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Hedrick and Miller combine for 3 scores as Boise State beats UConn 38-21

  • Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones (16), safety Obi Melifonwu (20), linebacker Jefferson Ashiru (32), and defensive lineman Kenton Adeyemi (95), right, take down Boise State running back Jay Ajayi (27), second from right, during the second half of an NCAA college football game at Rentschler Field, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones (16), safety Obi Melifonwu (20), linebacker Jefferson Ashiru (32), and defensive lineman Kenton Adeyemi (95), right, take down Boise State running back Jay Ajayi (27), second from right, during the second half of an NCAA college football game at Rentschler Field, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boise State wide receiver Matt Miller (2) hangs onto a touchdown as Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu (20) tackles from above during the second half of an NCAA college football game at Rentschler Field, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Boise State wide receiver Matt Miller (2) hangs onto a touchdown as Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu (20) tackles from above during the second half of an NCAA college football game at Rentschler Field, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boise State wide receiver Matt Miller (2) hangs onto a touchdown as Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu (20) tackles from above during the second half of an NCAA college football game at Rentschler Field, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Boise State wide receiver Matt Miller (2) hangs onto a touchdown as Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu (20) tackles from above during the second half of an NCAA college football game at Rentschler Field, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)  (The Associated Press)

Grant Hedrick threw two touchdowns to Matt Miller and caught one from the senior receiver on a trick play as Boise State beat UConn 38-21 on Saturday.

Boise State (2-1) also got two touchdowns from its defense, which held UConn (1-2) to 48 yards rushing and sacked the Huskies quarterbacks eight times.

Hedrick found Miller for a 35-yard score in the second quarter, and Miller returned the favor on a trick play a few minutes later, hitting Hedrick for a 7-yard score after getting the ball on an end-around.

A 9-yard strike from Hedrick to Miller in the back of the end zone gave the Broncos a 31-21 lead in the fourth quarter after UConn had closed the gap to three points.

Boise State running back Jay Ajayi, who came in averaging 158 yards a game and nearly 6 yards a run, was held to just 39 yards on 18 carries.