Boise State–Nevada football rivalry
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.
|First meeting||September 25, 1971|
Boise State, 17–10
|Latest meeting||October 13, 2018|
Boise State, 31–27
|Next meeting||2021 in Boise|
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
|All-time series||Boise State leads, 30–13 (.698)|
|Largest victory||Boise State, 56–3 (2003)|
|Longest win streak||Boise State, 10 (1999–2009)|
|Current win streak||Boise State, 6 (2011–present)|
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, 2014, 2017 and 2018, but not in 2015 and 2016. They can still meet in the bowl season, the Mountain West Championship game or both.
- 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 earn 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.
|Boise State victories||Nevada victories|
Since first game on September 25, 1971
|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||3||2014–present||3||0||1.000|
|Chris Ault (a)||Nevada||16||1976–1992||7||9||0||.438|
|Chris Ault (b)||Nevada||1||1994–1995||0||1||0||.000|
|Chris Ault (c)||Nevada||9||2004–2012||1||8||.111|
- 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.