Boise State–Nevada football rivalry
First contestedSeptember 25, 1971
Boise State, 17–10
Number of meetings43
Most recent meetingOctober 13, 2018
Boise State, 31–27
Next meeting2021 in Boise
All-time seriesBoise State leads, 30–13 (.698)
Largest victoryBoise State, 56–3 (2003)
Longest win streakBoise State, 10 (1999–2009)
Current streakBoise State, 6 (2011–present)
StadiumsAlbertsons Stadium
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
Mackay Stadium
Reno, Nevada, U.S.

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, 2014, 2017, and 2018, but not in 2015 and 2016. They can still meet in the Mountain West Championship game.

Notable gamesEdit

  • 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.

Game resultsEdit

Boise State victoriesNevada victories
1September 25, 1971Reno, NVBoise State17–10
2October 14, 1972Boise, IDBoise State56–19
3November 3, 1973Reno, NVNevada23–21
4October 5, 1974Boise, IDBoise State36–16
5November 8, 1975Reno, NVBoise State49–6
6October 23, 1976Boise, IDBoise State26–8
7October 15, 1977Reno, NVNevada28–10
8November 10, 1979Reno, NVBoise State28–27
9November 8, 1980Boise, IDBoise State14–3
10October 31, 1981Reno, NVBoise State13–3
11September 18, 1982Boise, IDBoise State20–13
12September 24, 1983Reno, NVNevada38–20
13September 22, 1984Boise, IDBoise State37–12
14September 21, 1985Reno, NVNevada37–10
15November 8, 1986Boise, IDNevada21–16
16November 7, 1987Reno, NVBoise State36–31
17October 29, 1988Boise, IDBoise State40–28
18November 4, 1989Reno, NVNevada30–14
19November 10, 1990Boise, IDBoise State30–14
20December 8, 1990Reno, NVNevada59–52
21October 26, 1991Reno, NVNevada17–14
22September 11, 1993Reno, NVNevada38–10
23September 17, 1994Boise, IDBoise State37–27
24October 12, 1996Reno, NVNevada66–28
25November 8, 1997Boise, IDNevada56–42
26October 31, 1998Reno, NVNevada52–24
27October 23, 1999Boise, IDBoise State52–17
28October 27, 2001Boise, IDBoise State49–7
29November 23, 2002Reno, NV#23 Boise State44–7
30November 29, 2003Boise, ID#18 Boise State56–3
31November 27, 2004Reno, NV#10 Boise State58–21
32October 29, 2005Boise, IDBoise State49–14
33November 25, 2006Reno, NV#12 Boise State38–7
34October 14, 2007Boise, IDBoise State69–67
35November 22, 2008Reno, NV#9 Boise State41–34
36November 27, 2009Boise, ID#6 Boise State44–33
37November 26, 2010Reno, NV#19 Nevada34–31
38October 1, 2011Boise, ID#4 Boise State30–10
39December 1, 2012Reno, NV#25 Boise State27–21
40October 19, 2013Boise, IDBoise State34–17
41October 4, 2014Reno, NVBoise State51–46
42November 4, 2017Boise, IDBoise State41–14
43October 13, 2018Reno, NVBoise State31–27
Series: Boise State leads 30–13
  • Non-conference games (11: 1971–1977, 1990 (playoff), 1993–1994 and 2011)
  • Three overtime games: 1990 playoff (3OT), 2007 (4OT) and 2010 (OT)
  • Not played in 8 seasons (1978, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2015–2016 and 2019–2020)

Coaching recordsEdit

Since first game on September 25, 1971

Boise StateEdit

Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Tony KnapBoise State51968–1975410.800
Jim CrinerBoise State61976–1982510.833
Lyle SetencichBoise State41983–1986130.250
Skip HallBoise State61987–1992330.500
Pokey AllenBoise State31993–1996120.333
Houston NuttBoise State1199701 .000
Dirk KoetterBoise State21998–200011 .500
Dan HawkinsBoise State52001–200550 1.000 
Chris PetersenBoise State82006–201371 .875
Bryan HarsinBoise State32014–present30 1.000 


Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Jerry ScattiniNevada51969–1975140.200
Chris Ault (a)Nevada161976–1992790.438
Jeff HortonNevada119931001.000 
Chris Ault (b)Nevada11994–1995010.000
Jeff TisdelNevada41996–199931 .750
Chris TormeyNevada32000–200303 .000
Chris Ault (c)Nevada92004–201218 .111
Brian PolianNevada22013–201602 .000
Jay NorvellNevada22017–present02 .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.

See alsoEdit


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