Boise State–Nevada football rivalry

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Boise State–Nevada football rivalry
First meeting September 25, 1971
Boise State, 17–10
Latest meeting November 4, 2017
Boise State, 41–14
Trophy None
Statistics
Meetings total 42
All-time series Boise State leads, 29–13 (.690)
Largest victory Boise State, 56–3 (2003)
Longest win streak Boise State, 10 (1999–2009)
Current win streak Boise State, 5 (2011–present)
Boise State–Nevada football rivalry is located in USA West
BoiseState University
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State University
Universityof Nevada,Reno
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Locations in the western United States

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 annually since 1971, with the exception of 1978, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2015, and 2016. The teams met twice in 1990 as the second game was a Division I-AA semifinal playoff game; it remains the only post-season game played between the two programs.

The series has often been a conference match-up, with the exception of ten games: 1971–1977, 1993, 1994, and 2011. Boise State and Nevada have met as conference rivals in four conferences - Big Sky, Big West, Western Athletic, and Mountain West. These have included three NCAA classifications: Division II (originally "college division"), Division I-AA (now FCS), and Division I FBS.

Since the Mountain West's expansion to twelve football members in 2013, the rivalry is no longer played annually. The conference split into two six-team divisions for football, 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. In a four-year cycle, teams in opposite divisions play only twice (two seasons on and two off, or vice versa). They played in 2013 and 2014, but not in 2015 and 2016. They can still meet in the Mountain West Championship game.

Notable games[edit]

  • December 8, 1990: Division I-AA semifinal, triple overtime, Nevada advanced to the national title game.
  • November 25, 2006: Boise State victory to complete a perfect regular season and a BCS bowl bid.
  • October 14, 2007: Highest scoring game in the history of the series, 69–67 in four overtime periods. The 136 points is the second most combined points in an FBS game (tied with the Navy vs North Texas on November 10, 2007).
  • November 26, 2010: Nevada's overtime victory ended previously undefeated Boise State's BCS hopes.

Game results[edit]

Boise State victories Nevada victories
No. Date Location Winner Score
1 September 25, 1971 Reno, NV Boise State 17–10
2 October 14, 1972 Boise, ID Boise State 56–19
3 November 3, 1973 Reno, NV Nevada 23–21
4 October 5, 1974 Boise, ID Boise State 36–16
5 November 8, 1975 Reno, NV Boise State 49–6
6 October 23, 1976 Boise, ID Boise State 26–8
7 October 15, 1977 Reno, NV Nevada 28–10
8 November 10, 1979 Reno, NV Boise State 28–27
9 November 8, 1980 Boise, ID Boise State 14–3
10 October 31, 1981 Reno, NV Boise State 13–3
11 September 18, 1982 Boise, ID Boise State 20–13
12 September 24, 1983 Reno, NV Nevada 38–20
13 September 22, 1984 Boise, ID Boise State 37–12
14 September 21, 1985 Reno, NV Nevada 37–10
15 November 8, 1986 Boise, ID Nevada 21–16
16 November 7, 1987 Reno, NV Boise State 36–31
17 October 29, 1988 Boise, ID Boise State 40–28
18 November 4, 1989 Reno, NV Nevada 30–14
19 November 10, 1990 Boise, ID Boise State 30–14
20 December 8, 1990 Reno, NV Nevada 59–52
21 October 26, 1991 Reno, NV Nevada 17–14
22 September 11, 1993 Reno, NV Nevada 38–10
No. Date Location Winner Score
23 September 17, 1994 Boise, ID Boise State 37–27
24 October 12, 1996 Reno, NV Nevada 66–28
25 November 8, 1997 Boise, ID Nevada 56–42
26 October 31, 1998 Reno, NV Nevada 52–24
27 October 23, 1999 Boise, ID Boise State 52–17
28 October 27, 2001 Boise, ID Boise State 49–7
29 November 23, 2002 Reno, NV #23 Boise State 44–7
30 November 29, 2003 Boise, ID #18 Boise State 56–3
31 November 27, 2004 Reno, NV #10 Boise State 58–21
32 October 29, 2005 Boise, ID Boise State 49–14
33 November 25, 2006 Reno, NV #12 Boise State 38–7
34 October 14, 2007 Boise, ID Boise State 69–67
35 November 22, 2008 Reno, NV #9 Boise State 41–34
36 November 27, 2009 Boise, ID #6 Boise State 44–33
37 November 26, 2010 Reno, NV #19 Nevada 34–31
38 October 1, 2011 Boise, ID #4 Boise State 30–10
39 December 1, 2012 Reno, NV #25 Boise State 27–21
40 October 19, 2013 Boise, ID Boise State 34–17
41 October 4, 2014 Reno, NV Boise State 51–46
42 November 4, 2017 Boise, ID Boise State 41–14
Series: Boise State leads 29–13
Note: Source:[1]
  • Non-conference games (11: 1971–1977, 1990 (playoff), 1993–1994, 2011)
  • Three overtime games: 1990 playoff (3OT), 2007 (4OT) and 2010 (OT)
  • Not played in 6 seasons (1978, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2015–2016)

Coaching records[edit]

Since first game on September 25, 1971

Boise State[edit]

Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Tony Knap Boise State 5 1968–1975 4 1 0 .800
Jim Criner Boise State 6 1976–1982 5 1 0 .833
Lyle Setencich Boise State 4 1983–1986 1 3 0 .250
Skip Hall Boise State 6 1987–1992 3 3 0 .500
Pokey Allen Boise State 3 1993–1996 1 2 0 .333
Houston Nutt Boise State 1 1997 0 1   .000
Dirk Koetter Boise State 2 1998–2000 1 1   .500
Dan Hawkins Boise State 5 2001–2005 5 0   1.000 
Chris Petersen Boise State 8 2006–2013 7 1   .875
Bryan Harsin Boise State 2 2014–present 2 0   1.000 

Nevada[edit]

Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Jerry Scattini Nevada 5 1969–1975 1 4 0 .200
Chris Ault (a) Nevada 16 1976–1992 7 9 0 .438
Jeff Horton Nevada 1 1993 1 0 0 1.000 
Chris Ault (b) Nevada 1 1994–1995 0 1 0 .000
Jeff Tisdel Nevada 4 1996–1999 3 1   .750
Chris Tormey Nevada 3 2000–2003 0 3   .000
Chris Ault (c) Nevada 9 2004–2012 1 8   .111
Brian Polian Nevada 2 2013–2016 0 2   .000
Jay Norvell Nevada 1 2017–present 0 1   .000
  • Chris Ault's overall record in series is 8–18 (.308)
  • There have been no ties in this series; Big Sky went to overtime for conference games in 1980
    & all Division I games went to overtime in 1996.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nevada vs Boise State". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on September 9, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2017.