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 October 4, 2014
Boise State, 51–46
Next meeting 2017
Statistics
Meetings total 41
All-time series Boise State leads, 28–13 (.683)
Largest victory Boise State, 56–3 (2003)
Longest win streak Boise State, 10 (1999–2009)
Current win streak Boise State, 4 (2011–present)
Boise State–Nevada football rivalry is located in USA West
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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 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 in the regular season. They can still meet in the Mountain West Championship game.

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. The 136 points is the second most combined points in an FBS game (tied with the Navy vs North Texas on November 10, 2007).
  • 2010: overtime Nevada victory which ended Boise State's perfect season and BCS hopes

Game results[edit]

Boise State victories Nevada victories
# Date Location Winner Score
1 1971 Reno, NV Boise State 17–10
2 1972 Boise, ID Boise State 56–19
3 1973 Reno, NV Nevada 23–21
4 1974 Boise, ID Boise State 36–16
5 1975 Reno, NV Boise State 49–6
6 1976 Boise, ID Boise State 26–8
7 1977 Reno, NV Nevada 28–10
8 1979 Reno, NV Boise State 28–27
9 1980 Boise, ID Boise State 14–3
10 1981 Reno, NV Boise State 13–3
11 1982 Boise, ID Boise State 20–13
12 1983 Reno, NV Nevada 38–20
13 1984 Boise, ID Boise State 37–12
14 1985 Reno, NV Nevada 37–10
15 1986 Boise, ID Nevada 21–16
16 1987 Reno, NV Boise State 36–31
17 1988 Boise, ID Boise State 40–28
18 1989 Reno, NV Nevada 30–14
19 1990 Boise, ID Boise State 30–14
20 1990 Reno, NV Nevada 59–52
21 1991 Reno, NV Nevada 17–14
# Date Location Winner Score
22 1993 Reno, NV Nevada 38–10
23 1994 Boise, ID Boise State 37–27
24 1996 Reno, NV Nevada 66–28
25 1997 Boise, ID Nevada 56–42
26 1998 Reno, NV Nevada 52–24
27 1999 Boise, ID Boise State 52–17
28 2001 Boise, ID Boise State 49–7
29 2002 Reno, NV Boise State 44–7
30 2003 Boise, ID Boise State 56–3
31 2004 Reno, NV Boise State 58–21
32 2005 Boise, ID Boise State 49–14
33 2006 Reno, NV Boise State 38–7
34 2007 Boise, ID Boise State 69–67
35 2008 Reno, NV Boise State 41–34
36 2009 Boise, ID Boise State 44–33
37 2010 Reno, NV Nevada 34–31
38 2011 Boise, ID Boise State 30–10
39 2012 Reno, NV Boise State 27–21
40 2013 Boise, ID Boise State 34–17
41 2014 Reno, NV Boise State 51–46
Series: Boise State leads 28–13
  • 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 six seasons (1978, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2015, 2016)

Coaching records[edit]

Since first game in 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   .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 1 2014– 1 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– 0 2   .000
  • There have been no ties in this series; the Big Sky enacted overtime for conference games in 1980,[1]
    and all Division I games went to overtime in 1996.
  • Chris Ault's overall record in series is 8–18–0 (.308)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kasper, John (September 25, 2013). "No. 48 Big Sky Innovation". Big Sky Conference. Retrieved June 11, 2016.