November 13, 2008

Boise St.-Idaho Preview

By LAURA MEDINA


(AP) -- For the eighth straight season, Boise State is dominating its Western Athletic Conference opponents, and strengthening its chances for another BCS bowl berth in the process.

The ninth-ranked Broncos look to stay unbeaten and maintain their BCS hopes when they face in-state rival Idaho on Saturday.

Boise State (9-0, 5-0) has gone 57-4 in conference play since joining the WAC in 2001, winning the last five league titles before the run ended with a loss at Hawaii in last year's regular season finale.

The Broncos appear poised to reclaim the title this season. They've won 22 of 23 conference matchups starting with a 70-35 win over Idaho (2-8, 1-4) on Nov. 19, 2005.

Boise State, with a 1 1/2-game lead in the WAC, has outscored conference opponents 196-40 this season and allowed no more than 16 points in any of those games. The Broncos routed visiting Utah State 49-14 last Saturday.

Seeking its second BCS berth in three seasons, Boise State is ranked ninth in those standings, up one spot from last week. It's two places behind Utah of the Mountain West Conference - the only fellow non-BCS conference team ranked ahead of the Broncos.

With his squad likely needing to stay unbeaten to make a BCS bowl, Broncos coach Chris Petersen is working to make sure his team doesn't take Idaho, which hasn't defeated Boise State since 1998, lightly.

"When you play in rivalry games, you know, things change," Peterson said. "It's just one of those rivalry games where you just throw the records out and guys elevate their games and it's much closer than other people think it'll be."

Last Saturday, Peterson's team amassed 563 yards - its second-highest total of the season - and four Broncos threw touchdown passes. Kellen Moore went 27-for-36 for 362 yards and two touchdowns, while Jeremy Childs made seven catches for 135 yards and a pair of TDs for the Broncos.

Boise State's offense, averaging 442.0 yards per game, will be facing an Idaho defense that's allowing conference highs of 478.3 yards and 41.9 points a contest.

One area of concern for Peterson is penalties. Boise State was whistled 12 times for 114 yards against Utah State - the third straight game the Broncos committed at least 11 penalties.

Even if Boise State can't get that corrected this week, it seems unlikely to have trouble with Idaho. The Broncos have won nine straight in the series, rolling up 556 yards in a 58-14 home victory Nov. 17, 2007 in the most recent meeting.

Boise State has won five in a row on the road over Idaho after losing the previous seven road matchups.

The Vandals lost for the third time in four home games Nov. 1, falling 30-24 to San Jose State. Nate Enderle went 10-for-19 for 138 yards and two touchdowns and Deonte' Jackson rushed 10 times for 78 yards, but Idaho couldn't build on a 20-14 home win over New Mexico State on Oct. 25.

"Our objective is to win the game, whether we're getting better or not," senior tight end Eddie Williams said. "We come out to win, no matter what the opponent is and we didn't accomplish our goal, so it hurts us."

Idaho has lost 12 straight against Top 25 opponents.

























BoiseOVERALL STATSIdaho
36.2Points/Game20.8
3978 (442.0)Yards/Per Game3303 (330.3)
75 / 689Penalties/Yards63 / 632
26 / 18Takeaways/Giveaways18 / 25
21 / 12Fumbles/Lost19 / 10
19 / 1Fumbles Recovered/Touchdowns18 / 0
199 / 31.71st Down/1st Down%181 / 27.2
50 / 1153rd Down Efficiency Made/Attempts58 / 144
7 / 94th Down Efficiency Made/Attempts5 / 19
41 / 6.5Touchdowns/Pct.26 / 3.9
41 / 41Extra points Made/Attempts26 / 26
2 / 41Two points Made/Attempts1 / 26

BoiseOPP. OVERALL STATSIdaho
9 (93)Opp. Games/Point10 (419)
2526 (280.7)Opp. Yards/Per Game4783 (478.3)
63 / 559Opp. Penalties/Yards60 / 566
18 / 26Opp. Takeaways/Giveaways25 / 18
17 / 10Opp. Fumbles/Lost18 / 9
19 / 0Opp. Fumbles Recovered/Touchdowns19 / 1
148 / 24.1Opp. 1st Down/1st Down%243 / 33.8
40 / 138Opp. 3rd Down Efficiency Made/Attempts58 / 130
6 / 23Opp. 4th Down Efficiency Made/Attempts8 / 19
12 / 2.0Opp. Touchdowns/Pct.53 / 7.4
11 / 9Opp. Extra points Made/Attempts55 / 54
2 / 9Opp. Two points Made/Attempts1 / 54
BoisePASSING STATSIdaho
296Attempts317
206 (69.6)Completions/Completions%165 (52.1)
2657Yards1858
9.0 (295.2)Yards per Attempts/Per Game5.9 (185.8)
24 (8.11)Touchdowns/Pct.17 (5.36)
167.7QB Rating109.5
9 (-71)Sacked/Yards25 (-163)
2.95Sacked Pct.7.31
BoiseOPP. PASSING STATSIdaho
296Opp. Attempts338
155 (52.4)Opp. Completions/Completions%228 (67.5)
1598Opp. Yards2653
5.4 (177.6)Opp. Yards per Attempts/Per Game7.8 (265.3)
6 (2.03)Opp. Touchdowns/Pct.26 (7.69)
93.6Opp. QB Rating153.5
27 (-191)Opp. Sacked/Yards8 (-69)
8.36Opp. Sacked Pct.2.31
BoiseRUSHING STATSIdaho
331Attempts348
1321Yards1445
4.0 (146.8)Yards per Attempts/Per Game4.2 (144.5)
17 (5.14)Touchdowns/Pct.9 (2.59)
53Long54
0Yard 100 Games3
BoiseOPP. RUSHING STATSIdaho
318Opp. Attempts382
928Opp. Yards2130
2.9 (103.1)Opp. Yards per Attempts/Per Game5.6 (213.0)
6 (1.89)Opp. Touchdowns/Pct.27 (7.07)
60Opp. Long90
0Opp. Yard 100 Games5
BoiseRECEIVING STATSIdaho
206Receptions165
2657Yards1858
12.9 (295.2)Yards per Reception/Per Game11.3 (185.8)
24 (11.65)Touchdowns/Pct.17 (10.30)
4Yard 100 Games2
BoiseOPP. RECEIVING STATSIdaho
155Opp. Receptions228
1598Opp. Yards2653
10.3 (177.6)Opp. Yards per Reception/Per Game11.6 (265.3)
6 (3.87)Opp. Touchdowns/Pct.26 (11.40)
1Opp. Yard 100 Games7
BoiseDEFENSE STATSIdaho
27Sack8
191Sack Yards69
16Interceptions9
65Interceptions Yards54
BoiseOPP. DEFENSE STATSIdaho
9Opp. Sack25
71Opp. Sack Yards163
6Opp. Interceptions15
80Opp. Interceptions Yards281
BoisePUNTING/KICKING STATSIdaho
37Punts49
1657 (44.8)Punts Yards/Average2314 (47.2)
9 / 13Kicking Field Goals Made/Attempted6 / 11
41 / 41Extra Points Made/Attempted26 / 26
BoiseOPP. PUNTING/KICKING STATSIdaho
53Opp. Punts26
2074 (39.1)Opp. Punts Yards/Average968 (37.2)
2 / 8Opp. Kicking Field Goals Made/Attempted9 / 13
9 / 11Opp. Extra Points Made/Attempted54 / 55
BoiseRETURNS STATSIdaho
31Punt Returns10
247Punt Returns Yards70
71Punt Returns Long24
1Punt Returns Touchdowns1
16Kick Returns63
341Kick Returns Yards1244
42Kick Returns Long43
0Kick Returns Touchdowns0
BoiseOPP. RETURNS STATSIdaho
14Opp. Punt Returns29
85Opp. Punt Returns Yards391
18Opp. Punt Returns Long87
0Opp. Punt Returns Touchdowns1
51Opp. Kick Returns23
972Opp. Kick Returns Yards558
62Opp. Kick Returns Long60
0Opp. Kick Returns Touchdowns0






 

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