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The Ajayi show comes up big

Boise State opened up Mountain West play against the Colorado State Rams last night. Although they hung in there quite well, Boise State is coming off of a heart breaking loss to an Ole Miss team that found it’s groove in the fourth quarter. Colorado State on the other hand is coming off of a beautiful win against in-state rival Colorado.

The Past

Last year Boise State struggled against the Ram’s until they found their rhythm and ran away with the game late in the second quarter. The Ram’s controlled many aspects of the game including time of possession which was clocked at a whopping 40 minutes. Colorado State also put up 626 yards of total offense with QB Grayson accounting for an incredible 397 of them. However, Grayson also only threw for one touchdown and a pick to match it.

Hedrick had an incredible game throwing for 305 of the Broncos 437 yards and tacked on 5 touchdowns to match with zero interceptions.

The Ram’s had a decent night running the ball as well racking up a total of 229 yards in rush offense.

Boise State won that battle by 12 points with a score of 42-30.

The Present

Last night’s game had a bit of nostalgia to it as we saw a few moments when you could have sworn we were watching Moore and Co. do what they did best, clobber opponents. The Broncos scored fast and often.

Boise State’s offense put out an incredible 676 yards of offense. Hedrick, despite a dirty hit by CSU’s Pierre-Louis, had a good night completing 22 of his 33 passes for 352 yards. That performance was matched with 2 touchdowns and an interception. Hedrick also rushed for another 80 yards and a touchdown.

The Ajayi Show

Ajayi, yet again, had an amazing night with 33 touches for 219 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ajayi’s performance wasn’t held to just rushing either as the star back for the Broncos picked up 61 yards on 4 receptions and a touchdown.

Ajayi finished the game with 280 all purpose yards and 3 touchdowns.

Ajayi and Hedrick weren’t the only Broncos in the spot light tonight as Matt Miller broke Austin Pettis’ all time career reception record of 229. As of tonight, Miller is the new receptions record holder with 230 career receptions.

Miller finished the night with some nice numbers as well. 8 receptions for 151 yards and 1 touchdown.

The Bronco Defense

Despite being on the run for a good portion of the game the Ram’s QB, Grayson, still managed a respectable game. The senior QB threw 58 passes, completing 31 of them for 434 yards, 3 touchdowns, and two interceptions. The Broncos did a great job of containing him and playing to the weakness’s of CSU’s O-line and getting to Grayson and sacking him twice to cause some disruption and throw him out of rhythm.

Despite a strong showing by the Ram’s run game last week against their Pac-12 opponent and in-state rival Colorado, the Ram’s running game was non-existent Saturday evening. The Ram’s recorded only 28 yards off of 23 attempts. This is the second straight week that the Bronco’s have held an opponent to less than 100 rush yards.

As noted Grayson and Co. put up 626 yards of offense last season on the Broncos. Although the Rams still put on quite a show on offense, it didn’t come until the second half. At one point, Ajayi had more yards than the entire Ram’s offense.

Despite another notable performance by the Broncos’ secondary, they did take another hit as Page left the game late in the third quarter with an injury to his left leg ligament. No official word on his status of yet. Despite a final hurrah by the Ram’s on offense, the defense helped put a stop to that by ending the game with an interception.
Not all was gloom for the Rams however, as receiver Joe Hansley had a good night. Recording 149 yards off of just 7 receptions and a touchdown.

In the end, the Broncos come away the victors with a score of 37-24. Give your boys in blue congratulations in the comment section below Bronco Nation!

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About Mathew Douraghi

Mathew Douraghi
Mathew comes to Bronco Nation News from sunny Southern California. He completed his bachelors degree at Boise State in anthropology in 2012. From there he took his academic pursuits to the Bay Area where he recently completed his Masters degree in Medical Anthropology at California State University - East Bay. Mathew loves sports and like his co-author Steven, he loves all his sports teams down in Southern California. However, that doesn't mean he bleeds any less blue as Mathew has been following his beloved Broncos since 2005. After talking to his co-author and good friend Steven, Mathew joined the BNN staff to share is love of Bronco sports with Bronco Nation. He truly enjoys writing for BNN readers and hopes you enjoy his articles!

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