On Sept. 27, Boise State quarterback Grant Hedrick threw four interceptions in a 28-14 loss to Air Force. The Broncos fell to 3-2 on the season and appeared to be on the downswing.
Well, they’ve since won three straight, and Hedrick has been a big reason why. In fact, he threw for 410 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-30 win over BYU last Friday, as the Broncos have scored 50+ points in two of their last three games.
Hedrick also rushed eight times for 29 yards against BYU, including a 12-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to make it 10-0.
“I just kind of found a crease and the guys upfront were doing a good job blocking,” Hedrick said on Ferrall on the Bench. “I kind of just found a scramble lane and got in the end zone, fortunately. It was a good start. We kind of got started off in a little rhythm there.”
That’s putting it mildly. The Broncos erupted for 31 points in the second quarter, as Hedrick found Thomas Sperbeck and Shane Williams-Rhodes for touchdown passes of 78 and 49 yards, respectively.
“He ran a great route – kind of a double move,” Hedrick said of Sperbeck’s catch. “I threw the ball out there trusting he was going to run underneath it and then he did the rest after he caught the ball. He was amazing after the catch and got it in the end zone, which was huge.”
Williams-Rhodes’ touchdown catch, on the other hand, was less pass and more run.
“Kind of a trick play,” Hedrick said. “Hadn’t really thrown him the ball quite like that when we worked on it in practice. But (if) you get him the ball in space, good things are typically going to happen. He’s so electric with the ball in his hands. I don’t think I threw it very far, but he made a great play after the catch and got it in the end zone once again. It was a great job on his part.”
Tailback Jay Ajayi, meanwhile, rushed 26 times for a game-high 118 yards and two touchdowns.
“When he’s rolling, our offense is rolling,” Hedrick said. “That’s kind of a recurring theme. He played a great game – really physical. That really got us going, ultimately.”
So, in review: Sperbeck had six catches for 148 yards and a score, Williams-Rhodes had six catches for 89 yards and a score, and Ajayi had 28 touches for 144 yards and two scores.
“It makes my job easy when I get to spread it around and watch them go make plays,” Hedrick said.
Boise State, which has won six of seven, is off this week but plays at New Mexico (2-5, 0-3) on Nov. 8.
“We got to keep rolling,” Hedrick said. “We kind of found a little bit of a rhythm here and going into the bye week we’ll be good. We’ll get guys healthy again, kind of catch our breath and come out strong and finish our last stretch of the season well.”
Hedrick, a senior, will savor every moment.
“Everything about this place, I love tremendously,” he said. “It’s been a great experience my last four-and-a-half years.”