Broncos, Ducks Face Off In Las Vegas
Dec. 14, 2017
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State, the 2017 Mountain West Champions and ranked No. 25 nationally in the Associated Press, Amway Coaches and College Football Playoff Polls, will square off against Oregon in the 26th edition of the Las Vegas Bowl, Dec. 16.
The Broncos (10-3) and Ducks (7- 5) are slated to kick at 1:30 p.m. MT at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, and the game will be nationally televised by ABC.
BOWL GAMES: Boise State is making its 16th-straight bowl appearance, tied with Wisconsin for the sixth-longest streak in the country, and surpassed by only Florida State (36), Virginia Tech (25), Georgia (21), Oklahoma (19) and LSU (18).
LAS VEGAS BOWL: Boise State played in three-straight Las Vegas Bowl games from 2010-12, defeating Utah (Dec. 22, 2010; 26-3), Arizona State (Dec. 22, 2011; 56-24) and Washington (Dec. 22, 2012; 28-26). The Broncos were ranked in each of the previous three Las Vegas Bowl match-ups.
THE SERIES: Boise State and Oregon have met twice previously, with the Broncos winning each game. Boise State won at 17th-ranked (AP) Oregon in 2008 (Sept. 20; 37-32), in the first road start of former quarterback Kellen Moore's career, and then the 14th-ranked Broncos defeated the No. 16 Ducks in Boise the following season (Sept. 3, 2009; 19-8), in what was former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly's debut.
AMONG THE MOST 10-WIN SEASONS: Boise State won its 10th game of the season with Dec. 2's victory over Fresno State in the Mountain West Championship Game. The Broncos have now recorded 15 10-win season since joining Division I-A (now FBS) in 1996, a mark which ranks second only to Ohio State, which has won 10 games 17 times over that span.
This 10-win season is also Boise State's third in four years, a stretch which includes marks of 12-2 (2014) and 10-3 (2016). The Broncos had a run of seven-straight 10-win seasons, highlighted by undefeated campaigns in 2006 (13-0) and 2009 (14-0), from 2006-12.
KINGS STAY KINGS: Boise State captured its third Mountain West title in six seasons on Dec. 2, beating No. 25 Fresno State, 17-14, in the conference championship game at Albertsons Stadium. The title ties Boise State with Colorado State (1999, 2000, 2002) and San Diego State (2012, 2015, 2016) for the most Mountain West crowns among current members, while BYU, TCU, and Utah still remain tied for most overall at four apiece.
NINETEEN EARN ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST HONORS: Boise State had 19 players honored when the All-Mountain West awards and teams were announced on Nov. 29.
WLB Leighton Vander Esch became the first Bronco to be named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, and the first Boise State conference defensive player of the year since Korey Hall took home the WAC honor in 2006.
Vander Esch was also named to the All-Mountain West First Team, joined on the defensive side by cornerback Tyler Horton and STUD Curtis Weaver, along with center Mason Hampton, tight end Jake Roh, and wide receiver Cedrick Wilson on offense. Weaver, a redshirt freshman who leads the Mountain West with 9.0 sacks, became the first freshman in Mountain West history to make the defensive first team.
Quarterback Brett Rypien, offensive lineman Archie Lewis, STUD Jabril Frazier, defensive tackle David Moa, safety Kekoa Nawahine, and cornerback/KR/PR Avery Williams were each named to the All-Mountain West Second Team, while seven Broncos were named All-Mountain West Honorable Mention: offensive linemen Ezra Cleveland and John Molchon, kicker Haden Hoggarth, linebacker Tyson Maeva, running back Alexander Mattison, defensive end Durrant Miles, and safety DeAndre Pierce.
BOWLING AGAINST THE PAC-12: This year's Las Vegas Bowl matchup against Oregon marks the fifth time in which the Broncos have faced off with a Pac-12 team in the postseason. The Broncos are 3-1 all-time against the Pac-12 in bowl games, picking up wins over Arizona State (56-24 at the 2011 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas), Washington (28-26 at the 2012 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas), and Arizona (38-30 at the 2014 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl), while the only setback came in a 38-23 loss to Oregon State at the 2013 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl.
It is important to note that Utah was a member of the Mountain West when Boise State (then a member of the WAC) defeated the Utes, 26-3, in the 2010 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
PAC-12 SUCCESS: Boise State went 2-0 against the Pac-12 in 2016 with wins over Washington State and Oregon State, but dropped its only meeting of 2017 with a member of the conference (47-44 in three overtimes at Washington State). While Boise State is 11-14 overall against the Pac-12 after Sept. 9's loss at Washington State, which also snapped a four-game winning streak against the conference, the Broncos are 11-6 against the Pac-12 since 2004.
This year's Las Vegas Bowl against Oregon marks the 17th time that the Broncos will play a Pac-12 team away from Albertsons Stadium, with 13 of those meetings being true road games. The Broncos are 2-11 in those true road contests, with the only wins coming at Oregon (37-32 on Sept. 20, 2008) and at Oregon State (38-24 on Sept. 24, 2016).
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