BYU will play its second road game in 2012 to take on the No. 24 Boise State Broncos on Thursday, Sep. 20. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live from Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho on ESPN and KSL Radio 1160 AM, 102.7 FM and ksl.com.
Fans should tune into the live Countdown to Kickoff pregame show at 6 p.m. MT on BYUtv and BYUtvsports.com. Also tune in to BYUtv and BYUtvsports.com for the live postgame show following conclusion of the game. Pregame radio coverage will begin at 5 p.m. MT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio (SiriusXM channel 143).
BYU (2-1) at No. 24 Boise State (1-1)
Sep. 20, 2012 7:00 p.m. MT
This is just the third meeting of the Cougars and the Broncos. BYU trails in the series 0-2. The Cougars dropped a 50-12 contest in Provo in 2003 and lost a heartbreaker on a missed field goal in Boise, falling 28-27 to the Broncos in 2004.
MOUNTAIN WEST NO MORE
Boise State is currently in the hunt for its first, and probably last Mountain West championship with plans to leave for the Big East in 2013. BYU spent 12 seasons in the MW, amassing a 64-26 record in the league, winning outright titles three times and tying for another. BYU finished lower than third in the conference only two times in 12 seasons.
BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman has a reception streak of 22 games and counting, tied for the 18th longest streak in the nation. Hoffman has caught a pass in 28 of 29 career games to date. BYU's all-time leading receiver Austin Collie's longest streak with a reception was 22 games. Boise State’s Matt Miller has a streak of 15 games with a reception.
Playing a Thursday game immediately following a Saturday game, BYU is 3-1 under Mendenhall in the Thursday game. It’s the first time since 2008 that the Cougars have played a Saturday-Thursday back-to-back affair. BYU did it twice in 2006 and then once in 2007 and 2008. Boise State has not played a Saturday-Thursday combo since 2005.
Since Bronco Mendenhall has taken over the defensive coordinating duties again (23 games dating back to 2010), BYU has allowed an average of 91.5 rushing yards per game. That mark is bested by only one other team, Alabama.
WATCH OUT HERE I COME
BYU and Boise State have at least one player on these award watch lists: Biletnikoff (WR, BYU-Hoffman/Boise State-Miller), Lombardi (Line or LB, BYU-Hansen, Van Noy/Boise State-Kellogg) and Outland (Lineman, BYU-Hansen/Boise State-Kellogg). BYU has players on the following lists: Butkus (LB-Kaveinga) Davey O’Brien (QB-Nelson), Maxwell (Best Player-Nelson), Nagurski (Best Defensive Player-Van Noy), Doak Walker (RB-Alisa) and Ray Guy (P-Stephenson)