BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State running back Jay Ajayi ran for a career-high 222 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns to lead the Broncos to a 34-17 win over Nevada.
Backup quarterback Grant Hedrick threw for 150 yards and ran for 115 more.
Hedrick, a junior who had only attempted 36 passes in his career, took over when starting quarterback Joe Southwick injured his right foot on the Broncos' first offensive play from scrimmage. He finished 18-of-21 passing. He is also the first Bronco quarterback to rush for over 100 yards since Jared Zabranski rushed for 123 against Hawaii in 2004.
Boise State (5-2, 3-1 Mountain West) won its eighth straight game at home against Nevada.
Nevada (3-4, 2-2), which led at halftime against Boise State for the first time since 1997, lost its fifth straight on the road dating back to last season.
Boise State's defense, which yielded 246 yards of offense in the first half, held Nevada to 127 yards in the second half.
Trailing 17-7 at halftime, the Boise State offense also found its rhythm in the second half.
On their first possession of the second half, the Broncos drove 64 yards in eight plays, scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run by Ajayi. A missed extra point left Nevada with a 17-13 lead.
On Boise State's next possession, Ajayi raced 71 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. With the extra point, Boise State took its first lead at 20-17 with 9:31 left in the third quarter.
Boise State added two more touchdowns to secure the victory.
Nevada receiver Brandon Wimberly led the Wolfpack with 11 catches for 121 yards. However, his streak of five straight games with a touchdown reception was snapped.
Xavier Jones run for no gain Xavier Jones fumbled, recovered by Memph Dontrell Nelson , return for 26 yds
Michael Brewer sacked by Micah Kiser for a loss of 9 yards to the VTech 26
M. Horton run for -1 yds,M. Horton fumbled, forced by P. Vatuvei, recovered by Lvile J. Burgess,J. Burgess return for -4 yds
Mikel Horton run for a loss of 1 yard to the Lvile 28 Mikel Horton fumbled, forced by Pio Vatuvei, recovered by Lvile James Burgess , return for a loss of 4 yards to the Lvile 28
Clinton Lynch run for 28 yds to the GTech 42 for a 1ST down
J.T. Barrett run for 7 yds for a TD
Drew Barker pass complete to Dorian Baker for 42 yds to the Lvile 32 for a 1ST down