September 2, 2013

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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin football team travels across the country to take on Football Bowl Subdivision member Boise State on Saturday, Sept. 7. Kickoff from Bronco Stadium is set for 2 p.m. CST.

This game marks the 16th game against a FBS team in UT Martin history. The Skyhawks earned their first-ever victory against an FBS squad last season with a 20-17 victory over in-state rival Memphis on Sept. 1. In addition to Boise State, UT Martin will also take on FBS member Memphis on Nov. 9.

This is the first time that UT Martin and Boise State have met on the gridiron. This will be the first time in Skyhawk history that UT Martin has faced a team from the Mountain West Conference.

The 1,820 mile trek to Boise State is officially the longest trip in the history of UT Martin football and more than doubles the longest trip the Skyhawks have taken under Jason Simpson. The previous longest trip UT Martin had taken under Simpson was 855 miles to play at South Florida in the 2008 season-opener. This is also officially the farthest west that the Skyhawks have traveled to play a football game, eclipsing the Nov. 26, 1988 Division-II playoff game at Texas A&I in Kingsville, Texas.

UT Martin (1-0) is coming off a big 31-21 road victory at No. 24 Chattanooga on Aug. 29. In that game, the stingy Skyhawk defense kept Chattanooga off the scoreboard for the first 44 minutes of the game. Meanwhile, UT Martin’s offense was paced by a steady ground game, as the Skyhawks amassed 289 rushing yards – the most against a Division-I opponent since Oct. 9, 2008.

Boise State (0-1) was ranked No. 19 in the Preseason FBS poll but suffered a 38-6 loss at Washington on Aug. 31. In that game, the Broncos trailed just 10-6 with 9:37 left to play in the third quarter before Washington closed out the game with 28 unanswered points. It was the largest margin of defeat for the Broncos since a 48-13 loss to Georgia on Sept. 3, 2005.

This game will be broadcasted live on ESPN3 at the link above. Chris Brinkley (play-by-play) and Alex Boggis (color) will call all the action live on WCMT 101.3 FM. Live stats will also be available at the link above.

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