|Date of game: 10/24/2014
Recap: Boise State vs. BYU
Boise, ID (SportsNetwork.com) - Grant Hedrick threw four touchdowns and rushed for another, as the Boise State Broncos outlasted the BYU Cougars, 55-30, in a non-conference shootout at Albertsons Stadium.
Hedrick completed 24-of-31 passes for a career-high 410 yards with an interception for Boise State (6-2), winners of three in a row. Thomas Sperbeck (148 yards) and Shane Williams-Rhodes (89 yards) each had six receptions and a touchdown. Jay Ajayi rushed for 118 yards and two scores on 26 carries.
For BYU (4-4), Christian Stewart threw for 259 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 23-of-38 passing while adding a rushing score. Colby Pearson tallied five receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown.
Boise State got the scoring started on the first drive of the game with a 21- yard field goal by Dan Goodale. The hosts took a 10-0 lead later in the opening quarter on a 12-yard touchdown run by Hedrick.
After a pair of scores early in the second quarter - a Goodale field goal (25 yards) and a 78-yard touchdown pass from Hedrick to Sperbeck - the Broncos held a 20-0 lead.
BYU got on the board with 9:12 to play before halftime on a 17-yard touchdown run by Jamaal Williams, but Boise State answered back just over a minute later when Hedrick struck again with a 49-yard touchdown pass to Williams-Rhodes.
The Cougars scored on an 81-yard touchdown pass from Stewart to Pearson on their next possession, but Boise State brought its lead back to 20, 34-14, on a 3-yard touchdown run by Ajayi with 3:39 to play before halftime.
BYU recorded a safety with 1:26 left, but upon getting possession back Stewart threw an interception. In the final minute of the half, Hedrick threw a 19- yard touchdown pass to Troy Ware to put the Broncos ahead comfortably heading into intermission, 41-16.
The Cougars' defense tried to shift the momentum early in the third quarter, as Fred Warner picked off a Hedrick pass and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown.
However, Hedrick redeemed himself midway through the third quarter with an 8- yard scoring strike to Jake Roh.
Ajayi ran in his second touchdown of the night, this time from two yards away, midway through the fourth quarter.
Stewart added a 2-yard rushing touchdown late in the game for BYU to put an end to the scoring.
Boise State amassed 637 total yards and held more than 36 minutes of possession time. BYU, meanwhile, had just 322 yards.Game Notes