Boise State came into this game at 4 - 2 and looking to win their third straight game. After the first half, it was Nevada establishing some dominance. The Wolf Pack racked up 246 yards by half time and a 17 – 7 lead. The Broncos offense didn't seem in rhythm, the defense struggled to stop anyone from Nevada, and to make things worse, the Broncos lost starting quarterback Joe Southwick for the game after the first offensive play.
Grant Hedrick came in and his first drive resulted in an interception, followed by consecutive punts. Then on 3rd and 4, Hedrick took off on a 49 yard run and finished off the drive with an Ajayi 9 yard touchdown run and Boise State’s first and only score of the first half. Then came the second half and the return of the Broncos we have seen over the last few weeks.
The defense stepped up in the second half. They held Nevada to 127 yards, total. No points scored and Demarcus Lawrence was seemingly everywhere wreaking havoc on the Wolf Pack and was rewarded this week being voted defensive player of the week in the Mountain West. He added 3.5 sacks to his season total of 6.5 and was the first Bronco to record three or more sacks in a game since 2006.
The offense ran all over Nevada to the tune of 407 yards, that’s rushing yards, not total yards. It was the fifth most yards on the ground is school history. Jay Ajayi added 222 yards, a career high, while backup quarterback Hedrick added another 115 of his own rushing yards. All five Broncos touchdowns were on the ground. Hedrick was 18 of 21 through the air and amassed 150 yards. The Broncos outscored Nevada 27 – 0 in the second half and took control of the game and looked every bit as dominant as they have in recent weeks. Matt Miller led the team in receiving with 5 receptions and 55 yards. Shane Williams-Rhodes provided five receptions as well and 40 yards.
The win brings Boise State’s record to 5 – 2, including three in a row. Additionally, it was the 50th consecutive win in October for the Broncos, but more importantly, it was another conference win and puts them at 3 – 1 in conference. They remain at the top of the West Division and on track to a potential rematch with Fresno State, who remains undefeated on the season and currently ranked 17 in the BCS, in the first ever Mountain West Conference championship
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