BOISE – The Boise State Broncos (0-1, 0-0) take on the Colorado State Rams (1-0, 0-0) on Saturday, September 6 at 8:15 p.m. MT at Albertsons Stadium.
The Broncos season opener ended with a 35-13 loss which came at the hands of a #15 ranked Ole Miss team. Colorado State's first win was a 31-17 victory in an out-of-conference game against the PAC-12's University of Colorado.
For their first games of the season, the Broncos and Rams were a yard shy of each other in total yards, but had opposite emphases. The Broncos focused on gains through the air with 264 passing yards, and a total of 399 yards. The Rams had a total of 400 yards and took to the ground running, tacking on 266 rushing yards and 134 passing.
Jay Ajayi was Boise State's rushing and receiving leader with 86 rushing yards and 93 receiving yards. Quarterback Grant Hedrick struggled with four interceptions, and a 78 percent completion rate gaining 264 passing yards.
Garrett Grayson, the Rams senior quarterback struggled in the opener with a completion rate of only 56.5 percent.
Two new names on the Colorado State roster emerged as leaders in both rushing and receiving yards in their opener, and were key to the Rams' win.
Running back Dee Hart had 22 carries for 139 yards, while junior college transfer junior running back Treyous Jarrells had 17 carries totaling 121 rushing yards. The Rams' opener would have arguably been lost had it not been for the addition of Hart and Jarrells to the 2014 roster.
Hart logged his freshman and sophomore seasons with the Alabama Crimson Tide, but wasn't able to put much time in on the field due to ACL injuries in 2011 and 2012. He left the team after the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl, and was arrested in February for possession of marijuana and giving false information.
According to The Coloradoan's Matt Stephens, Hart completed his undergraduate degree making him immediately eligible to play, which bypasses the NCAA rule that forces transfers to sit out a season.
The transfer proved to be a win-win for both, as Hart made two of the Rams' four touchdowns against Colorado State. He will be a player to watch on the ground when he goes up against the Boise State defense who will potentially be without senior defensive tackle Tyler Horn and junior cornerback Donte Deayon.
The Broncos should be weary of the Rams getting a rhythm and exploding in the second half. Colorado was up until the fourth quarter when two touchdowns and a field goal were scored in the span of ten minutes by Colorado State.
KTVB HOSTS BRONCO ROUNDUP PREGAME SHOW
You can watch the Bronco Roundup Pregame Show on KTVB from 5 to 5:30 p.m., online at KTVB.COM, and via the Bronco Roundup App which is available by searching KTVB in your app store.
GAME TELEVISED ON:
The game will be televised on ESPN2 at 8:15 p.m. MT, which can be found on the following channels:
- Cable One: Channel 25
- DirecTV: Channel 209
- Dish Network: Channel 144
FANS SHOULD WEAR BLUE
Fans are encouraged to wear blue for Saturday's game. For more information, see the 2014 color scheme schedule.
A new tradition will begin on Saturday as the Broncos will begin the "Bronco Walk" down University Drive and enter the stadium together.
The team will leave the Student Union Building at 5:40 p.m. and walk down University Drive to the east side of Albertsons Stadium through the tailgating area. Bronco fans are encouraged to line the route, and the team is expected to take around ten fans into the new football facility for a tour and a preview of the hype video.
Boise Police Department reminds fans to not drink and drive, and to park safely and legally. Those who ignore parking laws risk getting a ticket or being towed.
10 TO 10 ZONE
The 10 to 10 Zone remains in place for home games. The 10 to 10 Zone was in a pilot game last year, and was a success. It specifies areas off-campus where people may consume alcoholic beverages from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Boise State University home football game days only.
The "Zone" begins at Broadway Ave and Myrtle St., extends south down Broadway to Beacon, turns west along Beacon, north up Oakland Ave., west on Potter Dr., north again up S. Joyce St., and then west along University Dr. all the way to Capitol Blvd. The boundary extends north along Capitol Blvd. and turns east onto Cesar Chavez Ln, crosses Friendship Bridge north, and leads into Julia Davis Park. In the park, the "10 to 10 Zone" boundary is the area east of Zoo Boise to Broadway St. and any area south of Julia Davis Pond.
It is a violation of city code to have open containers of alcohol on public streets and sidewalks, city parks without a parks department permit, and within 250 feet of the Boise River. This includes private parking lots open to the public (private parking lots with catering permits are the exception).
Alcoholic beverages are allowed in clear plastic cups within the zone. Glass containers, beer cans, and type of liquor bottle and cups with alcoholic labeling are not allowed.
Officers are advising citizens and area businesses to check ID's and not to provide alcohol to those under the legal drinking age of 21. For public safety, Boise Police will be checking for illegal alcohol use in the campus area. Problems have been reported by neighbors and businesses of people on streets, in parks and parking lots engaged in illegal alcohol use and related problems like disorderly conduct, underage drinking, drunk driving, assaults, urinating in public, loud parties, and littering.
The Downtown Boise Association has coordinated free shuttle buses from several convenient downtown locations to Bronco Stadium. These shuttles run every 15 minutes for two hours prior to game time, and immediately after the game for one hour.
A link to the Bronco Shuttle can be found here.
Officers will be watching for parked vehicles that pose a safety hazard, such as those parked blocking sidewalks, crosswalks and fire hydrants, or parked too close to intersections or stop signs.
Overnight parking is prohibited in Julia Davis Park. The park closes at midnight, vehicles left in the park past midnight are towed.
Fans also have the option of parking at the Ada County Courthouse/Civic Plaza complex for $5 per vehicle for home games. Over 600 parking spaces are available, and parking will open at least 3 hours before kickoff. Parking proceeds will benefit victims of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault through the FACES Family Justice Center