The Boise State Broncos used a strong defensive effort with three interceptions -- one was returned for a touchdown -- and a blocked field goal to defeat the Fresno State Bulldogs, 28-14. This is the Broncos first outright Mountain West championship and for 50 minutes were very dominant against Fresno State.
Boise State got on the board first with a 20-yard touchdown run by Grant Hedrick on its first drive. Then the Broncos defense earned its first interception against Fresno State's Brian Burrell when Donte Deayon picked off a pass in the end zone.
The Broncos defense keep going with its second interception being a pick-six by Tanner Vallejo which put Boise State up 14-0. Fresno State's next possession ended in a blocked field goal.
Boise State's offense was not all that great this evening, and it didn't need to be. Hedrick did rush the ball well with 81 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Jay Ajayi was held in check by rushing for only 70 yards rushing with a touchdown and also was held to zero receptions.
Fresno State did make it interesting in the second half by scoring a touchdown late in the third quarter when the Bulldogs drove down the field 96 yards on 19 plays and was capped off by a Josh Quezada 2-yard score. The game then seemed to be over in the fourth quarter as Boise State led 28-7 but a touchdown pass from Burrell to Greg Watson made it a 14-point game with 5:31 left.
Fresno State then recovered the onside kick to make this game interesting for the first time since the opening kickoff, but once again the Boise State defense stepped up and forced the Bulldogs to go for it 4th and 12 but the attempt came up short.
In fitting fashion, Boise State wrapped up the game when Beau Martin was the third player to pick off Burrell for the third time this game.