In Boise State’s first possession QB Grant Hedrick, 6-0, 200 lbs, fumbled, forced by Wyoming’s DE Eddie Yarbrough, 6-3, 257 lbs, and recovered by teammate Patrick Mertens, 6-5, 295 lbs, at the Boise State 46. Four minutes into the game, the Cowboys were suddenly up 7-0 when QB Brett Smith, 6-3, 206 lbs, threw a 19 yard pass to WR Robert Herron, 5-10, 187 lbs. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, it was their only score on the night, and Smith finished with 27 of 39 passes and 207 yards. Herron caught 10 of Smith’s passes for 86 yards, and WR Dominic Rufran, 6-0, 188 lbs, caught 8 more for 83 yards.
Wyoming came into the contest as the second leading team in the Mountain West Conference in total offense, averaging 491.6 yards per game. But the Broncos defense was healthy and rested after a bye week and anchored by Broncos DE Demarcus Lawrence, 6-3, 244 lbs. Midway through the second quarter you could feel the momemtum swing in favor of the Broncos. They shut down Wyoming’s running game, limiting their ground game to 55 yards. A frustrated RB Shaun Wick, 5-10, 204 lbs, had just 27 just yards on 11 carries.
All told, the Broncos held the Cowboys to 265 total yards while putting up 524 yards of their own. Hedrick shook off the slow start and quickly took control of the Broncos offense. He threw for three scores and 265 yards, leading the Broncos to an impressive victory by answering back with 48 unanswered points to end the game. He completed 27 of 36 passes for 265 yards. WR’s Shane Williams-Rhodes, 5-6, 158 lbs, and Matt Miller, 6-3, 218 lbs, were his main targets with Miller making 7 catches for 143 yards and was on the receiving end of all three of Hedrick’s touchdown throws. Miller made the play of the game when he took in a 48-yard pass near the goal line and waltzed in for the score. That remarkable catch can be seen by clicking here.
Hedrick had the nails in Wyoming's coffin before turning over the quarterback duties to QB Nick Patti, 5-10, 200 lbs, late in the third quarter. Some of those nails were provided by RB Jay Ajayi, 6-0, 215 lbs, who rushed for 70 yards on 11 carries and 3 TD’s and freshman RB Devan Demas, 5-8, 175 lbs, who was playing in only his third game of the season. He finished with 73 yards rushing on 12 carries. Final score: Boise State 48, Wyoming 7.
Next up for the two teams: Wyoming is at home next Saturday to host Hawaii in War Memorial Stadium, in Laramie, WY. Boise State is on the road to San Diego, CA to take on San Diego State in Qualcomm Stadium.
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