BOISE - After a dominating win on the road to open the season, the Broncos return home for a nationally televised tilt against the Washington State Cougars on Saturday.
The Boise State football team has won 14 straight home openers dating way back to 2001 when they lost to none-other than Washington State.
The Broncos (1-0) and Cougars (0-1) are once again set to collide on the Blue at Albertsons Stadium. Both teams are coming off of 9-4 seasons and both had high preseason expectations this year. But the teams had wildly different results in their respective season openers. Boise State crushed Louisiana-Lafayette on the road while WSU was upset at home by FCS power Eastern Washington.
If the Broncos were looking for motivation to win Saturday's matchup, they have to look no further than their current home losing streak. The team, which boasts the best home win percentage in the country since 2000, has lost its last two games on the Blue (New Mexico on Nov. 14 and Air Force on Nov. 20.)
"Every time you go out there and run in the summer and in the spring, you just remember that we are 0-2 in our last two games on the Blue, so coming out here, we want to win every game, especially on the Blue," said senior linebacker Tanner Vallejo.
"That hits deep, especially around here," quarterback Brett Rypien said of the losing streak. "We definitely want to end that."
- Washington State at Boise State
- Saturday, Sept. 10
- Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. MT
- Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
The game will be televised on ESPN2, which can be found on the following channels:
- Cable One: Channel 134 / 1134 (HD)
- DirecTV: Channel 209
- Dish Network: Channel 144
ON THE RADIO
In the Boise area, you can listen to the game on the Bronco Radio Network, which can be found on the following stations:
- KBOI 670 AM
- KTIK 93.1 FM
For a list of Bronco Radio Network stations outside the Boise area, click here.
BRONCO ROUNDUP GAME DAY
KTVB's Bronco Roundup Game Day show will be live from Albertsons Stadium before the game from 7 to 8 p.m. on KTVB, KTVB.COM, and in the Bronco Roundup app. Join Jay Tust and Will Hall on the Blue for a look at all of the major storylines surrounding this highly-anticipated matchup.
KTVB TICKET GIVEAWAY
KTVB is celebrating 10 years as the official station for Bronco nation, by giving away tickets to every home game this season!
Download the Bronco Roundup app and enter by Wednesday night to win a pair of season tickets. If you already have the Bronco Roundup app, make sure you enter through the app to be eligible.
BRONCOS VS. COUGARS SERIES
Saturday's game will mark the fifth meeting between Boise State and Washington State. The Cougars won all four of the previous games, including the last meeting between the teams at Bronco Stadium in 2001. According to Boise State, the Cougars are the only team that the Broncos have played at least four times without registering a win.
- Sept. 27, 1997 - L, 58-0
- Sept. 12, 1998 - L, 33-21
- Oct. 7, 2000 - L, 42-35
- Sept. 8, 2001 - L, 42-20
ABOUT LAST WEEK
The Broncos will be facing a hungry Wazzu team that lost to an FCS team in its home opener for the second straight year.
The Cougars were upset by Eastern Washington 45-42 in Pullman on Saturday. Washington State quarterback Luke Falk, the FBS active leader in passing yards-per-game (360.2) and total offense (349.8), threw for 418 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Falk's favorite targets were receivers Gabe Marks (10 rec., 108 yards, 2 TDs) and Robert Lewis (4 rec., 67 yards), while Gerard Wicks rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. But defensively, the Cougs couldn't stop EWU from racking up 606 total yards of offense and six touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Boise State is fresh off a 45-10 beatdown of Louisiana-Lafayette, which saw the Broncos score early and often while amassing 584 yards of total offense against the Ragin' Cajuns. Quarterback Brett Rypien threw for 347 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers. Running back Jeremy McNichols, who bulked up during the off-season, led the Broncos in scoring with two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown. Veteran receiver Thomas Sperbeck and newcomer Cedrick Wilson (the team's internal offensive player of the game) combined for 243 yards, with Sperbeck also throwing for a touchdown.
The defense, which had some big question marks during the off-season preseason, also stepped up in a big way, holding star running back Elijah McGuire to just 46 yards on the ground, while also piling up 12 tackles for a loss, including five sacks.
A Spokane native with deep ties to Washington State, Brett Rypien surprised a lot of people up north when he announced that he would become a Bronco rather than a Cougar. He is the nephew of Wazzu great Mark Rypien, who went on to earn Super Bowl MVP honors with the Washington Redskins. The younger Rypien was offered a scholarship by the Cougars, but ultimately decided to cross the state line and head to Boise.
This week, Rypien reflected on his decision to play for the Broncos.
"I think it was just a better fit for me," he said. "I love the town, love the coaching staff, you know, the winning tradition here obviously was a big factor in that too. And I wanted to learn a different offense. I played in the Air Raid in high school, and I think I just wanted something different. Coming down here was the best situation for me, and obviously still has been the best situation for me."
In honor of the 30th anniversary of The Blue, Boise State will pay tribute to 30 of its greatest players of the last 30 years. The players, who were voted on by fans throughout the summer, will be honored at halftime. The first 27 have already been announced, and the final three will be revealed as a surprise at halftime.
Here are the players that have been announced:
- Ryan Dinwiddie, QB (2001-03)
- Kellen Moore, QB (2008-11)
- Jay Ajayi, RB (2012-14)
- Doug Martin, RB (2008-11)
- Matt Miller, WR (2011-14)
- Austin Pettis, WR (2007-10)
- Thomas Sperbeck, WR (2013-present)
- Jeb Putzier, TE (1998-2001)
- Ryan Clady, OL (2005-07)
- Daryn Colledge, OL (2002-05)
- Scott Huff , OL (1999-2002)
- Matt Paradis, OL (2011-13)
- Nate Potter, OL (2008-11)
- Kyle Brotzman, K/P (2007-10)
- Chris Carr, RET (2001-04)
- Erik Helgeson, DL (1987-90)
- Pete Kwiatkowski, DL (1984-87)
- DeMarcus Lawrence, DL (2012-13)
- Shea McClellin, DL (2008-11)
- Billy Winn, DL (2008-11)
- Andy Avalos, LB (2001-04)
- Korey Hall, LB (2003-06)
- Winston Venable, LB (2009-10)
- George Iloka, DB (2008-11)
- D. Ross, DB (1999-2000)
- Marty Tadman, DB (2004-07)
- Kyle Wilson, DB (2006-09)
Broncos fans attending the game will want to take a close look at the image below. Boise State is asking fans to wear blue, orange, or white, depending on their section.
For more information, see the 2016 color scheme schedule.
Here's a chance for you to high-five your favorite players and coaches as they walk to the football center for pre-game preparations. The "Bronco Walk" will start when the team leaves the Student Union Building about two and half hours before kickoff (about 5:45 p.m.). The team will walk from the Student Union Building, down University Drive, past the Varsity Center, straight into the east stadium parking lot and ending at the Bleymaier Football Center.
10 TO 10 ZONE
The 10 to 10 Zone remains in place for home games this season. It specifies areas off-campus where people age 21 or older may consume alcoholic beverages from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Boise State University home football game days only.
Alcoholic beverages are allowed in clear plastic cups within the zone. Glass containers, beer cans, and type of liquor bottle and cups with alcoholic labeling are not allowed.
The "Zone" begins at Broadway Ave and Myrtle St., extends south down Broadway to Beacon, turns west along Beacon, north up Oakland Avenue, west on Potter Drive, north again up South Joyce Street, and then west along University Drive all the way to Capitol Boulevard. The boundary extends north along Capitol and turns east onto Cesar Chavez Lane, crosses Friendship Bridge north, and leads into Julia Davis Park. In the park, the "10 to 10 Zone" boundary is the area east of Zoo Boise to Broadway Street. and any area south of Julia Davis Pond.
ENTRY TO THE GAME
Bronco fans should arrive early. Those whose seats are not in the Stueckle Sky Center may enter the stadium through any gate. Fans are encouraged — but not required — to leave their bags at home or in the car. For faster entry into the stadium, bring a clear bag or no bag to the game.
Prior to entry, fans will pass through metal detectors, and any bags carried in will be subject to search. Remember to leave prohibited items behind, including all weapons, alcohol, glass and coolers. Find a full list here.
TRAFFIC, PARKING & FREE SHUTTLES
Expect increased traffic before and after the game. University Drive, from Capitol Boulevard to Broadway Avenue, will be congested from 4-8:30 p.m.
- Plaza East and West lots
- Brady Street Garage and Lincoln Avenue Garage
- 8th between Idaho and Bannock
- 8th and Main
- 11th and Main
- 6th and Grove
- 8th and Broad
More information on the Bronco Shuttle can be found here.
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