BYU Hopes to Unseat Boise's Bucking Broncos Friday

Playing its' first game in Idaho since 1954, BYU faces another non-conference opponent Friday when they travel to Boise to take on No. 21 Boise State. The Broncos are currently 3-0 after defeating UTEP 47-31 last week, while BYU is 1-2 after losing to the USC Trojans. In their last road game in the Gem state, the Cougars lost 34-0 to the University of Idaho.

Boise State holds a 1-0 series edge on the Cougars after beating beaten them 50-12 last season behind the passing of Ryan Dinwiddie, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another.

Against current WAC teams, the Cougars have a 64-23-3 (.736) winning record. Out of the 10 teams that comprise the WAC, BYU has played all of them except head coach Gary Crowton's former team, Louisiana Tech. The Cougars competed in the WAC from 1962 until 1998 when BYU and seven other members of the WAC formed the Mountain West Conference. Nineteen of BYU's 21 conference championships came while they were still competing in the WAC, with the first in 1965 and the last in 1996.

Despite its proximity to the Gem State, BYU has only played four games in the state of Idaho, posting a 2-1-1 record. The Cougars have three players on their roster from Idaho: linebacker Dan Bates (Boise); running back Nathan Meikle (Idaho Falls); and offensive lineman Scott Tidwell (Nampa). Other Cougars with ties to Idaho are Bryce Mahuika (mission in Pocatello); John Denney, Jonny Harline Cameron Jensen and Scott Tidwell all played at Ricks College. Also, some of the Cougars' greatest players have hailed from Idaho, including Outland Trophy winner Jason Buck, Academic All-American Jared Lee and current Indianapolis Colt Rob Morris.

TELEVISION: Friday's game will be broadcast to a national audience on ESPN. The game will be broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. MST. The ESPN team that will call the game consists of Brad Sheldon, Tim Ryan, Rod Gilmore and Heather Cox. RADIO: Fans can tune into KSL Radio and follow the action with Greg Wrubell, Marc Lyons and Bill Riley. The game can also be heard on Dish Network (Channel 980).

BYU also plans a live webcast of the game, which includes play-by-play and up-to-the-minute statistics by logging into: In addition to the webcast, a live audio stream will be available on the following URLs: and

Following Matt Payne's 46-yard field goal against USC, BYU had scored first in all three of its games this year. Running back Fahu Tahi scored the Cougars' first points against both Notre Dame and Stanford. On the season, BYU has outscored its opponents 20-7 in the first quarter, while its opponents have outscored the Cougars 41-0 in the fourth.

BYU's projected starting offensive line averages 6-4 and 312 pounds. They will face a Boise State defensive line that averages 6-2 and 261 pounds. Meanwhile, the Cougars defensive linemen average 6-4 and 293 pounds and will face a Boise State front-five averaging 6-3 and 288 pounds.

Through two home games, BYU is averaging 64,359 fans per game, 28th best in the nation. Against Notre Dame, the Cougars packed in 65,251 fans into the stands, the most to watch a game at LaVell Edwards Stadium since Legacy seating was added in 2003. BYU's game against Notre Dame was the 47th largest crowd to watch an NCAA football game this year, while the Cougars' game against USC was the 52nd largest.

BYU currently ranks 100th in the nation in total offense with 278 yards per game. The Cougars will face a Bronco defense that ranks 44th in the nation. BYU is also averaging 248 passing yards a game, which ranks 31st in the country, while Boise State's pass defense ranks 88th in the nation, yielding 246 yards a game. BYU ranks 116 out of 117 teams in rushing offense, racking up just 30 yards per contest, while the Broncos rank 15th in the nation in rush defense, giving up only 78 yards a game. Cougar wide receiver Todd Watkins ranks 16th in the nation and second in the MWC in receiving yards per game with a 99.33 average.

The Cougars defense, which currently ranks 80th in the nation, will face the nation's fourth best offense – yardage-wise – and the nation's top scoring team that averages 55 points a game. The Broncos' passing attack ranks seventh in the nation, averaging 318 yards per game, while their running game averages 225 yards per game. BYU ranks 101st in pass defense and 50th against the rush.

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