EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Grant Hedrick threw two touchdown passes to Matt Miller and caught one from the senior receiver on a trick play as Boise State beat UConn 38-21 on Saturday.
Boise State quarterback Grant Hedrick threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Matt Miller and caught one from the senior WR on a trick play as Boise State beat the University of Connecticut football team to a 38-21 on Saturday before a crowd of 30,098 at Rentschler Field.
The Huskies drop to 1-2 on the season while Boise improves their record to 2-1. The Broncos, who put up 676 yards of offense a week ago against Colorado State, were limited to 292 yards by the Husky defense. Boise State took advantage of UConn offensive miscues by scoring 14 points on turnovers.
The Broncos scored on a fumble recovery in the first quarter and an interception in the fourth. Boise held UConn to 48 yards rushing and sacked the Huskies quarterbacks eight times.
Boise State, which ran 89 plays a week ago (60 in the first half alone) had just 56 this week. They did not have an offense snap for the first eight minutes of the game, but by that time the Broncos were up 7-3.
UConn fumbled on its fifth play from scrimmage and Boise's Tanner Vallejo picked the ball up in the backfield and ran untouched 31-yards for a touchdown.
Hedrick found Miller for a 35-yard score in the second quarter, and Miller returned the favor on a trick play a few minutes later, hitting Hedrick for a seven-yard touchdown after getting the ball on an end-around. Boise led at the half 21-10. UConn closed the gap to 24-21 in the third quarter. Shane Williams-Rhodes muffed a punt return and UConn redshirt sophomore linebacker Jon Hicks (Palmyra, Pa.) recovered. UConn redshirt senior quarterback Chandler Whitmer (Newnan, Ga.) then found reshirt senior Geremy Davis (Lawrenceville, Ga.) for a 10-yard touchdown and hit freshman running back Arkeel Newsome for a two-point conversion (Ansonia, Conn.) to close it to 24-21 Boise.
Boise's Jonathan Moxey made a key fourth-quarter interception at the UConn 37-yard line. That that led to a nine-yard touchdown pass from Hedrick to Miller in the back of the end zone that made it 31-21.
Hedrick completed 19 of 27 passes for 233 yards and the two scores The Broncos got their second defensive score with four minutes left in the game when Donte Deayon ripped the ball and ran 50 yards down the right sideline for the score for the 38-21 final.
Whitmer drove UConn 83 yards for its first touchdown, finding senior wide receiver Deshon Foxx (Lynchburg, Va.) down the left sideline for a 48-yard reception and hitting freshman tight end Alex Bloom (Ligonier, Pa.) over the middle for a 16-yard touchdown that gave the Huskies a 10-7 lead. Foxx finished with 107 yards receiving on six catches.
Boise State running back Jay Ajayi, who came in averaging 158 yards a game and nearly six yards a run, was held to just 39 yards on 18 carries.
UConn returns to action on Friday night when it opens American Athletic Conference play at USF at Raymond James Stadium. The game will kickoff at 8 p.m. and be televised by either ESPN or ESPN2 and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.