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Dangerous duo key to No. 24 Boise St ground game

Associated Press Modified: October 16, 2012 at 3:18 am •  Published: October 16, 2012

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State is rediscovering the beauty of having two running backs to move the chains and wear down opposing defenses.

In the last three games, D.J. Harper and Jay Ajayi have given foes fits and have carried the load for an offense still working through the kinks of a new quarterback and young receivers.

Harper, a sixth-year senior, and Ajayi, a redshirt freshman, proved the point Saturday in No. 24 Boise State's 20-10 victory over Fresno State. The tandem combined for 233 yards rushing, more than two-thirds of the team's total offensive output, against a Bulldog defense ranked third in the Mountain West Conference for yards rushing allowed.

The Broncos host UNLV (1-6, 1-1) this week.