PROVO, Utah – Those Boise State fans who felt that their beloved Broncos would be better off with Grant Hedrick under center over Joe Southwick can currently be found with a paper bag over their head. Hedrick is not Southwick and it shows.
Yes, Hedrick is 14 of 22 with 120 yards through the air, not that bad, but he is missing receivers and throwing the ball too late. A lot people, myself included, felt that Hedrick could use his legs to make some plays, but so far he has a long run of just 1 yard and minus 1-yard so far. Running back Jay Ajayi is the bright spot for Boise State with 57 yards on the ground, but that is it.
BYU has this large 24-3 lead thanks to a pair of touchdowns in the last three minutes of the half. One drive was 77 yards and the other was 44 yard drive; the first one took just 59 seconds and the other took 1:41. The second drive was due to a fumble by Boise State wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes who was being fancy on the sideline trying to make a play.
Boise State has found some success moving the ball between the red zone, but once they get near the 20-yard line their offense just stalls. That can be attributed to BYU's stout defense who are snuffing out play after play.
If Boise State is going to make a comeback they need to mix up their running plays and attack the BYU cornerbacks who at times have issues making a tackle in the open field. The defense needs to step up and either get to the backfield to disrupt Taysom Hill who is currently 21 of 28 for 253 yards through the air, and has another 53 on the ground.
Boise State is good at making halftime adjustments so perhaps they can make some to get back in this game.