- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

No. 19 Boise State (4-0, 1-0 Mountain West) at New Mexico (2-2, 1-0), 9 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Line: Boise State by 17 1/2.

Series record: Boise State 6-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Boise State’s revenge tour continues this week taking on New Mexico. The Lobos pulled a stunning 31-24 upset in Boise last year, ending the Broncos’ 18-game home win streak and handing them just their third conference loss at home since 1998. New Mexico opened conference play outlasting San Jose State 48-41 last week after two straight losses. The Lobos are trying to become just the third conference team to beat Boise State in consecutive years since 2001.

KEY MATCHUP

Boise State defense vs. New Mexico running game. New Mexico’s option offense means the Lobos are among the top rushing teams in the country. The Lobos are averaging 347 yards per game rushing, second in the country, including 446 yards rushing last week in a win over San Jose State. Boise State’s defense is giving up just 72 yards per game on the ground, good for fifth in the country.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

New Mexico: RB Teriyon Gibson. The leading rusher for the Lobos is averaging nearly 13 yards per carry. Gibson has rushed for 399 yards on just 31 attempts and scored five touchdowns. Gibson had 156 yards and a score last week against San Jose State. Most impressive, Gibson has lost just 1-yard rushing this season.

Boise State: WR Thomas Sperbeck. A year ago against the Lobos, Sperbeck had the best game ever for a wide receiver in the Mountain West with 20 catches for 281 yards in the loss. Sperbeck remains the favored target of QB Brett Rypien with 24 catches and three TDs this season.

FACTS & FIGURES

Boise State is one of two teams in the country not to trail at any point this season. Miami is the other. … New Mexico is 1-12 under coach Bob Davie when attempting 20 or more passes in a game. … Boise State CB Jonathan Moxey will be suspended for the first half of Friday’s game after being ejected for targeting last week against Utah State.

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