Boise State wide receivers play breakout game

Coach Petersen has been pushing the group for more. © 2013 Idaho StatesmanNovember 2, 2013 

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Entering their game at Colorado State, Boise State’s wide receivers knew they needed to make more plays: to help their new quarterback, to help their offense, to help themselves.

It has been a topic of conversation in the receiving room all year.

“There’s been a lot of talk about that. If he throws you the ball, you got to make a play. Even if it’s a bad ball, you got to make him look good,” wide receiver Troy Ware said days before the Colorado State game. “Whenever you get a chance, you have to make a play.”

The receivers got some chances — and made some plays — in Saturday’s 42-30 victory against Colorado State. It was a career night for quarterback Grant Hedrick, making just his second start.

Matt Miller went high to grab two TDs, snatching one above the defenders’ head and another over his back shoulder. Miller finished with six catches for 96 yards.

Shane Williams-Rhodes had a 68-yard catch and run, the longest pass play of the year for the Broncos. He had five catches for 92 yards.

Geraldo Boldewijn got upfield after his catches, secured a touchdown catch while getting hit by a Ram defender and toed the sideline for a key third-down catch in the fourth quarter. Boldewijn had five catches for 66 yards.

Aaron Burks hauled in a 42-yard touchdown, his lone catch, with a defender draped on him. The defender was flagged for pass interference, but Burks still caught the ball. It came moments after he was unable to haul in a “50-50” deep ball — meaning the receiver and defensive back have an equal shot at it — in the end zone from Hedrick.

Boise State averaged 16.1 yards per catch. The Broncos entered the game averaging 10.4 yards a catch.

“It was unbelievable. I just kind of got in that mind-set of give them a chance. Let them make plays and they did that tonight. That was a huge confidence builder for everybody,” Hedrick said. “We came in with that mind-set like we’ve got some plays, and I think it showed.”

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