Few things in sports are as sweet as revenge.
Revenge against a rival — that’s even sweeter.
Boise State (6-2, 3-1 MW) got revenge over BYU (4-4) Friday night in front of 36,752 fans at Albertsons Stadium in a 55-30 win.
Head coach Bryan Harsin attributed the dominating win to the excellent practices the team had leading into the game.
“In this game, so many of things that happened in practice showed up,” Harsin said. “That’s exciting. We need to keep that up.”
The Broncos overcame the struggled they faced agianst BYU last season in a 37-20 loss, showing dominance in almost every way.
Grant Hedrick threw for a career high 410 yards and had five total touchdowns as Boise State was able to move upfield with ease.
Boise State totaled 637 yards of offense — second only to the 676 yards they had against Colorado State.
“We kind of found a rhythm offensively,” quarterback Grant Hedrick said. “It’s the perfect time of the year to do that with the last stretch of the season coming up.”
The Broncos struck quickly, running a no-huddle offense that scored a field goal less than three minutes into the game.
From their, the offense never looked back while leading the game start to finish.
Friday nights win was the third straight victory for the Broncos after falling 28-14 on the road at Air Force. It was also the third straight victory over a rival.
“Their emotional games,” Hedrick said. “It’s nice to get wins against all of them.”
Sophomore defensive end Kamalei Correa, who had two sacks against BYU, addedthe Broncos wanted to avenge the losses to Fresno State and BYU from last season.
“We had a chip on our shoulder,” Correa said. “We wanted to come out with that edge.”
Boise State’s win over the Cougars had no effect on the conference standings with BYU being an Independent.
The Broncos still stand in first place in the Mountain division of the MW, but still must win out in order to clinch a berth in the MW championship.
After the three physical, rivalry games, Boise State will have one more bye week going into their final stretch of the season.
“We’re going to be worrying about New Mexico and that’s it,” Harsin said.
The loss was the fourth straight for BYU since starting quarterback Taysom Hill was lost for the season with a broken left leg against Utah State.
Friday’s win was the second highest attendance rating in Albertsons Stadium history. The only higher rating was the 36,864 fans that watched Boise State beat BYU 7-6 in 2012.
“That was tremendous tonight,” Harsin said. “Every team that comes in here knows about The Blue. What they don’t know is what the crowd is going to be like.”