|Date of game: 9/13/2014
Recap: Connecticut vs. Boise State
Storrs, CT (SportsNetwork.com) - Grant Hedrick threw two touchdowns and was on the receiving end of another, as the Boise State Broncos notched a 38-21 win over the Connecticut Huskies in a non-conference matchup at Rentschler Field.
Hedrick completed 19-of-27 passes for 233 yards and no interceptions for the Broncos (2-1), who were coming off last weekend's 37-24 win over Colorado State in their home and Mountain West Conference opener. Matt Miller caught both of Hedrick's TD passes in addition to throwing one of his own.
For the Huskies (1-2), Chandler Whitmer threw for 209 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions amidst steady pressure from the Broncos' pass rush.
Boise State took a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game thanks to its defense. Armand Nance broke into the backfield and dropped running back Arkeel Newsome for an eight-yard loss as the ball came out, and teammate Tanner Vallejo scooped it up and returned it 31 yards to the end zone.
UConn got on the scoreboard with a 39-yard field goal from Bobby Puyol midway through the first quarter, then took the lead on Whitmer's 16-yard touchdown pass to Alec Bloom with just under 10 minutes to play in the second quarter.
However, Boise State closed out the half with two unanswered touchdowns to take a 21-10 lead into the locker room at intermission. The first of those scores came on a 35-yard pass from Hedrick to Miller at the 5:03 mark of the second quarter. Then, with 32 seconds remaining in the half, Miller returned the favor and tossed a seven-yard TD back to Hedrick on a wide receiver reverse pass.
After the teams traded field goals midway through the third quarter, UConn found the end zone at the 1:09 mark as Whitmer hooked up with Geremy Davis for a 10-yard scoring strike. Whitmer then found Newsome in the end zone for the two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 24-21.
But the fourth quarter belonged to Boise State. Hedrick's nine-yard scoring strike to Miller made it a 31-21 game with 9:19 remaining. Donte Deayon effectively sealed the outcome with a 50-yard interception return with four minutes to play.
Boise State's defense held UConn to 48 yards rushing and also notched eight sacks in the first-ever meeting between these two teams.Game Notes