FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Grant Hedrick is a capable replacement for quarterback Joe Southwick. The redshirt junior verified that Saturday night for Boise State.
Hedrick took control of the offense on Oct. 19th when Southwick was injured on the first play of the game against Nevada. He made his first start in a loss at BYU.
"Grant has been around us quite awhile and studied like he's been the starter for four years," Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. "He's done a great job. He's just hasn't gotten a lot of opportunities."
Hedrick scorched the Colorado State secondary for five passing touchdowns and 305 yards leading Boise State to a 42-30 victory on Saturday night.
Making his second start, Hedrick completed 19 of 27 passes and contributed a 2-yard rushing touchdown for Boise State (6-3, 4-1 Mountain West). Jay Ajayi had 91 yards on 13 carries and surpassed 1,000 yards rushing on the season.
"Each game Grant seems to be getting a little bit better," Petersen said. "It looks to me like he's probably seeing things better in the passing game and in the running game too."
Hedrick ran for 30 yards and frustrated the Colorado State pass rush with his speed.
The Broncos trailed 10-0 early in the game, but scored the final 14 points of the first half and took a 28-17 lead into intermission.
Kapri Bibbs ran for 69 yards and three touchdowns for Colorado State (4-5, 2-2). Garrett Grayson was 36-of-53 passing for 397 yards and a touchdown.
"This one really hurt," said Rams wide receiver Charles Lovett. "We had lost big to them, but this one was close."