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What do stats say about the matchup between Boise State football and Oregon in Vegas?

Boise State coach Bryan Harsin on facing Oregon in Las Vegas Bowl

Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin discusses the Las Vegas Bowl, facing Oregon and RB Alexander Mattison's status Dec. 3, 2017.
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Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin discusses the Las Vegas Bowl, facing Oregon and RB Alexander Mattison's status Dec. 3, 2017.

The Boise State and Oregon football teams have been known for a similar thing for nearly two decades — points, and lots of ’em.

In fact, since 2000, they are the top two scoring offenses in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Boise State has averaged 39.3 points per game in 234 games, with Oregon right behind at 38.04 ppg in 239 games.

Though the Broncos aren’t quite the scoreboard-melting machine they once were, they still have a potent offense, and the Ducks are averaging an incredible 52.1 ppg in seven games with sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert at the helm.

Boise State (10-3) often has made its name by knocking off Power Five schools like Oregon (7-5) but has lost its last three such matchups dating to last year’s Cactus Bowl. The Broncos lost to Washington State and Virginia in September.

“We lost to a Pac-12 this year and an ACC, so it’s time to beat (a) Power Five,” senior wide receiver Cedrick Wilson said.

We will have plenty of coverage for you leading up to the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 16, but here’s a quick statistical primer:

Scoring offense

Boise State: 32.1 points per game (38th in FBS)

Oregon: 36.7 ppg (18th)

Scoring defense

Boise State: 22.5 ppg (35th)

Oregon: 28.3 ppg (76th)

Total offense

Boise State: 400.4 yards per game (64th)

Oregon: 454.3 ypg (26th)

Total defense

Boise State: 336.7 ypg (23rd)

Oregon: 359.8 ypg (39th)

Turnover margin

Boise State: +0.92 per game (9th)

Oregon: +0.08 per game (T-60th)

Rushing offense

Boise State: 145.9 ypg (88th)

Oregon: 268.0 ypg (8th)

Rushing defense

Boise State: 125.8 ypg (20th)

Oregon: 129.9 (26th)

Passing offense

Boise State: 254.5 ypg (45th)

Oregon: 186.3 ypg (96th)

Passing defense

Boise State: 210.8 ypg (45th)

Oregon: 229.9 ypg (75th)

Third-down offense

Boise State: 46.0 percent (15th)

Oregon: 42.1 percent (46th)

Third-down defense

Boise State: 38.9 percent (68th)

Oregon: 32.4 percent (20th)

Fourth-down offense

Boise State: 12.5 percent (129th)

Oregon: 33.3 percent (117th)

Fourth-down defense

Boise State: 57.1 percent (94th)

Oregon: 39.1 percent (17th)

Red-zone offense

Boise State: 85.7 percent (T-55th)

Oregon: 89.1 percent (28th)

Red-zone defense

Boise State: 87.2 percent (97th)

Oregon: 89.7 percent (115th)

Team sacks

Boise State: 2.31 per game (47th)

Oregon: 2.67 per game (22nd)

Sacks allowed

Boise State: 2.08 per game (70th)

Oregon: 1.75 per game (46th)

Special teams notable

Boise State: 24.83 yards per kickoff return (11th)

Oregon: 33.74 net yards per punt (125th)

Dave Southorn: 208-377-6420, @davesouthorn


Who: Boise State (10-3) vs. Oregon (7-5)

When: 1:30 p.m. MT, Dec. 16

Where: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas


Tickets: $81.75 apiece at, the Athletic Ticket Office or via phone at 208-426-4737. Season-ticket holders will be seated based on their priority-points rank, as long as they purchase their tickets by 5 p.m. Tuesday.