Ajayi leads Boise State past Fresno State, 37-27
Jay Ajayi ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns Friday night
Oct. 17, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Jay Ajayi ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including a 54-yard run on Boise State's clinching drive in the Broncos' 37-27 victory over Fresno State on Friday night.

Boise State (5-2, 3-1 Mountain West) avenged a 41-40 overtime loss to the Bulldogs last season to claim the Milk Can rivalry trophy. Fresno State (3-5, 2-2), winless in Boise since 1984, squandered Marteze Waller's 164-yard rushing performance.

Grant Hedrick completed 21 of 30 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown, caught a scoring pass and ran for 56 yards for the Broncos.

Fresno State overcame a 10-point deficit to tie it at 27 late in the third quarter. Boise State rebounded with a 17-play, 75-yard drive that ended with receiver Thomas Sperbeck's 9-yard touchdown pass to Hedrick.

The Bulldogs scored all three of their touchdowns on drives of two plays or less, and minus-1 yards of offense in the fourth quarter.

Dan Goodale added a 24-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to push the Broncos' lead to 10 and Donte Deayon intercepted a pass to seal the victory.

Boise State led 20-10 at halftime.

The Bulldogs leaned on its big-play capability to start the third quarter. After Waller ripped off a 38-yard run on Fresno State's first play from scrimmage, Brian Burrell connected with Josh Harper for a 32-yard scoring strike to make it 20-17.

The Broncos responded with a 12-play, 62-yard drive that included four third-down conversions. Hedrick found Williams-Rhodes in the end zone from 21 yards to push Boise State's lead back to 10.

After Kody Kroening kicked a 44-yard field goal to pull Fresno State to 27-20, Boise State fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Stratton Brown recovered at 5. Two plays later, Waller scored from 3 yards out to tie it with 1:57 left in the third quarter.

Burrell was 13 of 25 for 127 yards and ran for 41 yards.


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