The Boise State Broncos were able to rebound from last’s week disappointing loss to Air Force in a 51-46 shootout win over Nevada. With the win, the Broncos move to 4-2 and 1-2 in conference. Here are five things that every football team needs to know going into the game against Fresno State.
1. Grant Hedrick has rebounded. Following one of the worst games of his career in which he threw four interceptions and didn’t lead the Broncos to a single scoring drive, Hedrick bounced back with a good performance in the win over Nevada. He went 26-31 for 346 yards and 2 touchdowns. While he did have one interception, Hedricks decision making and throws were much better overall.
2. The Jay Train is rolling again. Following a dismal performance against Air Force in which he only had 63 rushing yards and two fumbles, Jay Ajayi got back on track with a 152-yard rushing performance against the Wolfpack. Ajayi also had three touchdowns, and more impressively, didn’t cough the ball over a single time.
3. The Broncos are getting more people involved in the offense. With the injury to Matt Miller, the Broncos had to rely on other players in the win against Nevada. Among those with good games were receivers Chaz Anderson and Dallas Burroughs. In addition, Shane Williams Rhodes had one of his best games on the season and backup running back Jeremy McNichols emerged with a terrific game as well.
4. The Defense was hit and miss. The Boise State defense has been the staple of the Broncos season. However against Air Force they were shaky at best. The defense gave up 462 yards in total defense. In addition, the Broncos gave up 156 yards on the ground, the first time they have given up over 100 yards on the ground all year. The 39 points was also the most the defense has allowed this season. Despite this, the Broncos forced four turnovers including an interception return for a touchdown, which was instrumental in the win.
5. The Broncos have momentum. The win over Nevada was crucial for the Broncos as they head into their bye week. Boise State could have put themselves in an inescapable hole had they lost to Nevada. Instead though the Broncos return home with momentum into their toughest slate of games on the season when they have to face Fresno State and BYU in back to back games.