SAN DIEGO — Quarterback Grant Hedrick had arguably his worst game since taking over for the injured Joe Southwick, completing only five passes for 39 yards in the first half and throwing an interception that San Diego State returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Boise State’s 34-31 overtime loss Saturday.

Hedrick finished 21-for-35 for 202 yards and two touchdowns to go along with two interceptions.

Boise State coach Chris Petersen said he did not consider benching Hedrick, who has started four games since taking over for Southwick.

“He struggled, but we have to let him try and get in a groove and hopefully learn from it,” Petersen said.

Southwick suited up and participated in pregame warmups. He could play next week on the Broncos’ senior day vs. New Mexico.

MOORE RETURNS

Wide receiver Kirby Moore had four catches for 11 yards in his first game action since Sept. 20 vs. Fresno State.

Moore, who missed the past six games with an undisclosed injury to his foot, played sparingly in a reserve role. He was second on the team with 25 receptions for 195 yards and two touchdowns in four games before being hurt.

His first reception came on a 6-yard pass on his second play early in the second quarter.

AIRPORT CURFEW ALTERS BOISE STATE’S TRAVEL

A curfew at Lindbergh Field, San Diego’s downtown airport, forced the Broncos to bus more than two hours to an airport in Ontario, Calif., for a flight back to Boise.

There are no restrictions on landings at the San Diego airport, but planes aren’t allowed to take off between the hours of midnight and 6:30 a.m. The issue was previously known and scheduled into Boise State’s itinerary.

The team’s charter wasn’t expected to land back in Boise until after 5 a.m. this morning.

DOUBLE PASS GOES INCOMPLETE

Boise State put redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Patti in the game for a double-pass attempt in the third quarter, but the pass from wide receiver Matt Miller back to Patti went incomplete.

Patti had blockers and plenty of room to run, but the pass from Miller back across the field was short and fell incomplete.

PREP DEFENSIVE LINEMAN COMMITS TO BOISE STATE

David Moa, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive lineman from Kearney High School in San Diego, announced on his Facebook page he has committed to Boise State.

“It just happened! All this hard work, dedication, and support has paid off! Committed to Boise State University!” Moa posted.

According to Scout.com, Moa had offers from BYU, California, Colorado, Montana and Portland State. He also had interest in Oregon and took an official visit to Eugene on Oct. 18. He visited Boise State for the Wyoming game last week.

Moa’s brother Ben is a defensive lineman for San Diego State.

NFL SCOUTS ON HAND

Scouts from the seven NFL teams were credentialed for Saturday’s game.

BRONCO BITS…

Mercy Maston started at cornerback in place of Bryan Douglas. … Offensive tackle Rees Odhiambo was injured and did not make the trip. Travis Averill started at right tackle in his place. … Boise State wore blue helmets, white jerseys and orange pants. It’s the same combination they wore in both Fiesta Bowls. … Taylor Loffler led the Broncos onto the field with the Hammer.  … Boise State’s captains were Matt Paradis, Jonathan Brown, Gabe Linehan and Kharyee Marshall. … It was 58 degrees with cloudy skies at kickoff.

  • B.J Rains covers Boise State athletics for the Idaho Press-Tribune. He also makes daily appearances on ESPN Boise.

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