GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Boise State Broncos are no longer just trick-play ponies.
They did score a touchdown on a Statue of Liberty play. This was the Fiesta Bowl, after all.
But Boise State won with its defense. Donte Deayon returned an interception for a touchdown in third quarter and Kamalei Correa had a sack on the game's final play with Arizona threatening, lifting No. 20 Boise State to a 38-30 victory over the No. 10 Wildcats on Wednesday.
"They hit us, we stiffened up and came up a winner," Boise State linebacker Tanner Vallejo said.
Boise State (12-2) lived up to its unpredictable reputation in the first quarter, pulling off the Statue of Liberty play while racing to a 21-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes.
Jay Ajayi scored two of his three touchdowns in the first quarter — one on the trick play — and finished with 134 yards rushing. Grant Hedrick threw for 304 yards and a touchdown and Thomas Sperbeck had 12 catches for 199 yards.
Anu Solomon threw for 335 yards and a touchdown for Arizona (10-4) but had two interceptions.
"People think Boise State isn't a powerhouse program," said Broncos receiver Chaz Anderson, who had a 57-yard touchdown catch. "It feels good to be back to where we were in the past."