Boise State’s Jay Ajayi plans to limit attention on pickle juice


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By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

SECRET PICKLE JUICE

Boise State sophomore tailback Jay Ajayi said he likely will continue to use pickle juice to combat cramps but he won’t let it become a TV/Twitter phenomenon again.

Ajayi was seen by ESPN’s cameras drinking pickle juice out of a large jar during Friday’s game against Air Force. The image quickly spread on Twitter.

The Broncos are on ESPN again Friday night at Fresno State.

“I might have pickle juice, but I don’t know if I’ll have the jar just to keep the attention away,” Ajayi said. “It’s definitely going to be in a Powerade bottle. … It did work so I’ll probably keep doing it.”

He got the pickle juice from teammate Ebo Makinde, who kept it in his locker. It was the first time that Ajayi tried it.

Coach Chris Petersen joked this week that Ajayi can drink out of the gutter if it helps with cramps.

“I don’t think I’m going to drink out of the gutter,” Ajayi said. “I’m going to make sure I take care of business and do whatever I can to stay on the field.”

TIME DOESN’T MATTER

The cliché says when you play against an offense like Fresno State’s, you want to hold the ball on offense to protect your defense.

Boise State coach Chris Petersen, though, never has bought into time of possession as a game key.

“I think of it more as making points,” he said. “That’s the bottom line. We had a decent amount of first downs and kept the ball decently the first game (at Washington) and that didn’t seem to help anybody that much.”

Fresno State operates a fast-paced, spread offense similar to Washington’s.

In the opener, Boise State collected 23 first downs (to Washington’s 33) and held the ball for 30 minutes, 51 seconds — and didn’t score a touchdown.

In the next game, against UT Martin, the Broncos collected 25 first downs and held the ball for 29 minutes — and scored eight offensive TDs.

And in the last game, against Air Force, the Broncos collected 31 first downs and held the ball for 30:16 — and scored six TDs.

Not a big difference in first downs or time of possession from game to game — but a big difference on the scoreboard.

“As long as we’re scoring,” Petersen said, “I’m good.”

NOTES & QUOTES

— Petersen on holding Fresno State to 10 points last year: “I thought we played one of our better games that we played all year, certainly on the defensive side, because they were explosive last year.”

— Petersen on true freshman cornerback Jonathan Moxey, who was added to the depth chart this week: “It’s not good to play a true freshman and leave him on the sideline. He’s a hard-working guy. I really like his focus and his demeanor. He needs to get out there more with all of those kids we’re playing as true freshmen.”

— Boise State wide receiver Matt Miller, Mr. Calm, said there is one rivalry that gets him fired up. “Montana-Montana State. … I go for the ‘Cats.”

— Miller likes when quarterback Joe Southwick runs: “It makes my job a little easier, too. It’s just one more thing the defense has to worry about.”

— Senior left guard Spencer Gerke on the offense’s improvement: “I think it says a lot about our coaches and us as players. There’s never a point where we’re satisfied.”

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OUR COVERAGE

Monday blog: Notes and videos from Chris Petersen’s press conference, new recruit, Southern Miss game time
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GAME NOTES

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GAME FACTS

Boise State at Fresno State

When: 7:01 p.m. MT Friday

Where: Bulldog Stadium (41,031, FieldTurf), Fresno, Calif.

TV: ESPN (Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell, Allison Williams)

Radio: KBOI (670AM), KKGL (96.9 FM); Bob Behler, Pete Cavender

Records: Boise State is 2-1 overall, 1-0 Mountain West; Fresno State is 2-0, 0-0

Rankings: Fresno State is ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

Series: Boise State leads 11-4 (BSU 20-10, 2012 in Boise)


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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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