKING ON A CAREER YEAR: Saturday night against Nevada, redshirt senior tight end Jake Roh continued what is shaping up to be a career year in 2017, catching four passes for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Bronco victory. The scoring grab was his career-best seventh of the season, and his four catches brought his season total up to 33, matching his 2015 output and sitting just two back of his career best of 35 from the 2014 campaign. He is also just 62 receiving yards away from matching his career-best 408 receiving yards in 2014. For the year, Roh's seven touchdown catches are tied for first among FBS tight ends (with Iowa's Noah Fant and Missouri's Albert Okwuegbunam), while his nine total touchdowns lead all tight ends.
Roh, a John Mackey Award candidate who was named to the All-Mountain West Second Team in 2015 and honorable mention in 2014, ranks second on the team this year with 33 receptions and 346 receiving yards, and leads the Broncos with seven scoring grabs and nine touchdowns overall. His other two touchdowns have come on the ground, as Roh, working primarily from the Wildcat, has rushed six times for 25 yards this season.