Boise State–Nevada football rivalry

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Boise State–Nevada football rivalry

Bronco logo Wolf Pack logo
Teams Boise State Broncos
Nevada Wolf Pack
First Game 1971
Games Played 38
Overall Series BSU leads 27–13 (.675)
Largest Margins 53 - BSU 56–3 - (2003)
38 - UNR 66-28 - (1996)
Most Points 136 - BSU 69–67 - (2007)
Longest Streaks 3 - UNR
1990-1991, 1993 and 1996-1998
10 - BSU
1999, 2001–2010
Most Recent Game BSU 34–17, 2013

The Boise State–Nevada football rivalry is a college football rivalry between the Boise State Broncos football team of Boise State University and Nevada Wolf Pack football team of University of Nevada, Reno. The game has been played every year since 1971 with the exception of 1978, 1992, 1995, and 2000. The game was also played twice in 1990 as the second game was a Division I-AA semifinal playoff game, and to date has been the only post-season game played between the two programs. The series has mostly been a conference match-up, with the exception of the first seven games as well as the 1993, 1994, and 2011 games. Boise State and Nevada have faced each other as conference rivals in four separate conferences - the Big Sky Conference, Big West Conference, Western Athletic Conference, and beginning in 2012, the Mountain West Conference. The two teams have played each other from the NCAA Division II level all the way up to the highest level of college football, NCAA Division I FBS.

Beginning in 2013, however, the rivalry will no longer be played annually. Due to the MW expanding to 12 football members in 2013, the conference will split into two divisions for that sport, with Boise State placed in the Mountain Division and Nevada in the West Division. Future MW football schedules include five divisional games and three cross-division games, with no permanent cross-division opponents. This means that in a four-year cycle, teams in opposite divisions will play one another twice (two seasons on and two off, or vice versa). They will play in 2013 and 2014 and not play each other in 2015 and 2016.

Notable games[edit]

  • 1990: NCAA Division I-AA semifinal playoff game, triple overtime, Nevada advanced to the national title game
  • 2006: Boise State victory to complete a perfect regular season and a BCS bowl bid
  • 2007: highest scoring game in the history of the series, 69–67 in four overtime periods
  • 2010: overtime Nevada victory which ended Boise State's perfect season and BCS hopes

Game results[edit]

Winning team
██ orange for Boise State
██ silver for Nevada.

Game Season Date Winning
team
Broncos Wolf Pack Game site Conference Overall
1 1971 Sep-25 Boise State 17 10 Mackay Stadium, Reno Big Sky-Independent BSC 1–0
2 1972 Oct-14 Boise State 56 19 Bronco Stadium, Boise Big Sky-Independent BSC 2-0
3 1973 Nov-3 Nevada 21 23 Mackay Stadium, Reno Big Sky-Independent BSC 2–1
4 1974 Oct-4 Boise State 36 16 Bronco Stadium, Boise Big Sky-Independent BSU[1] 3–1
5 1975 Nov-8 Boise State 49 6 Mackay Stadium, Reno Big Sky-Independent BSU 4–1
6 1976 Oct-23 Boise State 26 8 Bronco Stadium, Boise Big Sky-Independent BSU 5–1
7 1977 Oct-15 Nevada 10 28 Mackay Stadium, Reno Big Sky-Independent BSU 5–2
Both teams move up to the new Div. I-AA in 1978 but do not play. UNR joins the Big Sky in 1979.
8 1979 Nov-10 Boise State 28 27 Mackay Stadium, Reno Big Sky BSU 6–2
9 1980 Nov-8 Boise State 14 3 Bronco Stadium, Boise Big Sky BSU 7–2
10 1981 Oct-31 Boise State 13 3 Mackay Stadium, Reno Big Sky BSU 8–2
11 1982 Sep-18 Boise State 20 13 Bronco Stadium, Boise Big Sky BSU 9–2
12 1983 Sep-27 Nevada 20 38 Mackay Stadium, Reno Big Sky BSU 9–3
13 1984 Sep-22 Boise State 37 12 Bronco Stadium, Boise Big Sky BSU 10–3
14 1985 Sep-21 Nevada 10 37 Mackay Stadium, Reno Big Sky BSU 10–4
15 1986 Nov-8 Nevada 21 16 Bronco Stadium, Boise Big Sky BSU 10–5
16 1987 Nov-7 Boise State 36 31 Mackay Stadium, Reno Big Sky BSU 11–5
17 1988 Oct-29 Boise State 40 28 Bronco Stadium, Boise Big Sky BSU 12–5
18 1989 Nov-4 Nevada 14 30 Mackay Stadium, Reno Big Sky BSU 12–6
19 1990 Nov-10 Boise State 30 14 Bronco Stadium, Boise Big Sky BSU 13–6
20 Dec-8 Nevada[2] 52 59 3 OT Mackay Stadium, Reno Big Sky BSU 13–7
21 1991 Oct-26 Nevada 14 17 Mackay Stadium, Reno Big Sky BSU 13–8
UNR moves to the Div. I-A Big West in 1992. BSU and UNR do not play in 1992.
22 1993 Sep-11 Nevada 10 38 Mackay Stadium, Reno Big Sky-Big West BSU 13–9
23 1994 Sep-17 Boise State 37 27 Bronco Stadium, Boise Big Sky-Big West BSU 14–9
BSU and UNR do not play in 1995. BSU moves to the Big West in 1996.
24 1996 Oct-12 Nevada 28 66 Mackay Stadium, Reno Big West BSU 14–10
25 1997 Nov-8 Nevada 42 56 Bronco Stadium, Boise Big West BSU 14–11
26 1998 Oct-31 Nevada 24 42 Mackay Stadium, Reno Big West BSU 14–12
27 1999 Oct-23 Boise State 52 17 Bronco Stadium, Boise Big West BSU 15–12
UNR moves to the WAC in 2000, and BSU in 2001, teams do not play in 2000.
28 2001 Oct-27 Boise State 49 7 Bronco Stadium, Boise WAC BSU 16–12
29 2002 Nov-23 Boise State 44 7 Mackay Stadium, Reno WAC BSU 17–12
30 2003 Nov-29 Boise State 56 3 Bronco Stadium, Boise WAC BSU 18–12
31 2004 Nov-27 Boise State 58 21 Mackay Stadium, Reno WAC BSU 19–12
32 2005 Oct-29 Boise State 49 14 Bronco Stadium, Boise WAC BSU 20–12
33 2006 Nov-25 Boise State 38 7 Mackay Stadium, Reno WAC BSU 21–12
34 2007 Oct-14 Boise State 69 4 OT 67 Bronco Stadium, Boise WAC BSU 22–12
35 2008 Nov-22 Boise State 41 34 Mackay Stadium, Reno WAC BSU 23–12
36 2009 Nov-27 Boise State 44 33 Bronco Stadium, Boise WAC BSU 24–12
37 2010 Nov-26 Nevada 31 34 OT Mackay Stadium, Reno WAC BSU 24–13
BSU moves to the MWC in 2011. UNR joins a year later in 2012.
38 2011 Oct-1 Boise State 30 10 Bronco Stadium, Boise MWC-WAC BSU 25–13
39 2012 Dec-1 Boise State 27 21 Mackay Stadium, Reno MWC BSU 26–13
40 2013 Oct-19 Boise State 34 17 Bronco Stadium, Boise MWC BSU 27–13

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boise State College becomes Boise State University in 1974.
  2. ^ Division I-AA Semifinal playoff game.