UL-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire gets touches early, often at Boise State _lowres

Associated Press photo by OTTO KITSINGER -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire runs the ball against Boise State safety Darian Thompson during the first half of Saturday's game in Boise, Idaho. The Broncos won 34-9.

BOISE, Idaho — UL-Lafayette has been looking for ways to get the ball to sophomore running back Elijah McGuire, and while it didn’t factor much in the outcome of Saturday’s game at Boise State, the Ragin’ Cajuns were finally successful in that venture.

McGuire finished with a career-high 10 catches for 106 yards and added a 7-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

McGuire also had 107 of the Cajuns’ 128 yards in the first half.

The Broncos came into the game limiting opposing ball carriers to just 1.58 yards per rush, but McGuire still ripped off a 4.4-yards-per-carry average.

A warmer welcome

At least one group of Cajuns fans found the atmosphere more than pleasant in the stands Saturday.

“This is my first time to Idaho,” said Harlan Sager, who made the trip to Boise with his family. “And this is my 31st consecutive UL football game. So I’ve been everywhere the last three years. Overall, I would say Kansas State was the most warm reception and welcoming people. But this has been pretty awesome, too.

“Everyone has been great. People have been saying, ‘Welcome to Boise’ and ‘Glad y’all made the the road trip.’ ”

Sager had good reason to make the trip from Louisiana: His son, Christian Sager, is a UL-Lafayette linebacker.

By ground or by air

Boise State’s offense showed early it wasn’t going to be one-dimensional. The Broncos drove 70 yards in 12 plays for a touchdown on their first drive.

Eight of those plays were runs by tailback Jay Ajayi.

The Broncos mixed it up on on their ensuing possession, however, when they drove 64 yards in three plays for another touchdown. The key play: A 57-yard pass from quarterback Grant Hedrick to receiver Matt Miller.

The kicker improvises

Late in the first quarter, the Cajuns lined up to attempt a 38-yard field goal. The snap went awry, but senior kicker Hunter Stover picked up the ball off a bounce, scrambled to his right and heaved a pass downfield to tight end Evan Tatford. The 14-yard gain resulted in a first down at the Boise State 7, but the Cajuns later settled for Stover’s 22-yard field goal.

Efficient Broncos

Boise State moved the ball seemingly at will, especially early. Hendrick completed his first 15 passes, and the Broncos also were effective on the ground. Ajayi averaged 7.1 yards per carry in the first half.


UL-Lafayette wore white jerseys with white helmets and red pants. Boise State wore all blue uniforms with blue helmets. ... The Cajuns’ game captains were Stover and punter Daniel Cadona. … Boise State won the toss and deferred to the second half. … The announced attendance was 33,337 on the Broncos’ homecoming night.