Grant Hedrick ran for two touchdowns
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Jay Ajayi ran for 219 yards and Grant Hedrick threw for 352 as Boise State defeated Colorado State
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Boise State vs. Colorado State
Bryan Harsin introduced as the new head football coach
In his debut season as the head coach of the Boise State football team, Bryan Harsin, a former Bronco quarterback and assistant coach, led his alma mater back to where it rose to national prominence less than a decade ago. Boise State went 12-2 in Harsin’s inaugural season, winning its first outright Mountain West Championship, and capping the campaign with a 38-30 victory over Arizona in the 2014 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl.
The victory in the Fiesta Bowl was the third such win for the Broncos in the last nine seasons. Harsin, serving as offensive coordinator in the first two Fiesta Bowl victories, has been a part of each of the school’s three appearances in the game.
The team’s victory in the 2014 Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship marked the team’s first outright league title since joining the league in 2011, and the first overall since 2009. The only alumnus to lead the Broncos as head coach in the history of Boise State, Harsin has now won a conference championship as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach.
For his efforts this past year, Harsin was named a finalist for the Paul “Bear Bryant” National Coach of the Year Award, the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award and the Dodd Trophy, given annually by the Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year Foundation. He was also named the nation’s top first-year head coach by the Football Writers Association of America.
The Broncos concluded the 2014 season ranked No. 16 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls.
In addition to rejoining the national rankings – Boise State ranked 20th nationally in the final College Football Playoff Top 25 – the Broncos’ offense also returned the nation’s elite. Boise State concluded the season ranked ninth nationally in scoring offense (39.7) and 14th nationally in total offense (494.3).
Harsin was named head coach, Dec. 11, 2013. A graduate of Capital High School in Boise, he played quarterback for the Broncos from 1995-99. Following his graduation from Boise State with a degree in business management, Harsin coached running backs and receivers at Eastern Oregon in 2000.
The former Bronco letterwinner began his coaching career at Boise State as a graduate assistant in 2001, before taking over the tight ends as a full-time assistant coach from 2002-05. When Chris Petersen was hired as head coach in 2006, Harsin assumed the role of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Harsin was Petersen’s offensive coordinator for five of his eight seasons as head coach (2006-10), and was named a finalist for the 2009 Broyles Award, awarded annually to the nation’s top assistant coach. Boise State went 61-5 during his tenure as offensive coordinator.
The Broncos are in the midst of the seventh-longest active streak in the nation of consecutive bowl appearances (13), and Harsin has been a part of 10 of them – including each of the team’s three Fiesta Bowl appearances.
With Harsin on staff, Boise State has also won nine conference championships.
Following the 2010 season, Harsin went to Texas, where he served as co-offensive coordinator from 2011-12. While with the Longhorns, Harsin helped guide the ascension of an offense that ranked 88th in scoring prior to his arrival, to No. 24 nationally in 2012 (36.1).
Harsin then earned his first head coaching opportunity at Arkansas State in 2013, which claimed a share of the Sun Belt Conference championship and a berth in the GoDaddy.com Bowl that season.
Harsin and his wife Kes have two daughters, Devyn Lynn and Dayn Mykena, and a son, Davis.