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10/18/14 - 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 the go-ahead 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.
"Being on the opposite end of a pass gives me some better perspective," Hedrick said. "It's especially hard when you're really wide open, but Thomas made a great pass. And our defense took control from there." 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. "When our defense is firing on all cylinders, we're hard to move the ball against," Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. "Great defenses finish and we've been able to finish the past two games with our defense on the field." - AP Sports
10/17/14 - BOISE STATE (4-2, 2-1) THIS WEEK'S GAME: vs. Fresno State, Friday, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN. Before the start of the season this looked like it might be the marquee game of the season but the defending Mountain West champion Bulldogs (3-4, 2-1) have stumbled badly this season and even fell to West Division bottom-feeder UNLV, 30-27, in overtime last week. Boise State, which has won nine consecutive home games, has had an extra week to prepare. It's a revenge game for the Broncos who lost to the Derek Carr-led Bulldogs, 41-40, last year in Fresno. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Jay Ajayi. The 215-pound junior ranks second in the Mountain West in rushing with 709 yards on 142 carries and has scored eight touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
10/13/14 - SEPT 8 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JAY AJAYI, BOISE STATE, Junior, Running Back, Plano, Texas/Frisco Liberty HS...Accounted for 280 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns as Boise State opened Conference play with a 37-24 victory over Mountain Division foe Colorado State...Gained 219 yards on a career-high 33 attempts and scored a pair of touchdowns...Also had four catches for an additional 61 yards and another score...All three of Ajayi’s touchdowns came in the first half to get the Broncos out to a 30-10 lead at the break. - Mountain West football
10/13/14 - SEPT 22 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JAY AJAYI, BOISE STATE, Junior, Running Back, Plano, Texas/Frisco Liberty HS...Carried the ball 27 times for 150 yards with three touchdowns in Boise State’s 34-9 home win over Louisiana...Tied for the team-high with five receptions for an additional 37 yards...Scored all of his touchdowns in the first half to pace the Broncos to a 21-3 halftime advantage...Gained 120 of his 150 yards in the first half, marking the second time in three weeks (Sept. 6 versus Colorado State) Ajayi has eclipsed the 100-yard barrier in the opening 30 minutes. - Mountain West football
10/08/14 - Jay Ajayi had 116 of his 152 rushing yards in the second half and Boise State withstood a Nevada comeback for a 51-46 victory on Saturday night. Ajayi added touchdown runs of 1, 26 and 2 yards in the second half for the Broncos, (4-2, 2-1 Mountain West). Boise State intercepted Cody Fajardo four times, each leading to touchdowns, but turned the ball over three times itself. Fajardo passed for 306 yards and three touchdowns, but was intercepted three times in the firsts half, including a pick six by Tyler Gray, which gave the Broncos the lead 23-21.
On the ensuing drive, Donte Deayon intercepted a Fajardo pass and the Broncos expanded their lead to 30-21 three plays later with Grant Hedrick taking it in from 2 yards out. Hedrick finished with 26 of 31 for 346 yards and two touchdowns. Fajardo finished 23 of 43 for 306 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for two touchdowns, and rallied the Wolf Pack (3-2, 1-1 Mountain West) from 18 points down in the second half. Fajardo scored on a 56-yard run to cut the Boise lead to 37-29 with 10:53 left in the third quarter, but Ajayi came back with a 26-yard touchdown run on the next drive. - AP Sports
08/11/14 - 2014 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP AWARD WATCH LIST: RB Jay Ajayi, Boise State...Ajayi is also a member of the preseason watch lists for the Maxwell and Doak Walker Awards, given annually to the college player of the year and the nation's top running back, respectively. Of the 50 members on the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List, Ajayi is one of only seven running backs, and one of four players from the Mountain West.
Ajayi rushed for 1,425 yards on 249 carries in 2013, and his 18 rushing touchdowns last season were the eighth-most in the country. He has averaged 5.96 yards per carry through his two seasons as a Bronco, the seventh-highest average nationally amongst active players with more than 250 career attempts. - Boise State football
08/11/14 - 2014 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Jay Ajayi, Boise State, Running Back, Junior...Ajayi is one of four players from the Mountain West on the 76-member Maxwell Award Watch List. Ajayi rushed for 1,425 yards on 249 carries in 2013, and his 18 rushing touchdowns last season were the eighth-most in the country. - Boise State football
08/10/14 - 2014 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Jay Ajayi (Jr.), Boise State...Ajayi rushed for 1,425 yards on 249 carries in 2013, and his 18 rushing touchdowns last season were the eighth-most in the country. He has averaged 5.96 yards per carry through his two seasons as a Bronco, the seventh-highest average nationally amongst active players with more than 250 career attempts. - Boise State football
08/08/14 - 2014 MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM (MEDIA): RB Jay Ajayi, Jr. Boise State...Ajayi, who this preseason has already been named to the watch lists for the Walter Camp Player of Year, Maxwell, and Doak Walker Awards, rushed for 1,425 yards on 249 carries in 2013, and his 18 rushing touchdowns last season were the eighth-most in the country. He has averaged 5.96 yards per carry through his two seasons as a Bronco, the seventh-highest average nationally amongst active players with more than 250 career attempts. - Boise State football
07/24/14 - NFL Draft-Eligible prospects from the Mountain West Conference to watch in 2014: 1. RB Jay Ajayi, Boise State, RS Junior...The Boise State program has produced two running backs drafted in the top-40 picks, most recently Doug Martin 31st overall in 2012. And rising redshirt junior Jay Ajayi is hoping to add his name to that list. The top returning rusher in the conference, Ajayi put his name on the NFL radar with 1,425 rushing yards and 18 rushing scores last season, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. He has quick feet and controls his acceleration well with the explosive qualities needed for the next level.
Ajayi has a limber, flexible body type with rubber joints and nimble lateral moves to juke, flashing the balance to makes defenders miss or brush off contact. He plays fast, but sometimes too fast and will run into his own blockers and needs to improve his ability in pass protection. But above all, Ajayi needs to eliminate the fumbles and improve his ball security to be viewed as a viable early round pick. Based on tape study, it wouldn't surprise me if he earns second and third round grades from NFL scouts. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com